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The Ultimate Ranking of Lady Gaga’s Catalog

A comprehensive breakdown of Gaga’s entire discography

Mariano Vivanco

She’s only been releasing albums since 2008, but in three short years Lady Gaga has made an indelible mark on pop music. Here is a ranking of all her studio album songs – from 2008’s The Fame, 2009’s The Fame Monster and 2011’s Born This Way – plus a couple bonus tracks.

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‘Dance in the Dark’

More sexual neurosis, propelled by a sleek synth-swathed beat, and one of Gaga's most lustrous choruses.

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‘Highway Unicorn (Road 2 Love)’

Gaga's "Born to Run": "Get your hot rods ready to rumble/'Cause we're gonna fall in love tonight."




Gaga joins forces with New Jack Swing maestro Teddy Riley for her funkiest, filthiest song. "Show me your teeth," she commands. "Take a bite of my bad girl meat."

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‘Yoü and I’

Gaga's most open-hearted song: a straightforward ode to her "cool Nebraska guy." With a big beat, and a big tune, worthy of a classic Def Leppard power ballad – not to mention Def Lep's old super-producer, "Mutt" Lange.


‘Poker Face’

The battle of the sexes as a high-stakes game of Texas Hold 'Em. Beneath the bluster ("I'll get him hot, show him what I've got"), a sad reflection on the gulf that separates lovers, delivered over heartstring-tugging minor chords: "He can't read my poker face/She's got to love nobody."

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‘Marry the Night’

Gaga reanimates the corpse of Bonnie Tyler, recasting high-Eighties cheese-pop for for 21st-century discos. Sure hope the night signed a pre-nup.


‘The Edge of Glory’

Is it a song, or a hurricane? Gaga's sublime dance-rock anthem, written about her grandparents, is powered by bombastic power chords and even more bombastic lyrics. ("Put on your shades 'cause I'll be dancing in the flames/Tonight, yeah baby.") Just when you think it can't get any bigger, Clarence Clemons steps into the spotlight…



In Lady Gaga's universe, obsessive love and modern tabloid celebrity tend to get conflated. With the slinkiest, most insinuating beat of any Gaga song – and the usual ginormous chorus.


‘Bad Romance’

The essence of Gagaism: a relentlessly catchy chorus and a pummeling club beat power a song that's grand and tawdry and joyful and melancholy – a story about how love hurts so good, and so bad. Mission statement: "I'm a freak, baby." Tender come on: "I want your horror/I want your design." Singalong refrain: "Rah, rah, ah, ah, ah/Roma, roma ma/Gaga, ooh la la."

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