Why was Lady Gaga's Poker Face the most Googled song of 2021 in the UK?

We discover why Gaga's Number 1 hit dominated conversation a decade after its release.

Lady Gaga's Poker Face had the most googled lyrics of any song in the UK of 2021, Google has revealed. 

Coming out ahead of Number 1 hits like Adele's Easy On Me and Olivia Rodrigo's Good 4 U, Poker Face (which was first released in the UK in 2009) topped the yearly Google Trends poll which analyses the internet search habits of UK residents. 

But why has a 12 year old (yes, really!) Number 1 hit dominated conversation in 2021? 

Well, naturally, it's thanks to a TikTok trend. Namely, a trend that sought to uncover explicit lyrics buried deep in the songs post-chorus that everyone (even radio stations playing the track) had missed. 

MORE: Discover what the most-googled lyrics of 2020 in the UK were too

Basically, what you have thought for years is a chopped reverb vocal of Gaga going "Poker face poke-poke-poke-er-face" is actually...well...something a lot more explicit.

Gaga herself has admitted in interviews going back as far as 2009 that in line with the song's themes (it's a celebration of bisexuality) that she actually says "poker face...f-f-f*ck her face." Apparently, only one station in the US correctly heard the lyrics at the time and censored the song. In light of the discovery, the song's official lyrics on Genius have also been updated with the explicit lyrics intact. 

So there you have it! It also helps that Poker Face is one of Gaga's most recogniseable hits to the general public. In the UK, it topped the Official Singles Chart for three weeks as her second Number 1 single after Just Dance, and is still Gaga's second best-selling track here to this day

The rest of the Top 10 result is included for you below, which also features Olivia Rodrigo as the most dominant act, with two entries in total for Drivers License and Good 4 U. 

Elsewhere, Olivia's Drivers License and Lil Nas X's Montero (Call Me By Your Name) have been revealed as the most googled songs of 2021 worldwide. You can find the full Top of that here.

The Top 10 most Googled song lyrics of 2021 in the UK

1. Lady Gaga - Poker Face

2. Adele - Easy On Me

3. Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline

4. The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar

5. Olivia Rodrigo - Good 4 U

6. David Baddiel, Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds - Three Lions

7. Olivia Rodrigo - Drivers License 

8. Tion Wayne, Digga D - Body

9. Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits

10. Taylor Swift - All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version)