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Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance

The best pop song of the last 20 years.

Sorry Gaga haters. It’s a fact.

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by Anonymousreply 2606/28/2020

Partially because “Baby One More Time” is now 21 years old.

I didn’t realize how much Gaga had lost her touch melodically until I revisited The Fame Monster a few weeks ago. It’s almost sad how much better her early music is than Chromatica.

by Anonymousreply 106/27/2020

I don't think there will be much argument here. This is Gaga's peak, and the rest of her career has been trying to regain that uniqueness including in "Shallow", where she depended on the same Ra-Ra-Ra hook.

by Anonymousreply 206/27/2020

Wrong. Booty Wave is the best pop somg of the last 20 years.

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by Anonymousreply 306/27/2020

It’s a great pop song. Another one for consideration: Single Ladies by Beyoncé.

by Anonymousreply 406/27/2020

It’s a perfect song. And a great video.

by Anonymousreply 506/27/2020

Eh, it's fine. It's better than 90% of the shlock out there, I agree. But the 'best' pop song? I doubt that.

by Anonymousreply 606/27/2020

It’s shit like all of fugga’s music and her face!

by Anonymousreply 706/27/2020

I love Lady GaGa as a person, but her music's always just - meh - nothing that special.

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by Anonymousreply 906/27/2020

While Bad Romance is great I think LoveGame has a better hook. And I get a cheap thrill from the words disco stick.

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by Anonymousreply 1006/27/2020

This doesn't reflect well on the state of pop songwriting...

by Anonymousreply 1106/27/2020

Single Ladies is horrible

by Anonymousreply 1206/27/2020

Came out in 2001, and sold much better than Bad Romance, and its a better dance pop song than anything Gaga EVER created.

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by Anonymousreply 1306/27/2020

I prefer "Poker Face", "Paparazzi" and "Do What U Want" (although the last one is tainted by R Kelly).

by Anonymousreply 1406/27/2020

R13 yeah but we can thank Cathy Dennis for that one.

by Anonymousreply 1506/27/2020

Her first two albums were her most interesting and best. The Fame was more innovative, with some confounding sounds and lyrics, and Fame Monster was a little more slickly produced but still really creative. I agree that Bad Romance (especially the video’s styling) was an apex.

I do wonder what happened. She went from being a pop trifle to a Very Serious Social Justice Warrior, and honestly “Born This Way” is not a very good song. I like “Bad Kid” OK, but she does fail for me when she tries to mesh dance music and serious messaging. I think that’s part of what brings down Chromatica. I read a couple of reviews that say Chromatica is her best and most cohesive album, but there’s nothing on it that stands out as memorable to me. It’s good pop music all the way through, but it feels paint by numbers.

“My name isn’t Alice, but I keep lookin’ for Wonderland” is...OK? Who cares?

“When I was young, I prayed for lightning...I found myself without a prayer/I lost my breath but no one cared” is self-aggrandizing Madonna dreck.

Wrong direction lyrically, Gaga. Shut your Playboy mouth and break out your disco stick.

by Anonymousreply 1606/27/2020

I like Gaga, but she was propped up by RedOne and Fernando Garibay early on.

Left on her own, we get those hookless piano bar songs that don’t translate into great pop, even when retooled with a dance beat.

by Anonymousreply 1706/27/2020

Agree. RedOne and Rob Fusari made great music with her, and an unbridled Nicola Formichetti visually styled her to become a pop culture idol.

Apart from them, she has proved she has tenacity and real performative talent, but her songs have lost their magic and when she goes for shock and awe with her visual style these days, she comes across more like a rent-a-Gaga than a creative visionary.

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by Anonymousreply 1806/27/2020

I'd vote Sia's Chandelier or Adele's Hello over this mess.

Katy Perry's Dark Horse, too.

Rihanna's Umbrella, Diamonds...

All better than this.

by Anonymousreply 1906/27/2020

This new song “Plastic Doll” sounds like it was written for Katy Perry. From the opening instrumentation to the way that Gaga performs the vocals, it sounds like Katy Perry. Why would Gaga reduce herself to paint-by-numbers pop?

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by Anonymousreply 2006/27/2020

I do like this track a lot. It has a mid-90s dance-pop percussion, and the lyrics, trite as they are, make sense to me with the “sweet” K-pop vocals juxtaposed against Gaga’s comparatively “sour” voice.

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by Anonymousreply 2106/27/2020

"We Are Young" by Fun. is a better song.

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by Anonymousreply 2206/27/2020

The more I listen to Chromatica the more I like it. I love Sine from above and 911.

by Anonymousreply 2306/27/2020

R23 I like Sine from Above except that the misspelling of “sign” suggests there’s going to be some kind of mathematical analogy and there is none. “I heard a sine” is a stupid line. And Elton John’s role feels gratuitous.

by Anonymousreply 2406/27/2020

R19 “Chandelier” is a great call and an absolutely magnificent song. It has, what, three distinct hooks? Brilliant vocal, too.

by Anonymousreply 2506/28/2020

Bad Romance is great but I wouldn't put it in my top 10 songs of the century. I'd argue Alejandro is her finest moment.

Chandelier, Can't Get You Out Of My Head, Call The Shots and Crazy In Love would probably be in my top 10, along with this:

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