For the last three and a half years, Alex has asked for Madonna's Drowned World/ Substitute for Love as his bedtime song. It's been sweet having something predictable, although I did start cutting it down to the first verse and the chorus.
He really likes Madonna's music. I've been hesitant to play him anything from MDNA but a few tracks have checked out for integration. He loves the live versions of Hung Up and Give It To Me. He loves watching the Confessions concert (or as we call it in Alex-speak: Horse Dancing Pencils).
He's had his flirtations with other bedtime songs. I'll try something for a few days or he'll request something surprising (like Toot, Toot, Chugga, Chugga, Big Red Car). But he's always returned to Madonna.
For the last month and a half, he has asked for Vanessa Carleton's A Thousand Miles every night. I'm starting to believe the Material Girl has been replaced.
He likes to hum the instrumental part while I sing, which makes it a nice interactive duet. Of course, his new devotion means I'm actually going to have to look up the words to the second verse.
But it's all worth it to see the grin on his face every night.