This is arguably not only one of Madonna’s best pop songs, but one of the best pop songs of all time by anybody. There is something so magical and spiritually moving about this song that never gets old. I remember hearing the edited version of it for the first time in her Pepsi commercial and being totally blown away and then hearing the full thing the next day on the radio and was even more entranced by it which I didn’t think was even possible. I was in college at the time at Fordham, and I remember I was in Keating Hall which is kind of like an old castle in structure and it was the perfect setting to hear the song. Her voice, the lyrics, the slow hymn-like verses, the instantly memorable chorus, the choir section – it all adds up to pop perfection. No one had heard anything like this on pop radio before and it opened yet another unbelievable chapter in her musical lexicon. Sure there is the double meaning that can be read into some of the lyrics, particularly the chorus but I really feel like it is more of a spiritual release for her rather than a sexual one. The passionate live performances she has given the song over the years really exemplify that aspect. Every time I hear it, I just stop and marvel at what a great song it is even so many years later. Long may it reign!