Ever since her first hit in 2009, there's never been a dull moment with Lady Gaga around – every song and every image change is something of an event.
Now, with new Lady Gaga music seemingly imminent, we look back at the smashes that came before it and reveal her biggest songs in the UK based on sales and streams compiled by the Official Charts Company.
Let's kick off with the top end of her all-time chart before we reveal the full 20:
6: Born This Way
Don’t call it a comeback, but it kinda was. As Gaga prepared to release her second full album of new material in 2011, the world waited with bated breath. Could she live up to the hype of her early hits? After two massive tours – The Fame Ball and The Monster Ball – would Gaga still have the energy to pull off another dazzling album campaign? In short: yes.
The track sold 144,000 copies in its first two weeks on sale, and reached Number 3. Its total chart sales now stand at 936,000, including 23 million streams.
If you’re going to do a collaboration, this is probably the best way to do it. In 2010, Gaga teamed up with Queen B for a raucous girls’ night out in a ‘clerb’, sipping some ‘berb’ and definitely not answering their phones, thank you very much. The epic video was a sequel to Paparazzi, with Gaga being banged up for putting something nasty in her boyfriend’s tea. Luckily, Beyoncé was on hand to spring her out of jail, and the two went on a further rampage, causing no end of headaches for the environmental health department of their local council. It got to Number 1, with 982,000 chart sales to date.
4: Just Dance
Here’s where it all began. Who knew as this debut single raced to Number 1 we were witnessing the start of something really big? Before the meat dress, arriving at awards ceremonies in an egg, and starring in horror shows, there was Just Dance – a slice of perfect pop and the ideal way to introduce the world to a true pop phenomenon, becoming the third biggest seller of 2009.
It's UK chart sales stand at 1.23 million, including 968,000 pure sales and 29 million streams.
3: Bad Romance
Lady Gaga’s first release from The Fame Monster was something of a slow-burner, but once it got going, it certainly made up for lost time. Bad Romance took seven weeks to reach the top of the Official Singles Chart, only to be knocked off by Rage Against The Machine. It returned two weeks later, not quite ready to give up on all the glory just yet. From the cover art to the video and the defiant chant of 'Gaga ooh la la', everything about Bad Romance made a good case for iconic status. Bad Romance was Gaga's third Number 1 of 2009 and her first of 2010 – its chart sales tally stands at 1.36 million, 1.06 million of which are pure sales, passing the seven-figure milestone in September 2013.
In 2018, Gaga swapped music for films and took on the iconic A Star Is Born, remade with Gaga as young singer Ally and Bradley Cooper as hard drinking musician Jack Maine. New music was written for the film, showing a bluesier, rockier side to Gaga, and it's big song Shallow went all the way to Number 1.
It ended a dry spell on the charts for Gaga, becoming her first Number 1 in nine years and her first Top 10 in five. Shallow ranks as her second biggest song in the UK, with 1.43 million chart sales, including a massive 175 million streams - far and away her most streamed song.
1: Poker Face
Ma-ma-ma-maaaaah. There can only be one winner, and it’s Gaga’s second single and Number 1 Poker Face that takes the crown as her biggest song in the UK. It’s classic Gaga territory: hairpieces as far as the eye can see and the flamboyant popstar outwitting the guys in a hedonistic party setting. Chants, a catchy chorus, a talky middle-eight – it’s Gaga 101 and worthy of its million-selling status.
Poker Face was the best-selling single of 2009, and passed the million sales mark in September 2010. It's currently lording it at the top of Lady Gaga's countdown with 1.51 million chart sales, including 39 million streams.
Other notable entries
Two more songs from A Star Is Born feature in her Top 20, Always Remember Us This Way (11) and I'll Never Love Again (16), while one-off single The Cure is at 12 on 431,000 chart sales. The lead single for her 2016 album Joanne, Perfect Illusion, rounds out the Top 20.
Lady Gaga's Official Top 20 biggest songs in the UK
|1||POKER FACE||LADY GAGA||1||2009|
|2||SHALLOW||LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER||1||2018|
|3||BAD ROMANCE||LADY GAGA||1||2009|
|4||JUST DANCE||LADY GAGA||1||2008|
|5||TELEPHONE||LADY GAGA FT BEYONCE||1||2009|
|6||BORN THIS WAY||LADY GAGA||3||2011|
|7||THE EDGE OF GLORY||LADY GAGA||6||2011|
|11||ALWAYS REMEMBER US THIS WAY||LADY GAGA||25||2018|
|12||THE CURE||LADY GAGA||19||2017|
|13||MILLION REASONS||LADY GAGA||39||2016|
|15||DO WHAT U WANT||LADY GAGA & R KELLY||9||2013|
|16||I'LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN||LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER||27||2018|
|18||MARRY THE NIGHT||LADY GAGA||16||2011|
|19||YOU AND I||LADY GAGA||23||2011|
|20||PERFECT ILLUSION||LADY GAGA||12||2016|
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