"Video Games" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey for her second studio album and major label debut, Born to Die (2012). It was first released to the Internet on June 29, 2011, was later released on her extended play, Lana Del Rey, and re-released as the lead single from her second studio album, Born to Die on October 7, 2011, through Interscope Records. The song was produced by Robopop while the lyrics were written by Del Rey and Justin Parker. "Video Games" is a baroque pop ballad that speaks of the protagonist who, despite being ignored by her significant other, resolves to love him regardless.
"Video Games" has received several accolades from critics since its release. The song has been considered Del Rey's "breakthrough hit" and was a commercial success, peaking at number one in Germany, Iceland and Luxembourg, reaching a top ten position in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and peaked at 91 on Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified Gold. The song's accompanying music video was directed and edited by Del Rey herself, combining scenes of her performing the song filmed on a webcam with clips of archive footage. The song won an Ivor Novello Award for "Best Contemporary Song" in 2012 and was nominated for several other awards shortly after release. In the Q Awards 2019, the song has been named as the song of the decade.
"Video Games" was also included in the book 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die.
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