在1992年,Madonna推出了第五張專輯Erotica,這張專集充滿爭議。嚇死人不犯罪的娜姐發行了充滿情色的精裝性愛寫真Sex，書中盡是她和多位名模或歌手的春宮照片，不論是書評或是輿論界都給予極負面的評價，不過這卻仍擋不住Madonna相關專輯Erotica全美銷售表現。Madonna發行了一本花費昂貴的色情專刊，裏面收錄了數百張她和一些模特和一些名人的色情照片，並附在專輯“Erotica”賣了超過200萬張。1993年，選自「Erotica」專輯的Bad Girl，再度爲麥當娜創下歷史，以第36名的成績做結。和oh, Father一樣，Bad Girl又是一首主題超級個人、也超級嚴肅的歌曲，在音樂錄像帶中，以死亡開始，也以死亡做終結，如此不討喜的歌曲，會在流行市場大挫敗，一點都不令人意外。但是此歌曲的點播率出奇的高。有人發現了將她的歌混起來聽的樂趣。一個十年過去了，這張重節奏的「浩室舞曲」專輯Erotica，不知道你是否還常窩在那個叫做Deeper and deeper那個灰暗的小舞廳裏，或是因爲Rain還依舊深愛着藍色；有一張無法讓人入眠的Bedtime stories專輯，她雖然沒有黑人歌手的歌喉，不過她的R&B音樂依舊適合街頭。
Erotica is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on October 20, 1992 by Maverick Records, three years after her previous studio album. Madonna worked mostly with Shep Pettibone, as well as André Betts. Famously released simultaneously with Madonna's first book publication, Sex, the album is driven by its sexual themes. It is Madonna's first album to feature a Parental Advisory sticker.
The album incorporates influences from house music, new jack swing, and lounge music. Many of the songs see Madonna at her most provocative, drawing from themes of sex and romance, such as the lead single and title track "Erotica". Madonna was also inspired by the idea of homosexuality, particularly in the album's second single "Deeper and Deeper". Others take on a more confessional tone, influenced by the loss of two of Madonna's close friends to the AIDS epidemic. Visually, Madonna was inspired by the works of Andy Warhol and BDSM culture. Erotica was met with generally favorable reviews from critics. Rolling Stone described the album as "a post-AIDS album about romance."
Commercially, the album failed to live up to the success of its predecessors, possibly due to the negative backlash surrounding the album's sexuality. Peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, the album was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It peaked in the top five in most territories, topping the charts in Australia. Six singles were released from the album – "Erotica", "Deeper and Deeper", "Bad Girl", "Fever", "Rain" and "Bye Bye Baby". The album failed to produce any number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Worldwide the album has sold over 5 million copies.
The Erotica era has more recently been seen as one of Madonna's most important due to the controversy surrounding it. She faced strong negative publicity from critics who commented that "she had gone too far" and that her career was over. The album, however, spawned the critically successful Girlie Show World Tour.