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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  1. What a trip down memory lane. Still remember Ray Of LIght being played on MTV when MTV was still around. Definitely the kind of song that has a upbeat beat to it, one that entices you to move and groove to the music. It was as song that I’d unwind to on the weekend when I had no school 🙂 I don’t workout much and my workouts usually comprise walking and hiking..I do listen to music enroute to where I want to walk around. Sometimes I like to put upbeat music to pump myself up – Lady Gaga and Avril Lavigne are my current jams. Somehow after reading your posts I am reminded of 90s music, and S Club 7 comes to mind 🙂

    1. Wow, Mabel, you unwound to this song? I salute you. 😀 It always gets me up and dancing. 🕺
      I much prefer to walk than go to the gym. I think I’d rather go to the dentist than the gym.
      Lady Gaga is a favourite of mine. That lady is certainly different and knows how to make it work. S Club 7 were big for many years. They even had their own TV show. Unfortunately, I seem to remember that one of the band members ended up getting caught taking drugs. Shortly after, the group split, but some went on to successful solo careers.

      1. I unwound to Madonna’s song, yes. Also to Music when that came out after that. I can sit down and relax to both songs and feel good 😀

        I hope Lady Gaga tours Australia at some point in the future. Hope you get to catch her live at some point. I know you’d love to 😀 😀

  2. Madonna was such a superstar and fun to dance to. I enjoyed the ride in your time machine this morning but I didn’t remember this song. 🙂 Aerobics, um, I should know what that is, but I don’t remember that either. 😀

  3. I have always loved Madonna’s music Hugh, such a talented woman. I did try aerobics for a while but have no sense of coordination so was often floundering at the back! I love that clip with Victoria Wood, she is so funny.
    The track I have chosen this week is one that I think would be good to work out to, and it is also by Madonna

    1. I’ve never actually heard that song or seen that video before, Judy. Such a cool gold coloured car. Perfect for Madonna.
      At least you tried aerobics. You’d have only ever found me by the vending machine at the gym or in an exercise class. 😀

  4. Well, inspired by the word Ray, and the fast pace of the video, there was only one song I felt I could share with you. Perhaps also inspired by a recent visit to the World Athletics Championships, where we had the dubious privilege of witnessing something very similar…

    1. What a blast from the past, Graeme. Now you got me wondering what kind of workout you would do to a song like that? 😀
      Hope you enjoyed the athletics. Brought back many happy memories of London 2012 while watching them on TV.

      1. Running, of course… But I wouldn’t dwell on that too much, Hugh!
        The athletics was an interesting experience. Hadn’t been to an event like it before, but my partner’s really into it, so I went along to see what the fuss was about.

    1. It’s strange, isn’t it, at how we all think along those lines of why something gets an award. I often ask myself that questions when the Oscars are announced or a TV show that I think is awful wins an award.
      The last time I went to a gym was to buy a chocolate bar out of a vending machine, and that was a very long time ago, Marie.
      Thanks for joining in again this week. It’s always great to listen to your song choices.

      1. I stopped watching music videos when MTV started broadcasting more reality TV than music. I missed a lot. 🙂 Always a pleasure to join your challenge. You don’t know how much fun I have combing through YouTube for songs and videos.

  5. Well now, watching that video wore me out! In 1998 my kids were 8, 5 and 3 and although yes, I could easily spot the Teletubby, I don’t remember this song. I was in full kid mode at that time. 🙂

      1. I missed a lot during the 90’s due to children but it means that I have a lot to discover now that they are grown. 🙂 And yes, Teletubbies were big in my youngest child’s life and now little Beej also loves them- so they’re back! 🙂

      1. Pretty excited! My daughter is driving to Portland, Oregon (about 9 hours north of here) to see the total blackout. I never got the special glasses or camera lenses, but I hope to have a good photo or two to share 🙂

        1. I look forward to seeing them, Terri. We’ve had days of ‘total eclipse’ here. The dark clouds and rain blocking out the sun type. Typical British summer weather, especially given that the highest temperature we’ve had this month is a mere 70c. I’ve also witnessed the first signs of Autumn.

  6. Hi Hugh,
    Madonna…now you are talking. She is a wild woman and when she was popular I was one of her fans. I even bought her book (nasty for its day). I had forgot about Tellytubby until you reminded me. Another week of great music post. Thanks for sharing and your great imagination. HUGS

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