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Women Who Rocked the Eighties: Madonna and Pat Benatar

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I was born in the '80s and I think that music back then was so much more exciting and fun, than some of the stuff they play nowadays. The women singers from the 80's were so powerful and bold, they were so much more than just sugar and spice. They were both beautiful and talented, most of them not only sang their songs but wrote music, played instruments and danced as well. In this hub, I am writing about Madonna and Pat Benatar. I am having a flashback moment just mentioning the names of these two gorgeous, fierce female singers, I hope you enjoy.


Who better to start this hub with than Madonna "The Queen of Pop," not only was she famous in the 80's, but she still reigns, even to this very day. Collaborating with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and countless other young artists. Madonna was born Madonna Louise Ciccone in Bay City, Michigan, but later moved to New York in 1977 to pursue her career as a dancer. Lucky for her and us, they saw she was capable of so much more, Madonna was, and still is one of the best female performers, I have ever seen. She released her first album in 1983, and not too long after that she starred in her first movie "Desperately Seeking Susan" in 1985. Madonna is the one of best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and second top-selling female artist in the United States.

Madonna has had many number one hits, and countless albums, but the one song that to this day is embedded in my mind is "Like a Virgin" mainly because I can't help but remember the MTV performance she gave so many years ago, she was incredible. She broke so many taboo's with that song, and so many others she sang. Madonna knew how to use her sexuality as a positive tool, as a way of empowering women, she is comfortable being who she is, and does not give a rats bottom, if others approve or not.


Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar A.K.A. Patricia Mae Andrzejewski was born in Green point, Brooklyn, New York City. Pat was always a very gifted she sang her first solo when she was only eight and continued throughout her childhood starring in different plays in her schools. Pat was a classically trained singer who at one point planned to go to Julliard so you can imagine how shocked her family was when she decided she didn't want to sing but go to school for Health Education. That didn't last too long though after one year of attending school she dropped out to marry her high school sweetheart army draftee Dennis Benatar. For the next three years while her husband was stationed in Fort Lee, Virginia Pat worked as a bank teller so exciting right.

In 1973 bored with her drab job as a bank teller Pat starting pursuing her career as a singer. She sang at countless nightclubs and bars until she got her big break in 1975 when she performed on amateur night at the club "Catch a Rising Star". Her stunning vocals got her a call back from club owner Rick Newman. She later went on to perform for the club for several years. Pat was later spotted by Chrysalis Records by Terry Ellis in 1978. Together with the help of Terry she released her first album In "The Heat of The Night" in 1979.

Pat Benatar has such an amazing voice and has managed to mix her classical sound with a Rock-N-roll style to make a perfect match. She was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Pat is such a talented women I most remember her for her song "We Belong".


Joe on November 26, 2019:

Madonna is a very talented performer. Vocally, she’s on the same level as Jane Jackson. There were other female artists in the 1980s who were far more talented and on par with Benatar. There were 70s holdovers like Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Donna Summer, Joan Jett, Blondie, Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler, The Pointer Sisters, and The Pretenders.

80s talents included The Eurythmics, The Bangles, The GoGos, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Paula Abdul, and Jody Watley.

But the best vocalists in the eighties were 1960s veterans like Cher, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Olivia Newton-John, Barbra Streisand and the incomparable Linda Ronstadt who could belt out note for note with Pat Benatar.

Esrom Aritonang from Indonesia on September 18, 2012:

I like the vocal style of Benatar. I hear it genuine, not like today music which full of computer trick and average vocal quality. Madonna is also a revolutionary singer who impacted young musician today. Thanks for sharing nice music of 80.

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StvRich from East Rockaway - Long Island - Planet: Earth ~ on September 07, 2012:

I Like it! I have an article of my own INCLUDING "we belong" on it! But mine is an article Comparing Alannah Myles career with Pat's and even the singing style of Joan Jett (a little bit). I'd have to say I am very Biased in Alannah's favor, she needs the support from fans far far more now... if you investigate her sincerely. And she has such a Heart.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 04, 2012:

Great tribute to two really wonderful ladies. They're lucky to have gotten to the top and to have been able to develop their incredible talents. Passing this on.

jenubouka on August 01, 2012:

Sooo love these ladies; and I agree with you that the 80's held a special kind of place for women rockers.... I do have to admit that Madonna should of stopped in the 90's or at least get back to her roots. Pat is my all time fav.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on July 31, 2012:

You picked 2 of my favorites. Thank you

flashmakeit from usa on July 31, 2012:

Madonna is very talented and my favorite song by her is Papa Don't Preach. Vote up!!!!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on July 31, 2012:

Great hub enjoyed reading it, I'm not really a Madonna fan but i am a big Pat Benatar fan, love all her music !

Vote up and more !!!

Mary (author) from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on July 31, 2012:

Thank you for commenting and yes Cyndi Lauper was and still is awesome as well plus the lady never ages you should look at her in pictures now versus pictures back then.

MundaneMondays on July 31, 2012:

Cyndi Lauper was pretty good as well...few people speak about Pat Benitar, i found out she was dope after i heard Masta Ace use her in so many lyrics

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