Lady Gaga. Mother monster. Stefani Germanotta. Whatever her name, there’s no denying that Lady Gaga is one of the most exciting musical performers of her time. Since her major label debut with The Fame in 2008, she’s worn many hats: a man-motorcycle hybrid for her second album Born This Way, a Warholian figure for ARTPOP in 2013, a smoky jazz singer who dubbed the best friend of Tony Bennett, a political figure advocating for underrepresented youth, an Oscar-nominated actress (and award-winning musician) and a businesswoman who oversees Lady GagaHer journey has been inspiring: from securing gigs on the Lower East Side of her Manhattan home to attempting to emulate the greatness of David Bowie, Queen and Madonna to becoming a fully formed artist whose best trait is to to be bravely herself. Her open-mindedness and willingness to experiment with all aspects of her music and appearance influenced a new generation of eccentric singers, who now have a shot at recognition with the help of Lady Gaga. On his 36th birthday today, let’s take a look at his top 5 songs that can put you in a good mood.
With its techno and new wave sound, the first song from his debut album Fame Monster took the world by storm, backed by an MTV Video Music Award-winning video set in a bathhouse. Set to an appealing dance beat, the song is about a love that turns into an unhealthy addiction.
The lyrics to Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Oscar-winning original song for A Star Is Born depict the turbulent relationship of protagonists Ally and Jackson. The music video has 1.2 billion views, making it his second most viewed video on his YouTube account. The song also became Gaga’s longest running number one hit on the digital song chart, spending 10 weeks at the top, as well as the longest running number one song by a female performer.
Another chart topper for Gaga, the clip is as outrageous as Bad Romance and has received over 950 million views on YouTube. The song was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the Grammys, and it eventually won Best Dance Recording.
rain on me
It’s a single from Gaga’s sixth album, Chromatica, and is characterized as a “celebration of tears” that examines perseverance in the face of adversity. Gaga’s fifth number-one hit was a duet with Ariana Grande, which became the first all-female collaboration to debut at number one on the Billboard 100.
Another great Gaga duet, this time with Queen B herself, Beyoncé. The duo’s strong vocals propelled the song to the top of the worldwide charts. Fun fact: The music video is a sequel to Paparazzi, and the song was composed for Britney Spears.
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