Lucky Star (Stems)

"Lucky Star" is a song from Madonna's eponymous debut studio album Madonna (1983). Originally released in the United Kingdom on September 8, 1983 and in the United States August 8, 1984 by Sire Records, it was the fourth single from the album. The song also appears on her greatest hits compilations The Immaculate Collection (1990) and Celebration (2009). "Lucky Star" was written by Madonna and produced by Reggie Lucas. However, during recording, Madonna was not impressed by Lucas' version. She called her then-boyfriend John "Jellybean" Benitez to remix the track according to her ideas. "Lucky Star" is a medium-paced dance track and combines the heavy beats of a drum with the sounds of a guitar played in a high riff. The lyrics juxtapose the male body with the heavenly stars in the sky.

Both contemporary and modern critics praised the song, heralding it as the introduction to upbeat dance music. "Lucky Star" became Madonna's first top-five hit on the Billboard Hot 100, when it reached the peak position of number four, becoming the second single in her record-breaking string of 17 consecutive top-ten hits. It had already become Madonna's first number-one song on the Billboard dance charts, when it peaked the chart alongside the previously released single "Holiday".
 

The music video portrayed Madonna dancing in front of a white background, accompanied by her dancers. After the video was released, Madonna's style and mannerisms became a fashion trend among the younger generation. Scholars noted that in the video, Madonna portrayed herself as narcissistic and an ambiguous character. She referred to herself as the lucky star, unlike the lyrical meaning of the song. Madonna has performed the song in a number of live appearances, most recently at the Rebel Heart Tour (2015–16). It has also been covered by a number of artists.
 
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LUCKY STAR
From the album Madonna
B-side: "I Know It", "Holiday" (U.S. promo)
Released: September 8, 1983
Format: 7", 12", CD 
Recorded: February–March 1983
Genre: Dance-pop
Length: 5:37 (album), 3:50 (radio edit)
Label: Sire, Warner Bros. 
Writer(s): Madonna
Producer(s): Reggie Lucas, John Benitez 
 

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