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The Best Madonna Albums of All Time

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List RulesThis list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Madonna is one of the best pop artists of all time, and one of the most successful female performers. Madonna burst onto the music scene in 1983 with her self-titled debut album, which contained the early MTV hits "Lucky Star" and "Borderline." More recently, Rebel Heart (2015), saw the "Material Girl" collaborate with musicians like Avicii, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West. This list of the best Madonna albums includes pictures of the album covers when available. The Madonna discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Madonna albums can be found at the top of the list.  

To make voting for your favorite records easier, we haven't included Madonna singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Madonna album isn't ranked highly enough, vote for it so it receives proper credit. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Madonna album, vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know what is the best Madonna album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums range from Like a Virgin (1984) to Ray of Light (1998) to Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). These popular Madonna CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

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    1. Lucky Star
    2. Borderline
    3. Burning Up
    4. I Know It
    5. Holiday
    6. Think of Me
    7. Physical Attraction
    8. Everybody

    Pitchfork score: 8.2

    • Release Date: 1983
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    1. Erotica
    2. Fever
    3. Bye Bye Baby
    4. Deeper and Deeper
    5. Where Life Begins
    6. Bad Girl
    7. Waiting
    8. Thief of Hearts
    9. Words
    10. Rain
    11. Why's It So Hard
    12. In This Life
    13. Did You Do It?
    14. Secret Garden

    • Release Date: 1992
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    1. Music
    2. Impressive Instant
    3. Runaway Lover
    4. I Deserve It
    5. Amazing
    6. Nobody's Perfect
    7. Don't Tell Me
    8. What It Feels Like for a Girl
    9. Paradise (Not for Me)
    10. Gone

    • Release Date: 2000
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    1. Survival
    2. Secret
    3. I'd Rather Be Your Lover
    4. Don't Stop
    5. Inside of Me
    6. Human Nature
    7. Forbidden Love
    8. Love Tried to Welcome Me
    9. Sanctuary
    10. Bedtime Story
    11. Take a Bow

    Pitchfork score: 6.5

    • Release Date: 1994
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