M: Madonna

If Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was the Queen.

Madonna broke onto the scene in 1982 with the club hits "Everybody" and "Burning Up". But it wasn't until her debut album, Madonna, that she started to become a rising '80s star. Madonna produced two of the early '80s biggest hits, with "Borderline" and "Lucky Star", which both ended up on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and became huge video hits on MTV.

Around this time Madonna's fashion started to have and impact on fans everywhere. Almost over night girls were wearing her signature big hair bows, mesh tops, rubber bracelets, and lace fingerless gloves, myself included.

When Madonna released her second album, Like A Virgin, in 1984, she became a global superstar.  Like A Virgin reached number 1 on the Billboard 200 and generated the hits "Angel", "Dress You Up", "Material Girl", and the title track, "Like A Virgin", which stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for six consecutive weeks.

Madonna had a brief appearance in the movie, Vision Quest, and released two singles for the movie, the number one hit, "Crazy for You" and "Gambler". A few months later she starred in Desperately Seeking Susan, which produced another number one hit, "Into the Groove".

Whether you love or hate Madonna, you can't deny she was the Queen of the '80s. She was everywhere. And I loved every minute of it!

Madonna had so many signature looks in the '80s. You can still dress like her today thanks to some pretty cool craft and DIY projects. For her signature bow, check out P.S. I Made This. To make some lace fingerless gloves, Hubpages has a simple tutorial. Want to rock a mesh top? Crochet one with Pops de Milk's free pattern.


  1. Oh, how I loved (love) Madonna! I had all of her albums on cassette. And yes, I did have a pair of those fingerless gloves.

  2. I thought she was terrific in Desperately Seeking Susan. She shot like a rocket through everything. Great post. Love your theme!

  3. "Crazy For You" is one of my favorite karaoke songs :)

  4. "Crazy For You" is one of my favorite karaoke songs :)

  5. I am loving this 80s theme blog! I came across it via A to A Sign Up List-- admittedly it was the title that grabbed my attention. I started singing the "Jem" theme in my head so thanks for that :-P
    You may enjoy my blog for "M" where I talked about my favorite books I read as a preteen in the 80s...feel free to read and share your favorites.
    Now off to read some more of your blog.

  6. I have never been a great fan of Madonna, but I've enjoyed her music, especially in the 1980s.
    And no, I've never dressed like her ;-)

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