This Week In ‘Lil Monster History: Lady Gaga Scores Her First No. 1 Hit
By: Annie Scaramuzzino
When Lady Gaga dropped her first single in April of 2008, it was not an overnight sensation. In the months following its release, “Just Dance” hovered around on Billboard Hot 100, but failed to make it to that coveted top spot.
However, Gaga’s message to “let the record play” was persistent, and on January 14, 2009, the track grabbed the singer her first-ever No. 1 on the charts. Fast-forward half a decade and Gaga has become an international icon, now with a slew of hit singles and albums under her fashion-forward belt.
As this week marks the five year anniversary that “Just Dance” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, we’re celebrating Mother Monster by taking a look back at Lady Gaga’s Top 5 Singles in the Top 5!
5 years today I had my 1st #1 Song with Just Dance. I can't believe I'm even here. Still making music I believe in. In my big shoes. Paws up—
Goddess of Love (@ladygaga) January 14, 2014
The lead-off single from Gaga’s debut album The Fame, “Just Dance” was widely regarded as a sleeper hit, taking nearly a year to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Since then, the song has gone on to become one of the best-selling singles of all-time, now with an estimated 9 million downloads to its name.
2. “Poker Face“
As the second single from The Fame, “Poker Face” had the responsibility of ensuring that Lady Gaga wouldn’t become just another one-hit-wonder.
The song did not disappoint, and became one of three Lady Gaga singles that have hit No. 1 Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, “Poker Face” has exceeded the number of downloads of its predecessor “Just Dance,” having sold 13 million copies since its release.
3. “Bad Romance“
Jumping ahead to Gaga’s next release, The Fame Monster, “Bad Romance” explored themes of falling in love with the wrong person. The single clearly resonated with fans, and after making its debut in the fall of 2009, it went on to peak at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song also scored Gaga a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2011.
4. “Born this Way“
As the title track to Lady Gaga’s second studio album, “Born This Way” became the song that solidified Mother Monster as a spokesperson for anyone who’s ever felt a little bit different.
Gaga first teased the track at the 2010 MTV VMAs, later performing the song in its entirety at the 2011 Grammy Awards after emerging from her now-iconic pod vessel.
The song also caused some controversy, as many have drawn parallels between “Born This Way” and the 1989 Madonna hit “Express Yourself.” However, its upbeat tempo and positive message were enough to score Lady Gaga her third No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
5. “The Edge of Glory“
Also from 2011’s Born This Way, “The Edge of Glory” saw a slight change in Lady Gaga’s sound as she revealed herself to be one of the most powerful and soulful singers in pop music today. Further contributing to its uniqueness, the track featured a saxophone solo from the late Clarence Clemons, best-known for his work with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
“The Edge of Glory” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and in doing so, became Gaga’s 10th consecutive single to land within the Hot 100’s top ten spots.
Other Lady Gaga Singles in the Top 5:
Which of these songs do you hope Lady Gaga plays when she hits Joe Louis Arena on May 17? Let us know in the comments section below!