100 songs of the decade: The Edge Of Glory – Lady Gaga

 100 songs of the decade: The Edge Of Glory – Lady Gaga

Written by: Lady Gaga, Fernando Garibay and Paul Blair
Produced by: Fernando Garibay
Album: Born This Way
UK release: July 2011
UK chart peak: 6

Whenever we look back on Lady Gaga‘s sensational arrival and initial Imperial Phase, which spanned from her debut right up until at least the back end of her second album campaign, we tend to focus on the likes of Poker Face, of Bad Romance, of Telephone… but LEST WE FORGET the blockbusters the Born This Way era gave as too. Not only did we get the infamous title track, the dramatic Judas, and the electric Marry The Night; we also had this stadium-friendly monster.

It may be about death, but The Edge of Glory packs an adrenaline-rush of a chorus, pyro-friendly production and a SAXOPHONE. The lyrics are, granted, a little cheesy in places (“I’m on the edge of something final we call life tonight”); but when Gaga’s delivering them like this is the last song she’ll ever sing, it all just feels passionate and powerful. Big tune, this. Huge.

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
  • See the full list so far here.
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Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.