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I actually really like Applause and find it to be a totally danceable song.  From the beginning I never really thought the song was self-indulgent to only her, but was instead for any one who has ever been on a stage and received applause. It doesn't need to be literal applause, it can be anything from a pat on the back to a standing O. What drag queen doesn't live for a crowd going crazy for their routine?

I think the problem here was the misguided move to try and beat Katy Perry. While I don't really like Katy Perry, Roar is instantly infectious and easy to like (even if it is a complete rip off of Sara Bareilles' “Brave" [similar to Born This Way ripping off Madonna]). Applause could've been a great end of the summer song if there wasn't all the Perry/Gaga/Perez Hilton drama that surrounded the release.