Lady Gaga's 15 Best Ballads: From 'Speechless' to 'Shallow'


As the discharge of Lady Gaga’s musical drama movie A Star Is Born approaches, Billboard has taken on the duty of rounding up Gaga’s strongest musical moments, in a type that many individuals didn’t affiliate with the singer till extra just lately: a ballad.

While Joanne is chock-full of ‘em, Gaga has really been penning scorching, so-called “sluggish songs” since she was nonetheless often known as Stefani. In order to dig for ballads each outdated and new, unreleased songs and dwell variations, we fell down the YouTube gap for you. 

Arranged in alphabetical order in your listening pleasure, right here’s the definitive listing of Lady Gaga’s finest ballads. Grab the tissues and settle in to spend an hour or so with one in all this technology’s finest vocalists.

1. “Angel Down” (Joanne)

If you have got two working ears, this tune is probably going harmful. “Million Reasons” tends to get the entire reward because the standout ballad on Joanne -- and sure, that’s to return on our listing -- however “Angel Down,” which Gaga wrote about Trayvon Martin, is downright chilling.

2. “Brown Eyes” (The Fame)

The Fame is stuffed with enjoyable, disco-tinged tracks, however “Brown Eyes” had Gaga striving for real emotion. The tacky lyrics do make it a little bit of a “foolish tune,” which she herself admits on the monitor, however it’s fairly, and in no way unhealthy for an early effort.

three. “Dope” (Artpop)

Gaga tore the labrum of her proper hip through the Born This Way Ball tour in February 2013, and needed to cancel the remainder of her dates so she may have surgical procedure. She later instructed Elvis Duran that she smoked marijuana in an effort to take care of the ache of the operation, and developed an habit. "I used to be smoking as much as 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day with no tobacco,” she admitted. Gaga channeled this wrestle into the unhappy tune "Dope," which is likely one of the most autobiographical songs on 2013's Artpop.

four. “Electric Kiss” (Unreleased)

An early instance of Gaga’s nice method. Her voice isn’t as robust on “Electric Kiss” as it will be at some point, however her knack for writing a piano pop hook made itself clear. Gaga carried out this at NYU's annual expertise present in 2005. She got here in third place.

5. “Fooled Me Again” (Unreleased)

This didn't make it onto Gaga's debut album, possible because of the similarities to "Brown Eyes," however it it's a scrumptious electro-ballad nonetheless.

6. “Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)” (Piano Version)

The story of Gaga shedding her aunt Joanne Germanotta to lupus impressed the title monitor of Gaga's fifth studio album -- and knowledgeable the broader idea of the report, too. The piano rendition of “Joanne” is simply that rather more tender.

7. “Let Love Down” (Unreleased)

Again, "Let Love Down" bears various similarities to "Brown Eyes," and it's exhausting to not be impressed by Gaga's tendency to jot down fifty variations of a tune earlier than arriving on the polished closing product. “Let Love Down” is what you possibly can name a “melancholy banger.”

eight. “Million Reasons” (Joanne)

By Joanne, Gaga was actually leaning into the entire ballad idea -- and thank goodness, as a result of we’ve by no means wished our coronary heart strings to be tugged extra. You solely want one cause to take heed to this gem: it’s excellent.

9. “No Floods” (Red and Blue EP, as Stefani Germanotta)

This early reduce is precisely what us superfans used to whip out again within the day when somebody claimed that Gaga couldn’t sing. The tune's title was impressed by Hurricane Katrina victims, and Gaga wrote it within the tail finish of 2005.

10. “Shallow” (A Star Is Born soundtrack, with Bradley Cooper)

Here, Gaga delivers an emotional duet together with her A Star Is Born counterpart Bradley Cooper. The singer-turned-actress wrote the putting tune with Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando, and it serves a "essential second within the movie," as she instructed Zane Lowe. “It’s two individuals speaking to one another and speaking concerning the want and the drive to dive in to the deep finish and keep away from the shallow space,” Gaga defined.

11. “Speechless” (The Fame Monster)

There are hints of "Let Love Down" on this lovely Fame Monster quantity, and it actually exhibits her progress as each a singer and a lyricist. Billboard named it among the finest pop deep cuts of the century final November, and Gaga has even referred to as it the "finest tune she's ever written."

12. “Til It Happens To You” (Single)

While this impassioned tune can apply to any type of loss, it was written for the 2015 documentary movie The Hunting Ground -- which is about campus rape in America -- and a portion of the tune's gross sales went to organizations that assist victims of sexual assault. Gaga delivered one of the vital beautiful performances of her profession when she sang "Til It Happens to You" on the 2016 Academy Awards, dressed all in white.

13. “Viva La Vida” (Cover)

Everything about this 2009 dwell BBC Radio 1 cowl of Coldplay’s Hot 100-topping trendy traditional is iconic, from Gaga altering the lyrics to make them her personal, to the lovely mess-ups that she (finally) simply powers via. Who hasn’t felt like a Gaga on a lonely string?

14. “Wonderful” (Unreleased)

According to legend, Gaga wrote this monitor in 2006, and included it in a demo tape despatched to Interscope Records earlier than getting signed. It’s one in all her finest retro-rock ballads.

15. “You and I” (Born This Way)

Queen's Brian May performs electrical guitar on "You and I," which additionally samples Queen's "We Will Rock You” and entails two Bruce Springsteen references -- however sure, it's nonetheless a ballad. Just goes to point out that Gaga can leap from nation to rock to pop at any time when she rattling properly pleases, and like nearly all the pieces else she does, it really works.