“Celebration” by Madonna

This track (“Celebration”) marks the 40th time Madonna topped Billboard’s noted Dance Club Songs chart. That’s another way of saying that by this point in career, the Queen of Pop had firmly established herself as a musician who specializes in party songs. 

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Madonna's Celebration at Lyrics.org.

And such is the case with this piece, in which the titular “celebration” is in fact identified as being a “party” in the chorus. And what the vocalist is admonishing the addressee to do, as usual in these cases, is to freely give themselves over to the spirit of the festivities. Or simply put, she’s more specifically encouraging them to dance. 

Moreover as commonly found in such Madonna tunes, there is a romantic undertone identifiably present in the lyrics. And what she is doing is sort of challenging said individual to show her what he’s got. And why? Because presently, contrary to his reputation, he seems timid in terms of getting down.

Lyrics to "Celebration" by Madonna

When was Madonna’s “Celebration” released?

July 31st, 2009. This is the title-track of the singer’s third compilation album. It is also the set’s first single.


Madonna wrote the song. But she didn’t compose it alone. She received assistance from three other prominent songwriters. They are:

  • Paul Oakenfold
  • Ian Green
  • Ciaran Gribbin

Aside co-writing “Celebration”, Madonna also co-produced it with Paul Oakenfold.

What Music Genre(s) is “Celebration”?

  • Dance-pop
  • House

Grammy Appearance

“Celebration” was nominated for the award “Best Dance Recording”. This happened at the 52nd Grammy awards ceremony. It, however, lost to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”. The category had the following songs compete for the award:

Chart Performance

  • US – 71
  • UK – 1
  • Switzerland – 4
  • Sweden – 1
  • Scotland – 1
  • Russia – 1
  • Portugal – 6
  • Norway – 3
  • Netherlands – 2
  • Japan – 5
  • Italy – 1
  • Israel – 1
  • Ireland – 10
  • Iceland – 8
  • Greece – 7
  • Germany – 5
  • France – 2
  • Finland – 1
  • Denmark – 5
  • Czech Republic – 5
  • Croatia – 9
  • Canada – 5
  • Bulgaria – 1
  • Belgium – 3
  • Austria – 8

The “Celebration” Album

Celebration is a song Madonna released as the first single from her Celebration album. FYI, the album in question is Madonna’s third album of the greatest hits album series.

Warner Bros. Records released the album on September 18, 2009. The album consists of 34 of Madonna’s hit songs between 1982 (when she signed to Warner Bros.) and 2009.

Madonna worked with various musicians and producers to make and produce the album. They include:

  • Justin Timberlake
  • William Orbit
  • Timbaland
  • Reggie Lucas
  • Stuart Price
  • Lucas Oakenfold

Upon its release, many music reviewers praised Madonna for the vast choices of hit songs she had chosen for the compilation of the album.

The album peaked at the first position on the following countries’ official album charts:

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • United Kingdom
  • Russia

After the album topped the U.K. albums chart, Madonna was at par with Elvis Presley as the record holder for the most number-one albums in the U.K. by a solo artist.

Celebration was ranked at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart. It has received many platinum and gold status from over 20 countries. As of today, the project has sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

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