Lady Gaga took the music scene by storm in 2008 with the release of her single, “Pokerface.” Since then, she has constantly surprised fans and spectators alike with her symbolic videos and her interesting choice of fashion. In November of 2013, Gaga released her third full-length studio album, Artpop. “Applause” led the album as the first single. The second single, “Do What U Want,” was surprisingly successful mostly because it was unlike any other Lady Gaga single. The video was only given a week to be created and shot, which put the pop superstar under tremendous pressure. The video was eventually never released due to mismanagement within her team and her career. Fortunately for Gaga, she is back in 2014 and ready to release her third single and an accompanying video. “G.U.Y” is a song about showing power in an subdominant situation. The song is full of sexual references and symbolism that only Lady Gaga can pull off. To celebrate the release of her new video, take a look at 10 of the most memorable videos featuring Gaga.
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10. To star this countdown is one of Gaga’s biggest hits, “Bad Romance.” The song lead her EP, The Fame Monster. It’s accompanying video sets Gaga in a whorehouse as she is sold to the highest bidder, who she eventually ends up killing. This will forever go down as one of the most iconic videos in pop music.
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9. The first single off Gaga’s Artpop was a strong lead to an amazing album. The “Applause” video mixes symbolism and pop culture into one great work of art. In the video, she channels Aphrodite and a mermaid, a common theme throughout her Artpop ventures.
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8. Lady Gaga’s breakout song, “Pokerface,” led the pop star on a road of total music domination. The video gave the world a glimpse into the creative mind of Lady Gaga. “Pokerface” is about her fantasizing about a woman while being in bed with man.
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7. Lady Gaga’s simplest outfit came out in Beyoncé’s “Video Phone.” Gaga is seen wearing a tight white dress with white gloves. Her make up and hair are both very toned down to showcase Gaga’s natural beauty.
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6. No other superstar in today’s music advocates the LGBT community more than Lady Gaga. “Born This Way” is about accepting yourself as you are and embracing your individuality. The song was the first single off Gaga’s second full-length studio album, which sold over one million copies in its first week.
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5. The video for “The Edge of Glory” was probably the simplest video Lady Gaga has ever done. The entire video is shot in front of a new-york-like stoop along with a high fire escape ladder. The song’s power and the video’s simplicity give this one a memorable feel among Gaga’s other astonishing videos.
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4. Gaga called on Beyoncé to help her out with the “Telephone” video. The mini-film is littered with product placements from the sandwich spread, Miracle Whip, to Virgin Mobile. The dynamic duo set the video in a jail where Gaga is set free and goes on a killing rampage. This video is the sequel to Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” video.
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3. In “Paparazzi,” Gaga has an accident where she is thrown off a balcony by her love interest and she seeks revenge by killing him. She then turns herself in and is thrown in jail at the end of the video. This video is continued with Gaga’s “Telephone.”
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2. Easily one of Gaga’s most symbolic videos, “Judas” was one big religious alliteration that shows the struggle of knowing she should love Jesus, but loves Judas as well. The video also focuses on the dualities within a relationship of the good and the bad while incorporating high-energy dance moves and visually striking costumes and set designs.
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1. “Marry the Night” tells the story of Lady Gaga’s struggle to stardom. In the video, she shines light on all the different things that got in her way, including drugs and rejection. She has one of her best dance routines in the video as well as one of her catchiest and strongest songs.
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