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Single by Madonna
from the album You Can Dance
B-side "Where's the Party"
Released April 25, 1988 (Japan CD 3")
Format CD, 7", 12"
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop, Dance
Length 6:15 (Album Version)
4:33 (Single Edit)
3:35 (Original 'True Blue' Demo)
Label Sire, Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Madonna, Stephen Bray, Curtis Hudson
Producer Stephen Bray
Madonna singles chronology
"The Look of Love"
"Like a Prayer"
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"Spotlight" is the first and only single by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her 1987 remix compilation You Can Dance and was only released in Japan on April 25, 1988 by Sire Records.


Song history

Originally recorded during the 1986 True Blue album sessions, "Spotlight" was omitted from the album release and ended up as the "new" track on the remix compilation You Can Dance in 1987.

Although "Spotlight" was not officially released as a single in the U.S., therefore not eligible at the time to appear on Billboard's Hot 100, it did manage to garner enough airplay to appear on Billboard's Top 40 airplay chart in early '88. It debuted on that chart for the week ending 1/16/88 and peaked three weeks later at #32 (2/6/88) spending a total of five weeks on it. In Japan, the song peaked at #3.

The song made reference to a Sly & Family Stone song, "Everybody Is A Star". The song was featured in the last of a series of Japanese TV commercials she filmed for electronics company Mitsubishi (the VCR model in question for this commercial was the "F-5.3") from 1985 to 1988 (most of which had been used as cross-promotion for the Japanese leg of her 1987 Who's That Girl World Tour) under the campaign name of "Dreams Come True".

No video was recorded for the single.

Track listings

  • Japan 7" Vinyl[1]
  1. "Spotlight" (Single Edit)
  2. "Where's The Party" (Remix Single Edit)
  • Japan 7" Vinyl Promo
  1. "Spotlight" (LP Version with Fade)
  2. "The Look of Love"
  • Japan Mini CD[2]
  1. "Spotlight"
  2. "Where's The Party"

Official versions

  1. Album Version [Mixed] 6:15
  2. Album Version [Unmixed] 6:25
  3. Single Edit 4:33
  4. Original Demo Version [unreleased] 3:35
  5. Dub Version [present on YCD cassette] 4:47


  1. ^, "Spotlight" 7" Vinyl Japanese Release, Accessed on January 3, 2008
  2. ^, "Spotlight" Mini CD Japanese Release, Accessed on January 3, 2008


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