6: Bedtime Stories
This R&B-influenced collection from 1994 had Madonna segueing into her late 30s, a time she seemed her most comfortable and confident. That translated into some truly enjoyable love-makin' music like "Survival," Sanctuary," and "Forbidden Love." "Take a Bow" may be her best ballad, and "Human Nature" is a hoot. The Björk-penned title track augured Madonna's avant-garde aspirations.