"Express Yourself" was released on May
9, 1989 as the second single
from the album Like A Prayer. The song is a tribute to American funk and
soul band Sly And The Family Stone. The main inspiration
behind the song is female empowerment, urging women never to
go far seond-best and to always express their inner feelings.
The accompanying music video, directed by David Fincher, was
inspired by the Fritz Lang classic film Metropolis from 1927.
It had a total budget of $5 million, which made it the most
expensive music video made up to then. The video portrayed a
city full of tall skyscrapers and railway lines. Madonna
played the part of a glamorous lady and chained masochist,
with muscular men acting as her workers. "Express Yourself"
reached no.1 in Canada, Italy and Switzerland, no.2 in the
United States and New Zealand, and no.3 in Germany, Belgium,
Sweden, Spain, and Finland.