Into the Groove

Into the Groove

Infobox Single
Name = Into the Groove

Artist = Madonna
from Film = Desperately Seeking Susan from album = Like a Virgin
B-side = "Shoo-Bee-Doo"
"Physical Attraction" (Japan)
Released = July 23, 1985
Format = 12" Maxi Single
CD Single
Genre = Pop, Dance, Freestyle
Length = 4:40
Label = Sire, Warner Bros.
Writer = Madonna
Steve Bray
Producer = Madonna
Steve Bray
Certification = Gold (UK)
Last single = "Angel" (1985)
This single = "Into the Groove" (1985)
Next single = "Dress You Up" (1985)
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Like a Virgin "(non-US release)'
Type = studio
prev_track = "Love Don't Live Here Anymore"
prev_no = 5
this_track = "Into the Groove"
track_no = 6
next_track = "Dress You Up"
next_no = 7
Extra tracklisting
Album = You Can Dance
Type = compilation
prev_track = "Over and Over"
prev_no = 5
this_track = "Into the Groove"
track_no = 6
next_track = "Where's the Party"
next_no = 7
Extra tracklisting
Album = The Immaculate Collection
Type = compilation
prev_track = "Crazy for You"
prev_no = 6
this_track = "Into the Groove"
track_no = 7
next_track = "Live to Tell"
next_no = 8

"Into the Groove" is a 1985 song by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her first major feature film "Desperately Seeking Susan". It was released as a single on July 23, 1985 by Sire Records. It later appeared on the 1985 European re-issue of her second studio album, "Like a Virgin", and also appears remixed on both the 1987 remix compilation "You Can Dance" and the 1990 greatest hits compilation "The Immaculate Collection". In some countries, such as the United States, it was released only as the B-side to the maxi-single of "Angel".

ong information

The version heard in the film "Desperately Seeking Susan" is the original demo version of the song that still remains unreleased.

After its successful release on 23 July1985, "Into the Groove" was added to the "Like a Virgin" album in Europe. The song became one of Madonna's signature hits and record stores in the States actually had to put up signs to tell consumers that the song was available on the "Angel" maxi-single. Due to similar problems with "Crazy for You" and "Material Girl" being released at similar times and competing with each other, in the United States it was decided against releasing "Into the Groove" as a 7" single so it would not compete with "Angel" off the "Like a Virgin" album. It did contribute to additional sales of the Angel maxi single.

To date it is Madonna's best selling singles in the UK, having sold 843,561 copies since its release. It stayed at Number One in the UK charts for 4 weeks. During its stay at number one, Madonna's first UK hit "Holiday" (which had re-entered the chart shortly after the release of "Into the Groove") was at number two and "Crazy for You" was in the lower regions of the top 40. The song was the third biggest UK seller of 1985 behind Jennifer Rush's "The Power of Love" and "I Know Him So Well" by Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson. Madonna indicated that she wrote the song while a Latin boy was waiting to take her out on a date. In the UK, as well as 7" and 12" there was a heart shaped picture disc. With its double-stickered sleeve, it is currently valued at £50. And a 12" with film poster, valued at £30.

"Into the Groove" also marks Madonna's first number one single in Spain, where she would go on to have over 20 number one singles, more than in any other country, throughout her successful musical career.

The quick release of "Into the Groove" as an A-side would also see Madonna attain her second number one single in South Africa, and it would go on to be the third highest selling single of 1985 there, behind George Michael's "Careless Whisper" and Jennifer Rush's "The Power of Love". In fact, it would be the start of many number ones and impressive sales in this country, where Madonna is regarded as the biggest selling female artist of all time - across many diverse cultures.

Madonna performed "Into the Groove" on The Virgin Tour, on the Who's That Girl World Tour in 1987 and on the Blond Ambition Tour. She also performed it on her Live Aid performance in 1985.

The song was remixed in 1987 by Shep Pettibone for Madonna's remix compilation "You Can Dance". Pettibone again remixed the song in 1990 alongside Goh Hotoda for the "Immaculate Collection" compilation.

Madonna re-tailored the song in 2003, with a remix called "Into the Hollywood Groove," which replaces the first verse of "Into the Groove" with the first verse of "Hollywood." The lyrics of the chorus are also slightly altered. It also features a rap by Missy Elliott. This version of the song was used for a Gap ad featuring the pair of them in Gap jeans in the summer of 2003. This version can also be found in the 2003 Madonna EP "Remixed & Revisited" and was also used in Madonna's 2004 Re-Invention Tour, where it was introduced with a bagpipe interlude. The song was updated "again" in 2008 on the Sticky & Sweet Tour, layering the song with elements of Cassius's "Toop Toop", Frankie Smith's "Double Dutch Bus", The Sugarhill Gang's "" and Madonna's own "Jump".

In 2003, Madonna fans were asked to vote for their Top 20 Madonna singles of all-time by "Q-Magazine". "Into the Groove" was allocated the #3 spot.

In 2005, the song placed at #90 on Blender Magazine's "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born" []

Music video

The music video was comprised of clips from the movie "Desperately Seeking Susan" with the lyrics often matching the images. Doug Dowdle of Parallax Productions (a company that pioneered in movie/music videos during the 1980s) created this video from edited footage of the movie, directed by Susan Seidelman. []

*Director: Doug Dowdle
*Producer: Jeffrey Abelson
*Director of Photography: Ed Lochman
*Editor: Doug Dowdle
*Production Company: Parallax Productions

Official versions

#Original Version 4:40
#Video Version 3:51
#"The Immaculate Collection"/Q-Sound Mix 4:10
#"You Can Dance" Version 8:26
#"You Can Dance" Unmixed Version 8:38
#"You Can Dance" Single Edit 4:48
#"You Can Dance" Dub Version 6:22
#Susan Macleod Live Version on "I'm Going to Tell You a Secret" 7:19
#RIT Rehearsal (Unreleased) 7:28
#Sticky & Sweet Rehearsal (Unreleased) 5:46

Released promotionally:
#Love to Infinity's Special Edition Mix #1 10:13
#Love to Infinity's Special Edition Mix #2 9:22
#Love to Infinity's Special Edition Edit 4:07
#Love to Infinity's Funktastic Mix 6:36
#Love to Infinity's Funktastic Edit 4:45
#Love to Infinity's Burning Club Mix 5:03
#Love to Infinity's Gyrator Mix 5:26
#Acapella (Unreleased) 4:41

Into The Hollywood Groove
#Gap Edit 1:08
#The Passengerz Mix 3:45
#Peter Rauhofer Mix (Unreleased) 7:23
#Acapella Transfer (Unreleased) 3:45

Track listings and formats

*UK 7" Single
#"Into the Groove"

*UK 12" Single / European CD Single (Re-Issue)
#"Into the Groove"


1 (B-Side to "Angel" 12" single)

Cover versions

* Ciccone Youth (also known as Sonic Youth) covered "Into the Groove" (as "Into the Groove(y)"). It appeared on the "The Whitey Album" and was also released as a single.
* Dale Bozzio, former lead singer of new wave band Missing Persons, covered the song for the Madonna tribute album "Virgin Voices II".
* A dance cover of the song was recorded by the group Mad'House for the album "Absolutely Mad".
* French pop/rock group Superbus covered "Into the Groove" for their 2002 album, "Aeromusical". It was the third and final single from the album.
* A 2007 folk music tribute compilation to Madonna, entitled "Through the Wilderness", features a cover of the song by Jeremy Jay.
* In 1988 the Italian singer Mina covered "Into the Groove" in her album "Ridi pagliaccio".
* A band called The Medic Droid covered the song on their album, "Whats Your Medium".

amples, appearances in other media, etc.

* In 2003, Madonna's "Into the Groove" was combined with the vocals of Dannii Minogue's third and final single from her album "Neon Nights", "Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling". The mix, called "Don't Wanna Lose This Groove", was the second official sampling of a Madonna song,Fact|date=February 2008 preceding the Avalanches' sampling of "Holiday". "Into the Groove"'s instrumentation (and a small Madonna vocal sample) were added to Dannii Minogue's vocals (though Minogue's pitch was altered to fit the tempo of the song).


*Heard on the radio in Southern California at the time of the song's popularity was a parody called "Into the Nude." The parody contained lyrics such as "Only when I'm naked can I feel this free/At night, I hit the lights so everyone can see."
*Madtv Parodied the GAP advert, Mo Collins as Madonna and Aries Spears as Missy Elliot
*French & Saunders parodied the GAP advert with French as Missy Elliot and Saunders as Madonna

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