The 30 biggest songs of Lady Gaga – ranked! | Culture


A standalone single that came out of the first sessions of the 2018 soundtrack A Star Is Born, The Cure too generously pinches “Spotify sound” tinged with tropicals of the time, but under the scintillating synths is a sincere word on the healing power of love. Created at Coachella in 2017, it was dedicated not only to her fans, but also to a close friend with cancer.

German EDM producer Zedd is helping to whip up a ridiculous mix of squeaky synths, house breakdowns and vaudeville on the third single from the chaotic album Artpop of 2013. Lyrically, Gaga explores the movements of power behind specific sexual positions (GUY means Girl Under You), then ruin it all with this clunker: “Love me, love me, please retweet. “

As the 2008 debut album The Fame teased Gaga the Megastar, the spin-off of eight 2009 tracks The Fame Monster came to fruition. As the only conventional ballad, Speechless stands out like a sore thumb. But his fuzzy voice soaked in whiskey and his 70s rock production give him a knowingly playful advantage. Also: during these first successful hi-NRG shows, it was the perfect excuse for a bar / restroom break.

27. John Wayne

Camp cowboy fantasy… watch the John Wayne video.

For the majority of the 2016 Joanne album, Gaga traded leotard sport pop dance for ill-fitting checkered rock damaged by smoke. The tastes of Zedd and Madeon came out; came Mark Ronson and Father John Misty. Fortunately, a hint of the former Gaga can be found in the suffocating throat of Camp John Wayne’s cowboy fantasy.

Artpop found Gaga slipping through the genres with more than a hint of despair, but she finds room to breathe on the Gypsy skyscraper. What begins as a muted piano balloon goes up in a galloping happy Europop, with a central word on the solitude of glory that does not make your eyes go out of their sockets.

Lady Gaga's famous meat dress

A different cut… Gaga’s famous meat dress. Photography: BDG / Rex specifications

Referencing the uber-ballads without you and everything by myself, this closer to A Star Is Born receives the full treatment of Whitney Houston by Gaga, who does not leave a single syllable unadorned. One for the anti-pop brigade which is not convinced of its vocal prowess.

With its central synth riff and lyric reference in the bridge, the thrilling and horny Heavy Metal Lover is the coolest older sister of Born This Way (eager to please) album). “I want your whiskey mouth all over my blond south,” cooed Gaga, before apparently reading a Countryfile voiceover script as she intoned: “Dirty pony, I’m looking forward to watering you.” “

You and I were originally on the Monster Ball tour setlist in early 2011 as a contemplative piano ballad. By the time he appeared on Born This Way later that year, he had become a strange hybrid of Queen (Brian May plays guitar on it) and Shania Twain (Twain’s long-term collaborator and ex-husband Mutt Lange produced it), but without leaning enough into both camps. On Mark Taylor’s far superior remix, the puzzle is solved and Twain reigns supreme.

Of course, Bradley Cooper has a nice growl, but it’s Gaga who takes the anthem from the vintage A Star Is Born sound and shoots a rocket in the back. The sentence: “I’m not at the bottom, look like I’m diving”, is the devastating centerpiece of the song, but surely the Oscar was in the bag from the moment when it dramatically changed speed on these groans without words that spawned a million memes.

21. Million reasons

Spectacular… watch Million Reasons’ Gaga performance at the Super Bowl in 2017.

In retrospect, Gaga had mainly auditioned for her role in A Star Is Born on Joanne, with this beautiful stripped ballad presenting her rougher voice and the idea of ​​fighting for love against all odds. It was propelled into the American Top 5 three months after its initial release following its spectacular performance at the Super Bowl LI in 2017.

An emblem of Gaga’s desire to move away from his former self appeared at the start of the campaign for Joanne. In the premiere of her first single, Perfect Illusion, on BBC Radio 1, she wanted to let the public know that the lyrics had been written on an old typewriter, as if the simple fact of putting a pen on her keyboard left her too much open to frivolity claims. A similar void of joy almost upsets the song itself, but there is just enough carelessness in its heady whirlwind of glam rock assisted by Kevin Parker.

Despite being one of his greatest songs, Gaga admitted to hating Telephone in an interview with Popjustice in 2011, describing his production and mixing process as “very stressful”. Originally rejected by Britney Spears (its demo was leaked online in 2010), a subsequent duo between the two would then have been interrupted by Gaga, who instead opted for Beyoncé. Either way, the result is a charged and constantly changing turbo monster from the dancefloor on suffocating relationships. He has the audacity to use Beyoncé sparingly and get away with it.

The story goes that LoveGame was written in just four minutes, with Gaga buzzing about club trips from the night before. Noticing a man she loved, she apparently walked up to him and said, “I want to take a ride on your disco stick,” a thread that she would work on later in the opening verse of the track.

There’s more penis talk about this thrilling slice of dance-pop that delves into Gaga’s relationship with sex, and bad boys in particular. As she would explore later with Judas from Born This Way, the dynamics become more and more important as the song progresses, with the zipped and voluminous synths of the verses giving way to a dazzling choir.

As Gaga’s fame grew, his worldview seemed to shrink. Artpop’s first single focused on the not exactly reliable feeling of missing thousands of people screaming for you; it was written after she was forced to cancel her Born This Way Ball tour due to a hip injury. It houses one of its most uplifting refrains, with Gaga sounding delirious everywhere.

15. Stupid love

Thunder-dance-pop… watch the Stupid Love video.

After the muted reaction to Joanne was followed by the huge success of A Star Is Born, many believed that Gaga could persist with this more rustic, songwriter fare. Fortunately, the neon-colored Stupid Love (the first single, co-written with Max Martin, from the pending but delayed album Chromatica) is a stupid big comeback to the booming dance-pop of Born This Way, with an exceptional pre -chorus – “I panic, panic, panic” – perfect for closed isolation sessions.

Gaga’s most beautiful ballad is also the theme song of her character Ally in A Star Is Born. Like most of her best songs, she was written and recorded quickly, with the folds and scrapes in her voice adding to the emotion behind the delicate pre-choir, before she found more solid ground on the magnificent open road of a choir.

Born This Way was Gaga’s first real misstep in the eyes of the public. There have been criticisms of the words of the gay savior, the use of racial stereotypes and, perhaps most importantly from a tabloid perspective, the accusation that ripped Madonna’s Express Yourself. As it was greedily written to be both a clear and powerful hymn, any accusation of lack of nuance seems to miss the point, and there is something undeniably intoxicating about this gigantic refrain.

Lady Gaga performs at One World: Together At Home, the charity concert she organized that raised $ 127 million for coronavirus relief

Inspiration for isolation … Gaga at One World: Together at Home, the charity concert she organized that raised $ 127 million for coronavirus relief. Photography: Getty Images for Global Citizen

Why are you, Colby O’Donis? To be fair, it could just as easily have been Gaga that time had forgotten, with this first hedonistic single at a time when the charts barely lacked pop bangers ready for the dancefloor. Producer RedOne, who has worked extensively on The Fame and The Fame Monster, uses the one-finger synth figure and the big basses that will become his trademark, while Gaga attacks the voice with the passion of someone who realizes that it’s his big break.

Portions of Born This Way’s sprawling album nod to religion, but in Marry the Night – which opens on a plaintive church organ before exploding in a club banger imbued with Whitney’s euphoria – Gaga sings the praises of his hometown, New York, and the courage it took to not fall into a Hollywood afterglory trap.

Like the majority of Born This Way, the joyfully ridiculous Scheiße was recorded on a tour bus as Gaga crossed the planet during the Fame Monster Ball tour. Inspired by a heavy night in Berlin, he sandwiches the city’s techno scene between a layer of cheesy Eurohouse, with a pogo synth riff and a hook of twisted earworms in German.

Originally billed as The Fame Monster’s third single, but rejected by Gaga in favor of Alejandro, Dance in the Dark has always been a fan favorite. Opening onto orgasmic moans and a stammered vocal sample, it blossoms into a delightfully scandalous choir that scratches the sky that pierces the mesh of synths like a laser. Lyrically, Gaga merges Gothic imagery with the idea of ​​physical shame during sex.

While Artpop’s first favorite single, Applause, was about being Gaga – with the celebrity she now dreamed of sort of like a prison – the higher Sexxx Dreams celebrated nothing more than the joys of fantasizing about “making really nasty things “with another person. “I can’t believe I’m telling you this, but I had a few drinks and … Oh my God! Gaga chuckles halfway, drunk with desire.

7. Poker Face

Smash hit… watch the Poker Face video.

As if to prove that his first single, Just Dance, was not a fluke, Gaga and RedOne raised the bar with his follow-up. Built around a synth riff intoxicating in the same way and with an early stroke of silent and repetitive hooks, the world number 1 was inspired by Gaga’s efforts to hide the fact that she spent her time at bed with an ex-boyfriend to fantasize about women. Suffice it to say that the phrase “Because I bluff with my muffin” is not about a trip to Greggs.

Inspired by ridiculous heavy metal bands like Kiss and Iron Maiden, as well as Bruce Springsteen’s driving rock, Hair feels like the burgeoning centerpiece of an imaginary, leather-clad jukebox musical. In fact, if you think about it like that, the central premise of the song – that identity and self-confidence can be influenced by a haircut – seems less mundane, with the broad lines and naive charm of the song creating something undeniably joyful.

Rejected at the time while Gaga was trying to remake Bad Romance, Judas is more like the gloriously disjointed, turbo sequel to this song. Gaga alternates between a robotic half-rap, a strange cry of line and then, on the Steps-esque chorus, a pure pop voice perfect for ubiquitous radio. Under the lyric blasphemy, RedOne concocts an industrial strength homemade soup, striking the electro and, at the 2min 40sec mark, the sound of a disintegrating synth perfectly pierced by an “Eww” inducing Gaga’s lightness.

4. Alejandro

Timeless … watch Alejandro’s video.

Initially given a lukewarm reaction by American radio, Alejandro has become one of Gaga’s most enduring singles. Perhaps this is due to its timeless influences, whether it be the lyrical references to Abba, or the way its mid-tempo BPM recalls the Eurodance boom of the Ace of Base in the 90s, a sound that has endured thanks to the continuous pop domination of Scandinavia. Gaga, sometimes testing a dubious Spanish accent, sings his farewells to a trio of bad guys with delicious flowering.

While Just Dance and Poker Face were still considered a moat, this lighter affair, supplemented by a fiery refrain, presented a different aspect of Gaga’s artistic talent. It also highlighted his early obsession with all facets of celebrity, the central theme of the song being to strive to balance success and love refracted by the prism of wooing the paparazzi. In a first example of her theatrical talent, she played it at the 2009 MTV VMA by swinging a chandelier covered in fake blood.

The third single from Born This Way kept things refreshingly simple. Inspired by the death of his grandfather, his edifying central message of living in the moment is supported by a simple pop structure that never complicates the almost perfect chorus. Anxious to add to the Springsteen-esque song rush, Gaga convinced Clarence Clemons, member of the E Street group, to freestyle a saxophone solo.

1. Bad Romance

Perfection pop… watch the Bad Romance video.

The pop landscape in which Bad Romance was released in 2009 has been invaded by a dynamic pep and hands in the air. Gaga had helped support the party on The Fame, but quickly saw an opportunity to become an outlier tinged with goth, who would actively crave an emotionally devastating bad romance, instead of delicately unwrapping the fallout from it on a club-lite production. On Bad Romance, she stumbles with petulance around the restless cacophony of RedOne’s ever-expanding synths, veering in and out of the dangerous craze. It’s a song built on layers and layers of undeniable hooks, from the opening “Oh, oh, oh” to the integrated song of her last name (perfect to cement this cultural ubiquity) to the section where she sings in French for no obvious reason. Delirious, delicious pop perfection.


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