20 Best Songs By Lady Gaga

By Nico Gonzalez

When Lady Gaga first appeared on the music scene in 2008, she was an instant sensation. She had a unique look, an outrageous sense of style, and a powerful voice that belted out catchy pop songs. Her debut album The Fame went double platinum, and her follow-up album The Fame Monster won five Grammy Awards. Here are 20 of her best songs, from her early hits to her more recent experimental work.


Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Bad Romance (Official Music Video)

“Bad Romance” is a song by American singer Lady Gaga. It was released as the lead single from her second studio album, The Fame Monster (2009). The song was written by Gaga and RedOne, while production was handled by the latter. Lyrically, “Bad Romance” explores Gaga’s attraction to individuals with whom romance never works, her preference for lonely relationships, and the paranoia she experiences while in them. Musically, it is a synth-pop song with a strong dance-pop sound that also has influences of cancan and stuttering disco beats.

Poker Face – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Poker Face (Official Music Video)

Poker Face is a song by American singer Lady Gaga. It was released as the lead single from her debut studio album, The Fame, in 2008. Poker Face is a synth-pop song that draws influences from electro house and techno. The song’s lyrics feature themes of bisexuality and sexual promiscuity, and its chorus refers to gambling metaphors. The main idea behind the song is about sexual identity and experimentation. Gaga has said that she wrote the song as a tribute to her rock and roll boyfriends.

Shallow – Bradley Cooper And Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper - Shallow (from A Star Is Born) (Official Music Video)

“Shallow” is a song recorded by American singer Lady Gaga and American actor and filmmaker Bradley Cooper. It was released as a single from the soundtrack album of the 2018 film A Star Is Born. The song was written by Gaga, Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando, and Mark Ronson, and produced by Gaga with Benjamin Rice. “Shallow” is a pop ballad with elements of country music. The lyrics feature themes of meeting someone special and having a deep connection with them. 

Always Remember Us This Way – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Always Remember Us This Way (from A Star Is Born) (Official Music Video)

“Always Remember Us This Way” is a song by Lady Gaga from the 2018 film A Star Is Born. The song was written by Gaga, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, and Lori McKenna, and produced by Gaga and Benjamin Rice. “Always Remember Us This Way” is a ballad with country and folk influences. The lyrics describe how love never dies, even after death. 

The song was released as a single on November 11, 2018, and peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Always Remember Us This Way” received positive reviews from music critics, who praised its simple production and Gaga’s vocal performance. The song won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Rain On Me By Ariana Grande And Lady Gaga – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande - Rain On Me (Official Music Video)

Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga released the song “Rain on Me” on May 22, 2020. The song is a dance-pop track with elements of house music. It was written by Grande, Gaga, Rami Yacoub, Tchami, Burrell, and Teddy Geiger. The song was produced by BloodPop, Tchami, and BURNS. “Rain on Me” is about finding strength in yourself during hard times. The song has received positive reviews from critics, who praised its catchy hooks and empowering message. Grande and Gaga performed the song live for the first time at the Sunday Service event at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 21, 2019. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.

I’ll Never Love Again – Lady Gaga

I'll Never Love Again (from A Star Is Born) (Official Music Video)

“I’ll Never Love Again” is a ballad recorded by American singer Lady Gaga for the film A Star Is Born (2018). The song was written by Gaga, Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando, and Mark Ronson, and produced by Ronson, with additional production from Thomas Wesley. The song was released to digital outlets on October 5, 2018, as the second single from the soundtrack album to A Star Is Born. Commercially, “I’ll Never Love Again” peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number two on the UK Singles Chart. The track received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.

Just Dance – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Just Dance (Official Music Video) ft. Colby O'Donis

“Just Dance” is a song by American singer Lady Gaga. The song was released as the lead single from her debut studio album, The Fame (2008). It was written by Gaga and RedOne, and produced by RedOne. The song was exceptionally well-received by music critics, who complimented its club-friendly sound and praised its hook. Commercially, “Just Dance” was an international success, topping the charts in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In the United States, it became Gaga’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has sold over ten million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Telephone – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Telephone ft. Beyoncé (Official Music Video)

“Telephone” is a song recorded by American singer Lady Gaga for her second studio album, Fame Monster (2009). The song features vocals from American rapper Beyoncé. It was written by Gaga, Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, Lazonate Franklin and Beyoncé. Originally conceived as a duet between Gaga and Britney Spears, it eventually developed into a full-fledged collaboration between the two artists. The song’s conception began during the recording sessions for Fame Monster, where Gaga approached Beyoncé about creating a song together. The song was recorded at Battery Studios in New York City. “Telephone” is an electropop and R&B song with disco influences; its lyrics describe a woman who is addicted to speaking on the telephone even while she is in a relationship with someone else.

Judas – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Judas (Official Music Video)

Judas is a song by Lady Gaga from her second studio album, Born This Way. The song was released as the second single from the album on April 15, 2011. Judas is a mid-tempo dance-pop and electro-rock song with elements of techno and synth-pop. The song’s lyrical content deals with religion and betrayal, with Gaga referencing the Biblical figure Judas Iscariot. The song received mixed reviews from music critics, with some praising its dance-pop elements and catchy hook, while others criticized its religious references. However, the song was a commercial success, peaking at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and becoming Gaga’s ninth consecutive top-ten single in the country. Internationally, Judas reached the top ten in several countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

LoveGame (Chew Fu Ghettohouse Fix) – Lady Gaga

LoveGame (Chew Fu Ghettohouse Fix)

LoveGame is a song by American recording artist Lady Gaga. It was released as the third single from her debut album, The Fame (2008). The song was written by Gaga and RedOne, and produced by RedOne. It is widely believed that the song is about bisexuality and was a tribute to the late designer Alexander McQueen. The song received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its production and Gaga’s vocal performance. The song topped the charts in several countries, including Australia, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has sold over three million copies in the country. Internationally, it has sold over six million copies.

Million Reasons – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Million Reasons (Official Music Video)

Released in 2016, “Million Reasons” is a piano ballad written by Lady Gaga and produced by Nashville-based producer Mark Ronson. The song is about the difficulties of relationships and contains the repeated refrain “I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away/ But baby, I just need one good one to stay.” “Million Reasons” was generally well-received by critics, many of whom praised its melody and Gaga’s vocal performance. The song peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it Gaga’s ninth top-ten single in the country. It also reached the top ten in several other countries, including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In 2017, the song received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance.

Alejandro – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Alejandro (Official Music Video)

Released in 2010, “Alejandro” is a dance-pop song by American singer Lady Gaga. The song was written by Gaga, RedOne, and space cowboy, and produced by RedOne. It is the third single from her album The Fame Monster. The song contains elements of industrial and electro-pop music, and its lyrics address Gaga’s past relationship with a creative individual whom she felt restricted by. “Alejandro” received positive reviews from critics, who praised its composition and deemed it one of the highlights of The Fame Monster. Commercially, the song was a success, reaching the top ten in numerous countries worldwide, including the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Applause – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Applause (Official Music Video)

“Applause” is a song by American singer Lady Gaga from her third studio album, Artpop (2013). The song was released as the album’s lead single on August 12, 2013 . Inspired by the pop music of the 1980s, the track was written and produced by Gaga and DJ White Shadow. Lyrically, “Applause” speaks of being rewarded for devoting one’s life to fame and celebrity. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised its catchy chorus and noted references to similar works by other artists.

Paparazzi – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Paparazzi (Official Music Video)

“Paparazzi” is a song by American recording artist Lady Gaga from her debut studio album, The Fame (2008). The song was released as the third single from the album. “Paparazzi” was written and produced by Gaga and Rob Fusari. Serving as the album’s seventh track, “Paparazzi” is a synth-pop and dance-pop song about a fame-hungry woman who longs to be adored by the paparazzi. 

“Paparazzi” received mixed reviews from music critics; some praised it for its “catchy” hook while others criticized it for being too similar to Gaga’s previous single “Just Dance”. 

Stupid Love – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Stupid Love (Official Music Video)

“Stupid Love” is a song recorded by American singer Lady Gaga. It was released as the lead single from her sixth studio album, Chromatica (2020). The song was co-written by Gaga with bloodpop®, Justin Tranter, Tchami, Madeon, and Boys Noize. “Stupid Love” is a synth-pop and dance-pop song with elements of house music. The song received positive reviews from music critics, many of whom praised its production and Gaga’s vocal performance. Critics also noted its resemblance to early 2010s club music.

The Edge Of Glory – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - The Edge Of Glory (Official Music Video)

The Edge of Glory is a song by American pop singer Lady Gaga. It was released as the third single from her second studio album, Born This Way. The song was written by Gaga, RedOne, and Fernando Garibay, and produced by RedOne and Garibay. The Edge of Glory is a synth-pop and dance-pop song with a length of five minutes and 21 seconds. The song has been described as an “ode to glory” and “a celebratory anthem about living life to the fullest.” The Edge of Glory peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, becoming Gaga’s tenth top-ten single on the chart.

Born This Way – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Born This Way (Official Music Video)

The Edge of Glory is a song by American pop singer Lady Gaga. It was released as the third single from her second studio album, Born This Way. The song was written by Gaga, RedOne, and Fernando Garibay, and produced by RedOne and Garibay. The Edge of Glory is a synth-pop and dance-pop song with a length of five minutes and 21 seconds. The song has been described as an “ode to glory” and “a celebratory anthem about living life to the fullest.” The Edge of Glory peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, becoming Gaga’s tenth top-ten single on the chart.

Perfect Illusion – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Perfect Illusion (Official Music Video)

“Perfect Illusion” is a song recorded by American singer Lady Gaga for her fifth studio album, Joanne (2016). The song was written and produced by Gaga, Mark Ronson, BloodPop, and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker. It was released to radio stations as the lead single from the album on September 9, 2016. “Perfect Illusion” is a synth-pop and dance-rock track with influences of new wave music. Lyrically, it addresses the media speculation surrounding Gaga’s love life following her split from actor Taylor Kinney.

Marry The Night – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Marry The Night (Official Music Video)

Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night” is a song about overcoming adversity and ultimately triumphing against all odds. The lyrics tell the story of Gaga’s struggles to make it in the music industry, and how she eventually rose to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world. The song is an anthem for anyone who has ever faced hardship or felt like they were fighting a losing battle. It is a reminder that no matter how dark and difficult life may seem, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. “Marry the Night” is an empowering song that celebrates Gaga’s journey from obscurity to superstardom, and serves as an inspiration for anyone who is fighting to achieve their dreams.

Is That Alright? – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - Is That Alright? (from A Star Is Born) (Official Audio)

“Is That Alright?” is a song recorded by American singer Lady Gaga for her fifth studio album, Joanne (2016). The song was written by Gaga, Hillary Lindsey, Mark Ronson, and BloodPop. “Is That Alright?” is a country pop ballad with influences of dance-pop. It is built around a simple chord progression and piano instrumentation. Lyrically, the song finds Gaga professing her love and commitment to her partner. 

The song was released as a single on October 6, 2016, accompanied by a lyric video. Upon its release, “Is That Alright?” received mixed reviews from music critics. Some praised its simple production and lyricism, while others found it uninspired compared to the rest of the album’s tracks. Commercially, the song failed to enter any major music charts. However, it peaked at number 60 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart in the United States.