Madonna Just Turned 60. She's Still Afraid of Thunder

Everything you ever wanted to know about the 'Material Girl' is coming out on milestone occasion
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2018 9:55 AM CDT
Madonna speaks to the press at a news conference in Blantyre, Malawi, on July 16, 2018.   (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)
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(Newser) – Who would've thought we'd live to tell the tale of seeing the Material Girl turn 60? Madonna Louise Ciccone enters sexagenarian territory Thursday, and the internet is, not surprisingly, throwing a no-holds-barred party. USA Today features a chronological timeline of 60 of the superstar's greatest moments, from her first single, 1982's "Everybody," all the way through to her Catholic-inspired get-up at this year's Met Gala. Meanwhile, the New York Times also highlights 60 notable items, documenting how Madonna has influenced culture and merged "power, innovation, [and] identity … and much more into a singular career in music, fashion, movies, and beyond that's crossed boundaries and obliterated the status quo." Let's get into the groove of what everyone else is saying about her momentous milestone:

  • E! Online tries to fill in any gaps for those who haven't kept up on their Madonna studies, listing "60 crazy facts about Madonna you probably didn't know." Here's a teaser: She's afflicted with brontophobia, a terror of thunder and lightning.
  • Opinions may obviously vary on what Madonna's best songs are, but Entertainment Weekly takes a crack at it, ranking her top 60 singles. You may be surprised at the ordering. No. 1 is "Like a Prayer." Meanwhile, NewNowNext lists what it thinks are Madonna's most underrated songs (and if you're not a superfan, you likely haven't heard of many of these picks).
  • It's impossible to talk about Madonna without noting her fashion influences. From her famous "Boy Toy" belt buckle to her "bullet bra," CNN Style and Yahoo Lifestyle check out her most provocative and controversial outfits.

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