Don’t go for second best baby
Put your love to the test
You know, you know, you’ve got to
Make him express how he feels
And maybe then you’ll know your love is real“
The year is 1989.
At $5 million dollars, the “Express Yourself” music video was one of the most expensive music videos to date. Set in a Metropolis setting, Madonna took over creative vision over the video and wanted a theme of women ruling the world.
For me, this was one of the most influential and feminist music videos I had ever seen. I loved the idea of women being in charge and men working for them. This music video has been copied and emulated over and over, and most notably in Christina Aguilera’s “I’m Not Myself Tonight”.
Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” drew a lot of online criticism for copying “Express Yourself”. There’s nothing really that sticks out to me. And being a big Madonna fan, I would notice those things instantly, and all I can really hear that is similar is the drum beat. The lyrics are different, and maybe some of the arranging is similar, but it’s not the same.
The lyrics in the song are original and I love how Madonna tells the listener to “don’t go for second best, baby”. Test yourself.
Listen to this song a few times, and maybe you’ll rethink your relationships.
Also, from the Blond Ambition Tour: