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[[caption-width-right:350:Lana Del Rey A.K.A. Lizzy Grant]]

--> ''"He says to 'be cool', [[TheIngenue but I don't know how yet.]]"''
-->-- '''"National Anthem"'''

[floatboxright:Influences:
+ Music/FrankSinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Music/{{Eminem}}, Music/{{Nirvana}}, Music/BritneySpears, Music/ElvisPresley, Creator/DavidLynch, Creator/VladimirNabokov, Creator/WaltWhitman, Creator/MarilynMonroe, Music/JanisJoplin, Music/LilKim
]

Lana Del Rey (born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, June 21, 1985) is an American IndiePop 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 UsefulNotes/{{Miami}}, and wanting a name she could "shape the music towards". Also, [[AwesomeMcCoolname she just liked the way it sounded]].

After settling on her new name, Lana posted a few songs (with accompanying, DIY music videos [[EveryoneOwnsAMac 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 ''Music/BornToDie'' 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 Music/{{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.

Lana is known for her very constructed persona, the character of Lana Del Rey whom she plays in the public eye and explores through her music. She incorporates into her performance a number of influences ranging from dreamily sad hipster aesthetics and romantic hip hop in ''Born to Die'' to seventies sex appeal in ''Ultraviolence'' and old Hollywood glamour in ''High by the Beach''. The common strains running through her music are themes of deep sadness and melancholy, ennui, disenchantment and romanticised self-destructiveness or depression. She is also known for paying homage to icons in order to associate herself with their brands of mystique or to set moods, including Marilyn Monroe, Lolita, Elvis and Billie Holiday.

!!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:
** ''Lana Del Ray'' (recorded in 2008; released in 2010)
* As Lana Del Rey:
** ''Music/BornToDie'' (2012)
--> Singles: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE6wxDqdOV0 "Video Games"]], [[http://youtu.be/Bag1gUxuU0g "Born to Die"]], "Off To The Races", [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6K8Uq88BEQ "Carmen"]], [[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"]], "Dark Paradise"
** ''[[Music/BornToDie Paradise]]'' (2012)
--> Singles: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLEA3bc-3p0 "Blue Velvet"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py_-3di1yx0 "Ride"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx_dTSPzXlk "Burning Desire"]]
** ''Ultraviolence'' (2014)
--> Singles: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKxuiw3iMBE "West Coast"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJABBmAMXnY "Shades Of Cool"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMq2KnudicQ "Ultraviolence"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5xcnjAG8pE "Brooklyn Baby"]], "Black Beauty"
** ''Honeymoon'' (2015)
--> Singles: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPU8XJcA__k "Honeymoon"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emDU4QvdwVk "Terrence Loves You"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnxpHIl5Ynw "High By The Beach"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kYsxoWfjCg "Music To Watch Boys To"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq30l5-vBbo "Freak"]]
** ''Lust For Life'' (2017)
--> Singles: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-NTv0CdFCk "Love"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35cTIXoBnuw "Lust For Life"]], "Coachella - Woodstock On My Mind"


!!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:
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* AWildRapperAppears: In the second verse of "Delicious".
** Subverted in "Every Man Gets His Wish", in that the rapper is Lana herself.
* AlbumTitleDrop: In "Honeymoon", "Ultraviolence" and "Born To Die", obviously.
* 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.
* AuthorAppeal: An awful lot of songs about [[OedipusComplex the Electra complex]], coupled with AllGirlsWantBadBoys, [[DistractedByTheLuxury diamonds]] ... and [[TrademarkFavoriteFood soda]]. [[BigApplesauce New York]] is also a common theme. Oh, and [[LadyInRed red dresses]].
* 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".
* AppealToPity: In the context of the song, "Honeymoon" is guilty of this:
--> "We both know that it's not fashionable to love me..."
* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: "Because Of You" doesn't even break the rules for the sake of a rhyme:
--> "Call me before I get stupid / Make me ''uncrazy'' like you did"
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:"Kinda Outta Luck"]] feels rather unhinged [[FridgeHorror in retrospect,]] as do a few other songs.
* 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 Lana originally had a contract under her birthname Lizzy Grant, and many fans were skeptical when she later became Lana Del Rey.
* BigApplesauce: Several of Lana's songs make local references to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, but "Greenwich" is notable for being named in tribute to Greenwich Village, where Lana used to live at one point.
* BoastfulRap: "Delicious".
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "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"
* 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.
* 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''.
* CannotSpitItOut: A subtext in "National Anthem".
* 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.
** Lana is a self-professed example of this herself -- but according to her, none of those liaisons ever led to a deal.
* 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.]]
* CensoredTitle: In the original album trailer for ''Paradise'', "Cola" was referred to as "Pussy" in the track listing.
** The back cover to ''Ultraviolence'' lists "Fucked My Way To The Top" as "*** My Way To The Top", with the full title only appearing in the inside liner notes.
* 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.
* 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 Up 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.
* 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 first written as.
** "The Other Woman" on ''Ultraviolence'' seems a little more sinister than Nina Simone's original, with Lana's vocals coming across as jealous, rather than resigned.
* 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 Music/LeonardCohen's "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" (as mentioned above) and Lee Hazlewood's "Summer Wine" on her personal YouTube channel.
* CuteAndPsycho: [[spoiler:"Kinda Outta Luck"]]. Its overall sound? TastesLikeDiabetes. Lana herself exudes sweetness in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRfnUpwpmd8 the video.]] It's not until the lyrics hit you with horror...
* 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.
** A lot of her songs vaguely reference this and imply certain things that she may have experienced. Whether or not it's based on actual events or is just part of her stage persona isn't certain but it's certainly invoked.
** Also spent the first couple of years during her Born to Die era with an illness that multiple doctors couldn't figure out. She stated that she began just not caring for herself during that time, thus making it more difficult when her fan expressed /so much/ care.
* DarkReprise: "Flipside" serves as one, thematically, for "Cruel World" on ''Ultraviolence''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Ultraviolence'' is moodier than ''Born To Die'', for sure -- but then, so is ''Born To Die'' compared to ''Lana Del Ray''.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: "Burning Desire" mentions this.
--> "I drive fast, radio blast / Have to touch myself to pretend you're there"
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Very much so in "My Momma".
--> "My momma, she would say [[BarbarianLonghair your hair was too long]] / But your hair exactly is what I like the best"
* {{Dedication}}: Based on their titles: "Dear Elliot", "For K (Part 1)", "For K (Part 2)" 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 [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse 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.
* {{Delinquents}}: "Boarding School" is about Lana's teenage shenanigans in Connecticut.
--> "I'm a fan of the pro-ana nation / [[WeightWoe I do them drugs to stop the fo-food cravings]]"
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Delicious" goes ham:
--> "They're disgusting, I'm delicious / They disgust me, I'm delicious / Let's discuss this, I'm delicious"
* DespairEventHorizon: ''Born To Die'' may have been a sad record overall, but "Dark Paradise" crushes any hope for happiness, with the narrator becoming suicidal and questioning if she will even find peace in death. Could also be seen as a case of SanitySlippage.
* DestructiveRomance: One of Lana's most common themes -- to the point where a love song without destructive tendencies is a rarity coming from her.
* DissonantLaughter: Of the most unsettling kind, in "Bentley".
* DoomMagnet: "Hangin' Around" finds Lana painting herself as one of these. "Fine China" spares no expense in further lamenting on the same idea.
* DoomedProtagonist: You'd be a fool to expect anythin' else from Lana, but that all works out in her favor, anyway.
--> "I'm pretty when I cry..."
* DreamTeam: With Music/TheWeeknd, whose lyrical style is similarly bleak. She appears on his albums ''Beauty Behind the Madness'' and ''Starboy'', and he returned the favor by appearing on ''Lust for Life'''s title track.
* DrivenToSuicide: "Summertime Sadness" and "Dark Paradise".
* DrowningMySorrows: A relapse is implied in "Tired Of Singing The Blues":
--> "A double life, a sordid past, and I am drinking now..."
* DrugsAreBad: PlayedWith in "Florida Kilos", sorta. Lana seems to think that making cocaine and going to Florida to sell it will do wonders for her love life.
* 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 Music/KurtCobain of Music/{{Nirvana}} and ElvisPresley [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTeNqydC1AU (about whom she even wrote a song!)]] as inspirations.
** Music/BritneySpears, too -- Lana has said that Britney is one of the only female artist she enjoys. "Diet Mountain Dew", "Gods & Monsters", "National Anthem", "Ride" and "Burning Desire" all 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 also told from the point of view of one.
* FlowerMotifs: Hydrangeas, thought to symbolize both gratitude and heartlessness -- even vanity -- appear now and then in Lana's lyrics, the earliest known example of this being "Greenwich" from 2009. Notably, they're ''always'' specified to be blue.
* FunetikAksent: Evident in "Wayamaya" -- whose title refers to ''Waimea'', as in ''Waimea Bay'', ''Hawaii''.
* 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 swells that make up large parts of ''Born To Die'' and ''Paradise'', and lacks the trip-hop stylings of those offerings.
** ''Ultraviolence'' (2014) focuses on instrumentation over vocals, and is louder than her previous work overall, with a lot of wailing guitars and the like.
** ''Honeymoon'' (2015) takes a hard turn towards the cinematic end of the musical spectrum, and is by far Lana's most sedated album to date.
* 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"
* 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]]
** A newspaper clipping dated 2008 also called her [[NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom Lana Rey Del Mar]].
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jglg9sCBSNs Emphasis on the "A", not the "N".]]
* IncrediblyLongNote: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEDyDp0DIf8 Lana Del Rey on LIVE 2013]]
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: "Fucked My Way Up To The Top".
* 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", but the prize goes to [[CasualKink "Be My Daddy"]] for frankness:
---> "Sittin' on your lap, singing you my song / Ooh-ooh-ooh / Got a lollipop, I'll give you some / [[PrecisionFStrike I'll fuck you]]"
** Kind of a subtext in "Let My Hair Down":
---> "You've got me dancing up the stairs now, man..."
* LadyInRed: Red dresses appear here and there in Lana's music, and are a staple of hers on stage.
* LighterAndSofter:
** ''Honeymoon'' compared to ''Ultraviolence''.
** So far, all signs point to "Lust for Life" being a bit happier and more optimistic than Lana's previous work. The first two singles are straight-up love songs, and while the music still has Lana's usual subdued, somber tone, the lyrics are very sweet and hopeful. The cover of the album also shows Lana smiling, as opposed to her ambivalent or outright mournful expressions on other covers. Hell, just compare the title tracks of "Lust for Life" and "Born to Die" for an idea of how different it is. Time will tell if the whole album is like this.
** "Love" and its music video are much gentler than her previous singles. She's also happily smiling in the video, a rarity for her.
* LikesOlderMen: Many of her songs and music videos have this theme, e.g. "Shades of Cool".
* LaughOfLove: In the video for "Love", the featured couples tend to laugh when they're together.
* LonelyAtTheTop:
** "Best American Record".
---> "You did it all for fame / Tell me how it treats you now / You did it all for fame / How does that taste coming out?"
** "Dear Elliot" is less blatant, dealing instead with Lana's longing for this person rather than calling them out.
* 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". "Dance For Money" is the most upfront about Lana's preferences:
--> "I like them over fifty / [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold I like to play for money]]"
** {{Lampshaded}} in "Cola".
* MelismaticVocals: Lana 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 [=EP=]s ''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: "Summertime Sadness" seems to deal with a lover's death, and the emptiness of such a thing's wake. 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"
* MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere: Lana wonders if you've ever "seen a dead man lyin' in the road" in "Money Hunny", and [[InvokedTrope invokes the trope]] within seconds:
--> "Have you ever heard his best friend say you'd better go? / Before you get fined, or else you'll do time..."
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Lana's shopping trip in "Blizzard", somewhat hilariously. [[DramaticDeadpan She found a really cool belt in a lame department store.]]
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* 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.
* NewSoundAlbum: Compare ''Lana Del Ray'' to ''Born To Die'' and ''Paradise'' -- or ''Born To Die'' and ''Paradise'' to ''Ultraviolence''.
* NonAppearingTitle: She has a lot of these, such as "Cruel World" on ''Ultraviolence''.
* 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" and "High By The Beach" both get 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?"
* TheOphelia: [[FlowerMotifs Like flowers]] especially [[FlowerInHerHair crown of it]], sing in a [[EtherealChoir ethereal way]] about [[BrokenBird being heartbroken]] and other dark subjects and used to have [[RapunzelHair long hair]].
* OutlawCouple: "Off To The Races".
--> "My old man is a thief, and I'm gonna stay and pray with him till the end..."
* PepTalkSong: "For You" and "Wait" on ''From 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"
** "Fucked My Way Up To The Top":
--> "Mimicking me is a fucking bore to me."
** "Cruel World":
--> "You're dancing circles around me / You're fucking crazy"
* PrettyInMink: She's worn some fur wraps and coats in various photoshoots and magazines.
--> "In my white mink, pink cigarettes from the store / We're making robberies from Tijuana to the shore"
* RearrangeTheSong: The live version of "National Anthem" combines elements of one of the unreleased demos 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 once 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 {{Music/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.
* RedBaron: Lana refers to herself as the "queen" of various things, in various songs. It becomes something of a RunningGag at length.
** "Go Go Dancer" and "Midnite Dancer Girlfriend" share this line:
--> "They call me 'Firecracker'..."
* RereleaseTheSong: Happened to "Yayo", which is on ''Lana Del Ray'' as well as ''Paradise''.
* 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"
** "Diet Mountain Dew" has this line in one of its demo recordings:
--> "Hit me my darling tonight / I don't know why but I like it"
** "Bel Air" [[PlayedWith plays with this]], painting the subject of Lana's attention as somewhat meek to start, but then:
--> "Spotlight, bad baby -- you've got a flair / For the violentest kind of love anywhere out there"
* RuleOfSymbolism: Of the religious kind, in "Fordham Road":
--> "The stone Mary in the garden / She let me know she watching"
* RunawayFiance: "Fine China" is about one, and is easily one of Lana's most heartrending songs for that alone.
--> "I wore diamonds for the birth of your baby, for the birth of your son / On the same day my husband-to-be said he wouldn't come"
* {{Sampling}}: Goes on a lot. Notable examples include:
** 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~~"]]
** Done to great effect, however, in "Wait For Life", and to a lesser extent in "Honeymoon".
* 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 Wiki/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"
** For a change of pace, Lana ''raps'' in "Playground". Quoth the last verse:
--> "Sometimes I rap too / I'm a white girl / But the world is my oyster / I'm a little pearl, yup"
** 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..."
*** confirmed with Lana Del Rey citing it as one of her most autobiographical songs.
* SelfEmpowermentAnthem: "For You" has shades of this trope, somewhat unexpectedly given Lana's usual range of subject matters.
* 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).
* SequelSong: "For K" is split in two, as is "Butterflies".
** "For K (Part 1)" may not even have leaked yet, but it is commonly considered to be one of the songs on ''Sirens'', which first leaked without labels.
* SerialKiller: [[spoiler:"Kinda Outta Luck" is about one. [[AvertedTrope "Serial Killer" isn't.]]]]
* 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 in the book.
** A quote from Humbert in Lolita is "[...] I still dwelled deep in my elected paradise - a paradise whose skies were the color of hell-flames - but still a paradise. Both the songs "Velvet Crowbar" and "Angels Forever, Forever Angels" refer to this:
--> "Flame-colored paradise for you, darling / But death doesn't come with a warning"
--> "Paradise is a hell-colored flame sky / Is it nice to feel free and wild?"
** Her second album is titled [[Film/AClockworkOrange "Ultraviolence"]]. There's also [[RomanticizedAbuse this line]] in "Hundred Dollar Bill":
--> "I like your ultraviolent swing / I like it when you treat me mean"
** [[Film/SummerOfSam "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.
* SighOfLove: She does this a few times when around her primary {{love interest|s}} in the video for "West Coast".
* SillyLoveSongs: "Lucky Ones," "Love," and "Lust for Life."
* 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-Ray, will you serve me lemonade?"
** "Criminals Run The World":
--> "I'm Lana Del Rey from the U.S. of A.."
** "Greenwich":
--> "Do you miss hearing me sing; calling me Lana?"
** "Wayamaya" hints at the origin of her PenName in a similar fashion to "Trash Magic":
--> "I remember we came in May, and we changed our names to Lana and Ray."
* SlapSlapKiss: "Roses".
* 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.
* SmokingIsGlamorous: Often [[InvokedTrope invoked]] as part of her "Old Hollywood starlet" image.
--> "I hope you remember me like this / Smoking cigarettes in my sundress"
* SomethingBlues: "Pawn Shop Blues" on ''Lana Del Ray''.
* 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"
* 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.
* TitleTrack: ''Born To Die'', ''Ultraviolence'' and ''Honeymoon'' each have them.
* TakeThat: "So Legit", being a decidedly unsubtle TheReasonYouSuckSpeech towards Music/LadyGaga:
--> "[[FirstNameBasis Stefani,]] you suck."
** There's also [[PrecisionFstrike "Fucked]] [[CastingCouch My Way Up 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.
* TakeThatAudience: In a recent interview: "I just don't want them to hear it. I'm very selfish; I make everything for me... It's just for me. I don't want them to hear it or think about it; it's none of their business."
* TakeThatCritics: "Radio" can be interpreted this way, as can more than a few of the songs on ''Ultraviolence''. "I'm a dragon, you're a whore" is one example. This trope might've reached its apex, however, in the video for "High By The Beach", which shows Lana ''blowing up'' a paparazzi helicopter at her beachside estate using a decidedly WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal[[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon -esque assault rifle.]]
* 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.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Fly body, dope in the face."
* 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.
* TheVamp: Far too often to list.
* VocalTagTeam: With her (ex-)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 heaven thinks that everything is everything..."
* WorldOfSymbolism: ''Tropico'' pretty much runs on this, being "a tale of redemption" -- i.e. a retelling of the beginning of 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".
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Lana's brooding sweetheart in "Birds Of A Feather":
--> "Met you in front of a diner and you had blue hair..."
* YourCheatingHeart: A recurring theme in her music. So much so that she did a cover of 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", "Damn You" and "Other Woman" (unrelated to the above mentioned cover) 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.
** Cheating is alluded to in "Resistance", by way of the following line:
---> "Your problem with commitments / The bane of my existence"
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