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“Holiday” was released on September 7, 1983 with “I Know It” on the B-side as the third single from her self-titled debut album, Madonna, released in July 1983. It became her first mainstream hit and established her as a rising pop star.

“Holiday” was written by Curtis Hudson and Lisa Stevens of the band Pure Energy. Madonna’s then-boyfriend, DJ John “Jellybean” Benitez, produced the track. Benitez was brought in to remix some of the album’s tracks, and he played a crucial role in refining “Holiday” for commercial release. The song was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in New York City. Musically, “Holiday” is a dance-pop song with an infectious beat, upbeat melody, and catchy chorus. It features a blend of synthesizers, a rhythmic bassline, and a vibrant, celebratory sound that became a hallmark of Madonna’s early work. The lyrics of “Holiday” are simple yet uplifting, encouraging listeners to forget their troubles and take a break from their daily routines. The chorus—”If we took a holiday / Took some time to celebrate / Just one day out of life / It would be, it would be so nice”—conveys a universal desire for relaxation and enjoyment, resonating with a wide audience.

“Holiday” received positive reviews from critics, who praised its catchy melody and Madonna’s energetic performance. The song became her first hit single, reaching number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It also charted well internationally, reaching the top ten in several countries, including the UK, where it peaked at number six. The single also reached the top of Billboard Dance Club Songs, and UK Dance charts. “Holiday” is included also on the 1987 remix compilation You Can Dance and on the 1990 compilation The Immaculate Collection.

Although there was no official music video produced for “Holiday” at the time of its release, the song’s popularity was bolstered by Madonna’s live performances and television appearances. One of the most notable performances was on the American music-dance television show American Bandstand, where Madonna’s charismatic stage presence and distinctive style helped to further propel the song’s success.

“Holiday” is considered one of Madonna’s signature songs and remains a staple in her live performances. It is frequently included in her concert setlists and has appeared on numerous greatest hits compilations, such as The Immaculate Collection and Celebration. The success of “Holiday” was instrumental in establishing Madonna’s career and setting the stage for her future as a pop icon. The song’s upbeat, feel-good vibe and danceable rhythm helped to define the sound of early 1980s pop music and showcased Madonna’s potential as a leading figure in the music industry.

Overall, “Holiday” is celebrated for its joyful energy, catchy hooks, and timeless appeal. It remains a beloved track that captures the spirit of celebration and relaxation, resonating with audiences across generations. The song’s success marked the beginning of Madonna’s journey to becoming one of the most influential and enduring figures in pop music.

Madonna – Holiday – Official Music Video. The song was written by Curtis Hudson Lisa Stevens. “Holiday” was released as a third single from Madonna’ eponymous 1983 debut album. The single hit number one on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart in the U.S., #2 in the UK and Ireland, #4 in Australia and reached top ten on the singles charts all over the world. “Holiday” appeared also on the 1987 remix compilation You Can Dance and on the 1990 compilation The Immaculate Collection.

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