Lady Gaga Albums Ranked

Lady Gaga Albums

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Our Lady Gaga albums ranked list looks at the albums released so far by one of the most popular musical artists and personalities of the past 10 years. It’s safe to say that this list will have to be updated frequently because Lady Gaga is still such a young artist that we can only guess has so much more to say. We just hope that her acting career does not too get too much in the way of her music. She is wonderful on screen, but it’s on that concert stage and in the studio recording new music where we love her the best. Lady Gaga has always been unique in the genre of dance music and pop. Any musician can hear that Lady Gaga is a trained professional musicians who learned her craft in the clubs having to entertain audiences as an unknown singer. That’s when you have to be really good to entertain people because they don’t care who you are, they just want to enjoy well performed music.

Lady Gaga eventually got her big break and was able to escape from the clubs when her debut single Just Dance hit number one in multiple countries around the world including the United States at the end of 2009. The single sparked the sales and awareness her debut album The Fame which went on to to become a monster hit with the released of five huge singles. The album would quickly be reissued as The Fame Monster with the inclusion of an handful of more new songs that would also become big hits including the smash Bad Romance.

Lady Gaga followed up her album The Fame and Fame Monster with a brand new studio album entitled Born This Way released in 2011. The album was so huge it seemed to hit number one in every country around the world. Lady Gaga was sort of like the new Elton John. In 2013, Lady Gaga released her third album entitled Artpop. While not as successful as her first wto it still hit number one in various countries around the world including the United States and the United Kingdom. A year later Lady Gaga showed off how just how brilliant and talented she was as a vocalist when she released a duet albums with one of the greatest vocalists of all time in Tony Bennett. The album entitled Cheek To Cheek hit number one in the United States. It was nice to have a jazz standards album at the top of the charts. It had been a long time since that had happened.

In 2016, Lady Gaga returned with a new studio album entitled Joanne. This was a stripped down Lady Gaga album that explored many different genres of music and was met with some resistance by certain Lady Gaga fans. In the ne d what the album really did was set up a transitional phase for Lady Gaga as she stepped into an entire new charter when she took a starring role opposite Bradley Cooper in yet another remake of the motion picture A Star Is Born. The two stars lit up the screen as the movie and soundtrack were a huge success thus opening up an entire new career for Lady Gaga as an actress. The original song and single from the soundtrack entitled “Shallow,” would go on to become on of Lady Gaga’s most successful singles of her career.

Lady Gaga’s most recent studio album was released last year in 2020 and titled chromatica. Once again the album hit number one in multiple countries around the world including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Switzerland and New Zealand.

Our Lady Gaga albums list will take a closer look at her six studio albums. We will not include all the extended plays and remix albums. We will include The Fame Monster with The Fame album as one.

# 6 – Joanne

We Open Up Our Lady Gaga albums ranked list with her 2016 album entitled Joanne. For those Lady Gaga fans that were looking for another album full of songs like “Just Dance,” and “Poker Face,” Joanne was not that album. Joanne was a soft rock album with country overtones. Three singles were released from the album including “Perfect Illusion, “Million Reasons,” and the title track “Joanne.” The song “Million Reasons,” became a top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. The album itself hit number one in the United States. The song “Joanne,” won a Grammy award for best pop solo performance. It was nice that Lady Gaga made a career move based on artistic merit and not just commercialism. I just defined just how brilliant and deep of an artist she is.

# 5 – Cheek To Cheek

As we’ve come to know, Lady Gaga goes with what she feels is right. And for her the time was right to record a standards album. And who would not want to record a standards album sound with the great Tony Bennett. Lady Gaga held her own and then something with the legendary talent. The album included eleven great standards including the Cole Porter song “Anything Goes,” which was released as the first single. Two Duke Ellington songs were included entitled “Sophisticated Lady,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).” And what a swinging  album this was. Highly recommended!

# 4 – Chromatica

Continuing with our Lady Gaga albums list we turn to her most recent album entitled Chromatica. It’s pretty daring to say the least to release an album in the middle of a pandemic. Yet, Lady Gaga did just that right in the heart of the pandemic on May 29th 2020. This was house Lady Gaga  full of modern beats marvelous melodies, inspiring unique lyrics and delicious grooves. Similar in many ways to her first two albums but with just a much more modern feel. Love this one!

# 3 – Artpop

After the huge success of her first two albums The Fame and Born This Way there had to be a lot of pressure to continue releasing such amazing music. Great artists do just that, they stand up and continue to release great work. And that’s Artpop. It is  a great piece of work. The ARTPOP album was released on November 11th 2013. Three outstanding singles were released from the record including “Applause,” “Do What You Want and G. U. W.

# 2 – Born This Way

The stakes were pretty high for Lady Gaga having to follow up her Fame and Fame Monster debut albums. She was such a huge star just based on her first album. So many people were wondering if she could continue that massive success. Lady Gaga did not disappoint anyone with the release of Born This Way. The album went to number one in just about every single country it was released in from the United States to Australia to Austria to Canada to France to Germany to Italy to the  Netherlands to Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The album was released on May 23rd 2011. The album featured guest musicians that ran the gamut of rock and roll from the E Street Band’s Clarence Clemons to Queen’s legendary guitarist Brian May. Five big hit singles were released from the album starting with the lead single “Born This Way.” It was a song that maney compared to Madonna’s “Express Yourself.”

The next single released from the album was the track “Judas,” on April 15th 2011 which was  then followed by “The Edge of Glory,” released on May 9th 2011. The singles continued on into the summer with the release of “You and I,” on August 23rd 2011 and the final single and opening song of the album “Marry the Night,” which was released on October 17th 2011.

Born This Way was a big album in every form of the word BIG. The album explored many musical styles yet was closely wrapped around a sound that Lady Gaga had developed all for herself. It had its critics but they’re always critics that try to take down stars who have such a massive success and who are loved by everyone. Way to go Lady Gaga.

# 1 – The Fame / The Fame Monster

We close out our Lady Gaga albums ranked list with her debut album The Fame and the deluxe version The Fame Monster. The Fame album was released on August 19th 2008. The album was jettisoned into the public eye off the hot single “Just Dance,” which was released on April 9th 2008 almost 5 months before the release of the album. A month after the album was released the song “Poker Face,” was released as a single. if you are not heard of Lady Gaga from the “Just Dance,” single you knew who she was now with the huge success of “Poker Face.”

The third single released from the album was entitled “Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)”which was not as big as a hit as the first two. Nonetheless, Lady Gaga  came back again with another huge hit entitled “Lovegame,” on March 23rd 2009. That was followed up by the album’s final single “Paparazzi,” released on May 29th 2009

A few months later after “Paparazzi,” was released as a single, Lady Gaga reissued The Fame album as The Fame Monster with the addition of new tracks. Those two tracks would include four new singles including the first one “Bad Romance,” which was released on October 19th 2009. That single is fouled up with the “Telephone,” released on January 26th 2010, which was Then followed up with “Alejandro,” on April 20th 2010. The final single from The Fame and The Fame Monster album was “Dance In The Dark,” released on July 26th 2010.

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