Madonna Louise Ciccone, globally renowned as one of the greatest pop icons, will be honoured on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds this New Year’s Day with a three-hour show (2-5 pm) titled “Your Ultimate Madonna Song.” The program will showcase the top 40 favourite songs as voted by Radio 2 listeners, and a new Madonna Collection will be featured on BBC Sounds.

The voting initiative commenced on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Monday, 27 November, and will conclude on Friday, 8 December at 4 pm. Listeners can cast their votes for up to five of their preferred tracks from Madonna’s impressive 61 Top Ten UK hits at Scott Mills will host the Top 40 countdown, providing intriguing facts, statistics, and exclusive insights from archive interviews with Madonna and collaborators like Nile Rodgers and William Orbit. Renowned fans such as Alesha Dixon, Gabrielle, Louise, Vicky McClure, Mark Owen, Faye Tozer, and others will express their admiration for the iconic artist. “Your Ultimate Madonna Song” will be exclusively available on BBC Sounds from Boxing Day (00.01).

Scott says: “Madonna has been an incomparable trailblazer since she first donned her lace fingerless gloves in 1983 and burst into the UK charts. What a dream for me to be able to spend three hours counting down Radio 2 listeners’ favourite tracks so please cast your votes now!”

Jeff Smith, Radio 2’s Head of Music, says: “We have all been listening to Madonna songs for the past 40 years, so it’s only right that in the year she performs in the UK to thousands of fans, she is celebrated on Radio 2 for her incredible catalogue of hits that make her a pop icon.”

Additionally, two further specials will be aired on Radio 2 on New Year’s Day and will be available on BBC Sounds in the Madonna Collection from Boxing Day.

In “Michelle Visage: My Queen – Madonna,” Michelle pays tribute to the biggest-selling female artist in history and her idol. The show delves into Michelle’s personal journey, celebrating Madonna’s impact on music, videos, tours, films, costumes, interviews, and her support for the LGBTQIA+ community. The hour-long show airs on Radio 2 from 5-6 pm on New Year’s Day.

Michelle says: “This is a show I’ve wanted to make my entire life, and is a personal and heartfelt love letter to the woman who changed my life… and the world. Her support of the lgbtqia+ community is legendary, and I can’t wait to celebrate her EVERYTHING!”

Madonna at the BBC features archive interviews discussing Madonna’s rise to fame, ambition, reinvention, and controversies, along with key songs. Madonna reflects on her years in dance, electronic music, and disco, as well as her acting career. The show includes interviews from various points in her career, highlighting her personality, bold style, and preparation for tours and studio recording. It will be broadcast on Radio 2 from 6-7 pm on New Year’s Day.

Madonna, an indisputable force in the history of music, has spent over ten years in the UK Top 40. With 61 Top Ten Hits in the UK, including thirteen number ones, Madonna continues to be a significant presence in the music industry.

Past Radio 2 listener votes have crowned “Careless Whisper” as the fans’ favourite George Michael song in 2022, and “Never Forget” as the favourite Take That song in 2023.

The Madonna song choices available for voting are listed below, and the results will be revealed during the Top 40 countdown on New Year’s Day.

4 Minutes/ No. 1 in March 2008 – Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake

American Life/ No. 2 in April 2003 – Madonna

American Pie/ No. 1 in March 2000 – Madonna

Angel/ No. 5 in September 1985 – Madonna

Another Suitcase In Another Hall/ No. 7 in March 1997 – Madonna

Bad Girl/ No. 10 in March 1993 Madonna

Beautiful Stranger/ No. 2 in June 1999 – Madonna

Bedtime Story/ No. 4 in February 1995 – Madonna

Borderline/ No. 2 in January 1986 – Madonna

Causing A Commotion/ No. 4 in September 1987 – Madonna

Celebration/ No.3 in September 2009 – Madonna

Cherish/ No. 3 in September 1989 – Madonna

Crazy For You/ No. 2 in June 1985 – Madonna

Dear Jessie/ No. 5 in December 1989 – Madonna

Deeper And Deeper/ No. 6 in December 1992 – Madonna

Die Another Day/ No. 3 in November 2002 – Madonna

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina/ No. 3 in December 1996 – Madonna

Don’t Tell Me/ No.4 in December 2000 – Madonna

Dress You Up/ No. 5 in December 1985 – Madonna

Drowned World (Substitute For Love)/ No. 10 in September 1998 – Madonna

Erotica/ No. 3 October 1992 – Madonna

Express Yourself/ No. 5 in June 1989 – Madonna

Fever/ No. 6 in April 1993 – Madonna

Frozen/ No. 1 in March 1998 – Madonna

Gambler/ No. 4 in October 1985 – Madonna

Get Together/ No. 7 in July 2006 – Madonna

Give It 2 Me/ No. 7 in May 2008 – Madonna

Hanky Panky/ No. 2 in July 1990 – Madonna

Holiday/ No. 6 in January 1984 – Madonna

Hollywood/ No. 2 in July 2003 – Madonna

Human Nature/ No. 8 in August 1995 – Madonna

Hung Up/ No. 1 in November 2005 – Madonna

I’ll Remember/ No. 7 in April 1994 – Madonna

Into The Groove/ No. 1 in July 1985 – Madonna

Jump / No.9 November 2006 – Madonna

Justify My Love/ No. 2 in December 1990 – Madonna

La Isla Bonita/ No. 1 in April 1987 – Madonna

Like A Prayer/ No. 1 in March 1989 – Madonna

Like A Virgin/ No. 3 in November 1984 – Madonna

Little Star/ No. 6 in December 1998 – Madonna

Live To Tell/ No. 2 in April 1986 – Madonna

The Look Of Love/ No. 9 in December 1987 – Madonna

Material Girl/ No. 3 in March 1985 – Madonna

Me Against The Music/ No. 2 in November 2003 – Britney Spears ft. Madonna

Music/ No. 1 in September 2000 – Madonna

Nothing Really Matters/ No. 7 in March 1999 – Madonna

Open Your Heart/ No. 4 in December 1986 – Madonna

Papa Don’t Preach/ No. 1 in June 1986 – Madonna

The Power Of Good-Bye/ No. 6 in December 1998 – Madonna

Rain/ No. 7 in July 1993 – Madonna

Ray Of Light/ No. 2 in May 1998 – Madonna

Rescue Me/ No. 3 in March 1991 – Madonna

Secret/ No. 5 in October 1994 – Madonna

Sorry/ No. 1 in March 2006 – Madonna

This Used To Be My Playground/ No.3 in July 1992 – Madonna

True Blue/ No. 1 in October 1986 – Madonna

Vogue/ No. 1 in April 1990 – Madonna

What It Feels Like For A Girl/ No. 7 in April 2001 – Madonna

Who’s That Girl/ No.1 in July 1987 – Madonna

You Must Love me/ No. 10 in November 1996 – Madonna

You’ll See/ No. 5 in November 1995 – Madonna

BBC Radio 2 holds the title of the UK’s most listened-to radio station, with a weekly audience of 13.5 million, while The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show boasts the highest listenership for a breakfast show in the UK, reaching an audience of 6.5 million (RAJAR Q3, 2023). The network’s extensive lineup of presenters includes Michael Ball, Zoe Ball, Rob Beckett, Tony Blackburn, OJ Borg, Rev. Kate Bottley, Rylan, Fearne Cotton, Sara Cox, Jamie Cullum, Gary Davies, and many more.