Timeline of Madonna’s 80’s stardom

1978: A star was born

Madonna was born in Louisiana, but soon dropped out of her local high school to pursue her dream of a career in dance in New York City


When releasing her debut single¬†‘Everybody’, the label reportedly refused to feature Madonna on the cover, as her prime demographic was targeted towards African American listeners.

1983: Debut album

Madonna’s self titled album was released July 27th in 1983, peaking to an impressive No. 8 in 1984 in the charts, The album included hits such as ‘Lucky Star’.

1984: MTV VMAs

Her performance at the VMAs has since been considered a pivotal moment in her career, wearing a now iconic lace dress as she sang ‘Like a Virgin’. The performance was suggestive and controversial, making her fan base growing incredibly fast.

1985: Desperately Seeking Susan

Madonna made her movie debut, starring alongside Rosanna Arquette in Desperately Seeking Susan, playing herself.

1986: True Blue

Her third album was dedicated to her then-husband Sean Pen, which took on mature topics such as pregnancy and heartache.

1989: Like a Prayer

One of Madonna’s most controversial videos to date, receiving hate and bad press for incorporating a heavily present Christian theme of the embodiment of Christ.