“Express Yourself” is a pop song by American singer Madonna. The song was written by Madonna and Stephen Bray. It was released on May 9, 1989 with “The Look of Love” on the B-side as the second single from her fourth studio album “Like a Prayer.” The song is known for its catchy melody, empowering message, and energetic production. “Express Yourself” was a critical and commercial success. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States and number one in several other countries, incl. #1 in Italy, Canada, and Billboard Dance Club Songs, and Dance Singles chart in the United States.. It remains one of Madonna’s signature songs and is often celebrated for its positive and empowering message. The song was included on the greatest hits compilation albums The Immaculate Collection (1990), and Celebration (2009).
The song’s music video was directed by David Fincher and was one of the most controversial videos of its time. The video features Madonna in a variety of provocative outfits, including a dominatrix costume and a wedding dress. The video was banned by several MTV affiliates, but it helped to make “Express Yourself” one of Madonna’s most iconic songs.