I tried comparing Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Express Yourself by Madonna to see if they were very similar like everybody says.
Even lyrically, they are a bit different. Express Yourself is about how the best way for a girl to get a guy is to be herself. Born This Way is about how Lady Gaga was born freaky and that’s ok. The common theme, of course, is “be who you are.”
I didn’t think the two songs sounded that similar. Fortunately, there’s a mashup to help make that decision (Madonna’s song is speeded up for beat matching purposes):
What I gather from the mashup is that structurally the songs are very close; both are upbeat numbers. But isn’t this the way with a lot of pop/dance? I would give GaGA a pass on this (there are lots of other ways to criticize her music). No doubt that Madonna is an influence, but who didn’t Madonna influence?