#ThrowbackTunesday: Episode 9

Time once again to hop in our pop DeLorean and rewind back to the UK chart hits from five points in the last 25 years in this exact week with #ThrowbackTunesday

As always, before we get to this week’s featured song, let’s see who’s on this week’s Spotify playlist…

  • 1993: Suede – Animal Nitrate
  • 1998: Madonna – Frozen
  • 2003: Melanie C – Here It Comes Again
  • 2008: Alphabeat – Fascination
  • 2013: Bastille – Pompeii

And our favourite song from this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday playlist is…

  • ARTIST: Madonna
  • SONG: Frozen
  • ALBUM: Ray of Light

It’s not unfair to say the 90s had been a decade of mixed fortunes for her Madgesty. She’d started it very much as she had ended the 80s – topping the charts left, right and centre. Her ‘Immaculate Collection’ had become one of the biggest selling greatest hits packages in chart history, and her iconic 1990 single ‘Vogue’ had given her her seventh UK chart topper.

Everyone knows the story for the seven years after that – two commercially and critically underwhelming albums, a misjudged coffee table book where she was photographed doing unspeakables with Vanilla Ice and Naom Campbell, not to mention a whole host of woeful films like ‘Dick Tracey’ and ‘Body of Evidence’.

But then several things happened in succession that were to bring her career back to the same glorious heights of her 80s imperial phase. Firstly, her award winning performance as Eva Peron in the big screen version of ‘Evita’ in 1996. Secondly, her becoming a mum to her first daughter, Lourdes. And thirdly, her decision to work on her seventh studio album ‘Ray of Light’ with legendary Brit producer William Orbit, on what has proved to be one of her most universally acclaimed works to this day.

Haunting, atmospheric and utterly captivating, ‘Frozen’ marked the ever Chameleonic pop superstar’s transition into the ‘Earth Mother’ phase of her career, as she embraced a much softer, rounded persona whilst beginning her spiritual awakening to Eastern mysticism and Kabbalah.

A very unique blend of electronica, trip hop and contemporary dance pop, it was also the first Madonna single for years that dispersed with the gimmicks, and simply got on with the business of being a really good pop single. Coupled with a much talked about premiere performance on the BBC’s National Lottery Show (and a subsequent hilarious parody by Mel and Sue when she cancelled a special appearance at the last minute for their Channel 4 show Light Lunch), the single could hardly fail in the circumstances.

And thus the result was a quite sensational eighth UK number one single for Madonna, that kicked off a second wave of success to her career that few had predicted she would ever achieve again just a few short years before. But then, she’s never been one to not prove even her worst critics wrong. They don’t call her the Queen of Pop for nothing, after all.

Check out the full playlist here, and let us know what your favourite hit from the past is this week on our Twitter with the hashtag #ThrowbackTunesday!

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