The internet has been abuzz Friday (Feb. 11) regarding Lady Gaga‘s new single “Born This Way.” The similarities to Madonna‘s 1989 single “Express Yourself” are hard to ignore. In fact, several creative YouTubers have put together mash-ups comparing the two songs (one of which is featured below).
In addition to “Express Yourself,” we felt there shades of “Ray of Light” and “Vogue.” This great Yahoo article dissects the piece even further.
There has also been some mention made of how much the single cover art looks so similar to Kylie Minogue‘s cover art for her 2007 hit “2 Hearts,” which we can also see.
But really, is it that big of a deal? “Born This Way” isn’t our favorite Lady Gaga number, but that has more to do with the fact that it sounds dated and not as lyrically interesting as, say, “Bad Romance” or “Alejandro.”
Songs are going to sound the same — there are only so many musical combinations/styles out there, plus “Express Yourself” is 20 years old. We think Gaga does a pretty good job of being original and maybe much of the ado being made about “Born This Way” is due to the quality of the piece. Maybe people wouldn’t care as much about the Madonna sound if the song was better?
Also, maybe Lady Gaga chose to emulate some classic artists on purpose. Perhaps she is saying that she (and Madonna and Kylie) are born the way they are and that’s great. “Born This Way” is a song about expressing yourself, after all, so what better song to make an homage to than “Express Yourself”?
What do you think, Pop2it readers?