Dearest Stefani Germanotta,
Oh, Gaga. You've come so far in the past 31 years, and we've been here to support you the whole way, from your first No. 1 "Just Dance" to the video for "Bad Romance," to the release of your latest album, Joanne.
But along the way many other songs have been left behind and, gosh darn it Stefani, they're great! So, for your special day, we're revisiting the 15 best unreleased tracks to prove that, yes, even your throwaways are made of pop gold.
Listen to Gaga's 15 best unreleased tracks now and keep the love going for Gaga's 31st with these 30 fabulous flashback photos.
This pop-funk track is likely from a 2006 recording sessions for her Island Def Jam debut, which was canned when Gaga was dropped from the label. The song was recorded with producer Rob Fusari (Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Britney Spears), who later worked with Gaga to craft hits like "Paparazzi." The two had a bitter falling out after Gaga's debut The Fame was released.
Likely recorded in 2008 or 2009, Gaga performed this heart-wrenching piano ballad (which opens with a cover of Neil Young's "Out on the Weekends") while on a radio promo tour in early 2009. While her electro-pop jam "Just Dance" climbed the charts, the rising star was also showing off her more tender, introspective side and piano skills with this track.
This Fusari collabo, said to have been recorded in '07, is a light-hearted ode to expensive living, sampling The Chordette's famous novelty hit "Lollipop."
Never one to shy away from controversy, Gaga debuted this track on the 2012 Born This Way Ball tour. It's full of controversial lyrics, including "I'll swallow each peroxide shot" and "I'm hungry from an anorexic heart" and "I wish that I could cope, but I took pills and left a note." Which might explain why the song remains unreleased.
Despite the cutesy title, Gaga has said this unreleased track, likely recorded in 2006 or 2007, is an ode to oral sex. A fan of blueberry coffee, the singer revealed that her ex-boyfriend would say her kisses tasted like the fruit. But there was also the second, more sexual meaning. See if you can spot the innuendos.
This glam rock-inspired track is another Fusari collabo, reportedly from 2006. Gaga roars and drops a few sexy meows. Why hasn't this been released?
Do you have a favorite unreleased gem? Let us know!