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Single review: Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Lady Gaga performing at the Grammy Awards

Release date

It's out now!

The style

Take Christina Aguilera's Beautiful, add a big splash of Madonna's 1989 hit Express Yourself, stir in some stomping bass beats and you get Born This Way.

Lady Gaga's message is to love yourself and be proud of who you are.

She sings: "Don't hide yourself in regret, just love yourself and you're set, I'm on the right track baby, I was born this way."

This track has got great energy and a positive message, and will definitely get you dancing.

Will you still be humming it next week?

Yep, it's very very catchy!

Will it make the charts?

Without a doubt. Gaga can count on her little monsters (her army of fans) sending this one straight to the top of the charts.

NR rating:

Newsround's 4 out of five rating

Your Comments

"To be honest, I think Lady Gaga goes WAY too far. Her videos are disgusting and her songs are as you'd expect them to be. I really dislike her most recent release."

Pollyana, 11, Cornwall, England

"I don't like Lady Gaga and all her songs are bad. I'm not a fan."

Jodie, 12, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I love it!"

Beth, 11, Sunderland, England

"I think that Lady Gaga's new song Born This Way is amazing! It's really cool but the video's really weird and sometimes it creeps me out."

Kirsten, 14, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

I am eagerly waiting for her to issue one more CD! I love Lady Gaga!"

Sim, 12, Paris, France

"I think Lady Gaga is amazing, I love Born This Way and I can't wait until the album comes out, she is a brilliant performer and her new album will be great!"

Lucy, 12, Nottingham, England

"The song is quite good but the video is just disturbing."

Sam, 11, Wrexham, Wales

"I love it and I love Lady Gaga. I love her skeleton outfit in the video."

Charlie, 11, Southampton, England

"WOW! What a great song, I love it to bits and I never stop listening to it. I recommend this song!"

Anna, 11, Manchester, England

"She's a legend and so talented! This show's that everyone's equal, a great song!"

Qaz, 12, Lancashire, England

"Love this song! It's fab!"

Katy, 10, Cheshire, England

"I love her songs, her creativity, the way she's not afraid to express herself. I am scared to express myself so Lady Gaga I'm Gaga for you!"

Margaret, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"I like this song but I don't really like Lady Gaga. My favourite thing about her is that she lets herself go but she's not really a good role model, seriously look at her videos!"

Xeoul, 11, Tauranga, New Zealand

"I think Lady Gaga is great. I love all her of songs especially Love Game. She's wacky and fun. She has got a crazy style but I just think she is cool!"

Shannon, 10, Dundee, Scotland

"I think this song is too weird!"

Eli, 10, Tauranga, New Zealand

"This is the best song ever. Glee did a cover of this but they missed the best part of the song out. Lady Gaga is awesome!"

Abigail, 13, Hull, England

"I LOVE IT! It's crazy and fun just like Gaga herself!"

Andrea, 10, Hatfield, England

"I love it!"

Jassimran, 12, Wolverhampton, England

"I like this song, even though I don't like her other songs."

Hul, 11, Essex, England

"Sorry Lady Gaga but this song is just too loopy for me!"

Sarah, 13, West Sussex, England

"I loved Lady Gaga's song! I was even at the concert to watch it. It was brilliant!"

Amy, 8, Essex, England

"Lady Gaga has made a great effort with her new album and it's just as good as her other songs!"

Wiktoria, 10, Sheffield, England

"The start is a bit odd but the song is catchy and the chorus is really good"

Joe, 9, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"Born This Way by Lady Gaga is the best song she's done yet. She is a really good singer!"

Rebecca, 13, Sheffield, England

"This song isn't the best, but it's really good! Lady Gaga can do better!"

Umeira, 12, London, England

"I think her new song is great!"

Alana, 10, Scotland

"I think it is a catchy song and Gaga is back to her best! Go on Gaga!"

Natalie, 11, Yorkshire, England

"I love the song it is one of her best!"

Molly, 9, Lincolnshire, England

"I love this song, but the video maybe isn't too suitable for younger viewers. Lady Gaga did a good job writing Born This Way though!"

Karensa, 12, Hertfordshire, England

"I like Lady Gaga's new song! It's very groovy!"

Ella, 10, Manchester, England

"I love it and it's really catchy. The lyrics are really cool."

Natalia, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I like the chorus, but it's supposed to be upbeat but is a bit boring at times. It's a good song and you sing it in your head a lot. Lady Gaga is strange, but cool!"

Aimee, 12, Buckinghamshire, England

"This song is fantastic and whenever I hear it on the radio I can't help but sing along!"

Eve, 12, Cheshire, England

"Lady Gaga is the greatest singer ever! She is so talented when you listen to her live, and I am a little monster! The song is brilliant!"

Shaun, 11, Sunderland, England

"Lady Gaga has a lovely voice and the message that she is projecting is extremely important - we are all born with different talents, so be proud of yourself. Her videos however do need toning down a bit! She has a great voice!"

Lizzie, 13, Huddersfield, England

"Love it! Love it! Love it!"

Esme, 10, Derby, England

"This song is really bad!"

Alice, 14, London, England

"Lady Gaga reminds me of a young Madonna! I love the song, but it's really cheesy. It's also very catchy. I don't absolutely love the song, but I like it."

Holly, 9, Manchester, England

"Born This Way is absolutely AMAZING! It's the best song ever!"

James, 9, Southampton, England

"I love Born This Way, and there's the positive message in it about being yourself. Combined with the awesome tunes - this song will not disappoint Gaga fans!"

Amy, 11, Scotland

"It's so cool!"

Lauren, 9, Hertfordshire, England

"Great video and song!"

Meadow, 9, Edinburgh, Scotland

"The song is quite good! Some of the lyrics are inspirational and it has a catchy chorus. I think that the video is a bit over the top though, she needs to realise that she has fans as young as five or six and some of the outfits and sequences just aren't appropriate!"

Emily, 12, Chelmsford, England

"I love Gaga. She is very odd but she is amazing. Her lyrics are great and what she is trying to say is be proud of who you are."

Rachael, 10, County Durham, Ireland

"Brilliant! Lady Gaga is my idol, she has really inspired me! And the song Born This Way has a clear message in it!"

Rachel, 11, Staffordshire, England

"It's cool, really catchy."

Laura, 11, Leeds, England

I love Lady Gaga, her song is really catchy! I look up to her for being different rather then being like other singers! 5/5."

Serena, 8, Plymouth, England

"I like Lady Gaga's lyrics for her songs but a lot of the time I think Lady Gaga goes a bit over-the-top with the videos."

Lorena, 10, London, England

"Wow! Go Ga-ga! She changes the face of music!"

Dani, 11, Warwickshire, England

"I love the message to Born this Way but the only thing that I don't like about Lady Gaga is that she goes a bit over-the-top with her videos."

Lorena, 10, Albania

"I love this song I think that it is one of her best yet. I love this song I think that it is one of her best yet."

Ikra, 10, England

"I really like Lady Gaga but she can be really weird sometimes. In fact I don't really like this particular song of hers because I don't really like the lyrics. It is shown on TV and played on the radio too much which makes me go off of all of the singles that are quite popular."

Ellie, 11, London, England

"I can't stop singing it but the lyrics are a bit much in some parts, especially for us young people! But overall, actually very good! Thumbs up from me!"

Jodie, 11, Bristol, England

"l think this song is a bit crazy but that's just Lady Gaga l guess! I have become addicted to this song as it is very catchy and I have been singing it around the house annoying my mum. Ooops!"

Antonia, 12, Ayrshire, Scotland

"I think she has done better songs. It's OK but Just Dance is better. The video is very strange and should be less... gaga."

Nancy, 10, Lincolnshire, England

"With her fans on her side surely nothing can go wrong? I've listened to this and I can't stop humming it!"

Emily, 8, Wiltshire, England

"Lady Gaga is totally bonkers! Her songs are rubbish and her videos are bananas!"

Patrick, 11, N. Ireland

"It's pretty weird, as usual, but I think the song is immense."

Chelsea, 10, Northamptonshire, England

"Absolutely brilliant!"

Sophia, 11, Wales

"Brilliant! I've read the first few messages and I totally agree - it's brilliant! This may even beat Alexis Jordan (and that's saying something)!"

Lauren, 11, West Midlands, England

"I have learnt to LOVE this song. You have to listen to it again and again. Along with Perfect by P!nk this is one of my favourite songs at the moment!!"

Scarlet, 11, London, England

"I HATE this song!"

Asiya, 11, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Lady Gaga Born This Way is catchy but if you watch the music video it is weird. But it is the coolest song ever."

Lily, 9, Norfolk, England

"I think it's good. She isn't afraid to try new things and not caring what people think is the reason she has got so many people to listen. The video is a little scary though."

Liz, 10, New York, USA

"Born This Way is a very good song. I love it!"

Emma, 12, Netherlands

"I think this song is rubbish."

Amy, 12, London, England

"I didn't like Lady Gaga until I heard this."

Hannah, 11, Derry, N. Ireland

"I think Lady Gaga isn't amazing anymore."

Jemima, 11, Luton, England

"It's not the world's best song but I think it's very good, she is very good at singing and I'm a big fan!! I do think it's one of her best songs yet."

Abbie, 9, Wales

"I think this is a good song, as it has a message in it: you do not need to be the same as everyone else and do not be afraid to be different. It teaches you not to laugh at anyone that looks different too."

Amelia, 9, Hertfordshire, England

"It is a really good song but I don't like video. It's really gross and it's sort of making fun of them. Also it's copying Madonna and Christina Aguilera."

Catherine, 11, Manchester, England

"I love this song, but it's not Gaga's best."

Olivia, 10, West Midlands, England

"I think Lady Gaga has gone gaga. Some of the lyrics are really inspirational but her videos need toning down for her younger fans."

Savannah, 14, London, England

"I love it so much. It's the best song in the world!"

Sana, 10, Sheffield, England

"Wow lady gaga has decided to go normal with her songs now I think she should do normal songs like this one more often I would even buy her albums."

Hannah, 9, South Tyneside, England

"Lady GaGa's message is so important so even if you love the bat, just remember the meaning!"

Amani, 10, London, England

"I love this track! It's just so catchy. It's better than Bad Romance by far."

Eve, 12, Cheshire, England

"She's great and never scared to try out something new. She doesn't care about what people think about her, her song is so catchy."

Wendy, 11, Sheffield, England

"I think it's very strange, but very catchy!"

Lia, 10, Wrexham, Wales

"I think Lady Gaga is amazing. She's not afraid to express who she really is and I think Born This Way is the perfect song for that."

Lili-Rose, 13, Essex, England

"It's simply awful."

Louisa, 11, London, England

"Lady Gaga, you rock and you're my idol! Born This Way gets five stars from me!"

Ellie, 10, London, England

"This song is so annoying but I still like it!"

Anna, 8, Belfast, N. Ireland

"I love this song. Lady Gaga is sending a brilliant message! Everyone's different and we are all amazing!"

Ruth, 12, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland

"Nice song! But I find it creepy for some reason."

Semra, 12, London, England

"It's really bad! Terrible!"

William, 10, Hampshire, England


Tammy, 10, Co. Durham, England

"Born This Way is a really good song, but when I first heard it I didn't realise it was her singing it!"

Maritsa, 10, London, England

"It's amazing and original, with a really inspiring message."

Jessica, 10, Devon, England


Poppy, 7, London, England

"Great! I love it so much and I've got it on my iPod!"

Olivia, 10, Worcestershire, England

"I love this song, but I also hate it! I don't know why... it's crazy!"

Jasmine, 9, Hertfordshire, England

"I think Born This Way is awesome!"

Chloe, 9, London, England


Angelice, 6, England

"I'm not sure about this song because it isn't my kind of music. Everyone is talking about the music video, but I haven't seen it yet. I think this song is definitely a grower though!"

Jessica, 10, Belfast, N. Ireland

"This is a really good song! I like it a lot!"

Shamina, 8, London, England

"I love this song! It's so cool because it's different to her other songs in a way that it sounds like Madonna! Also, I love Lady GaGa because she is so different to everyone else and she is very imaginative and creative!"

Jemimah, 9, London, England

"I love it! Not only do I love the message that it sends, I also just love the song!"

Taylor, 10, Doncaster, England

"It's just annoying! Her voice is really making her songs hard to listen to!"

Peggy, 11, Manchester, England

"This song has a very strong message. With a little improvement on the melody, it would sound fantastic!"

Tram, 10, Vietnam

"I kind of like it. It is very catchy but the music video is WEIRD! Lady Gaga should carry on making good songs, but improve on her music videos!"

Carol, 14, London, England

"I think the song is good because it's telling you to love yourself!"

Lucy, 11, Wimbledon, England

"It was such a good single! When I got to school I was singing it all day!"

Serena, 8, Cornwall, England

"It's so cool! Go Gaga!"

Freya, 8, Hampshire, England

"The song isn't great, but it isn't rubbish either!"

Zoe, 10, Southampton, England

"Lady Ga Ga... you are a one off! Your music is getting better!"

Habir, 14, Berkshire, England


Ruby, 7, Yorkshire, England

"Lady GaGa just keeps getting better and better. I love her new single! It's new and fresh!"

Karissa, 10, London, England

"I love it!"

Lia, 12, London, England

"It's so good song! Go Lady Gaga! Just so amazing!"

Lucy, 13, England

"It's really cool!"

Emily, 11, Norfolk, England

"I don't really know what to think of it!"

Alana, 10, Scotland

"Best song ever!"

Eve, 9, Norfolk, England

"Born This Way is a load of rubbish! People should start to think more about what's happening to the world, instead of listening to awful music like this."

Jena, 14, China

"The video is just a horror, but the song is awesome! She's just too proud, isn't she?"

Nawel, 14, France

"It's amazing!"

Wiktoria, 13, Poland

"Best song ever!"

Freddie, 9, Sussex, England

"I love her songs and I can't get them out of my head".

Marcus, 6, England

"I really dislike her singing. It ruins all her songs. If she had a better voice, I would like some of her songs, but as this isn't the case, I find it almost impossible to listen to her music without cringing!"

Alexis, 14, Hertfordshire, England

"I like it, but I think her other songs are better!"

Olivia, 11, Newcastle, England


Cheryl, 14, Newcastle, England

"This is a fantastic song! Me and my best friends always dance to it!"

Shannon, 11, Sussex, England

"I love this song! The lyrics are so meaningful and the tune is so catchy. I can't stop humming it!"

Issy, 11, England

"I would give it 5/5!"

Joe, 7, Burnley, England

"This song is so awesome! I think it's one of the best Lady Gaga songs so far!"

Olivia, 10, Wales

"Brilliant! It's the best song I've ever heard by Lady GaGa!"

Sophie, 11, Gloucestershire, England

"It sounds like she is introducing a radio show at the beginning! I never used to like this song, but I do now!"

Olivia, 10, Coventry, England

"I love it and I can't get it out of my head!"

Tabitha, 8, Chester, England

"I don't like the song! Sorry!"

Charlotte, 12, Sussex, England

"You could never get a better song than this one! Lady Gaga is the best!"

Chloe, 11, Devon, England

"Lady Gaga's new song is awesome! However, it is slightly weird!"

Amy, 11, Leicestershire, England

"I love this song"

Megan, 10, England

"I think this song too long and so repetitive!"

Jack, 8, Tyne and Wear, England

"It's a good song, but it will probably be over played, like all the other songs in the charts."

Bob, 11, Cheshire, England

"I'm not a fan of Lady Gaga's song. The lyrics are great, but the tune just isn't her! It's unoriginal. I love Lady Gaga's other songs and I even went to a concert to see her! This just isn't Lady Gaga."

Scarlett, 11, London, England

"This song is alright, but I've heard better!"

Sarah, 12, Newcastle, England

"I'm not a fan of Lady Gaga's song. The lyrics are great, but the tune just isn't... her! It's un-original."

Scarlett, 11, London, England

"Well, let's just say... this is the WEIRDEST video I have ever seen! It's a great song though!"

Charlotte, 11, Scotland

"This song is so flamboyant and exciting!"

Ruby, 9, County Durham, England

"This song is really bad! It even sounds as if it's out of tune!"

Tasmin, 14, Paris, France

"I think this song is really good. It has an actual meaning to it, instead of other songs which make no sense."

Nicole, 10, Yorkshire, England

"I LOVE IT! Really good!"

Zofia, 9, Wycombe, England

"This song is OK, but nothing compared to Lady Gaga's other songs. The video is rubbish and I'm quite disappointed. Usually Lady Gaga is more interesting."

Lauren, 12, Scotland

"Lady Gaga is awesome. I love Born This Way!"

Issy, 9, Sussex, England

"It's a great song, but a bit unusual for Gaga! I still love it though!"

Chloe, 11, Midlands, England

"I am a massive Lady Gaga fan and I really LOVE this song. I didn't expect her to produce a song such as this, considering her usual wacky style, however I think she pulled this song off really well! Hats off to Gaga!"

Nikki, 12, London, England

"I can see this songs going to number one soon because It's so good!"

Rebecca, 12, Dover, England

"Born This Way is so good! It's really catchy and cool. I sing it all the time now and my friends get annoyed!"

Callie, 12, Dublin, Ireland

"I don't like it. She doesn't sound right in this song!"

Chand, 12, Reading, England


Mia, 10, Swansea, Wales

"I love the song so much, but I don't like the video! She makes such good songs... but why does the video always ruin it?"

Danielle, 12, London, England

"I don't think this song follows her usual quirky, individual style. A bit disappointing!"

Alex, 12, England

"WOAH! I absolutely LOVE this song! It's so fun and has a really great beat. My dance group at school are doing a dance to it!"

Ella, 12, London, England

"I LOVE THIS SONG! It's without doubt, the best song Lady Gaga has ever done!"

Martha, 9, Stockport, England

"I love her song, but it's not the best song that she has ever recorded!"

Mariya, 14, Blackburn, England

"This song is rubbish! I liked Poker Face much more than this!"

Michaela, 11, London, England

"Rubbish song!"

Beth, 13, Stoke-on-Trent, England

"You either love it or hate it! But for me... it's a hate!"

Riya, 11, London, England

"I love this song! It's great!"

Eve, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Well done Gaga! An amazing song! I love the chorus and I could listen to this song all the time!"

Jack, 14, Plymouth, England

"I don't really think it's like her other songs but it's quite good."

Aisling, 9, London, England

"It's quite good, but I think it sounds a lot like Madonna's songs. Spooky! I give it 6/10."

Bethany, 12, Reading, England

"Sounds like she covered a Madonna song!"

Ellie, 14, London, England

"I think this will make the charts without a doubt!"

Susana, 10, Isle of Wight, England

"I love Born This Way, I think it's the greatest song she has ever written."

George, 11, Portsmouth, England

"It is the worst song I have ever heard."

Raheemah, 12, England

"It's one of her best songs by far, I love that twist of Madonna's VOGUE song. It's extremely catchy, and very popular - if this is how Gaga is going to produce music in the future, then she's definitely stepped up her game! A brilliant tune, with an brilliant message."

Amy, 11, Newcastle, England

"Love it but it's really similar to Bad Romance."

Izzy, 13, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

"Her voice is so beautiful, I'll be listening to it A LOT!"

Suanna, 9, Glasgow, Scotland

"Why can't she just be normal for once?!"

Gail, 9, Lanarkshire, Scotland

"This song is wicked! But I'm kind of getting bored of the same Gaga music! It's getting old now!"

Audrey, 12, Indonesia

"I really like this song because it's quite different from her other songs."

Ashliya, 10, Kent, England

"This song is nice, but it's not the usual Lady Gaga. I like the message of it. I don't think its her best but I love Lady Gaga anyway!"

DD, 10, London, England

"She is just one of the best artists ever and the song is so beautiful, it literally made me cry!"

Jessica, 10, Devon, England

"It's a good song but you wouldn't recognize it to be Lady Gaga. She is usually so original and inspiring. I think her career will begin to go downhill after this."

Kitty, 11, Bournemouth, England

"I absolutely love this song, it is always stuck in my head!"

Rebecca, 10, Solihull, England

"This song is rubbish."

Adele, 11, Manchester, England

"It's one of Lady Gaga's best songs so far but I can't wait until the real album comes out!!"

Katelin, 12, Hertfordshire, England

"I love this song!"

Zelda, 11, Cardiff, Wales

"I love Lady Gaga's new song! It's very Madonna though..."

Holly, 12, Hertfordshire, England

"Love this song, so good!"

Alex, 13, New Zealand

"It's awful!"

Joe, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"WOW! Amazing! I LOVE IT!! Lady Gaga is awesome, I hope her next song is this good!"

Angharad, 12, Plymouth, England

"I like the beginning of the song but then it just gets boring."

Evie, 11, Yorkshire, England

"I really liked this song! I think it shows all the different bits of her voice. Well done Gaga!!"

Sophie, 10, UK

"I HATE this song so much!"

Bethany, 12, England

"I love this song! I'm not sure if it'll reach number 1 in the charts though."

Abbie, 11, London, England


Caelan, 9, London, England

"I absolutely love Lady Gaga and her music, and her new single Born This Way."

Ikraan, 12, London, England

"I think Lady Gaga (or Stephani, her real name) lost her touch a long time ago and this single is one example of how she lost it."

Anna-Rose, 10, London, England

"I love Lady Gaga's new single, it's cool! Her outfit in the video is funny and it suits her!"

Skye, 9, Glasgow, Scotland

"I love all her songs especially Just Dance and Born This Way."

Kayleigh, 9, Oxfordshire, England

"This song has really changed my perspective on Lady Gaga. I didn't know how much I've missed until I heard this song!"

Nivetha, 13, London, England

"So cool and brill."

Charl, 11, Worcestershire, England

"I really enjoyed this song. I love Gaga!"

Rachel, 12, Lanarkshire, Scotland

"I hate this song! It's awful!"

Tasmin, 14, France

"I don't like it!"

Katie, 10, Bradford, England

"Love it!"

Katie, 11, London, England


Zoe, 11, Manchester, England


Rebecca, 12, Lancashire, England

"I really like the message in the song, because it makes me feel proud of who I am!"

Fatou, 10, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

"I'm not a fan of Lady Gaga or her music, but I think the lyrics to it are beautiful!"

Jess, 10, County Antrim, N. Ireland

"I think this song is too cheesy. Lady Gaga is trying to get more publicity and attention, and this song does just that - but not in a good way!"

Sarah, 13, London, England

"I love the message! I just don't love the song. Sorry!"

Chloe, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"It sounds ok, but the music doesn't stand out at all - it does not sound unusually good!"

Emma, 14, Watford, England

"I love it! It's one of her best songs yet!"

Katie, 10, Dublin, Ireland

"Lady GaGa is simply phenomenal! She is witty, bold and daring!"

Cam, 14, Suffolk, England

"I love it! The best she has ever made!"

Anna, 11, London, England

"It's OK!"

Bex, 11, London, England

"I think it was a bit of a crazy song... but I really enjoyed it."

Simone, 10, Bedfordshire, England


Lillian, 10, N. Ireland

"Her new song is amazing!"

Hannah, 10, Wales

"I hate this song. It's too weird for my liking!"

Megan, 10, Birmingham, England

"I'm a massive Lady Gaga fan and I think this is one of her best! It has a good beat and I love the chorus as it's so catchy. Love it!"

Hannah, 11, Bristol, England

"Born This Way is amazing! I love the tune throughout the song!"

Izzie, 11, Sunderland, England

"I really enjoyed this song!"

Rachel, 12, Lanarkshire, Scotland