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Lady Gaga’s Music Video Evolution

From ‘Just Dance’ to ‘Applause,’ see how the singer’s clips have changed

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From 'Just Dance' to 'Applause,' see how the singer's clips have changed

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‘Just Dance’ (2008)

At the low-rent house party in her debut video, Gaga cavorts in a kiddie pool with a blow-up killer whale. Five years later, she's liable to cast an actual killer whale. (Directed by Melina Matsoukas)

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‘Beautiful, Dirty, Rich’ (2008)

"Daddy, I'm so sorry," Gaga sings about the hedonism on display in her second video. Already her decadent style was well-established. (Directed by Melina Matsoukas)

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‘Poker Face’ (2008)

More high art at a house party, but the stakes are quickly growing higher – it's a multimillion-dollar villa. (Directed by Ray Kay)

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‘Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)’ (2009)

The home in Gaga's fourth video is much more domesticated than its predecessors: here she cleans (!) and cooks (!!) for her fella in a Fifties-inspired kitchenette. (Directed by Joseph Kahn)

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‘LoveGame’ (2009)

When the kids are about to get busted for dancing, our temptress takes an officer of the law behind glass and puts on his hat. She's long past apologizing to Daddy. (Directed by Joseph Kahn)

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‘Paparazzi’ (2009)

A stylish seven-minute short film set at a palatial oceanfront estate, "Paparazzi" intermingles sex, violence and the tabloids – the unholy trinity of celebrity culture. (Directed by Jonas Ackerlund)

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‘Bad Romance’ (2009)

Moral of this high-concept story: try to take away her power and end up a charbroiled skeleton. (Directed by Francis Lawrence)

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‘Telephone’ (2010)

In another mini-movie, Gaga goes to jail in surreal prison stripes and hits the yard in eyewear made of smoking cigarette butts. Co-starring Beyoncé, driving the Pussy Wagon. (Directed by Jonas Akerlund)

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‘Born This Way’ (2011)

"Thus began the beginning of the new race . . . No prejudice, no judgment, but boundless freedom." Yes, we're all superstars. (Directed by Nick Knight, Haus of Gaga)

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‘Judas’ (2011)

Jesus and the apostles are a motorcycle gang, and Gaga is a biker-chick Mary Magdalene. Gaga was becoming "increasingly irrelevant," spluttered the president of the Catholic League. (Directed by Laurieann Gibson, Lady Gaga)

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‘The Edge of Glory’ (2011)

Inspired by the death of Gaga's grandfather, the video for "The Edge of Glory" features one person besides the singer: Springsteen saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died a month after the single was released. (Directed by Haus of Gaga)

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‘Yoü and I’ (2011)

Featuring a guitar solo by Queen's Brian May, this video brings together just about all the contents of Gaga's huge bag of tricks, including mermaid fins, fever dreams, creative eyewear and Gaga's street-rat alter ego Jo Calderone. (Directed by Laurieann Gibson)

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‘Marry the Night’ (2011)

"It's not that I don't want to see things exactly as they happened. It's just that I prefer to remember them in an artistic way." (Directed by Lady Gaga)

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