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Lady Gaga’s Music Videos: A Complete Guide

From ‘Just Dance’ to ‘Judas,’ the videos that helped create the Fame Monster

If anyone stands to inherit Madonna's throne as a generation's provacateur, it's Lady Gaga. From her outlandish outfits to her surprisingly incisive interviews, the lady once known as Stefani Germanotta is well-equipped to defend her nuttiness as commentary – and nowhere is that demonstrated better than in her gorgeous, strange body of music videos. From the straight dance mash-ups to the short films, there isn't a single scene without at least one image that'll haunt your dreams. So go ahead little monster, have your fill. Here's a guide to all of Gaga's official music videos, from "Just Dance" to "Judas."

By Mallika Rao

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‘Telephone’ (2010)

Gaga turned this companion piece to "Paparazzi" into a pop culture event, roping in the Pussy Wagon from Kill Bill and a fancy co-star in Beyoncé. The Thelma and Louise arc has Beyoncé bailing Gaga out of jail to poison a diner full of customers, who look practically sepia-toned next to the bird-in-heat style costumes Beyonce and Gaga shimmy around in. What with its evasive dialogue and the gobs of hype leading up to its release, the video itself feels sort of like an elaborate inside joke we're all supposed to be in on.

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‘Alejandro’ (2010)

Sporting shades of Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" and every Madonna video ever made, Gaga's video for "Alejandro" is intended to represent her love for her gay friends. Slow and a little lackluster, it might also represent Gaga's writer's block after the success of "Telephone.”

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‘Born This Way’ (2011)

The release of Born This Way was probably the moment Gaga realized she can literally do whatever she wants. In the video for the titular song, there's a unicorn, a creation story and the first public appearance of the winglike face bumps Gaga said she'd "been waiting for the right time to reveal to the universe."

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‘Judas’ (2011)

As Madonna taught us, you're not a pop icon until you've pissed off religious people by claiming their iconography. In the video for "Judas," Gaga plays a version of Mary Magdalene who falls for the treacherous Judas, a muddled reference inspired by Gaga's ex, Luc Carl. Unfortunately for Gaga's icon status, the Catholic League released only a mild statement calling the video "a mess" in which she "dances on the line without going over it."

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