Earlier this week we celebrated Madonna's 33rd anniversary since she first shimmied and pelvic-thrusted her way into the public consciousness with her self-titled debut album.
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Now let's take a look at the songs that paved the way to her coronation as the undisputed Queen of Pop.
Not only are these her greatest songs, but her most definitive. Songs that established—and reestablished, again and again—her as a force to be reckoned with, as a pop culture icon, as an entertainment legend, and as one of the greatest artists to emerge from the 20th century.
Click through the gallery to get into these 33 iconic grooves.