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Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show: How It Should Go

Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show: How It Should Go

Lady Gaga, Super Bowl
Associated Press

After a jazz album and bar tour, this is Gaga’s chance at re-entry into the dramatic. 

This weekend Lady Gaga will take the stage during the most televised event on the planet. True to form, no one knows what to expect from the "AYO" singer, but fans definitely know what they want to see. There's no doubt Gaga recognizes the magnitude and audience reach of this performance, so what better time to make her glorious comeback to the insane theatricality that began and cemented her career? Here's our dream set list for a career-spanning, gag-worthy halftime show.

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Opener: "Diamond Heart" from Joanne

Part of being a performer is knowing your audience and reading the crowd. Gaga herself said that the country and rock-themed Joanne is part of the reason she was offered the halftime gig in the first place. That being said, the first two singles from the album, "Perfect Illusion" and "Million Reasons," aren't really ideal.

Instead, we open on Gaga in her now-iconic pink cowboy hat (the Super Bowl is in Texas this year, after all) crooning about wild Americans before the bassline drops and the pyrotechnics launch.

"Bad Romance" from The Fame Monster

This is a given. While Gaga's first album made her a pop influencer, it was her follow-up that made her a cultural dynamo. The video for "Bad Romance" was groundbreaking in its day, reinvigorating the idea that music videos could tell stories and be just as outstanding as the songs within them. That gag moment will come as her pink cowboy hat seamlessly transforms into a "Bad Romance" crown.

"Telephone" feat. Beyonce, from The Fame Monster

If there's one thing a stunt queen loves it's collaborating with another stunt queen. After Beyonce's pregnancy announcement blew up Instagram and the rest of the internet earlier this week, the only thing that would snatch more headlines is if she accompanied Gaga on stage for their 2009 banger. If the tempo of "Telephone" is too much for the twins, we'll settle for a more seductive, ponytail-flinging performance of "Video Phone" instead.

The Fame Medley

Never forget where you came from, especially if you came from making history as an artist having her first two debut singles top the Billboard Hot 100. Gaga would be remiss to exclude the songs she broke onto the scene with like "Just Dance," and "Poker Face." But while she's at it she might as well do a medley of all her singles from her first album--and what better time to revisit her iconic bloody VMA performance of "Paparazzi" than as a reimagined protest aimed at our attention-seeking reality TV president?

"Edge of Glory" from Born This Way

An obvious closing choice, especially when one team is about to win such a highly-coveted national title. It's one of her songs whose message can be easily translated to sports and was already used as a song for the NBA playoffs the year it was released. Not only could it push the leading team to win, it could act as the perfect pick-me-up for whoever is down at the half. If the rumors are true and Gaga is going to pull off a rooftop stunt, there's no better way to end it than with a plummeting fall set to "Edge of Glory."

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