Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of Lady Gaga‘s landmark ‘Born This Way’ album.
For many artists, maintaining success can be difficult, especially coming off of an era as successful as ‘The Fame’ and ‘The Fame Monster.’
Proving that she is able to conquer any challenge headed her way, the superstar singer released the project on May 23 2011.
More than her eclectic outfits, more than her brazen videos, ‘Born This Way’ was a statement to her artistry and to who she is as a person.
So, as we celebrate this magnum opus, join us below to find out which songs have stuck with us to this day on That Grape Juice’s Top 5 Tracks From ‘Born This Way’…
This one could be divisive, and we are aware of that. However, when a track is as transcendent as this, it is impossible to leave it off the list.
On this song, Gaga essentially paired the Pop styling of ABBA and fused them with the grandiose of Broadway to create this absolute club anthem. While she is not the first artist to correlate self-esteem and flowing hair, she is by far the most committed and authentic in her message. A truly visionary track, it certainly belongs hair (here) among her best.
4. Marry The Night
‘Marry The Night’ had big shoes to fill upon its release. The track followed massive singles such as: ‘Judas’ and ‘Born This Way.’
This tune is a spiritual successor to ‘Dance in the Dark’ in many ways and we mean that with the highest praise.
One listen and ‘Marry the Night’ gets bigger and bigger until it envelopes you with its rich, neon pulse that arguably served as the heart of the album.
While it may not have charted as high as the other singles from ‘Born This Way,’ it can go toe-to-toe with them any day.
Gaga has always been ahead of her time. Case in point: ‘Judas.’
Anchored by a sledgehammering beat and robotic tones, this otherworldly jam sounds as if it were created half a millennium in the future and then sent back in time to save the state of Pop music when it needed it most.
2. Born This Way
If there was ever a song equivalent to a glitter-bomb, it would be ‘Born This Way.’
Celebrating being who you are, this track is the perfect blend of over-the-top theatrics and an earnest message. While many still compare this track to Madonna‘s ‘Express Yourself,’ Gaga created a whole new Pop classic in her own way.
In a time when repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was one of the main topics of conversation and gay marriage was still four years away from being legalized nationwide (USA), ‘Born This Way’ provided a beacon of hope and became an anthem for all the right reasons.
1. You And I
This goes without saying, but ‘You and I’ is so palatable that even the elderly couldn’t help but jam to this song.
This is where Gaga strips back the sheen and gloss of her stage persona and gets closest to Stefani Germanotta, as she tells the tale of her cool Nebraska guy and laments on simpler times in America.
Produced by Mutt Lange (Shania Twain, ACDC, Def Leopard) and featuring Queen‘s Brian May on the guitar, the two gave Gaga her stadium anthem, with this uniquely earthy-sounding song.
‘You and I’ would go on to serve as Gaga’s introduction into more country and rock influences that would appear on her later works – ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Joanne’ – but neither could reach the heights of this soaring bop.
Do you agree with our picks?