First Hit #1: February 7, 1987
I mentioned that Madonna came into her own with True Blue, so it’s kind of difficult to say I don’t actually like Open Your Heart. It’s very much a safe single, an attempt to keep the audience she had courted for years with her dance-oriented aesthetic. The track is a simple love song with the most basic sexual metaphor ever penned providing a big section of the chorus, but it’s also taking great pains to avoid alienating Madonna’s audience. We’ve got synth, we’ve got sax, we’ve got a basic beat that is pretty common during the time. Madonna is singing better than ever here, but it’s hardly the best song on the album. It is, however, the most safe, almost exactly what a pop single from the decade would be expected to sound like.
Of course, Madonna courted controversy anyway by debuting some extremely pointy undergarments in the peep-show themed video.