"Bad Romance" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Gaga goes nuts for a dysfunctional guy.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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

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


Repeats the word “bitch" throughout.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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. 

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 13 years old Written byCole and Chloe January 17, 2010
I Tunes Carries The Clean Version On The Album
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
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 liking disturbance. She probably has some of her own issues to work over; like for example wanting attention so bad she'll traumatize herself with a bad relationship. I can say that yes teenagers tend to be pretty immature, but she is not one. Her immaturity arises out of her problems, not her age. Don't let her impose those problems onto impressionable kids. She should be held just as responsible for her words as any adult I know, especially when she is in the eye of every kid. Doesn't it mean teens need guidance if they act similarly to her? I think so. She's a bad role model, her messages are not what teens need to be hearing. It's not just that the songs are dirty, which is bad enough in itself, but it's the meaning behind them. Saying she's a freak means she's willing to do anything and everything to a guy who will probably end up messing her over, and wanting someones disease is wanting their issues.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 2 and 10 year old Written byHoneybrownmommyof2 November 15, 2009

If anyone younger than 14 is listening to Lady Gaga, look at the parents!

The line is "Vertigo schtick", not "Vertical Stick". She is referencing the films, Psycho and Vertigo, as she describes the craziness within the relationship. She's not referencing sex at all with that line. I like the song. I listen to her regularly. No one under 14 should listen to her as she's really not geared toward them anyway. She's for older teens and adults.
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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