DECEMBER 28, 2017 | 6:24AM |
7. “Take a Bow” (1994)
Madonna’s longest-running No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, “Take a Bow” is an R&B-pop ballad co-produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Backed by a full orchestra, the second single from the Bedtime Stories album also finds influences in Japanese music. While the song itself is one of Madonna’s most beautiful sonically, some of its success no doubt was linked to its cinematic music video. Helmed by Michael Haussman and filmed in Ronda, Spain, it features Madonna as the neglected lover of a Spanish bullfighter. “Take a Bow” proved that the Madonna of the ’90s was just as much a force to be reckoned with as she was in the ’80s.
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