Top 10 Lady Gaga Collaborations
Lady Gaga doesn’t participate in as many collaborations as a lot of her pop music peers, so each one is special.
While her most high-profile duets have been hookups with Beyonce on ‘Telephone’ and ‘Video Phone,’ the scope of Gaga’s collaborators ranges from hip-hop artists Wale and Flo Rida to hard rocker Marilyn Manson. Early in her career, she even recorded with alt-rock act Midway State and adult contemporary pop singer Michael Bolton.
While we wait for Gaga’s next album ‘ARTPOP,’ and her latest collabo with Beyonce entitled ‘Ratchet,’ let’s look back at the singer’s most successful team-ups to date. Check out our countdown of the Top 10 Lady Gaga Collaborations so far.
‘LoveGame (Chew Fu Remix)’
The Chew Fu Remix of ‘LoveGame’ was worthwhile if only to hear Marilyn Manson sing, “Let’s play a love game / Play a love game / Do you want love or you want fame / Are you in the game?” It turns out the shock-rocker admires Lady G. He has said, “She’s a great musician, she’s a great singer, and she’s laughing when she’s doing it, the same way that I am.” The remix sped up the tempo of the song and allowed room for Manson’s creepy vocals.
When rapper Wale recruited Gaga for his song ‘Chillin,’ she insisted on meeting with him and co-writing the track rather than taking the lazy guest performer route of throwing down a verse without even discussing the song with the original artist face to face. Gaga sang the hook, “Lookin’ at, lookin’ at, lookin’ at me / Eyes on me like honey on bees” and appeared in the music video. Unfortunately, ‘Chillin’ only got to No. 99 on the charts, and M.I.A. publicly criticized Gaga for trying to mimic her vocal style in the song.
‘3-Way (The Golden Rule)’
Gaga joined up with the Lonely Island and Justin Timberlake for the sequel to ‘D— in a Box’ and ‘Motherlover.’ She served as the center of the Timberlake–Andy Samberg sandwich in ‘3-Way (The Golden Rule),’ a silly video which declared that it’s ok for two guys to participate in a sexual encounter together if there’s a girl involved. “With a honey in the middle there’s some leeway,” they insisted. The song first aired on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and even earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.
‘Make Her Say’
Kid Cudi took an alternate recording of ‘Poker Face’ and added his own rhymes to create an original track that also featured Kanye West and Common. Since Gaga didn’t participate in the creation of the song, she wasn’t given a featured credit and didn’t get to share in the glory when ‘Make Her Say’ was nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Group at the Grammys. But the song wouldn’t exist without the jazzy, piano-based remix of ‘Poker Face’ from her ‘Cherrytree Sessions’ EP.
‘Big Girl Now’
Before Gaga blew up, she toured with NKOTB and sang with them on ‘Big Girl Now,’ an electropop track that featured the Kids getting more raunchy than usual. Donnie Wahlberg sang, “I like the way you move it / Girl, you’re all grown up, now you’re ready to let it go / Wanna be a big girl? Got to prove it / With a body like that, you got a grown man ready to blow.” Gaga responded, “I’ve been waiting too long for you to get naughty / Beat me, spank me daddy, come on, touch my body.”
Before they hooked up via ‘Telephone,’ Beyonce & Gaga got together for a remix of Bey’s ‘Video Phone.’ Gaga dropped a verse heavy on one-liners: “Baby, you’re so sexy that you should win an Oscar / And when you miss me, just remember that I always got you with me / I’ll be your Jean, you’ll be my Brando / I’ma put you in my movie if you think that you can handle it.” The music video featured a dance-off between the two divas. Who won? Everyone who watched the video.
Creating a slow-moving electronic pop song isn’t easy, since most electro tracks are all about ramping up the beats per minute. Gaga pulled off the feat with ‘Starstruck,’ an album track from ‘The Fame’ that she regularly performed live during some of her early shows. Flo Rida killed his guest verse with a rapid-fire delivery that contrasted perfectly with the slow tempo of the track. Also listed as a featured artist was DJ/producer Space Cowboy, who has worked with Gaga on a number of tracks on various albums.
‘The Lady Is a Tramp’
By late 2011, nearly all of the early doubters who questioned Gaga’s artistry and musical talents had changed their minds, but any remaining skepticism was put to rest with her duet with 85-year-old Tony Bennett on the American classic ‘The Lady Is a Tramp.’ Gaga was playful and witty as she crooned, “That’s why this chick is a tramp,” showing she could hold her own with the vocal legend. Later, Bennett gushed, “I’ll tell you, I never met anyone with more talent than that lady.”
We’ll be honest: Colby O’Donis didn’t add a whole lot to ‘Just Dance.’ But since the song was co-written by Akon, who helped Gaga earn a record deal, it made sense for him to want his protégé O’Donis on the track. The song still triumphed with blistering synth rhythms and lyrics urging listeners to let loose on the dance floor. As the track that introduced Lady Gaga to the world, ‘Just Dance’ will always have a special place in her heart (and ours too!).
Topping our list of the Best Lady Gaga Collaborations is this smash hit from ‘The Fame Monster’ that was originally written for Britney Spears. It’s probably a good thing Brit passed on the song, because the end result was one of the best all-female duets ever, with an unstoppable club beat and fierce vocals from Beyonce. Not to mention that crazy music video. The dudes they’re singing about will think twice about calling them the next time they’re enjoying a girls’ night out.