Just Dance

Album: The Fame (2008)
Charted: 1 1
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  • After writing for various artists including The Pussycat Dolls, this was Lady Gaga's first solo single release. The song finds her getting drunk and disoriented at a nightclub - she tells herself to just dance, and everything will be OK.
  • This features Colby O'Donis and Akon. Lady Gaga and O'Donis are both signed to Akon's Kon Live record label.
  • Lady Gaga wrote this song a day after arriving in Los Angeles from New York. The singer-songwriter told HX Magazine: "I was taken very quickly out of my party lifestyle. I wrote it instantly - like it flew out of my body." She explained in the same interview the meaning of the song as "If you've ever been so high that it's, like, scary, the only way you can deal with it is not deal with it, so you just kind of dance through the intoxication."
  • GaGa told About.com about the song's promo: "That video was a vision of mine. It was Molina the director who wanted to do something, to have a performance art aspect that was so pop but it was still commercial, but that felt like lifestyle."
  • Lady Gaga took her stage name from the Queen song "Radio Ga Ga." The New York artist's real name is Stefani Germanotta.
  • GaGa explained on her website that the underlying theme of The Fame album "is about how anyone can feel famous. Pop culture is art. It doesn't make you cool to hate pop culture, so I embraced it and you hear it all over The Fame. But, it's a sharable fame. I want to invite you all to the party. I want people to feel a part of this lifestyle."
  • After topping the singles tallies in Canada and Australia in 2008, this song ascended to pole position in the same week in January on both the UK and US charts.
  • This was the first #1 song on the Hot 100 to include the word "dance" since February 1991, when by C + C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" ascended to the top position.
  • This reached pole position on the song's 22nd week on the Hot 100. It was the longest trip to the top since Creed's "With Arms Wide Open" reached #1 in its 27th week in November 2000.
  • Lady Gaga performed this at the inaugural NewNowNext Awards, which were broadcast on the Logo network in June 2008. Logo is targeted to the gay community, which comprises much of Lady Gaga's fan base. >>
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  • This was not only the breakthrough hit for Lady Gaga, but was also instrumental in introducing to the Top 40 a techno-synth sound that had been popular in Europe for the previous decade. Lady Gaga's frequent co-writer and producer RedOne told Billboard magazine that the song, "was essentially a rock track but with synths instead of guitars. Big drums. The vocals were the melody, with a simple chorus. Thank God we were lucky and it was perfect timing. The moment the public heard it, they bought into it."
  • Gaga included this in the set for her 2017 Super Bowl performance in Houston, Texas.
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Comments: 10

  • Richard from Calimesa, CaOne of the remixes replaces the Colby O'Donis vocals with a rap by Kardinal Offishal. Another remix features both vocalists.
  • Courtney from Eagan, MnThis is the very first song i heard from her! She did a preformance on my favorite show, So You Think You Can Dance..and at the time i was like "this "Lady Gaga" lady is so...weird!" But then she got really really famous and few weeks after that! Shes amazing, and this has got to be her best song in my opinion
  • Shan from Sydney, AustraliaGaga is AWESOME stuff those people who thinks she's talking about sex and wateva!
  • Megan from Fairbanks, AkThis song is all about doing thizzles and being so high that nothing matter except for dancing in the club.
    I love this song, also, because i interpt it as 'f--k the little things that go wrong and have fun'.
  • Tricia from Rockville Centre, NyThis song is definetly the club anthem! I will always recall this dancing in a club and the weather was getting cooler coming into the holiday season 2008....just want to get up and DANCE! Feel good!
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnThe first time I saw her, I thought she was strange but had a great voice. The album is amazing.
  • Roxanne from Dallas, TxIf lady gaga tells me to "just dance"...I am dancing no questions asked. Great song to make me feel upbeat and energized.
  • Keri from Dahlonega, Gathis is a feel good dance song. you can't help but "just dance" when you hear it!!
  • Lance from Greensboro, NcThis is a cool song, last night my local radio station (107.5 KZL) played a remix version that was remixing with an older song. I wish I could remember the song it was being mixed with! I've tried listening to all the remixes out there and still to no avail.
  • Valerie from None Of Ur Buisness!!, Bci LOVE this song!!! i used to hate it, but its soooo catchy and it grew on me... its a great song!!!! p.s. wow, first comment.
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