Now I'm Following You: Dance Hits That Preceded & Followed Madonna's To #1

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(All images via Sire/Warner Bros./Maverick/Interscope)

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Madonna has extended her record-setting number of Billboard Dance Club Songs #1 hits, I thought I'd put together this handy guide to which songs preceded and followed Madonna's #1s on the chart. It's not so much about Madonna as it is a microcosm of the diversity of dance music of the past 36 years.

The charts are a find for me, in that while I was always way into the Hot 100, I never realized how many dance hits I'd never even heard ascended to #1 on this chart. (The chart has been pretty pointless for 10 years, though, almost always allowing songs one week at #1 — very fixed-feeling.)

P.S. How did “Rescue Me” fail to hit #1?! Wonder if it wasn't considered officially serviced.

Check out the train of succession …

1983

“Rockit,” Herbie Hancock (August 27, September 3, 10 & 17) — “Holiday”/“Lucky Star” (September 24, October 1, 8, 15 & 22) — “Let the Music Play,” Shannon (October 29; November 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3)

1984/1985

“Big in Japan,” Alphaville (December 1 & December 8) — Like a Virgin” (December 15, 22 & 29; January 5) — “We Are the Young,” Dan Hartman (January 12 & 19, 1985)

One of the best, but it held the pole position for only a week.

1985

“Bad Habits,” Jenny Burton (March 23) — “Material Girl” (March 30) — “In My House,” Mary Jane Girls (April 6 & 13)

“Thinking About Your Love,” Skipworth & Turner (June 22) — “Angel”/“Into the Groove” (June 29) — “19,” Paul Hardcastle (July 6 & 13)

1986

NONE

1987

“C'est La Vie (Remix),” Robbie Nevil (February 7) — “Open Your Heart” (February 14) — “Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)”/“Shout,” Mel & Kim (February 21)

“Sidewalk Talk” hit #1 — but wasn't credited to Madonna.

“The Real Thing (Remix),” Jellybean (October 24) — “Causing a Commotion” (October 31) — “Bad (Remix),” Michael Jackson (November 7 & 14)

1988

“The Way You Make Me Feel,” Michael Jackson (January 30) — You Can Dance (LP Cuts) (February 6)

“Some Kind of Lover (Remix)”, Jody Watley (February 13)

1989

“This Is Acid,” Maurice (April 1 & 8) — Like a Prayer” (April 15 & 22) — “Buffalo Stance,” Neneh Cherry (April 29)

“Secret Rendezvous,” Karyn White (July 1) — “Express Yourself” (July 8, 15 & 22) — “Deep in Vogue,” Malcolm McLaren (July 29)

1990

“All Around the World,” Lisa Stansfield (March 17 & 24) — “Keep It Together” (March 31) — “Touch Me,” 49-ers (April 7 & 14)

“Alright (Remix),” Janet Jackson (May 5 & 12) — “Vogue” (May 19 & May 26) — “The Power,” Snap! (June 2)

Brazilian 12"

1991

“Power of Love”/“Build a Bridge,” Deee-Lite (January 5 & 12) — “Justify My Love,” (January 19 & 26) — “I Don't Know Anybody Else,” Black Box

1992

“Saved My Life,” Lil Louis & the World (November 14) — “Erotica” (November 21) — “Are You Ready to Fly?,” Rozalla (November 28)

1993

“I'm Gonna Get You,” Bizarre Inc. feat. Angie Brown (January 16 & 23) — “Deeper and Deeper” (January 30) — “Don't You Want Me,” Felix feat. Jomanda (February 6)

“Show Me Love,” Robin S. (May 8) — “Fever” (May 15) — “Who Is It” (May 22), Michael Jackson

1994

“Dreamer,” Livin' Joy (November 19) — “Secret” (November 26 & December 3)

“Excited,” M People (December 10 & 17)

1995

“Respect,” Judy Cheeks (May 6) — “Bedtime Story” (May 13) — “Body to Body (Keep in Touch),” Shades of Love feat. Meli'sa Morgan (May 20)

1996

NONE

1997

“Never Miss the Water,” Chaka Khan feat. Me'shell Ndegeocello (February 15) — “Don't Cry for Me, Argentina” (February 22) — “Runaway,” NuYorican Soul feat. India (March 1)

1998

“Fun,” Da Mob feat. Jocelyn Brown (April 18) — “Frozen” (April 25 & May 2) — “Found a Cure,” Ultra Naté (May 9, 16 & 23)

“Sunchyme,” Dario G (June 13) — “Ray of Light” (June 20 & 27; July 4 & 11) — “Sweet Freedom,” Shawn Christopher (July 18 & 25)

Vinyl matters

1999

“You Got Me (Burnin' Up),” Cevin Fisher (March 6) — “Nothing Really Matters” (March 13 & 20) — “Jackie's Strength,” Tori Amos (March 27)

“What You Need,” Powerhouse feat. Duane Harden (July 17) — “Beautiful Stranger” (July 24 & 31) — “I Will Go with You (Con Te Partiro),” Donna Summer (August 7)

2000

“The Chase,” Giorgio Moroder vs. Jam & Spoon (March 25) — “American Pie” (April 1) — “Think It Over,” Jennifer Holliday (April 8)

“Stronger,” Kristine W (September 9) — “Music” (September 16, 23, 30; October 7 & 14) — “Your Child,” Mary J. Blige (October 21)”

2001

“The Underground,” Celeda (January 13) — “Don't Tell Me” (January 20) — “Lady (Hear Me Tonight),” Modjo (January 27)

“All for You,” Janet Jackson (May 12, 19 & 26) — “What It Feels Like for a Girl” (June 2) — “Dream On, Depeche Mode” (June 9)

“Break 4 Love,” Peter Rauhofer + Pet Shop Boys = The Collaboration (November 10) —

“Impressive Instant” (November 17 & 24) — “So Strong,” Ben Shaw feat. Adele Holness (December 1)

2002

“Irresistible!,” Superchumbo (November 23) — “Die Another Day” (November 30; December 7) — “Mr. Lonely,” Deborah Cox (December 14)

2003

“Love Is a Crime,” Anastacia (May 24) — “American Life” (May 31) — “Rock Your Body,” Justin Timberlake (June 7)

“Pavement Cracks,” Annie Lennox (August 9 & 16) — Hollywood” (August 23) — “Sunrise,” Simply Red (August 30)

2003/2004

“Believe,” Murk (December 20) — “Me Against the Music,” Britney Spears feat. Madonna (December 27 & January 3) — “Are You Ready for Love,” Elton John (January 10)

2004

“Wonderful,” Annie Lennox (January 31) — “Nothing Fails,” Madonna (February 7) — “Fake,” Simply Red (February 14)

“Toxic,” Britney Spears (March 27) — “Love Profusion” (April 3) — “Not in Love,” Enrique Iglesias feat. Kelis (April 10)

French remixes — COADF was one of her most popular releases, dance-wise.

2005

“Cool,” Gwen Stefani (November 12) — “Hung Up” (November 19 & 26; December 3 & 10) — “I've Got a Life (It's the Only Thing That's Mine),” Eurythmics (December 17 & 24)

2006

“Be Without You,” Mary J. Blige (March 11) — “Sorry” (March 18 & 25) — “Talk,” Coldplay (April 1)

“The One That Got Away,” Natasha Bedingfield (June 17) — “Get Together” (June 24) — “Tracking Treasure Down,” Gabriel & Dresden (July 1)

“Hard,” Africanism All Stars (November 11) — “Jump” (November 18 & 25) — “F*cking Boyfriend,” the bird and the bee (December 2)

2007

NONE

2008

“Touch My Body,” Mariah Carey (May 10) — “4 Minutes,” Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland (May 17 & 24) — “Pocketful of Sunshine,” Natasha Bedingfield (May 31)

“When I Grow Up,” Pussycat Dolls (August 2) — “Give It 2 Me” (August 9) — “Give Peace a Chance,” Ono (August 16)

2009

“Bulletproof,” La Roux (September 19) — “Celebration” (September 26) — “Obsessed,” Mariah Carey (October 3)

2010

NONE

2011

NONE

2012

“International Love,” Pitbull feat. Chris Brown (March 24) — “Give Me All Your Luvin',” Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. (March 31) — “Domino,” Jessie J (April 7)

“Love on Top,” Beyoncé (April 14) — “Girl Gone Wild” (April 21) — “Never Forget,” Dave Aude feat. Lena Katina (April 28)

“Spectrum,” Zedd feat. Matthew Koma (September 1) — “Turn Up the Radio” (September 8) — “Scream,” Usher (September 15)

2013

NONE

2014

NONE

2015

“Right Now,” Mary J. Blige (February 28) — “Living for Love” (March 7) — “Time of Our Lives,” Pitbull & Ne-Yo (March 14)

“Chains,” Nick Jonas (May 23) — “Ghosttown” (May 30) — “The Giver (Reprise),” Duke Dumont (June 6)

“Honey, I'm Good.,” Andy Grammer (August 8) — “Bitch, I'm Madonna, Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj (August 15) — “Kiss Me Quick,” Nathan Sykes (August 22)

2016

NONE

2017

NONE

2018

NONE

She continues to rise … 

2019

“Give You Up, Dido” (June 22) — “Medellín,” Madonna & Maluma (June 29) — “S.O.S.,” Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc (July 6)

“Higher Love,” Kygo X Whitney Houston (August 24) — “I Rise” (August 31) — ?

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