“Material Girl” is a song by Madonna, an American singer, songwriter, and actress. It was written by Peter Brown and Robert Rans, and produced by Nile Rodgers. “Material Girl” was released as the second single from her second studio album, “Like a Virgin,” on January 23, 1985 with “Pretender” on the B-side. The song quickly became one of Madonna’s signature hits and an iconic anthem of the 1980s.
Upon its release, “Material Girl” received widespread acclaim and became one of Madonna’s breakout hits, reaching the top of the charts in several countries. The accompanying music video, inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” further solidified Madonna’s status as a pop culture icon
“Material Girl” is a playful and satirical track that explores themes of materialism and the pursuit of wealth and luxury. The lyrics depict Madonna as a confident, independent woman who acknowledges the importance of money and material possessions in society. However, she also asserts that she is not solely defined by her desire for material things and seeks true love and emotional connection. The song’s title and lyrics are a reference to the famous line “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” from the 1953 film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Madonna’s “Material Girl” has since become synonymous with her persona and has been regarded as a statement on consumer culture and female empowerment.
Musically, “Material Girl” features an upbeat and catchy pop sound with a strong emphasis on synthesizers and infectious hooks. The song’s infectious melody, coupled with Madonna’s energetic vocals and confident delivery, contributed to its commercial success and enduring popularity.
The music video was inspired by Madonna’s admiration of Marilyn Monroe. The video showcases Madonna in various glamorous settings, surrounded by wealthy suitors and expensive gifts. was shot January 10 and 11, 1985, at Ren-Mar Studios in Hollywood, California, and was directed by Mary Lambert.
“Material Girl” remains one of Madonna’s most recognizable and beloved songs. Its catchy melody, witty lyrics, and iconic imagery have made it a staple of her live performances and a cultural touchstone of the 1980s. The song’s lasting impact continues to resonate with audiences, solidifying Madonna’s status as a pop music legend.