Hajibagheri said "The appearance of Beyoncé's vocal alongside ringtones on Telephone adds to the sense of utter chaos." Melanie Bertoldi from Billboard gave the song a positive review, stating "Much like Kesha's 'Blah Blah Blah', 'Telephone' sets out to silence bugaboos, with whom featured artist Beyoncé is all too familiar. By the time "Telephone" surges through a wall of cellular bleeps to return to its simple introduction, Gaga and Beyoncé have left the listener with just one option: surrender to the dancefloor." Sheffield further stated that "Telephone" was a "communication breakdown on the dance floor" and added, "Beyonce, the most egregiously non-crazy pop star of our time, gets to pretend she's as nuts as Gaga for a few minutes.", 2010, Billboard announced that the song reached number one on the Pop Songs chart, thus becoming Gaga's sixth consecutive number-one on the chart, making her the only artist in history to do this.
Gaga explained, "That's my fear—that the phone's ringing and my head's ringing, ...
Whether it's a telephone or it's just the thoughts in your head, that's another fear." The song has garnered positive reviews from music critics.
According to the sheet music published at by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is set in the time signature of common time, with a tempo of 122 beats per minute.
Gaga's vocals range from the low-note of F According to Gaga, the phone addressed in the lyrics of the song is not just a physical phone, but also a person in her head telling her to keep working harder and harder.
in the bomb, niggas fronting I got it like they want, so they hating when Im stunting I'm hot now, I'm bigger than the block now Rolls drop, top down Lambo, top down Violate, get shot down I live by the codes you follow I jooks some nigga 'fore I beg or borrow I come from the street where there's strong and there's weak And when the strong hungry, the weak something to eat[Hook][Verse 2 - Tony Yayo]This rap shit is fake if you really wanna ask me I'm in the projects with a bitch like Cassie Drop top Mayback, the roof all glassy Level two vest on cause niggas wanna blast me I'm a menace to society, that's what the judge said My kinda money leave the DA and the judge dead Shorty turned 5 and he rep that 5Shorty just turned 6 and he rep that 6I got my crack and my four four The four in the morning Gas up the truck, fuck global warming My money be foreign, my cars be foreign Its pedal to the metal in them Air Force Jordans[Hook][Verse 3 - Tony Yayo]Yeah Four bitches in the european whip Set it off like Cleo Haitian bitches talking Creole?
Rappers is feeding them all Triple header, christmas day Navy blue Phantom Ghost Box for the pistol play Why comrade Mary overdose on MJ?
Beyoncé appears in the middle of the song, singing the verses in a rapid-fire way, accompanied by double beats.
The song received positive reviews from critics who frequently noted "Telephone" as a stand-out track from The Fame Monster.
After the homicide they escape and end up in a high-speed police chase.
The video referenced Quentin Tarantino and his films Pulp Fiction (1994) and Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003).
Originally, Gaga wrote the song for Britney Spears, who recorded a demo.