List of artists influenced by Madonna

Madonna's conical bra became one of her most well-known and emulated outfits.

Since her debut in 1982, Madonna's contributions to music, film, fashion, dance, and popular culture alongside with her attitude has influenced many other artists in the world.[1][2][3][4] Her influence in the entertainment industry has generated extensive commentaries and analysis from critics, the media and public alike.

Madonna's influence on artists is praised by most authors and historians, because when she emerged in the 80's, almost all the top artists in the world were men and bands, but after her, almost all would be female singers, with many critics saying that she still with the same status and unrivaled by any of her colleagues.[5][6] This is one of the reasons why a range of authors (including Howard Kramer from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) commented that without her, "there would be no" many artists.[7][8]

Although Madonna took inspiration from other singers and people, music journalists from Billboard to MTV have commented that "she didn't follow anybody's formula" and "influenced herself".[7][9] Some authors noted that "Madonna ends inevitably present in the lives of almost all the singers in the world, either at the beginning or end of the race",[10] while others commenting that several "artists are more influenced by Madonna than any other artist past or present".[11]

Consistently voted and included on critic lists among the best or influential musicians of the history,[12] academics and music critics have called Madonna the most successful, admired and influential female performer of all-time.[13][14][15][16] She was ranked at number one on VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women in Music twice in 2012 (by the staff) and in 2002 (voted by the public).[17] Madonna is officially certified by the Guinness World Records as the best-selling female recording artist of all time.

According to J. Randy Taraborrelli, Madonna is one of "the most emulted female performers in show business history". Generally, magazines and other publications compiled "lists of artists influenced by Madonna", who also are named "Madonna" as a honorific nickname.


Marilyn Monroe, a major influence on Madonna's career.

Madonna has taken inspiration from a number of entertainers, including Marilyn Monroe,[18] David Bowie,[19] Patti Smith,[20] Karen Carpenter,[21] Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, and Aretha Franklin.[22] She also includes in her work, inspiration from the Kabbalah, as well on gender stereotypes, sexual clichés, corporate monoliths, and religious ones.[23][24][25] Billboard editor M. Tye Comer said: "Although Madonna had her influences, she created her own unmistakable style. She wrote her own ticket; she didn't have to follow anybody's formula. She declared who she was ... and took possession of her music".[7] Jocelyn Vena from MTV commented that "she's influenced others and even herself".[9] Richard Pérez-Feria from HuffPost said that Madonna took influences to guide her, but she never came off as derivate. She borrowed, sure, but she always "Madonnaized" it. Contrary, he noted that "Madonna’s younger musical contemporaries have liberally taken from her".[26]

Explaining the inspiration that she takes from other cultures, Madonna said in an interview with The Huffington Post in 2015, that is "our job as artists, to turn the world upside down and make everyone feel bewildered and have to rethink everything". She commented: "I’m inspired and I’m referencing other cultures. That is my right as an artist. They said Elvis Presley stole African-American culture". The singer later concluded that both "have a right to be "inspired" by other cultures".[27]