Madonna peaks to No.1 for the 5th time in the U.S Hot 100 on this day in 1987

Find out who rejected the song that became another No.1 hit for Madonna

Madonna peaks to No.1 for the 5th time in the U.S Hot 100 in February 1987

Originally a rock and roll song titled “Follow Your Heart”, “Open Your Heart” was written for singer Cyndi Lauper by songwriters Gardner Cole and Peter Rafelson. Looking for new songs for her upcoming 1986 album “True Blue”, Madonna accepted it after the song was rejected by other artists such as The Temptations. She rewrote the song and, along with Patrick Leonard, changed the composition to suit the dance-pop genre. “Open Your Heart” is an innuendo-laden love song where Madonna expresses her sexual desire. The song was well received by critics, who commended its simplicity. It was also successful commercially, reaching the top-ten of the charts in Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, and peaked to No.1 on February 7, 1987, in the U.S Billboard Hot 100, becoming that way Madonna’s fifth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. The single also had success on Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart, reaching number-one on February 14, 1987. The famous music video for “Open Your Heart” features a storyline completely different from that of the song. In it, Madonna plays an exotic dancer in a peep-show club who befriends a little boy and subsequently escapes. It was critically acclaimed for subverting the male gaze, but the plot point of a child entering a strip club was criticized. The video is an homage to actresses Liza Minnelli and Marlene Dietrich.

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