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Happy Birthday, Lady Gaga! Celebrate With Her 15 Best Unreleased Tracks

Celebrate Mother Monster's 31st by listening to these uncovered YouTube gems

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Lady Gaga performs at New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on December 31, 2011 in New York City.
Steve Mack

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.

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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 ChildBritney 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. 

"Fever" landed with another flamboyant pop star: Adam Lambert recorded a version in 2009.

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"Fooled Me Again, Honest Eyes"

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. 

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"Reloaded" featuring Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins

Super producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (Brandy, Destiny's Child, Pussycat Dolls) worked with Gaga on her Beyonce duet, "Telephone." The two attempted to repeat the magic in late 2008/early 2009 with this hip hop-leaning jam. Anyone else hear the nod to Prince's "When Doves Cry" in the verse?

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"Filthy Pop”

This Fusari collaboration, reported to be from a 2007 Island Def Jam session, has some serious '80s vibes and Gaga even name drops her former Convent of the Sacred Heart schoolmates Paris and Nicky Hilton: "Yeah work that ish! Work it like a Hilton!" 

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"Retro Physical"

The "retro" in the song's title is quite literal; this is another blatant '80s nod. This catchy, upbeat dance track was likely slated for her ultimately-canned Island Def Jam debut, but hasn't been properly released yet.

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"Second Time Around"

"Second Time Around" is a gorgeous piano ballad cranked up with a hard-hitting hip hop beat. When it leaked in 2008, Gaga said it was written and demoed for another recording artist, yet only Gaga's version exists.

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"Stuck On F-ckin' You"

Mother Monster gave her Little Monsters a special present on Christmas 2011. This sexual, country-tinged jam wouldn't make the cut for Born This Way, so Gaga leaked the song herself. Thanks! 

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"Kandy Life"

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." 

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Could Lady Gaga have gone the Fiona Apple route to success? This piano ballad, reportedly her first collabo with Fusari in 2006, suggests as much. If you love this style, check out Gaga performing a piano version of "Born This Way" on tour.

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"Dirty Ice Cream"

This blippy pop ditty, reportedly recorded in 2007, was performed by a pre-fame Gaga at Lollapalooza that same year. The song showcases a talk-singing style we rarely see in her music today.

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"Princess Die"

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. 

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"Blueberry Kisses"

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.

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"The Greatest Thing"

"The Greatest Thing" is a 2007 collabo with RedOne (who crafted Gaga classics "Just Dance," "Poker Face," "Bad Romance" and more). Cher said the electro-pop track will appear on her Closer to the Truth album—possibly as a duet with Gaga—but it didn't make the final cut.

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"Future Love"

Gaga performed this hopeful piano ballad while on 2009's The Fame Ball tour. Despite the numerous live performances, the song was never officially released.

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"Shake Your Kitty"

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!

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