Madonna Turns 61: The Queen of Pop's Most Iconic Moments

August 16, 2019

Today is Madonna's birthday. All hail the Queen!

The rise to the top wasn't an easy one for the Queen of Pop. The star hustled it out after dropping out of college in 1978 and moving to New York. She said of her early relocation to the big city, "It was the first time I'd ever taken a plane, the first time I'd ever gotten a taxi cab. I came here with $35 in my pocket. It was the bravest thing I'd ever done."

And it obviously paid off. Madonna quickly went on to become an international star, catching the world's attention with infectious pop hits and provocative imagery and themes.

At 61, she's still rocking out. Most recently, she released "Madame X," her first studio album in four year.

To celebrate the birthday girl, we've put together the most iconic moments from her 40-year career.