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What else would we talk about this week? Plus, more tributes following Madonna's birthday and hits that have made second encores on Billboard charts

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Hi Gary,

For Madonna's birthday last Friday (Aug. 16), I compiled a playlist of some of her best "B-side" tracks and live performances.

Here's the link:

It would be great if you could share that piece. I bet her fans would really appreciate it.

Keep up the great work. You'll always have a fan in me!

Nihal Advani

Thanks Nihal,

Fun list! And, of course, Billboard ranked her 40 top-performing hits on the Hot 100, viewable here.

Your lists and even ours, however, don't quite reflect each fan's specific personal tastes. Here, then, is how I'd rank my top 20 favorite Madonna songs. (As I became a fan upon the release of "Like a Prayer" in 1989, my countdown leans more toward her efforts from then on):

20, "Oh Father"
19, "Beautiful Stranger"
18, "Music"
17, "Live to Tell"
16, "La Isla Bonita"

15, "Beautiful Killer"
14, "This Used to Be My Playground"
13, "Vogue"
12, "I'll Remember"
11, "Like a Prayer"
10, "Nothing Fails"
9, "Dress You Up"
8, "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
7, "Cherish"
6, "Sorry"
5, "Time Stood Still"
4, "Frozen"
3, "Rain"
2, "The Power of Goodbye"

… and at No. 1, thanks to its effortlessly melodic verses, great chorus and lush '80s production:

1, "Who's That Girl"

How about you? Please feel free to rank your favorite material by the Material Girl and send it, along with any commentary, to for the next mailbag.

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