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"Bad Romance" (CD single)

Gaga goes nuts for a dysfunctional guy.
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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.

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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Kid, 9 years old August 15, 2013

hahahahahhahahahahhahhahahaaaaaaaaaaa bitc hos

bich hos
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old October 18, 2013

I don't really like her singing, sounds weird.

Not really a fan of this. Language: Some uses of, "b**ch."
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byevolinag January 4, 2014

Gaga's signature song. Brilliant, but has some language.

There are few singers in the last decade that gained as much fame as Lady Gaga did. Plus she can look back at a career full of hits and memorable moments, unlike most popstars having some hits but none of them being remembered years after. Lady Gaga is a phenomenon, the Madonna of the 2000s and the 2010s. "Bad Romance" is truly Gaga's signature song. It has everything that makes her, and more. It has her extravagance, all the glitter and glamour, as well as her unique style and diva-like behaviour. But on the hand, it is also very catchy, has heavy and memorable beats and synthesizer melodies. Gaga's singing varies from her typical monotonuous, almost boy-like verses to an enormously strong and melodic chorus. "Bad Romance" is not only a memorable earworm, but also well produced and not unlikely Gaga's best song. Also, it's quite possible that it's going to be a classic in a few decades. ... "Bad Romance" is not overly sexual or vulgar, but has some uses of b****h. The music video shows a burned corpse that looks rather graphic.
What other families should know
Too much swearing