Friday, July 19, 2013

Music’s Most Scandalous Videos

Madonna, ‘Like a Prayer’ (1989)

As soon as a cross is set on fire, it’s safe to assume people are going to complain. The “Like a Prayer” video is a morality play about racism and murder where for some reason Madonna isn’t inspired to go do the right thing until a statue comes to life. Religious groups were not pleased with the burning crosses, stigmata, and other iconography in the video, and protested both Madonna and Pepsi, which had used the song in ads. It’s since been revered as one of the best songs of Madonna’s career, ranking at No. 300 on Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest songs of all time.