I’m a bit late to this party, but I just barely listened to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” song over the weekend [I’m not much into all the latest pop songs]. It’s a very catchy song and I caught myself humming it several times. A hit pop song, for sure. But it sounded very much like a song I had heard back in 1989 from another female pop star who was all the rage: Madonna’s “Express Yourself” from the album “Like A Prayer”
I had to listen to both songs several times to make sure I wasn’t just being crazy. Nope, I wasn’t. Here’s a comparison I found that goes back and forth between the two songs
And both songs mashed together, playing side by side
Homage or Rip Off?
I know lots of Gaga fans out there that were just babies when Madonna expressed herself, but for those that know Madge’s music well, what say you? Is the Lady just paying homage or is there some unoriginal chorus swiping going on here?
For me, I think it’s about half. Some homage, some “let’s see how close yet not too close we can get” going on here. Guess we’ll see what happens in the coming months once the new Lady Gaga album drops.