If you’re a Lady Gaga fan and have seen her music videos, then you know that she puts her heart and soul into them.
Everyone was shocked by her good acting in A Star Is Born, but many diehard fans could tell you they’ve known of her great acting abilities because of her music videos. They are like movies with storytelling elements and symbolism. Some are longer than others, but no matter the duration, they are far from boring and basic.
Here are her top five music videos.
#5 – G.U.Y
G.U.Y, also known as Girl Under You, is a 12 minute music video of Gaga’s story of being screwed by the music industry. In the scene where she’s a phoenix, she is shot with an arrow.
A group of businessmen fight over money and don’t even bother to help Gaga because they are worried about the money all over the ground. This is about Gaga only being used for music and gimmicks but not caring for her well-being.
Gaga rises from her ashes and is rescued by guards and brough to Hearst Castle. She is resurrected and brought back to reality. She then sees the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills playing instruments and singing along. This video intertwines with Greek mythology and Andy Cohen is Zeus. She used them in this video because she thinks reality TV now run our lives.
In another scene, she is in a room with four coffins and must crack the code of opening and resurrecting whoever is inside using Minecraft. Fun fact: Lady Gaga is a gamer girl and played MineCraft at the time of the video’s release. Once they get the coffins opened, outcomes Michael Jackson, Jesus, Ghandi and John Lennon.
At the end of the video Gaga and The Real Housewives storm a commercial building seeking revenge on the businessmen who tried to kill her in the beginning of the video.
#4 – Marry The Night
Marry the Night was a personal representation of the time Lady Gaga was dropped by her record label. The song basically states that she isn’t going to take anymore sh*t and continue her dream no matter how many times she is knocked down.
This is theatrically shown in a nearly 14 minute music video. In this mini-movie, Lady Gaga wakes up in a hospital. Nurses are pushing her hospital bed from one unit to the next, wearing Calvin Klein uniforms with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.
Once she’s awake, the nurses are checking her heart rate and blood pressure. Mind you, these are the same nurses who delivered her when she was born. She begins to cry and tells them she’s going to become a star. She asks them to play music, and the camera begins to pan out. We then realize she’s in the mental ward of the facility as other female patients are walking around aimlessly and being escorted to their beds by other nurses.
After the hospital scene, we escape to a dream sequence of Lady Gaga doing ballet in custom shoes. Her and other ballet dancers are doing a routine to soft music.
Once the dream is over, it cuts to a brunette Gaga back at her apartment after the hospital. Her real life best friend Bo, brings her back. When she gets back into bed she is interrupted by a phone call from her record label, notifying that she has been dropped. She makes a mess of her apartment and begins to bleach her hair while humming Marry The Night.
In the next scene, she attends a dance rehearsal with her newly bleached hair. She scopes out the scene with her bedazzled denim jacket and sunglasses. The other dancers check her out from the top of the mezzanine and a clock chimes signaling that it’s time for rehearsal. She then enters the dance studio and gets herself ready to dance.
“The Night” portion of the video is of Lady Gaga’s body half inside a Trans-Am sunroof as her legs are still protruding out. She eventually gets her full body in the car, kisses a tape titled “Marry The Night” and inserts it into the cassette player. She smokes a cigarette and lip syncs the words.
Lady Gaga’s interview with Alan Carr: Chatty Man
“I know how rejection feels in the business. I got signed, I got dropped, I got signed again. That’s actually what the ‘Marry the Night’ video is about. It’s about one of the most horrible days of my life when I got dropped from my first record label and it’s the story of what happened that day.”
#3 – Judas
This controversial music video is about confronting your own demons according to Lady Gaga. And truthfully what is a better way to do this than writing a song and creating a music video of falling in love with the man who betrayed Jesus Christ? The answer is, there isn’t a better way.
The Judas music video is loaded with amazing visuals, symbolism and choreography. Laurienne Gibson, the co-director of this music video stated that they wanted to be extreme in visuals, choreography and costuming.
Although the story is based in Biblical times during the crucifiction of Jesus, Lady Gaga put a modern twist to it. Jesus and his Apostles roll up as a motorcycle gang. Gaga is supposed to be Mary Magdalene so she sits on the back of Jesus’ bike. Jesus has cornrow braids and a crown of thorns like he wears on the cross.
When Jesus, Mary, and the apostles arrive outside of the church, Jesus is being greeted by people who love him. This creates a distraction and then we see Mary push Judas, played by actor Norman Reedus, away, signaling a history between them.
Lady Gaga in an interview with Google
“You have to look into what is haunting you and you need to look into forgiving yourself in order to move on,”
Admitting that Judas is the demon she clings to is part of the process of letting him go. Gaga has a gun that actually holds red lipstick. When she pulls the trigger, out comes the lipstick. She smears it across his face symboling that she chose not to kill him.
During the betrayal scene, Jesus is still surrounded by people and Mary falls to her knees in front of him as she tries to tell him something. But before she can, Jesus accepts his fate and Judas kisses him on the cheek to “mark his death.”
Mary falls to the ground in anguish and cries.
At the end of the video, in a new costume representing a bridal dress with a black and white wig, she is stoned to death for what she caused,
The Judas music video was banned in Lebanon for religious concerns.
#2 – Born This Way
The story of the Mother Monster manifesto was released back in February 2011. The freedom song was an anthem to inspire the minorities like the gay community, racial minorities and women.
The story is about the “birth of a new race.” One that bears no prejudice, and it’s ultimate goal in life is to create unity and freedom.
In the beginning of the video we see an upside down pink triangle, that looks onto mystical city skyline which is a nod to Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
Gaga’s voice is dubbed over the beginning of the video explaining what the birth of the new race is and how simultaneously, evil was born that day too. When evil is born, she is split in two. Her evil side gives birth to and assault rifle.
As the song begins, Gaga walks through a blacked out room with her dancers representing the birth of the new race. She crouches down and when she stands again they join in.
#1 – Bad Romance
The story of the music video is to embody female empowerment. The razor sunglasses she wears in the beginning of the video is meant to represent female badassery.
Lady Gaga to MTV News
“I wanted to design a pair for some of the toughest chicks and some of my girlfriends […] they used to keep razor blades in the side of their mouths, […] That tough female spirit is something that I want to project. It’s meant to be, ‘This is my shield, this is my weapon, this is my inner sense of fame, this is my monster.'”
In the video she’s kidnapped by supermodels who put her in a tub and force her to drink vodka. She’s then being displayed in an auction where a group of men are bidding on her. She straddles one of the men and ends up seducing him. In an ending scene, she’s in a bed that combusts with a skeleton beside her, assuming she got her revenge.
The Bad Romance music video was directed by Francis Lawrence and received 10 nominations at the MTV Music Video Awards for Best Editing, Best Choreography, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Special Effects, Best Dance Video, Best Pop Video, Best Female Video and Video of the Year.
Bad Romance won seven of the 10 categories and then went on to win a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video. Time Magazine also enlisted the video on its list of Best Music videos since the 1980s.