Like A Prayer Introduction
Twenty years later, "Like a Prayer" no longer seems quite so shocking. (We've all seen a lot worse since.) And, removed from the hubbub of controversy that originally surrounded it, the song itself actually now seems more interesting. Truth is, there's not one word of "off-color" material in the lyrics; if you didn't know Madonna was the singer, "Like a Prayer" would sound perfectly at home on any Christian radio station. "When you call my name / It's like a little prayer / I'm down on my knees / I wanna take you there / In the midnight hour / I can feel your power." What preacher could object to that? And yet… if you want to hear it as a song about sex, that works just as well. Maybe Madonna was really onto something here; could there really be something common in the human experience of rapture, whether it's experienced in ways sacred or profane?
About the Song
|Artist||Madonna||Musician(s)||Madonna (vocals, keyboards), Prince (intro guitar), The Andrae Crouch Choir (background vocals), Randy Jackson (bass), Guy Pratt (bass), Chester Kamen (guitar), David Williams (guitar), Dann Huff (guitar), Bruce Gaitsch (guitar), Marcos Loya (guitar), Larry Corbett (cello), Patrick Leonard (keyboards), Jai Winding (keyboards), Stephen Bray (keyboards), Geary Lanier (keyboards), Jonathan Moffett (drums), Jeff Porcaro (drums), John Robinson (drums), Luis Conte (percussion), Paulinho da Costa (percussion), Sandra Crouch (percussion)|
|Album||Like a Prayer|
|Label||Sire Records, Warner Bros.|
|Writer(s)||Madonna, Patrick Leonard|
|Producer(s)||Madonna, Patrick Leonard|
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But it turns out that the "culture wars" actually go way back; the line that divides art from blasphemy has always been a bit fuzzy. You're surely not shocked to hear that Madonna outraged the Catholic Church… but did you know that Dante's Inferno and Milton's Paradise Lost – both now revered as canonical writings in the Christian tradition – were originally also slammed as outrageous forms of artistic blasphemy? Wonder what people will be saying about Madonna in a few hundred years…
On the Charts"Like A Prayer" made it to #1 in the US. The album Like A Prayer also hit the top of the charts.
The song was a massive international hit as well, reaching #1 on the 15-nation Eurochart Hot 100 Singles and topping several different countries' national charts; Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway all saw Madonna take over the top spot with "Like A Prayer."