By Christian Blauvelt
Updated February 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM EST
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It’s here at last! That’s right, “Born This Way,” the first single off Lady Gaga’s highly anticipated new album, hit radio stations at 6:00 a.m. this morning. Little Monsters first got a taste of the song when a meat-dress clad Gaga crooned a few bars at the MTV Video Music Awards a full five months ago. Since then, she’s declared that Born This Way would be “the greatest album of this decade,” posted the lyrics, and debuted teaser art. So does “Born This Way” live up to the hype?

Based on her performance at the VMAs, it seemed like the song might be more of an acoustic empowerment anthem, along the lines of her Elton John-style piano ballad “You and I,” but instead it’s hopping disco pop. Leave it to Gaga to write a song that’s the culmination of her advocacy for the gay community but still has a thumping club beat. And it only took her ten minutes! Listen to it below. Gaga faithful, is “Born This Way” everything you thought it would be?

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