Greatest Songs of 2009, #10 to #6

10. “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga

“In theory, she was an artist you want to root for—all these ideas about art and celebrity and a flair for the dramatic. But the first few singles made the Lady Gaga project feel so presumptuous, her artsy entitlement overwhelming her songs’ occasional strengths. ‘Bad Romance‘ was the moment where the music didn’t just live up to the (self-inflated) hype, but surpassed it. The track is epic in construction– by the time she gets to the bridge, more than three minutes in, the realization that there are hooks yet to come is thrilling. It helps that RedOne‘s production matches the songwriting’s torrential drama; the churning, earth-shifting low-frequency synths are a programmatic reflection of the singer’s unsteady, perhaps unwise, infatuation. But it’s Gaga’s performance, the wholly unapologetic fools-rush-in carnal energy, that commitment to emotional bravery in a context of increasingly twee chart pop, that makes ‘Bad Romance’ feel so necessary.” (Pitchfork Media)   Continue reading “Greatest Songs of 2009, #10 to #6”