Breakthrough Despondent and disappointed, with her dreams of making magnificent music and becoming a star fading fast, Lady Gaga struck life-changing gold during a lyric-writing spree in 2008 that propelled her into the spotlight, where she has resided ever since. Composed in a hard-to-fathom 10 minutes of sensational songwriting—and molded and smoothed out in the days that followed—“Just Dance” was a career-boosting marvel that produced waves of praise throughout the music industry. High energy with beats thumping and mixed with happy, feel-good lyrics with each line blending perfectly into the next, the song showcased Lady Gaga’s creative genius combined with that vibrant, one-of-a-kind voice.
The four-minute and one-second track put smiles on peoples’ faces and got them dancing, bouncing, and moving. It certainly got Lady Gaga’s career moving along—and fast, too. Released in April of 2008, it was a Top 5 hit on the dance charts as the summer months arrived and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Dance Airplay and Dance Club Songs chart. When the calendar flipped to 2009, it had picked up serious momentum. Airplay minutes blossomed, listener interest exploded, and it shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, ahead of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).” “Just Dance” held that cherished top spot on the Billboard chart for three weeks. It also enjoyed nearly five months in the Top 10 and spent 49 weeks in the Hot 100.
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