Top 10 Lady Gaga Music Videos

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10. "Just Dance" (2008)

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Lady Gaga - "Just Dance" video. Courtesy Interscope

Directed by Melina Matsoukas

Lady Gaga emerged in late 2008 as one of the most promising new pop stars. In just three years she amassed eleven consecutive top 10 pop hit singles including three that went all the way to #1. The visual art of music video has always accompanied her musical creations. This is a guide to her top 10 music videos.

Lady Gaga and her dancers arrive at a party that seems to have ended and kick things back in high gear in the music video for her first #1 pop hit single "Just Dance." There are cameo appearances here by Colby O'Donis, Akon, and her DJ Space Cowboy. That blue lightning bolt beneath Lady Gaga's right eye is a tribute to her idol David Bowie. 

The success of the music video helped kick the career of director Melina Matsoukas into high gear. She later encountered controversy directing clips for hits by Rihanna.

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9. "Judas" (2011)

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Lady Gaga - "Judas" video. Courtesy Interscope

Directed by Lady Gaga and Laurieann Gibson

Lady Gaga's single "Judas" performed less well commercially than her previous hits, but it still managed a brief appearance in the top 10. The music video recreates elements of the Jesus and Judas story with motorcycle gangs. Actor and model Norman Reedus, best known for his work in the TV series The Walking Dead, appears as Judas. Lady Gaga herself takes on the role of Mary Magdalene. The music video earned a MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Choreography.

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8. "Born This Way" (2011)

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Lady Gaga - "Born This Way" video. Courtesy Interscope

Directed by Nick Knight

The music video for Lady Gaga's #1 smash hit "Born This Way" is a conceptual piece about the birth of good and evil and their eternal battle. Beyond the concept, however, it is centered on dancing. Key inspirations for the music video are the surrealistic work of painters Salvador Dali and Francis Bacon. Full-body tattoo model Rick Genest, aka "Zombie Boy," appears in the clip. The music video closes with a visual tribute to Michael Jackson and "The Way You Make Me Feel." Acclaimed British fashion photographer Nick Knight directed.

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7. "Alejandro" (2010)

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Lady Gaga - "Alejandro" video. Courtesy Interscope

Directed by Steven Klein

Famed fashion photographer Steven Klein was enlisted to direct Lady Gaga's music video for "Alejandro." Lady Gaga saw the clip as a "celebration and admiration of gay love." Much of the dancing is seen as inspired by the musical Cabaret and choreographer Bob Fosse. The music video generated some controversy due to its use of religious imagery particularly a segment of Lady Gaga ingesting rosary beads. Observers see echoes of the landmark music videos for Madonna's "Like a Prayer" and Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" in "Alejandro." The song peaked at #5 on the pop singles chart.

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6. "Marry the Night" (2011)

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Lady Gaga - "Marry the Night" video. Courtesy Interscope

Directed by Lady Gaga

The epic "Marry the Night" video is an autobiographical effort directed by Lady Gaga herself. It details life changing events that ultimately led to her signing as a recording artist. The clip is over 13 minutes long with an extended introduction taking place in a psychiatric clinic. The nurses in the music video wear high fashion uniforms from Calvin Klein and shoes from Giuseppe Zanotti. Critics praised the epic music video for its adventurous themes and execution. The single "Marry the Night" was not as successful climbing only to #29 on the pop singles chart.

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5. "You and I" (2011)

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Lady Gaga - "You and I" video. Courtesy Interscope

Directed by Laurieann Gibson

Filmed in Springfield, Nebraska, the music video for "You and I" is one of Lady Gaga's most complex. She said, "The video is quite complex in the way that the story is told, and it's meant to be slightly linear and slightly twisted and confusing, which is the way that love is." It was celebrated as a return to perform in being a visual feast for the eyes and containing sometimes bizarre but ultimately fascinating elements. Lady Gaga appears in the form of two alter egos. One is the male Jo Calderone and the other is the mermaid Yuyi. Actor and model Taylor Kinney appears as Lady Gaga's love interest in the music video.

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4. "Paparazzi" (2009)

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Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi" video. Courtesy Interscope

Directed by Jonas Akerlund 

Lady Gaga connected with celebrated Swedish music video director Jonas Akerlund for "Paparazzi." He is known for his work on such landmark clips as Madonna's "Music," Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," and Maroon 5's "Wake Up Call." For "Paparazzi," he put together a clip that comments on the damage that celebrity does to a person's very existence. The music video received five MTV Video Music Award nominations. It won Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects.

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3. "Poker Face" (2008)

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Lady Gaga - "Poker Face" video. Courtesy Interscope

Directed by Ray Kay

Lady Gaga's emergence from a swimming pool wearing a silver metallic harlequin mask at the opening of this video is iconic. The music video received four MTV Video Awards nominations and won Best New Artist. Norwegian director Ray Kay was assisted by Anthony Mandler in creation of the clip. The dramatic imagery helped "Poker Face" become Lady Gaga's second #1 pop hit single.

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2. "Telephone" with Beyonce (2010)

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Lady Gaga - "Telephone" video. Courtesy Interscope

Directed by Jonas Akerlund

The music video for "Telephone" continues the story begun in "Paparazzi" but everything is just bigger and more grand. Homages to Quentin Tarantino and Madonna are included. The basic plot line is that Beyonce breaks Lady Gaga out of prison and the pair continue on a crime spree. The video was nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards. It won Best Collaboration but lost Video of the Year to "Bad Romance."

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1. "Bad Romance" (2009)

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Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance" video. Courtesy Interscope

Directed by Francis Lawrence

Lady Gaga's music video for "Bad Romance" is one of the most acclaimed of all time. It received 10 MTV Video Music Awards nominations and won seven of those. In addition, it received the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Video. The basic story in the clip is that Lady Gaga is kidnapped by a group of supermodels, drugged, and sold to the Russian mafia. Director Francis Lawrence was a 15 year veteran of working on music videos. Among his past work are Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing," the Black Eyed Peas' "Pump It," and Britney Spears' "Circus." He went on to gain even greater acclaim as director of The Hunger Games trilogy of films. 

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