I remember buying the 12" vinyl of this, and there's no doubt that the sexy image of Madonna with that cropped hairstyle had a part to play. Well, I was still a horny teenager at the time!
Featuring a Baroquesque opening and lyrics that reflect Madonna's Roman Catholic upbringing, Papa Don't Preach was Madonna's 14th single release and reached #1 in many countries including the UK and U.S. The song was Madge's 4th No.1 single in the U.S, and the follow-up to Live To Tell. It was the second release from the hugely successful True Blue, Madonna's third studio album.
Other hit singles from the True Blue album were the title track, Open Your Heart and La Isla Bonita. Released in June 1986, the album topped the charts in 28 countries (a record at the time) and became the top-selling album of 1986 worldwide.