Celebrate 10 Years of Lady Gaga with Her Danciest Music Videos
"Bad Romance": possibly the best Gaga video of all time? (Giphy)
How bonkers is it that it's been 10 years since we all first heard about a crazy/fabulous/uncategorizable musical artist known as Lady Gaga? Back in April 2008, her breakout hit "Just Dance" dropped, spawning the first of many generations of Gaga superfans. And one of the things that's kept her little monsters devoted over the past decade is her embrace of full-out, over-the-top choreography.
To celebrate 10 years of Gaga, we decided to round up some of her best (translation: danciest) music videos. Did we include your fave? Yell at us in the comments if not—because we know y'all are passionate about your Gaga.
"Poker Face" (2008)
One of Gaga's first music videos, "Poker Face" had a relatively mainstream look—compared to what was to come, at least. But it definitely didn't skimp on choreo, earning Gaga a spot in many dance fans' hearts early on.
When Gaga teams up with Beyoncé, you know you're in for some seriously dancy fun. We love this video's Thelma & Louise vibes.
"Born This Way" (2011)
Yes, this vid channels Madonna in a way that raised some eyebrows at the time. But it's beautiful in its way! After the trippy 3-minute intro, it essentially becomes a giant dance party, featuring Gaga wearing surreal skin horns and seducing a "zombie boy."
"Marry the Night" (2011)
Directed by Gaga herself, this 14-minute autobiographical extravaganza is worth watching in full. Not only will the poignant voiceover give you insight into Mother Monster's psyche, but you'll also be treated to all kinds of Flashdance references—and Gaga's very own Black Swan moment.
"Bad Romance" (2009)
Could this be the best Gaga video of all time? Not only is it her most-watched on YouTube (900 million views and counting), but it also features a storyline in which Gaga literally dances her way out of the clutches of the Russian mob. 🙌 🙌 🙌
Ralph Lauren is kicking off the celebration bright and early with a gender-neutral capsule collection featuring a rainbow version (naturally) of its pony logo. And the brand chose a bunch of influential LGBTQIA+ community members to model the looks—including our favorite danseur in heels, Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.