Hung Up

Album: Confessions On A Dance Floor (2005)
Charted: 1 7


  • In this song, Madonna is hung up, waiting for a guy to call (see what she did there?). It a pretty standard storyline, but there is more to it. She repeats the phrase "time goes by so slowly" over and over, which is how she feels when she's waiting. Only action can cure her ennui. Madonna was 47 when the song was released.
  • The music is based on ABBA's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)." Madonna wrote to ABBA members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson personally to get their permission to use the sample. This was the second time ABBA had granted such a request. Previously, Fugees were given permission to sample the bass and synthesizer from this for their 1997 hit "Rumble In The Jungle."

    Bjorn Ulvaaeus explained to the Sunday Telegraph how they granted permission to the Queen of Pop: "Madonna wrote a very, very nice letter saying please, please we have had a wonderful idea which involves 'Gimme Gimme.' We said we would have to listen to it first, but after half a minute I knew it was brilliant. That is one of the few we have allowed. Five years earlier we said yes to the Fugees. But to everyone else we said no. I think the Madonna record shows that ABBA is part of the DNA set-up of pop."
  • This was originally written for a musical that was going to be directed by French director Luc Besson. The musical was later abandoned, and Madonna decided to use it for the Confessions On A Dance Floor album instead.
  • Madonnna wrote and produced the song with Stuart Price, who worked on nine tracks on the album. Other clients on his CV include The Killers, Keane and Gwen Stefani.
  • On November 3, 2005 Madonna opened the MTV Europe Music Awards at the Pavilhao Atlantico in Lisbon (Portugal), performing this song live for the first time (always the perfectionist, she rehearsed it 30 times first). On February 8, 2006 Madonna opened the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the animated band The Gorillaz, performing a medley of this and "Feel Good Inc." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Marek - Odense, Denmark
  • This became Madonna's best-selling single ever, moving more than 8.7 million copies worldwide in only seven months. It was a #1 hit in a record 41 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and Japan. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Marek - Odense, Denmark
  • In England, the 2006 "Children In Need" appeal featured a parody of the music video - it was performed by the cast of the English soap opera Holby City. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mjn Seifer - England
  • This is the first track on Madonna's 2009 compilation Celebration. Explaining why to Rolling Stone, she said, "Because it's a badass song."
  • This was featured on CSI: Miami in the episode "Felony Flight" and on CSI: NY in the episode "Manhattan Manhunt," both in 2005.
  • Madonna's daughter Lourdes, then age 9, was disgusted by this music video. The singer explained to Out magazine: "She watched the 'Hung Up' video, the part where I'm in the tunnel and dancing with all the guys, and she is like, 'Ugh, gross! This is disgusting, Mom. Why are you doing that?' And I am like, 'Because I am having fun. This is what people do: they go out, when they are grown-ups, and dance and have fun.'"
  • While filming the music video for this song, Madonna was still putting herself back together after a horse-riding accident left her with nine broken bones a few months earlier. The project proved to be a test of strength. She explained to Harper's Bazaar: "Forget about riding a horse again - I didn't know if I was going to be able to dance again. When I shot the video [for 'Hung Up'] none of the bones had gone together. Pharmaceuticals and my will got me through the shoot. So to come out of that, I felt so much inspiration and so much joy just to have my body back and to feel strong again."
  • Johan Renck ("Nothing Really Matters") directed the '70s-inspired clip over the course of six days in London and South Central Los Angeles after months of rehearsal for the dancers. At Madonna's request, some of the dancers were recruited from the 2005 documentary Rize about the "krumping" dance movement out of South Central. One of the London scenes took place at an abandoned tube station near Charing Cross, which was a mere 10 minutes from Madonna's home at the time.

Comments: 15

  • Leo from Westminster 1, MdFor Madonna, indeed time goes by so slowly. Hung Up is a Tearful Dance on her mother's grave and she cries the song with existential sadness. Most Dance/Disco songs are happy and upbeat. Not this one. In Hung Up, Madonna is Crying on her Sad Dance Floor! Hung Up is a timeless Dance/Rock art song/chanson! Madonna is Immortal!
  • Joey from Okanogan, WaMadonna is like a fine wine. She is currently 51 years old and she has gotten better at what she does with age, and she is still a very stunning lady
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnGreat song, only Madge can pull off a disco record in this day and age.
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxHow many comedians out there don't let their children watch their shows? Bob Saget anybody? How many adults have kids who don't know their parents are closet-case party animals when they go out and leave them with the baby sitter? I think as a parent you separate your private and professional life, your family self, from your friends' self. For Madonna - I think this is harder for her to do since she is so famous for being a ranchy-sexual icon.
  • Sum Sum from New Delhi, -Dan, leave madonna in a desertland?? r u kiddin? do you know Madonna came up from almost nothingland and she s done it all the way here. Good Producers are not easily fallable. They found madonna talented so they agreed to do songs with her. its so simple.
  • Daniel from Rio De Janeiro, BrazilMadonna may be a lot of things: rich, old, powerful, talented

    but the secret to her neverending success is that she's usually surrounded by good producers. For this album she picked Stuart Price (aka "Jacques LuCont", aka "Thin White Duck", aka "Les Rhythm Digitales")
    Leave Madonna alone in a deserted island and she'll come up with nothing.
  • Sum Sum from New DelhiJoe, I really disagree with you. whats got to do with her being a mom and making music like that. i think its a talent and she just has it when no one else can do it. or may be u r just jealous...i m sorry if i hurt you but the whole world loves madonna.
  • Sum Sum from New Delhicheck out another video "sorry", my freind designed the jacket she s wearing in the video
  • Sum Sum from New DelhiMadonna is looking so young..i heard she doesnt even take botox injections. somepeople generally dont age with years i guess. Madonna is untouched by time....I love her.
  • Zach from Grand Rapids, MiWow, she's gotta be the most famous women in the World. If you say Madonna, whether you like her or not, everyone knows who youre talking about. I like her, and even though I don't like much modern music, this song is great.
  • Caitlin from Upper Township, Njhey joe, madonna isn' too old for anything! she's an amazing woman to be over 40 and still look that hot and make good music!
  • Amanda from Little Rock, ArDoes Madonna get better with age or what?
  • Kim from New Btunswick, NjTo the first commenter - love her or hate her (We've all done both), Madonna IS staying power. Really. I feel like with every new and successful album, I have more and more respect for her. The woman is strong, y'all!
  • Sebastian from Providence, RiI like the video and the music. I would loved to see Madonna actually "dancing" with the guys from Gorillaz at the Grammy Awards thou.
  • Joe from Chicago, Arthe video for this is kool but madonna sucks and i would absolutely hate to have her as a mom and she is way too old to still be making music like this
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