"Bedtime Story" is a song by American singer Madonna from her sixth studio album Bedtime Stories (1994). It was released as the third single from the album on February 13, 1995, by Maverick Records. "Bedtime Story" was written by Björk, Nellee Hooper and Marius De Vries, and was the first time the former wrote a song for Madonna's album. She re-wrote a demo of the song to the current version, which was then produced by Madonna and Nellee Hooper. A mid-tempo electronic song with acid, house, ambient and techno influences, "Bedtime Story" has an underlying skeletal synth melody influenced by minimal trance music. The track was a departure from Madonna's pop-R&B-based repertoire in favor of unconventional and electronic music. Lyrically it talks about the joys of the unconscious world.
The song was a moderate international success, reaching the top ten in the United Kingdom, Italy and Australia, but missing the top 40 in United States. However, the song peaked at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs. The music video for "Bedtime Story" was directed by Mark Romanek and is listed as one of the most expensive music videos of all time at a cost of $5 million ($7.74 million in 2015 dollars). It features surrealistic and new age imagery, with influences from artists such as Remedios Varo, Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington. The video received critical acclaim from critics and was stored in a collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
"Bedtime Story" was performed at the 1995 BRIT Awards in London with Madonna wearing white Versace dress and long hair extensions, becoming one of the 30 best moments of the awards show history.
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