While you may think that with such a short discography, Lady Gaga has already transformed all of her best work into hits, but there are several songs from her first three albums (we’re a bit behind on Artpop) that we simply adore that would otherwise go unheard by the casual Lady Gaga fan.
Here are our five favorite lesser-known Lady Gaga songs.
5. “Electric Chapel” (from the album Born This Way)
So many may not know this but, in addition to the first track on Born This Way, “Marry the Night,” “Electric Chapel” also premiered on the Facebook app, Farmville. “Electric Chapel” is one of the best songs from Born This Way, and its style has been compared to that of La Roux, Meat Loaf, and, of course, Madonna. While critics did not find its chorus particularly catchy, they were impressed overall with how different “Electric Chapel” sounded from the rest of the album.
4. “Money Honey” (from the album The Fame)
“Money Honey” is the eighth track on The Fame, and it was written by Gaga and Martin Kierszenbaum. Kierszenbaum is otherwise known as Cherry Cherry Boom Boom, a moniker referenced in the track “Starstruck” of the same album (in case you were wondering what the heck she meant by that).
Of the album, Gaga has said that its central theme is about feeling “beautiful and dirty rich,” even if you don’t have two pennies to rub together. Never is that more evident than here, where jags, jets, and mansions can’t compare to the luxury that comes with the touch and kiss of a lover.
3. “Dance in the Dark” (from the album The Fame Monster)
While this song was released as a single, it didn’t chart significantly here in the U.S., reaching only number 22 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. In one of several moments in which Gaga could be compared to Madonna, here she re-presents the spoken interlude from “Vogue,” ticking off the names of several celebrities who have met tragic ends, such as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Princess Diana, Jesus, and even Stanley Kubrick.
2. “Teeth” (from the album The Fame Monster)
“Teeth” was written by Gaga and Taja Riley, and it is the final track on The Fame Monster. It was also produced by none other than Grammy Award-winning producer/composer/Jack-of-all-Trades, Teddy Riley. Its biting catchiness easily makes it a prime contender for a “Lip Sync for Your Life” entry on RuPaul’s Drag Race - you could certainly see a drag queen strutting her stuff to this up-tempo track.
1. “Starstruck” (from the album The Fame)
“Starstruck” is the ninth track on The Fame, and it features both Space Cowboy and Flo Rida. Its twinkly instrumentals perfectly match both the stars in the eyes one might have upon becoming starstruck, as well as the feeling one might also experience while falling in love. It borders on ironic that Gaga would have a song entitled “Starstruck,” though she does another great job here of giving you significantly different material than the song’s title would otherwise lead you to expect.