Lady Gaga has lived a lot of lives for a woman who just turned 29 this week. She’s met the Queen of England and recorded with the king of singing. (Tony Bennett, folks!)
If you’re a singer looking to move 30 million units of perfume and change the ideas and expectations of a generation, you gotta have some skills. Here they are.
Early Lady, as yet without her star moniker, showing the skills early on at NYU:
Bad Romance. State of the art of the music video it’s been viewed more than 600 million times:
Applause, from 2013. More than 200 million views:
Poker Face. Probably where they got the idea for those cool strange Vegas ads:
LoveGame. One fan writes: “I feel like people don’t appreciate how good of a lyricist Gaga is. I’m talking style, phrasing, and how concise they are. She is very good–better than most pop stars.”
Well, you know, Telephone has Beyonce in it. And prison.
How about 177 million views for Just Dance from 2008. She’s just 22:
Papararazzi, again from back in the day–2009. Imagine what Gaga knows about Paparazzi now! Probably the coolest one–even before (especially before) the music starts.