Lady Gaga just toasted Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday on CBS with what can only be described as an unbelievable rendition of "New York, New York." It made me realize something: I've used the term "unbelievable rendition" about a dozen times when describing Lady Gaga's cover work. Though she'll always be best known for her kooky, salacious original output, let's give Gaga even more credit where it's due: She's the greatest cover artist we have.

A huge part of what makes Lady Gaga exciting is how she constantly celebrates the artists who've influenced her. During her first blitz of interviews for "The Fame," her debut disc, she continuously touted Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Sinead O'Connor, and of course Queen, the band that inspired her stage name. She's spent her career evolving as a both an original and tribute artist, and here are a bunch of clips to prove she's the greatest toastmaster in pop. (My favorites in this cluster: those unforgettable versions of "King of Pain" and "Bang Bang.")

Frank Sinatra, "New York, New York"

Lady Gaga - New York, New York - Live at Sinatra100 Concert

Lady Gaga - New York, New York live at Sinatra100

Posted by Lady Gaga Italia on Monday, December 7, 2015


Stevie Wonder, "I Wish"

The Police, "King of Pain"

Sting, "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You"

The Rolling Stones, "Gimme Shelter"

Cher, "Bang, Bang (He Shot Me Down)"

4 Non Blondes, "What's Up"

John Lennon, "Imagine"

Coldplay, "Viva La Vida"

Queen, "Another One Bites the Dust" (with Adam Lambert)