Lady Gaga is an amazing vocalist — nothing new there.
But while getting ready for her (reportedly non-singing) debut on American Horror Story: Hotel tonight, we got to reminiscing about our favorite Gaga performances. While they’re all special, we’ve come to really enjoy her covers: She manages to put a unique spin on tons of tracks, whether they’re quiet ballads or stadium-ready rock bangers.
Below, seven of her most memorable covers from over the years. Which ones do you watch on repeat?
1. “La Vie En Rose”
Gaga drew massive headlines when she first performed this lovely Edith Piaf ballad as part of her Cheek to Cheek tour. For anyone out there who isn’t already familiar with Gaga’s Old Hollywood throwback tunes, this is the perfect introduction.
She’s been covering this tune for a while, but her biggest performance thus far was when she took on John Lennon’s classic during the Baku 2015 European Games Opening Ceremony in June 2015.
3. The Sound of Music
Who could forget Gaga’s joyous Sound of Music medley at the 2015 Oscars? Easily one of her career high points, the four-minute performance brought a very-hard-to-impress audience to its feet — and Julie Andrews herself was effervescent in her praise for it.
4. “Orange Colored Sky”
Featured on Gaga’s 2011 holiday special, the tune is an excellent showcase for the singer’s big vocals. It was also an early indication of the jazz influences Gaga would soon own.
5. “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”
Some of the most delightful Gaga covers are when she gets in touch with her inner rock star, as she did at the Kennedy Center Honors, memorably celebrating Sting with raspy vocals on piano.
6. “Another One Bites the Dust”
Onstage with Queen, Gaga is electric in her element, radiating joy and fun as she struts around giving people something to remember.
7. “What’s Up”
When Gaga was honored at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June, the audience were the real honorees — the singers performed a show-stopping, viral cover of 4 Non Blondes.