"Bad Romance" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Gaga goes nuts for a dysfunctional guy.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 101 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Gaga glorifies bad relationships -- a bad message for kids.

Positive Role Models & Representations

With all her talk of sticking by bad guys, Gaga could hardly be considered a good role model.


One sexual euphemism: “I want your vertigo stick.”


Repeats the word “bitch" throughout.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is more of the same from Lady Gaga: she uses a celebratory tone to describe a dysfunctional relationship, making it seem more cool than wrong. The word "bitch" is repeated throughout, and there is one minor sexual euphemism.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byChatanoogaChooChoo March 29, 2011
What can I say? A person who isn't a teenager (she's supposed to be an adult), is talking about having a bad romance, wanting drama, and liki... Continue reading
Adult Written byFurlabun March 16, 2011

Great song for older kids- be sure to talk about the real message.

The thing is, this song isn't glorifying a bad relationship- it's recognizing the problem. Lady Gaga wrote many of the 'The Fame Monster' so... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 27, 2020

Uplifting tune about accepting imperfection

This song is all about knowing that while a romantic relationship may not always be nice, it is still totally worth it. Like many of Gaga's other songs (th... Continue reading

What's the story?

Dance diva Lady Gaga keeps churning out the singles, her latest being BAD ROMANCE -- the first track from her new album called The Fame: Monster, which is actually a reissue of her debut record titled simply The Fame. The song is a catalogue of all the things Gaga wants in a guy. Though a lot of girls might include traits like sweet, thoughtful, and smart in their romance wish-lists, Gaga’s contains characteristics such as “psycho” and “criminal:” “I want your drama…I want your revenge…I want your horror…’Cause I’m a freak bitch, baby!” The end result is a serially troubling tune from this young artist who seems to almost revel in bad relationships rather than shun them.

Is it any good?

Reminiscent of Madonna’s singular talent for reinventing herself, Lady Gaga has a way of tweaking her singles so that each has its own appeal. In Bad Romance, the hook is her deep-toned chant-singing that sounds a lot like seventies-era British superstar Siouxsie Sioux. The vocal approach is accompanied by a heavy synth-line that you can easily envision echoing through the clubs, where this song is sure to receive plenty of spins. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships. Why are some people attracted to abusive relationships, while others don’t settle for less?

  • What are the warning signs that a relationship may not be working?

Music details

  • Artist: Lady Gaga
  • Release date: October 27, 2009
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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