If Lady Gaga was going to make our list it certainly makes perfect sense that the woman whose mantle she took up in a lot of people’s eyes, Madonna, would find her way here too. Inarguably one of the biggest pop performers of all time, she has reinvented herself again and again which allowed her to have the type of longevity few musicians have ever enjoyed. Christened the Queen of Pop, she has been named the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time and has been inducted into more than one music hall of fame groups over the years.
Although Madonna’s early hit, Like a Virgin, went a long way to earning the ire of the religious right, it wasn’t until she released the music video for Like a Prayer that the movement was truly galvanized. A video that saw the star dancing among burning crosses in the clip’s most offensive moments, Pope John Paul II himself encouraged people to boycott her Italian performances. When the leader of the Catholic Church speaks out against you, in particular, that is an astonishing statement. Seen by many to still perform among images of the occult to this day, some believe that she mocks those that follow the word of god in a tribute to her master.