Believe it or not, Lady Gaga’s hit single “Bad Romance” turned ten years old on October 23rd. Seems like just yesterday she sauntered into the MTV VMAs in a meat dress. She was far for a Star is Born, but even then all the little monsters knew who the new baddest bitch on the block was.
Out magazine said, “‘Bad Romance’ peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, was touted as one of the best songs of the year, and solidified Gaga’s place in the pop pantheon. It also heralded a shift in contemporary pop music, which has leaned heavily toward rock in the early-to-mid aughts, towards the emphasis on electronica that continues today.”
“Bad Romance” is undoubtedly Gaga’s most memorable single — there’s a reason she closed her 2017 Super Bowl Halftime show with it. Lady Gaga will always be “that ra ra ra bitch.” More than “Poker Face,” “Born This Way,” “Million Reasons,” or even the Oscar-winning “Shallow,” “Bad Romance” embodies the pop star Gaga will be remembered as, and the pop star the world needed so desperately in 2009. With “Bad Romance,” Gaga set herself up as the freak who had somehow wrangled her way into the party — the queen of the weirdos and the mother of monsters.
No matter where her career goes — and it’s certainly gone places — we’ll always be caught in a bad romance.
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