By the mid-eighties, post-disco dance music was extremely popular and the concept of remix was widely regarded as a new direction of music. Several artists were remixing their tracks and compiling them to create new albums. Hence Madonna, who was the most popular dance artist of that era, decided to create a similar remix compilation album, later titled You Can Dance, which included seven of her up-tempo songs. Along with the pre-released tracks in remixed form, "Spotlight" was included as an added bonus. Madonna said that she was inspired by the song "Everybody Is a Star" (1970), by American rock band Sly and the Family Stone.
Written by Madonna, Stephen Bray and Curtis Hudson, "Spotlight" was originally recorded during the 1986 True Blue album recording sessions. It was omitted from True Blue because Madonna felt that it was similar in composition and structure to her previous single "Holiday" (1983). When Madonna decided to create You Can Dance, she asked Shep Pettibone, who had remixed her songs from True Blue, to remix "Spotlight" and included it on the album. John "Jellybean" Benitez, who had recorded the original demo during the True Blue sessions, assisted Pettibone in remixing the song.
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