Lady Gaga went from nearly unknown to pop superstar in less than a year. She now may make serious arguments for being the world's biggest pop star today. This is your guide to the music that has built that reputation. These are the top 10 songs of Lady Gaga.
"Bad Romance" is truly epic in sound and structure. It appeared as the lead single for Lady Gaga's second collection of songs The Fame Monster. It cemented her status as a durable pop star who could grow in artistic quality of her music. "Bad Romance" peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart in the US.
"Born This Way" in its anthemic, glitter ball glory, is the culmination thus far of Lady Gaga's musical vision. She pulls us all to the dancefloor to celebrate simply being ourselves with exhilaratingly catchy hooks and powerful statements we can shout loud.
"Edge Of Glory" was released as the third official single from the Born This Way album. Lady Gaga was inspired by the experience of her grandfather's death to create this song about the last moments of life. The recording features saxophone player Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band in one of his last recorded performances. "The Edge Of Glory" was Lady Gaga's 10th consecutive top 10 hit single peaking at #3 on the US pop chart.
The music video for "Paparazzi" took the image of Lady Gaga and ran with it to an artistic extreme as directed by Jonas Akerlund. The song has a deceptively complex dance groove that is stylistically independent of Lady Gaga's RedOne productions. "Paparazzi" landed at #6 on the pop chart.
Lady Gaga's "You and I" is a rock song which is a shift in style from the dance pop of her previous hits. The lyrics are inspired by her romance with ex-boyfriend Luc Carl. In live performances and the music video for "You and I," Lady Gaga revealed a male alter ego Jo Calderone. The song was the 11th consecutive top 10 hit for Lady Gaga peaking at #6. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance.
"Just Dance" is the song that introduced us to Lady Gaga when no one had a clue of the success that was to come. It is a paean to the club world. The groove remains irresistible and there is an engaging simplicity many of Lady Gaga's other artful works lack.
Although it is as ultra-catchy as any others of Lady Gaga's hits, the song "Telephone" is overshadowed by its epic video. Jonas Akerlund roughly continued the story line of "Paparazzi" here in an explosion of bright colors, humor, and tributes to previous pop culture works. "Telephone" peaked at #3 on the pop singles chart.