For the past 40 years, Madonna has not only been a if not the Queen of Pop, but also the reigning monarch of clubland. She’s racked up a record-breaking 50 number-one hits on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart — remixes of which are collected on the “Finally Enough Love,: 50 Number Ones” album, which arrived today. Clocking in at 220 minutes, the album is a dizzying journey through the ever-changing dance music landscape and a testament to Madonna’s ability to evolve with it.
But equally, “Finally Enough Love” is about reconnecting with the dance music giants of yesteryear. Legendary DJs like Junior Vasquez (who fell out with the pop icon over 1996 single “If Madonna Calls”), Victor Calderone, William Orbit and David Morales defined nightlife in the ‘90s, and they are all represented with remixes of songs like “Secret,” “Justify My Love,” “Bedtime Story,” “Nothing Really Matters” and “Deeper and Deeper.”
As club music took on a new direction in the ‘00s, so did Madonna. Remix masters like Thunderpuss entered the frame along with producers like Ralphi Rosario, Above and Beyond, Tracy Young, and the late Peter Rauhofer. Of particular note is the “Confessions on a Dance Floor” era, which spawned high-profile collaborations with dance music mavericks like Stuart Price, Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell, and the Pet Shop Boys.
Moving into the 2010s, Madonna maintained her relationship with dance music’s elite, collaborating with Avicii on a remix of “Girl Gone Wild” and teaming up with Benny Benassi for “Celebration,” but also supported new talent such as Israel’s Offer Nissim and Dallas’ Dirty Pop. It speaks to her loyalty to queer clubbers that she has continued to work with trailblazers such as Tracy Young and transgender DJ Honey Dijon.
Remastered by Kanye West/ Weeknd collaborator Mike Dean and curated by Madonna herself, “Finally Enough Love” is available on streaming services and also (in more satisfying sonic fidelity) in 3-CD and 6-LP formats. To Celebrate the album’s arrival, we ranked Madonna’s 50 number one club hits: While some are undisputed classics and others sound a little worse for wear, all are a snapshot of dance music history.