“Secret” is a song by Madonna, released as the first single from her 1994 album Bedtime Stories. It was released in September 1994 and became a top ten hit around the world, including reaching number three in the United States and five in the UK. It was later included on her greatest hits compilations GHV2 (2001) and Celebration (2009).
“Secret” was originally written and produced by Madonna with Shep Pettibone, who she had collaborated with on the 1992 album Erotica. On release, the song was credited to Madonna and Dallas Austin. Pettibone was not acknowledged as co-writer until the release of a 2001 remix compilation album GHV2 Remixed: The Best of 1991-2001.
Musically, “Secret” is in the key of E-flat minor.According to The Official Charts Company, “Secret” has sold 117,957 copies in the United Kingdom, as of August 2008.
Unusual for the mid-90’s, Madonna promoted this song on the Internet, with a 30-second sample of “Secret” and the cover image of the then-unreleased Bedtime Stories. She also left a message with the following words:
|“||Hello, all you Cyberheads! Welcome to the 90’s version of intimacy. You can hear me… You can even see me… But you can’t touch me… do you recognize my voice?… It’s Madonna. Often imitated, but never duplicated. Or, should I say, often irritated?If you feel like it, you can download the sound file of my new single “Secret”, from my new album, “Bedtime Stories”, which comes out next month. I just shot the video in New York, and will be premiering an exclusive sample of it online. So check back soon. In the meantime, why don’t you post me a message and let me know what you think of my new song. And by the way, don’t believe any of those online imposters pretending to be me… ain’t nothing like the real thing.Peace out.||”|
The song was performed on tour for the first time during her 2001 Drowned World Tour. It was later performed at the Houston stop of her Sticky and Sweet Tour in November, 2008, as a fan request. Slant Magazine listed “Secret” as the 42nd “Best Singles of the ’90s”.