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[[caption-width-right:350:Lana Del Rey A.K.A. Elizabeth W. Grant]]
--> ''"He says to 'be cool', [[TheIngenue but I don't know how yet.]]"''

[floatboxright:Influences:
+ Music/FrankSinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Music/{{Eminem}}, Antony and the Johnsons, Music/BritneySpears, Music/ElvisPresley
]

Lana Del Rey (born June 21, 1985) is a [[LoveItOrHateIt highly divisive]] American singer and model. Originally recording under her real name, Lizzy Grant, to little success, she later created her current [[PenName Lana Del Rey persona]] after being inspired by her frequent visits to {{Miami}}, and wanting a name she could "shape the music towards". Also, [[AwesomeMcCoolname she just liked the way it sounded]].

Essentially, Del Rey made the error of cultivating an "[[{{Hipster}} indie]]" audience before branching into pop, a fate which has befallen singers such as LizPhair and many others.

After settling on her new name, Lana posted a few songs (with accompanying, DIY music videos made on her Mac) to Website/YouTube. One song in particular, "Video Games", caught the attention of many music blogs and critics alike. To capitalize on the sudden interest of the track, Lana released "Video Games" (with a [[BSide b-side]], "Blue Jeans") as a single on Stranger Records in October 2011, and it became a SleeperHit all across Europe. Not long afterwards, Lana was signed to Interscope Records, and her (major label) debut ''[[WeAllDieSomeday Born to Die]]'' was released worldwide in January 2012. For a relative unknown like Lana, it actually sold pretty well in its first week; she even managed to knock {{Adele}}'s ''21'' off the top spot [[SerialEscalation in many countries, including the UK,]] and eventually went platinum. Defines her music as Sadcore pop. Opened the door for Lorde to do her good work. More to come.

!!Discography
* As May Jailer:
** ''Young Like Me'' (2005) [[labelnote:*]]A.K.A. ''Rock Me Stable'' or ''Quiet Now''[[/labelnote]]
** ''From The End'' (2005)
** ''Sirens'' (2006)
* As Lizzy Grant:
** ''Kill Kill'' (2008)
--> Singles: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJZPXUSzZ-c "Kill Kill"]]
* As Lana Del Ray:
** ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Lana Del Ray]]'' (recorded in 2008; released in 2010)
* As Lana Del Rey:
** ''Born To Die'' (2012)
--> Singles: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE6wxDqdOV0 "Video Games"]], [[http://youtu.be/Bag1gUxuU0g "Born to Die"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRWox-i6aAk "Blue Jeans"]], [[http://youtu.be/60cvtxwlJr8 "National Anthem"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVjsGKrE6E8 "Summertime Sadness"]]
** ''Paradise'' (2012)
--> Singles: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLEA3bc-3p0 "Blue Velvet"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py_-3di1yx0 "Ride"]]
** ''Ultraviolence'' (2014)
--> Singles: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKxuiw3iMBE "West Coast"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJABBmAMXnY "Shades of Cool"]]

!!Filmography
* As Lizzy Grant:
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I_ckenzjmk Poolside]]'' (2010)
* As Lana Del Rey:
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwuHOQLSpEg Tropico]]'' (2013)

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!!The artist formerly known as Lizzy Grant provides examples of:
* AWildRapperAppears: In the second verse of "Delicious".
** Subverted in "Every Man Gets His Wish", in that the rapper is Del Rey herself.
* AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload: "C U L8r Alligator". Just the title itself, though.
* AffablyEvil: Most, if not all of the men she ever brings up. Their being "affable" might be a case of UnreliableNarrator, though:
--> "[[RecurringCharacter K]]'s a friend of mine / I think about him as he does time [...] Double homicide, sent him on to death row / Not to hang around, though"
* TheAlcoholic: In her youth, when she was just 14. "Bad Disease" is especially frank about her subsequent time of recovery.
* AutoErotica: In "Diet Mountain Dew":
--> "Let's take Jesus off the dashboard / Got enough on his mind"
--> "Baby stoppin' at 7-Eleven / There in his white Pontiac heaven"
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: "Born To Die", "Blue Jeans" and "Diet Mountain Dew" on ''Born To Die''. Most of her work is centered around this trope, all the same.
* AntiLoveSong: "Lolita", being named after ''Literature/{{Lolita}}''.
--> "I want my cake and I want to eat it too / I want to have fun and be in love with you"
** "Serial Killer" as well.
** "Live or Die".
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Boarding School" has Lana telling us the following:
--> "If you wanna get high with me / I'm in the back, doing crack, drinking P-P-Pepsi"
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:"Kinda Outta Luck."]]
* BadassBoast: "Noir" opens with this line:
--> "Walking is an art / So is my body"
** "Fucked My Way Up To The Top" just ''loves'' this trope.
--> "Life is awesome, I confess / What I do, I do the best"
* BetterByADifferentName: Literally, because Del Rey originally had a contract under the name Lizzy Grant and many fans were skeptical when she became Lana Del Rey.
* BoastfulRap: "Delicious".
* BreakUpSong: "Video Games", "Blue Jeans", "Dark Paradise", and "Summertime Sadness" from ''Born To Die''.
** "Pawn Shop Blues" and "Brite Lites" from ''Lana Del Ray''.
** "Afraid", "Break My Fall", "Butterflies (Part 1)", "Damn You", and "Dum Dum" from her unreleased catalogue.
* BrokenBird: Think of one genuinely positive song with no darkness whatsoever in her whole discography.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with a select few of her earlier tracks, such as [[SillyLoveSongs "Stoplight De-lite"]].
* CallBack: A lot of her songs reference each other. Most notable are the quartet of "1949", "Every Man Gets His Wish", "Hawaiian Tropic" and "Daytona Meth" -- all four songs borrow elements from each other, but manage to not feel like a succession of demos.
** "Young & Beautiful" has the lyric "I've seen the world, done it all, had my cake now", referring back to "I want my cake and I want to eat it too" from "Lolita".
** "He used to call me Poison, 'cuz I was Poison Ivy", as heard in "Ultraviolence" -- referring back to "Call me Poison Ivy 'cuz I'm far from good" from "Driving In Cars With Boys".
* {{Camp}}: ''Tropico''.
* CastingCouch: "Hit & Run" is centered around this trope. "Put Your Lips Together", too -- in a much less spritely manner.
--> [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "You know how to whistle, dont'cha?"]]
** "Fucked My Way Up To The Top", obviously.
* CelebrityEndorsement: H&M and Jaguar have utilized her music and her looks for promotional purposes.
* CelebrityResemblance: [[http://www.isaechia.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Somiglianza-tra-Lana-Del-Rey-e-Amy-Adams.jpg With Amy Adams.]]
* TheChanteuse: Lana's shtick all throughout the ''Born To Die'' era.
** Also her role in the "Blue Velvet" video, due to the song being a vintage cover.
* CannotSpitItOut: A subtext in "National Anthem".
* ClusterFBomb: "Scarface", wherein Lana drops the F-bomb about 8 times in the chorus alone -- ''not'' counting the backing vocals. It amounts to something like 20 times over the course of 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
** "Fucked My Way To The Top" stands out, due to her cursing often being more low-key, and in it, she seems to revel in the whole concept.
* ComingOfAgeStory: "Ride" -- or more specifically its music video, thanks to Lana's narration throughout.
** "This Is What Makes Us Girls" and "Aviation", too.
* ContinuityNod: Lots and lots, everywhere.
* CoolShades: [[SubvertedTrope None mentioned in "Shades Of Cool",]] believe it or not -- but heartshaped sunglasses appear often elsewhere.
* {{Corpsing}}: She lets a giggle slip during the last chorus of "Elvis", quite appropriately:
--> ''*imitating [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis']] accent*'' "''Thank you very much'', and I'm laughing!"
** "Moi Je Joue", "Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight" and "Maha Maha" all see Lana chuckling as each track fades out.
** "Stoplight De-lite" also has a giggling outro, although this seems premeditated as opposed to just [[ThrowItIn thrown in]].
* CosmicPlaything: "Starry Eyed" and "Tired Of Singing The Blues" both touch on this concept.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Averted with "Blue Velvet", where Lana kept all the original lyrics, including "she wore blue velvet".
** Also averted with "Chelsea Hotel No. 2".
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Her version of "Once Upon a Dream" is ''definitely'' not the wistful love song it was originally written as.
* CoverVersion: Of Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet" for ''Paradise'', [[Disney/SleepingBeauty "Once Upon a Dream"]] for ''{{Film/Maleficent}}'' and Nina Simone's "The Other Woman" for ''Ultraviolence''.
** Lana has also published covers of LeonardCohen[='s=] "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" (as mentioned above) and Lee Hazlewood's "Summer Wine" on her personal YouTube channel.
* CuteAndPsycho: [[spoiler:The narrator of "Kinda Outta Luck".]] Cutesy tone, cheery melody, sung by the very cute Lana... depraved, disturbing lyrics.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: So very good.
--> "It was worth it, paid the price / Life is death when blow is life"
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Lana has mentioned having had alcohol problems when she was only 14 years old. She was sent to boarding school, which she loathed even more than her addiction, for it.
* DarkerAndEdgier: "Ultraviolence" was considerably darker and more powerful than Del Rey's previous records.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: "Burning Desire" mentions this.
--> "I drive fast, radio blast / Have to touch myself to pretend you're there"
* DearNegativeReader: Lana has been known to... ''respond'' to her detractors on social media sites.
--> [[CondescendingCompassion "I'll pray for you Kathi- you and that disgusting mouth of yours. God Bless"]]
* {{Dedication}}: Based on their titles: "Dear Elliot", "For K" and "For You". "Jimmy Gnecco" might also count, even as that's more of an ObsessionSong.
** "You're Gonna Love Me" has an outright declaration, on the other hand:
--> "Jim, I'mma dedicate this whole album to you..."
* DeepSouth: The setting of "Raise Me Up (Mississippi South)", obviously.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The music video for "Blue Jeans", as well as clips from her own, homemade videos.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Delicious" goes ham:
--> "They're disgusting, I'm delicious / They disgust me, I'm delicious / Let's discuss this, I'm delicious"
* DestructiveRomance: Implied many times, but most heavily in "Diet Mountain Dew". The demo is most blatant:
--> "Hit me my darling tonight / I don't know why but I like it"
* DoubleMeaningTitle: "Fucked My Way Up To The Top" from ''Ultraviolence''.
* DrivenToSuicide: "Born To Die", "Summertime Sadness", and "Dark Paradise".
* ElectraComplex: Expect to hear the word "daddy" from Lana many, ''many'' a time... but [[SubvertedTrope not even once]] in "Daddy Issues".
** Lana's withering attitude towards her mother in "My Momma" reeks of this trope, as well.
* {{Elopement}}: Hinted towards in "Yayo":
--> "Put me onto your black motorcycle / Fitted babydoll dress for my "I do" / It'll only take two hours to Nevada / I wear your sparkle, you call me your mama
** "Guns & Roses" on ''Ultraviolence'' seems to suggest that things didn't quite work out, though:
--> "We should've left Las Vegas / And then began again"
* EpicRocking: ''Ultraviolence'' has a ''lot'' of this going on, being a mélange of 60s and 70s rock for the most part. "Cruel World", its opening track, is just under 7 minutes long.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: The mysterious young starlet from "Carmen".
* EtherealChoir: "National Anthem", "Young & Beautiful".
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: ''Lana Del Ray'' is gapless in parts.
* FanGirl: She has claimed to love "the greats of every genre", citing KurtCobain of {{Nirvana}} and ElvisPresley [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTeNqydC1AU (about whom she even wrote a song!)]] as inspirations.
** BritneySpears, too. She said that Britney was the only female artist she enjoyed. Diet Mountain Dew, Gods and Monsters, National Anthem, Ride and Burning Desire speak to Britney's experiences and music.
** Jimmy Gnecco was an infatuation of hers at some point, leading to the creation of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNJ6SR3f4TY "Jimmy Gnecco"]].
* FemmeFatale: A common "role" attributed to Lana, but taken and ran with in "Playing Dangerous", where she sings from the perspective of a woman being held for questioning.
--> [[BlatantLies "The house was already on fire / I swear I'm not a liar"]]
** "Kinda Outta Luck" is told from the point of view of one.
* GenreRoulette: Having begun her musical career for real sometime in 2005, Lana has managed to go through a whole lot of genres in search of "her" sound.
** ''Sirens'' (2006) is all-acoustic -- as are most of the webcam demos she made in the interrim between this album and ''Lana Del Ray''.
** ''Lana Del Ray'' (recorded in 2008, released in 2010) is [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly "surf noir"]] according to [[WordOfGod Lana herself]]. A lot (if not all) of her unreleased 2009 tracks fall into this genre, too.
** 2010 saw Lana taking a quick detour into pop music, before she settled for some kind of medium between the "surf noir" of ''Lana Del Ray'' and the sadcore of ''Born To Die'' in 2011.
** ''Born To Die'' and ''Paradise'' (both 2012) are both considered sadcore -- or rather, [[InsistentTerminology "Hollywood sadcore"]].
** All of her unreleased tracks from 2012 onward are recognized as sadcore too, although her 2013 work is a lot calmer than the orchestral, if still sedated sound of ''Born To Die'' and ''Paradise''.
* GenreShift: As detailed above, Lana had to go through a lot of genres before finding her niche and demographic with ''Born To Die'''s sadcore.
** 2009 seemed an eventful year in general, as far as her escapades in the studio went. Just compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEYO039zaAM Maha Maha]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKCTsYRW_XM Golden Grill]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbbBk8j16d8 Catch and Release]]. For reference, these are all from ''one'' session with Princess Superstar.
* GoodBadGirl: Subverted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoCZR6WeTxU "Kinda Outta Luck"]]. The first 1:20 are spent building a "Good Bad Girl with bad self esteem getting rescued by Prince Charming" kind of narrative... [[spoiler:and then... oops.]]
** Otherwise played straight with most of her work -- "St. Tropez" and "Backfire" are good examples.
** "This Is What Makes Us Girls", too.
* GratuitousFrench: Featured in "Carmen", and [[{{Understatement}} more]] [[CaptainObvious prominently]] in "Moi Je Joue":
--> "You know what they say / ''[[ShoutOut Voulez vous coucher avec moi?]]'' / Can't you see yourself with me, hey?"
** Translation of the verse in "Carmen": "My love, I know that you love me too / You need me / You need me in your life / You can't live without me / And I would die without you / I would kill for you"
* GratuitousPanning: "Betty Boop Boop" and the second demo of "Put Me In A Movie" are ''really'' fond of the left channel, though the latter might be due to a recording issue.
* GriefSong: Heavily implied in "Dark Paradise":
--> "I'm scared that you won't be waiting on the other side"
--> "Your soul is haunting me and telling me / That everything is fine / But I wish I was dead"
** "Kill Kill"
** "TV in Black & White"
* GrowingUpSucks: The moral of "This Is What Makes Us Girls".
* {{Hipster}}: Most of the barbs levied towards Lana accuse her of being one, but she ''wallows'' in it.
--> "And my jazz collection's rare / I can play most anything / [[AffectionateParody I'm a Brooklyn baby]]"
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Quite a common theme of hers, but especially prevalent in "Hundred Dollar Bill".
** "Carmen" is all about one.
* IfICantHaveYou: A line repeated verbatim in "Jealous Girl".
* IHaveManyNames: Hoo, boy. In rough, chronological order (besides Lana Del Rey):
** Elizabeth [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Woolridge]] Grant, A.K.A. Lizzy (sometimes Lizzi) Grant
** May Jailer
** [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Sparkle Jump Rope Queen]]
--> "You my little sparkle jump rope queen / You my little sparkle"
** [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Lana Del Ray]]
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jglg9sCBSNs Emphasis on the "A", not the "N".]]
* IntercourseWithYou: "Burning Desire" is pretty heavily sexual, as is "Gods & Monsters" on her ''Paradise'' EP. ''Born To Die'' has "Diet Mountain Dew" talking about showing her what fast is.
** Very much the subject of both "Push Me Down" and "Behind Closed Doors".
** Kind of a subtext in "Dance Man":
--> "You've got me dancing up the stairs now, man..."
* LadyInRed: Mentioned in a few songs. "Off to the Races", "Carmen", "Summertime Sadness"... most recently in "Cruel World". Red dresses are a staple Lana lyricism.
* {{Lolicon}}: "Put Me In A Movie". A few of her various TeacherStudentRomance songs, as well.
** Despite its title, "Lolita" doesn't really touch on matters of age -- but the implications are definitely there if you squint.
* LoveNostalgiaSong: "Blue Jeans", "Dark Paradise", and "Summertime Sadness".
** "Young & Beautiful" and "Back To Tha Basics" too, although the latter isn't as bittersweet as the others.
** "My Best Days" and "You & Me", as well.
** "TV in Black & White", which also doubles as a GriefSong.
* LoveIsADrug: Pretty explicitly stated all throughout Lana's discography.
* LyricalDissonance: "Lucky Ones" has an extremely dark instrumental for one of her happiest love songs lyrically.
** In "Off to the Races", one of her more upbeat songs, she sings "I'm your little harlot, starlet, queen of Coney Island" in a high-pitched girly voice.
* MadnessMantra: In "Raise Me Up (Mississippi South)":
--> "Ray, Ray, Ray -- raise me up!"
** Indeed, the song was first titled [[PunBasedTitle "Rayse"]].
** "Catch and Release" has this line, which [[FromBadToWorse gets worse]] in the NightmareFuel[=-doused=] bridge:
--> "Give it to me, give it to me, everything / You know how I like my world on a string"
** "Maha Maha" gets pretty intense in the chorus, thanks to one of these. ''Loha loha, mahi mahi, yoha yoha...''
* MayDecemberRomance: "Off to the Races". Alluded to, in "Jump".
** {{Lampshaded}} in "Cola".
* MelismaticVocals: Del Rey uses plenty of flourishes in her voice.
** Notable examples of this are "Off To The Races" and "Million Dollar Man".
* MidwordRhyme: ''Sirens'' is particularly full of these, as are the preceding EPs ''Young Like Me'' and ''From The End''.
* MinisculeRocking: A few of her (invariably acapella) concept demos. "Crooked Cop" is the shortest one known of, having a runtime of exactly 50 seconds.
* MoneySong: "National Anthem", "Radio" and "Money Power Glory".
** "Hundred Dollar Bill" and "Money Hunny" as well, less facetiously in both cases.
** "Hollywood" combines this with CallBack[=s=] to ''Paradise'' and preemptive BadassBoast[=ing=]:
--> "One day I'll drive in a gold Mercedes Benz / Singing opera on Bel Air Road"
* TheMourningAfter: Supposedly, "Summertime Sadness" is about an old boyfriend of Lana's who passed away. Much of Lana's music can be interpreted similarly.
--> " I think I'll miss you forever / Like the stars miss the sun in the morning sky"
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Lana's shopping trip in "Blizzard", somewhat hilariously. [[DramaticDeadpan She found a really cool belt in a lame department store.]]
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: ''Born to Die'' is a mixture of rock, pop, orchestral, R&B, alternative, and hip-hop.
** Most people just consider it sadcore though, in accordance with Lana's own words.
* NonAppearingTitle: She has a lot of these.
* ObsessionSong: "Born To Die", "National Anthem", "Without You", "Dark Paradise", and the vast majority of the ''Paradise'' EP.
** In truth, a ''lot'' of her songs have an obsessive edge to them. ''Born To Die'' and ''Paradise'' are tame when compared to unreleased songs like [[StalkerWithACrush "You're Gonna Love Me", "C U L8r Alligator" or "Midnite Dancer Girlfriend".]]
* OdeToIntoxication: Lana has a few, but "Florida Kilos" gets a special mention for not being about alcohol.
* OdeToSobriety: "Bad Disease" is one, and rather chilling given the circumstances of its creation.
--> "Will no one help me, please?"
* OutlawCouple: "Off To The Races".
--> 'My old man is a thief, and I'm gonna stay and pray with him till the end...'
* PowerOfFriendship: "This Is What Makes Us Girls".
* PrecisionFStrike: A couple.
** "Gods & Monsters":
--> "In the land of gods and monsters, I was an angel / Looking to get fucked hard"
** "Tired of Singing the Blues":
--> "I keep running 'round the same town / Knocking you down / I'm fucked"
** "Damn You":
--> "I pray your life is sweet / You fucker / Damn you"
** "Radio":
--> "Now my life is sweet like cinnamon / Like a fuckin' dream I'm livin' in"
* RearrangeTheSong: The live version of "National Anthem" combines elements of the unreleased demo with the final album version.
* RecycledLyrics: Happens a lot, but for the most part with a little variation to mix things up.
* RecurringCharacter: "K", "Jimmy" and "Bill" are mentioned in quite a few of her songs. However, it's unclear whether they're fictitious or actual people Lana knew.
** "Jimmy" is Jimmy Gnecco, according to observations made by fans.
* RevealingCoverup: Once, in a 2010 interview, Lana mentioned a certain [[CoolTeacher Mr. Campbell]] -- who apparently introduced her to {{Nirvana}}. After fans inferred that Mr. Campbell was the subject of Lana's various TeacherStudentRomance songs, he turned into [[GenderFlip Mrs. Campbell]] when brought up in another interview, a year later. Quoth "Prom Song (Gone Wrong)":
--> "You played me Biggie Smalls / And then my first Nirvana song"
* RockStarSong: She mostly mocks this trope in "Carmen", "Lolita", "Gods & Monsters", "Ride" and "Radio".
* RapunzelHair: Her hair used to be rather long.
* RhymingWithItself: "Yayo" rhymes "now" with "now".
** The chorus of "Video Games" rhymes "you" with "you" and "do" with "do". Three times each.
* RoadTripRomance: "On Our Way" and "1949". Lana sings about her cheating partner embarking on one of these with a new catch in "In The Sun", as well.
** To a lesser degree in "Driving In Cars With Boys", despite the title.
* RomanticizedAbuse: This line from "Beautiful Player", which doubles as a ShoutOut to the 1962 song "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)" by The Crystals:
--> "Hit me and it felt like a kiss / You know it hurts so good when you do me like this"
** "Ultraviolence" reuses this line, and goes even further:
--> "I can hear sirens, sirens / He hit me and it felt like a kiss / I can hear violins, violins / Give me all of that ultraviolence"
* {{Sampling}}: Goes on a lot. Notable examples:
** Most of the songs from ''Born To Die'' -- and some from ''Paradise'' -- sample Rick James performing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD3XX5pC72A "Mary Jane"]] live.
** "Born To Die" itself samples Mountain performing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OikLpU2Uak4 "Long Red"]] live, for that matter.
** One of the "Lolita" demos is De Kift's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y13KvdSekVc "Blind"]] with extra instrumentation and Lana's vocals.
* {{Scatting}}: Lana is fond of doing this live, [[{{Narm}} with mixed results.]]
--> [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDh-daZih7g&feature=player_detailpage#t=192 "Doot doo, deet doo dee~~"]]
* SelfBackingVocalist: Lana harmonizes with herself in near-enough ''all'' of her webcam demos.
** In-studio, "National Anthem" is a good example of her making a choir of her own voice behind her. Also, on TheOtherWiki, she is the only credited vocalist on ''Born To Die''.
* SelfDeprecation: "Sad Girl" from ''Ultraviolence''.
** "Fucked My Way Up To The Top" mixes this and BadassBoast[=ing=]:
--> "I fucked my way up to the top / This is my show"
* SelfTitledAlbum: Her first album, titled ''Lana Del Ray'' (she had come up with the Lana Del Ray moniker around the time of the album's conception).
* SerialKiller: [[spoiler:"Kinda Outta Luck" is about one.]]
* ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle: "Gramma (Blue Ribbon Sparkler Trailer Heaven)".
* ShoutOut: A whole bunch of 'em to Literature/{{Lolita}}, not even including her numerous references to heartshaped sunglasses:
** The song [[CaptainObvious "Lolita"]].
** As heard in the pre-chorus of "Off to the Races":
--> "Light of my life, fire of my loins."
** "Put Me in a Movie" is what Quilty's ImageSong would have sounded like, if he'd had one.
** "1949" is laced with 1950s nostalgia, and is a tale of RoadTripRomance, as stated above. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill It also has Lana calling her lover "daddy" more than in all of her other songs combined.]]
** There's an a capella demo for "Carmen" titled "Little Carmen", just like Dolores' favorite record.
** Her upcoming album is titled [[Film/AClockworkOrange "Ultraviolence"]]. There's also this line in "Hundred Dollar Bill":
--> "I like your ultraviolent swing / I like it when you treat me mean"
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_of_sam "Summer of Sam"]].
** "Carmen" and "Kinda Outta Luck" both seem to reference ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'', talking about "the kindness of strangers" -- which is a paraphrase of a quote, and a major theme of the play.
** The music video for "Young & Beautiful" features an orchestra that is shot exactly like the one in Disney/{{Fantasia}}, right down to the silhouettes, the shadows, and the colored lighting.
** It could be considered a CallBack to the (cartoon) orchestra featured in Lana's homemade video for "Video Games", too.
** The original video for one of the demo versions of "Lolita" also features scenes from ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon.'' One has to wonder how much she might know about ''Franchise/SailorMoon''...
* ShroudedInMyth: Not much is known about Lana's life pre-fame, and the content in her songs results in tons of speculation from fans.
** It almost becomes a point of controversy since Lana claims many of her songs are about her own life and many have no way of debunking or verifying these claims.
* SillyLoveSongs: "Lucky Ones".
* SingerNameDrop: "This Is What Makes Us Girls", through singing another "character's" dialogue.
--> "Lana, how I hate those guys!"
** Also in '"Every Man Gets His Wish":
--> "Lana Del Rey, how you get that way?"
** And again in "Trash Magic":
--> "He said: Lana-Rey, will you serve me lemonade?"
** "Criminals Run The World":
--> "I'm Lana Del Rey from the U.S. of A.."
* SmarterThanYouLook: She invented the Lana Del Rey (then spelled Lana Del Ray) persona by herself back in 2008, and writes both the words and the melodies for most (if not all) of her material.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's spelled ''Lana Del Ray'' when referring to her debut album, and ''Lana Del Rey'' otherwise.
** She discarded the "a" in favor of an "e" sometime after the release of ''Lana Del Ray'' in 2010. That album ''was'' promoted with the correct spelling for a while, but the older variation stuck all the same.
* StepfordSmiler: "Carmen", "All Smiles".
** In "Tired Of Singing The Blues":
--> "I'm not who you think I am / Smiling but I ain't happy"
** Lana sings about her lover being one of these in "Birds of a Feather":
--> "So many people think that you have it together / But they don't see you crying in the shower, but I can make you better"
* StoicWoobie: Oh, so much -- but overlaps with JerkassWoobie rather often.
* StudioChatter: Between the chorus and the second verse of "West Coast":
--> "Mic check -- one two, one two... get it, girl!"
* SubduedSection: "Diet Mountain Dew" -- being one of the most upbeat songs on ''Born To Die'' -- has one, with the beat dropping out for a few measures and the singing being softer.
* TakeThat: "So Legit", being a decidedly unsubtle TheReasonYouSuckSpeech towards Music/LadyGaga:
--> "[[FirstNameBasis Stefani,]] you suck."
** There's also [[PrecisionFstrike "Fucked My Way To The Top"]], which is obviously aimed at someone, though [[ShrugOfGod Lana has never said exactly who]]. One popular theory is that it's about {{Lorde}}, who has had no qualms about criticizing Lana whilst also citing her as an inspiration.
** TakeThatCritics: "Radio" can be interpreted this way, as can more than a few of the songs on ''Ultraviolence''.
** TakeThatMe: According to WordOfGod, "This Is What Makes Us Girls" -- a song about a young woman falling in and out of the wrong side of the track -- is autobiographical.
*** "Carmen" ought to count as autobiographical too, considering this [[FridgeHorror gut-wrenching]] CallForward in "All Smiles":
--> "All dressed up with nowhere to go / That's the story of the girl you know -- me"
* TalksLikeASimile: A lot in "JFK".
** Also in "Hot Hot Hot", if more subtly.
* TeacherStudentRomance: The focus of the songs "Baby Blue Love", "Boarding School", "Marilyn Monroe", "Ridin'", "Take Me To Paris", and "Prom Song (Gone Wrong)". Alluded to in "Lolita".
** Considering the [[CallBack connection]] between "Baby Blue Love" and [[ElectraComplex "Daddy Issues"]], the latter might also count for this trope.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: ''Sirens'' is made up of 15 acoustic songs, all written using the same four chords.
** A lot of Lana's earlier tracks (or at least those made in the interrim between ''Sirens'' and ''Lana Del Ray'') are stripped-back in comparison to those found on ''Born To Die'' and ''Paradise''.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Spaghetti and chocolate cake, according to an interview with Vogue Australia.
** All kinds of soda, for that matter. This might seem inferred from song titles like "Cola" or "Diet Mountain Dew", but she mentions a ''lot'' of different sodas in a ''lot'' of other songs.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: You'd think so, what with ''Sirens'' focusing on love (and loss) in a much LighterAndSofter way than ''Born To Die''.
** That being said, tracks like "My Momma" are proof that May Jailer already had shades of the DarkerAndEdgier Lana Del Rey in her.
--> [[DatingWhatDaddyHates "My momma wouldn't say you were a nice guy / But you're under forty, and you have a job"]]
* TheVamp: Lana seems pretty determined to be and ''stay'' bad in "Driving In Cars With Boys".
--> "Call me [[{{Batman}} Poison Ivy]], 'cuz I'm far from good / But pretty from afar, like a dark star"
* VocalTagTeam: With her boyfriend Barrie-James O'Neill in their cover of Lee Hazlewood's "Summer Wine".
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Lana's love interest in the videos for "Born to Die" and "Blue Jeans".
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Music/LadyGaga, if "So Legit" is any indication.
* WhamLine: "My pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola."
* WordSaladLyrics / PhraseSaladLyrics: "Come When You Call Me A.M.E.R.I.C.A." -- both versions, at that.
** "Methamphetamines". Good ''grief''.
** "Dayglo Reflection":
--> "If everything said everything, is everything?"
* WorldOfSymbolism: ''Tropico'' pretty much runs on this, being "a tale of redemption" -- i.e. a retelling of the Genesis according to Lana.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: "Cola" references LA's skid row.
** Lana paints us a picture of Fordham Road in [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "Fordham Road"]]:
--> "Thirty blocks to Fordham Road / That's a bad neighborhood / Crackhouse on the corner / I know I shouldn't do what it is I could"
* {{Yandere}}: "She's Not Me".
** "Jealous Girl".
* YourCheatingHeart: A recurring theme in her music. So much so that she did a cover on Nina Simone's The Other Woman on Ultraviolence.
** Lana's topic of choice in "True Love On The Side" and "Get Drunk":
--> "I'm everything you want, but it's hard to decide / 'Cause everybody wants true love on the side"
--> "I am sleeping with your best friend / How do you like me now?"
** In the video for "Ride", Lana goes so far as to state she was "born to be the other woman" -- and that is indeed a recurring theme of hers -- but in contrast, the songs "In The Sun", "She's Not Me" and "Damn You" all put her on the victim end of an affair.
** "Sad Girl" on ''Ultraviolence'' is about two women competing for a man's attention. It's unclear which one of them is the other woman.

--> ''"He said to 'be cool', [[MeaningfulEcho but I'm already coolest.]]"''
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