Madonna March Madness: Vote For The Best Videos In The Sweet 16 Bracket

Mar 16th, 2012 // 5 Comments

Madonna March Madness, our tournament to decide the best Madonna video of all time in honor of MDNA dropping this month, continues with our Sweet 16 bracket. These were the videos to emerge victorious in our last round, which saw some tight races, some upsets and a few expected landslides. Click the image above to see the bracket in its full (legible) size, then head below to see the results and check the box on the videos you want to see make it through to the next round. Voting is open until Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. EST, when the Elite Eight will be chosen.

    MATERIAL GIRL ERA

“LIKE A VIRGIN” VS. “LUCKY STAR”
We didn’t really ever think “Burning Up” stood a chance against Madonna’s seminal “Like A Virgin”. It succumbed easily, losing by a 50% margin. Now “Like A Virgin” takes on “Lucky Star”, which edged out “Into The Groove” with 55% of the vote.


Madonna, “Lucky Star”

Poll

What do you think of Sevyn Streeter's "It Won't Stop"?

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“BORDERLINE” VS. “MATERIAL GIRL”
It was no contest as “Borderline” took on Vision Quest clip show “Crazy For You.” It won easily, nabbing 80% of votes. But the battle ahead won’t be so easy. It’s pitted against “Material Girl”, the heavyweight in this division. It slaughtered “Everybody” in the last round, earning 90% of votes.

Madonna, “Borderline”

Madonna, “Material Girl”

Question of the day

What was the best album from the second half of 2013?

RESULTS:

  • Britney Spears, 'Britney Jean' (26%, 9,780 Votes)
  • Lady Gaga, 'ARTPOP' (13%, 5,058 Votes)
  • Miley Cyrus, "Bangerz' (12%, 4,525 Votes)
  • Katy Perry, 'PRISM" (11%, 4,313 Votes)
  • Selena Gomez, 'Stars Dance' (11%, 4,213 Votes)
  • Justin Timberlake, 'The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2' (10%, 3,949 Votes)
  • Pet Shop Boys, 'Electric' (10%, 3,729 Votes)
  • Natalia Kills, 'Trouble' (5%, 1,798 Votes)
  • Avril Lavigne, 'Avril Lavigne' (0%, 158 Votes)
  • Haim, 'Days Are Gone' (0%, 105 Votes)
  • Sky Ferreira, 'Night Time, My Time' (0%, 87 Votes)
  • Eminem, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' (0%, 87 Votes)
  • Lorde, 'Pure Heroine' (0%, 68 Votes)
  • One Direction, 'Midnight Memories' (0%, 47 Votes)
  • Ariana Grande, 'Yours Truly' (0%, 44 Votes)
  • Drake, 'Nothing Was The Same' (0%, 23 Votes)
  • Sara Bareilles, 'The Blessed Unrest' (0%, 22 Votes)
  • Janelle Monae, 'The Electric Lady' (0%, 22 Votes)
  • Kelly Clarkson, 'Wrapped In Red' (0%, 20 Votes)
  • Cher, 'Closer To The Truth' (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Ciara, 'Ciara' (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Goldfrapp, 'Tales Of Us' (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Cody Simpson, 'Surfer's Paradise' (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Jay Z, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Robin Thicke, 'Blurred Lines' (0%, 7 Votes)
  • The Wanted, 'Word Of Mouth' (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Diane Birch, 'Speak A Little Louder' (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 38,107

    BLOND AMBITION ERA

“LIKE A PRAYER” VS. “PAPA DON’T PREACH”
Things are about to get controversial as “Like A Prayer” and “Papa Don’t Preach” — both favorites that won by landslides in the previous round — cross swords (or rather, crucifixes) in the showdown for Elite Eight status.

Madonna, “Like A Prayer”

Madonna, “Papa Don’t Preach”

Poll

Who's going home tonight?

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“OPEN YOUR HEART” VS. “EXPRESS YOURSELF”
“Express Yourself” looks to continue its domination after stealing all but 20 votes in its last matchup against “Live To Tell”. On the opposing side, “Open Your Heart” earned its place in this round by drowning Madonna’s mermaid epic “Cherish” by a 3:1 margin.

Madonna, “Open Your Heart”

Madonna, “Express Yourself

Poll

What do you think of Musique Le Pop?

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    SEX-Y ERA

“VOGUE” VS. “EROTICA”
It’s a battle of black and white in the first “Sex”-y Era fight. “Vogue” is the clear favorite, locking in 92% of votes against the under-appreciated “Secret” in the last round. “Erotica” pulled ahead of “Deeper and Deeper” early on in the race, only widening its lead as the days went on. But will all that NSFW imagery be enough to knockout the goliath “Vogue”?

Madonna, “Vogue”

Madonna, “Erotica”

Question of the day

What do you think was the best album released between July and December of 2012?

RESULTS:

  • Marina And The Diamonds, 'Electra Heart' (67%, 14,973 Votes)
  • Christina Aguilera, 'Lotus' (28%, 6,317 Votes)
  • Bruno Mars, 'Unorthodox Jukebox' (1%, 288 Votes)
  • Taylor Swift, 'Red' (1%, 150 Votes)
  • Ke$ha, 'Warrior' (1%, 144 Votes)
  • One Direction, 'Take Me Home' (1%, 124 Votes)
  • Rihanna, 'Unapologetic' (0%, 108 Votes)
  • Frank Ocean, 'Channel Orange' (0%, 97 Votes)
  • Pink, 'The Truth About Love' (0%, 90 Votes)
  • Calvin Harris, '18 Months' (0%, 32 Votes)
  • Carly Rae Jepsen, 'Kiss' (0%, 31 Votes)
  • Kendrick Lamar, 'Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City' (0%, 24 Votes)
  • Miguel, 'Kaleidoscope Dream' (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Wiz Khalifa, 'O.N.I.F.C.' (1%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 22,393

“BAD GIRL” VS. “BEDTIME STORY”
The macabre “Bad Girl”, which saw a modest victory over “Take A Bow” after winning a place in the tourney as the Wild Card, now moves on to face off with the dreamlike “Bedtime Story.” This will be a close one, folks, as the videos earned 58% and 54% of votes, respectively, in the previous round.

Madonna, “Bad Girl”

Madonna, “Bedtime Story”

Poll

Which was the better comeback single?

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    QUEEN OF POP ERA

“RAY OF LIGHT” VS. “NOTHING REALLY MATTERS”
We’re not surprised to see Madonna’s frenetic “Ray Of Light” among the Sweet 16. It’s 85% win over “American Life” shows that it’s clearly a fan favorite. But then again, so is the geisha-inspired “Nothing Really Matters”, which delivered a fatal blow to “Music” after earning its place as the Wild Card in this era.

Madonna, “Ray Of Light”

Madonna, “Nothing Really Matters”

Question of the day

Who had the best Bruno Mars cover?

RESULTS:

  • Michelle Tosie! (55%, 6,364 Votes)
  • Thomas Hayes! (44%, 5,114 Votes)
  • Bryan Acosta & Lewis Kil! (1%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 11,494

“FROZEN” VS. “HUNG UP”
Madonna’s Justin Timberlake collaboration “4 Minutes” didn’t really stand a chance against the bleak “Frozen”, which took in 80% of votes in the last round. “Gimme All Your Luvin’” fared just about as poorly against “Hung Up”, so this Sweet 16 showdown really comes down to how fans prefer their Madge: in flowing dark robes or in a tight pink leotard?

Madonna, “Frozen”


Question of the day

The end of the world is coming. Which of these would you choose to listen to before it happens?

RESULTS:

  • Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation' (43%, 80 Votes)
  • Eminem's 'The Marshall Mather's LP' (22%, 41 Votes)
  • Rihanna's 'Good Girl Gone Bad' (14%, 26 Votes)
  • No Doubt's 'Tragic Kingdom' (7%, 13 Votes)
  • Maroon 5's 'Songs About Jane' (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Jackson 5's 'ABC' (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Jay-Z's 'The Blueprint' (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Kanye West's 'Late Registration' (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Beastie Boys' 'License To Ill' (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Boyz II Men's 'II' (3%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 184

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  1. You might want to fix the bracket up on top – it lists “4 Minutes” as the winner of the “Frozen” vs. “4 Minutes” round.

  2. can hung up just please win! I’m rigging them ballots. lol. <3

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  4. J

    It strikes me as really odd that Don’t Tell Me was not included, nor was Oh Father. Those to me, and to all my Madonna-fan friends, are among her best.

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