Every Lady Gaga Music Video From 2008 to Today: Watch Her Evolution
It’s hard to believe that it has been a decade since Lady Gaga first emerged on the music scene with her debut single “Just Dance.” In the 10 years since then, the singer has solidified herself as not just a pop icon, but also as a fashion symbol -- and now, a leading lady on the silver screen. In this week’s “Music Video Evolution,” Billboard is taking a look back at how the star’s music videos have grown over time.
After she attended a killer house party in her 2008 video for "Just Dance," Gaga followed that up by burning and eating money in an ornate mansion in “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich” and lounging by a pool with some Great Danes in “Poker Face.”
The Joseph Kahn-directed “LoveGame” dropped in 2009, in which Gaga and her fellow Haus of Gaga members took over a subway car for a dance party as she made the phrase “disco stick” everyone’s new favorite euphemism. That year, Gaga also teamed up with Jonas Åkerlund for her “Paparazzi” short film, as she starred as a murderous girlfriend alongside Alexander Skarsgård and gave fans some extremely glamorous mugshot poses after she turns herself in to police.
Gaga eventually ended up in prison in 2010’s “Telephone” video, starring alongside Beyoncé and Tyrese Gibson. In it, she poked fun at the rumors that have swirled around her (one of the prison guards tells a co-worker, "I told you she didn't have a dick"), sported some (literally) smoking hot sunglasses, wrapped herself in some very well-positioned yellow caution tape, and gave a cooking lesson for her Cook’n’Kill recipe.
The year 2011’s “Born This Way” celebrated each and every one of us for who we are in a video that co-starred the late Rick Genest (aka Zombie Boy). That same year, Gaga appeared alongside Norman Reedus as she portrayed a biker version of Mary Magdalene in “Judas,” while in “You and I,” the singer took on her alter egos of Jo Calderone and Yüyi the mermaid, alongside her then-boyfriend Taylor Kinney.
The visually stunning “Applause” dropped in 2013, while the following year, she teamed up with Tony Bennett for a handful of collaborative videos. Later, 2015’s powerful “Til It Happens To You,” which was co-written by Diane Warren for the documentary The Hunting Ground, aimed to raise awareness about sexual assault on college campuses.
Lady Gaga kicked off her Joanne era as she stripped back to basics with 2016’s “Perfect Illusion,” ditching the elaborate outfits for shorts and a tee-shirt as she performed the song at a desert party. “Million Reasons” and “John Wayne” followed, bringing Lady Gaga’s music video evolution to 2018.
This year, the singer officially turned movie star with A Star Is Born, the film which spawned several breakout hits including “Look What I Found” and “Shallow” – the latter of which currently sits at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking her co-star Bradley Cooper’s first entry on the chart.
To watch all of these videos and many more, check out Lady Gaga’s music video evolution below.