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Radio 2 listeners vote Like A Prayer as Ultimate Madonna Song

Like A Prayer has been voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners as their favourite Madonna song.

It has taken the No. 1 spot in Your Ultimate Madonna Song – the Top 40 chart of single releases by the singer.

2024 marks the 35th anniversary of Like A Prayer which reached No. 1 in the UK singles chart in March 1989. In the No. 2 spot is Vogue, No. 3 is Into The Groove, No. 4 is Papa Don’t Preach and No. 5 is Like A Virgin.

Madonna will be celebrated on Radio 2 on New Year’s Day with the three-hour show, Your Ultimate Madonna Song hosted by Scott Mills (2-5pm), plus Michelle Visage: My Queen – Madonna (5-6pm) and Madonna at the BBC (6-7pm). All of these programmes are available exclusively on BBC Sounds from today, 26 December.

For the vote – which launched in November in The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, closing on Friday 8 December – listeners were asked to select up to five of their favourite tracks from Madonna’s 61 Top Ten UK hits.

Scott Mills, who presents Your Ultimate Madonna Song, says: “Like A Prayer is a phenomenal track the Radio 2 listeners have voted to top the chart in Your Ultimate Madonna Song, so please join me to celebrate the icon that is Madonna on Radio 2 on New Year’s Day and right now on BBC Sounds!”

Jeff Smith, Radio 2’s Head of Music, adds: “Madonna has been inspiring fellow artists musically, artistically and creatively for 40 years, so I’m delighted that Radio 2 listeners cast tens of thousands of votes for their favourite songs which can be enjoyed on New Year’s Day… or on BBC Sounds on Boxing Day if Madonna fans can’t wait that long!”

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