Story of Song The stories behind the hits Novellic
Lyric Music

Bad Romance

Lady Gaga

Album The Fame Monster

Story of Song

‘Bad Romance’ was written in Norway while Gaga was on tour. She explained the process of writing it in an interview with Grazia: “I was in Russia, then Germany, and spent a lot of time in Eastern Europe. There is this amazing German house-techno music, so I wanted to make a pop experimental record. I kind of wanted to leave the ’80s a little bit, so the chorus is a ’90s melody, which is what the inspiration was. There was certainly some whisky involved in the writing of the record. It’s about being in love with your best friend.” Lady Gaga also told Grazia that she was inspired by the general lonely feeling she had in relationships, as she always seemed to be attracted to unromantic men–which brought her to the conclusion that she had poor taste in men. On the other hand, while making the video for ‘Bad Romance,’ Gaga wanted to project the tough female spirit, which showed clearly in the bizarre fashion choices, depiction of kidnapping, and the Russian mafia-related plot point. Gaga was extremely satisfied with her collaboration with video director Francis Lawrence.

Release date

Released October 26, 2009


Stefani Germanotta – Nadir Khayat


Streamline – KonLive – Cherrytree – Interscope

Chart Rankings

US – 2

UK – 1


This smash hit for Lady Gaga topped the charts in many countries, including Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, and Sweden. In the US, ‘Bad Romance’ peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped both the Hot Dance Club Songs charts and the Pop Songs Charts. It became Gaga’s highest debuting song on the chart at the time, and her third-highest peaking song on the Hot 100. ‘Bad Romance’ was certified 11 times platinum for 11 million in total of sales and streams. It is also Gaga’s 5th consecutive number 1 single on the charts. In the UK, the single topped the Official Charts Company becoming Gaga’s 3rd UK number 1 single and making her the first female in British chart history to have 3 number 1 singles in one year. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Platinum for sales over 1 million copies. ‘Bad Romance’ was certified 7 times Platinum in Canada, Quadruple Platinum in Australia, and Double Platinum in Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and Sweden. In Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, and Switzerland, it was certified Platinum. In Russia and Belgium, it was certified Gold.

Artist’s age on release date

Stefani Angelina Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, was 23 years old when this song was released.

Cover Versions

Marco Heitala – Hayley Williams – Thirty Seconds to Mars – Glee – Lissie – Caro Emerald & The Grandmono Orchestra – Lulu & Cuba Gooding Jr. – Linda Perry – Meryl Streep – PostmodernJukebox – Halestorm – Juliana Daily (acoustic) – On the Rocks – Leo Moracchioli (Metal cover) – Alex Goot – Megan Nicole – VanJess (Acapella cover) – Outline In Color – The Demonstration – Alyssa Bernal – Krissy – Leander Rising – MattRach – Christina Grimmie – Joseph Vincent – Other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.

Added by Slate

  • Share:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *