Seven Facts About and Live Performances of Lady Gaga’s ‘Just Dance’ on the Song’s Seventh Birthday

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It is sometimes hard to imagine a time before Lady Gaga, but the truth is she only released her first single, the chart-topping “Just Dance,” a mere seven years ago today. So now, we dance celebrate.

Seven Facts About “Just Dance” on Its Seventh Birthday:

  1. Lady Gaga claims she wrote the song in just 10 minutes.
  2. “Just Dance” has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest selling singles of the digital age. In the U.S. alone, the song has sold nearly seven million copies, making it the ninth-best digital single of all time in the U.S.
  3. Despite being released in April of 2008, “Just Dance” didn’t hit No. 1 in he U.S. until January of 2009.
  4. The only other Lady Gaga songs to have outsold “Just Dance” worldwide are “Poker Face” (14 million) and “Bad Romance” (12 million).
  5. She first performed the song live on television during the Miss Universe pageant in July 2008.
  6. There exists a pretty decent mashup of “Just Dance” and Rihanna’s “Disturbia.”
  7. “Just Dance” is often credited with making dance music palatable for mainstream radio listeners.

Bonus Fact: A lot of people still don’t know that, at the beginning of the song, Gaga does not sing “red wine.” She sings “RedOne,” who co-wrote and produced the song.

Now, enjoy seven of our favorite live performances of Gaga’s first smash.

The Cherrytree Sessions:

During the record-breaking Monster Ball Tour:

“Pop music will never be lowbrow” (So You Think You Can Dance):

Acoustic at the Marc Jacobs V after-party:

Live at the 2009 Glastonbury Festival:

Lavender-haired on The View:

Wandering through The Born This Way Ball castle:

Of course, here is the music video that started it all:

Happy birthday, “Just Dance!” Here’s to (at least) seven more years of iconic Lady Gaga songs!