51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 32: Madonna – Ray Of Light

After some time at the swimming pool last week, I thought we’d carry on with the exercise theme. No, honestly, I’m not taking you back to the gym so you can put away the leotards and sweatbands but, by the time we’re finished, I think many of you are going to be out of breath. Thank goodness we have some first-aiders onboard.

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Here we are in the year 1998. It’s our first visit in Hugh’s time machine to the year 1998. By the time you’ve seen the video for this week’s featured song, I don’t think many of you will want to come back. Who said this trip was all about relaxation?

How fast paced was that? Did anyone spot the Tellytubby in the video? No? Then what were you watching? What do you mean, what’s a Tellytubby? Click here to find out.

‘Ray of Light’ was taken from the album by the same name. Did you hear any of the sound effects such as the whistles, bleeps and bells? Not surprisingly, the video won a Grammy award for best short form music video, and it also went on to win another five awards at the MTV video music awards.

In the U.S.A, Ray Of Light was not only Madonna’s 37th top 40 hit but also her highest debuting single at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. It became a top ten hit in seven countries, including a number one hit in Spain. In Australia and the U.S.A, it became gold certificated, but only managed a silver certificate in the UK.

I don’t know about you, but I can see many people at the gym working out to this track. It would certainly help get my blood pumping, although I can think of better ways of getting my blood to pump than by going to the gym.

Do you have a favourite song you workout to, or you think is the perfect workout song? Share a link to that song in the comments section.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Ruth, Barbara, Kat and Marie who joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

Want to join me in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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