"Dress You Up" is a song by American singer Madonna. It was released as the final single from her second studio album, Like a Virgin, on July 24, 1985, by Sire Records. The song was the last track to be added to the album as it was submitted late by songwriters Andrea LaRusso and Peggy Stanziale. Madonna pushed for the song's inclusion on Like a Virgin as she particularly liked its lyrics. Musically, the song is a drum beat driven dance track featuring instrumentation from guitars and vocals from a choir. The lyrics are an extended metaphor for fashion and sex, comparing dressing up with passion. A live performance from Madonna's first tour was used as the music video.
Critics reacted positively to the dance-pop nature of the track. "Dress You Up" became Madonna's sixth consecutive top-five single in the United States. It also reached the top-ten in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The song was most recently performed on the 2009 leg of the Sticky & Sweet Tour. "Dress You Up" was added to the "Filthy Fifteen" list of the Parents Music Resource Center, due to the perceived sexual nature of its lyrics. The song has been covered in different forms by a number of artists.
Famous quotes containing the words dress you and/or dress:
“Jerry: Thats quite a dress you almost have on.
Jerry: What holds it up?
—Alan Jay Lerner (19181986)
“The swimming hole is still in use. It has the same mudbank. It is still impossible to dress without carrying mud home in ones inner garments. As an engineer I could devise improvements for that swimming hole. But I doubt if the decrease in mothers grief at the homecoming of muddy boys would compensate the inherent joys of getting muddy.”
—Herbert Hoover (18741964)