Born on March 28, 1986 as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Lady Gaga is music royalty and, in our opinion, a leading candidate poised to take the throne.
No matter what you think of her unconventional and provocative work, there’s no denying her knack for wowing us common folk. Whether it’s the outfits on the red carpet, the Super Bowl and acting performances, or that unbelievable voice, this Lady’s got chops.
It’s our honor this week to pay tribute to her ship with seven of our favorite Gaga songs.
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Written and produced by Lady Gaga and RedOne, Hair is from Gaga's 2011 album, Born This Way. The melody of the song was inspired by Kiss, Iron Maiden, and Bruce Springsteen. Released worldwide as the album's second promotional release (the first was The Edge of Glory), Hair was not originally intended to be a single but ended up peaking at No. 12 on Billboard Hot 100.
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Alejandro was released as the third single from Lady Gaga’s 2009 EP, The Fame Monster. Another hit written and produced by Gaga and RedOne, the song’s lyrics are about bidding ex-lovers farewell, and the melody takes influence from ABBA, Madonna, and Ace of Base. It landed at No. 5 on Billboard Hot 100, making it her seventh consecutive single to hit the Top 10 in the US.
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Paparazzi was the last single released from Lady Gaga's debut album The Fame (2008). Gaga wrote the song with music producer and then boyfriend, Rob Fusari. Back in the day, Fusari compared Gaga’s vocals to Freddie Mercury and created the moniker "Lady Gaga" after Queen's song, Radio Ga Ga. Paparazzi is about Gaga’s struggles with fame. The song landed at a very successful No. 6 on Billboard Hot 100.
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Yoü and I is from Lady Gaga’s album, Born This Way (2011). Co-produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, it had been originally intended to be used solely as a promo, but after a few live performances, Interscope released the song as the album’s fourth single. Nominated for a Grammy, Yoü and I samples Queen’s We Will Rock You, features Brian May on electric guitar, and is allegedly about ex-boyfriend Lüc Carl.
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Poker Face is from Lady Gaga’s 2008 album, The Fame. Written by Gaga and RedOne, it topped the charts in over 20 countries and became the best-selling song of 2009 in the world. The main gist behind the song is it’s about sex and bisexuality with an ode to her previous rock-n-roll boyfriends mixed in. It was nominated for a Grammy for Song and Record of the Year and won for Best Dance Recording.
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Written and produced by Lady Gaga and RedOne from The Fame Monster (2009), Bad Romance is about being attracted to doomed relationships. It landed at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100, won two Grammy awards, sold over 12 million copies worldwide, and RIAA has certified it platinum 11 times. The music video was nominated for ten awards at the MTV VMAs, winning seven including Video of the Year.
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Million Reasons was written by Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey, and Mark Ronson for Gaga’s 2016 album, Joanne. The song sprung from conversations with Lindsey about the men in Gaga’s life. Written on an old-school typewriter, it originally peaked at No. 57 on Billboard Hot 100, but after her Super Bowl LI performance, it re-entered the charts at No. 4 tying LL Cool J and J-Lo’s Control Myself for highest re-entry.