Ray Of Light (studio album) by Madonna

Ray Of Light by Madonna
Year: 1998
Overall rank: 640th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
74/100 (from 568 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1998 (8th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (108th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (640th)

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Ray Of Light is ranked as the best album by Madonna.

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-Ray Of LightLike A Prayer

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 77 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
74/100 (from 568 votes)
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06/10/2022 16:04 nomaq  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 6483/100
 
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05/27/2022 17:18 Jakor  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,73272/100
 
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05/11/2022 13:51 black-light  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 68577/100
 
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This album has a Bayesian average rating of 74.2/100, a mean average of 72.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 74.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 20.2.

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From 08/04/2021 06:35
Listen ROL is always a good idea
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60/100
From 12/10/2020 02:23
This is on the low end of the Madonna spectrum for me.
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60/100
From 11/25/2020 15:30
Her finest hour. Overall, 60/100.
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From 08/20/2020 02:22
love this
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70/100
From 11/11/2019 16:42
Her best album
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From 10/23/2019 19:14
An unexpected album that once again proved Madonna as the queen of reinvention.
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From 07/21/2019 01:20
love this album
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90/100
From 07/19/2019 20:54
Favorite Tracks:Drowned World/Substitute For Love, The Power Of Goodbye
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From 01/03/2019 12:18
Grande acerto de Madonna. Tinha house, misticismo e produção divina.
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From 10/28/2018 05:48
Why this one? Of all her albums, why choose the one with rather uninspired ‘90s electronic production, with less expressive vocals than I’m expecting from Madonna, with... ugh, you know where this reminds me of? Those hip hop albums that get a lot of praise, and people comment on it like: “I don’t like hip hop, but this...”. They’re just more ‘white’: more melody, more choruses, more self-loathing in the lyrics. Which aren’t necessarily bad things, and the praise is sometimes deserved, but what’s so bad about the hip hop albums that don’t do those things?
And now that I think of it, this is on of Madonna’s least ‘feminine’ and sex-focused albums. I think that explains a lot.

Anyway, the album is still good, and shows how Madonna can survive in any musical environment.
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Best Albums of 1998
1. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
2. Mezzanine by Massive Attack
3. Moon Safari by Air (FR)
4. Aquemini by OutKast
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6. The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill
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8. Ray Of Light by Madonna
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19. Yield by Pearl Jam
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