The Ultimate 2020 LGBTQ Pride Playlist That’ll Make You Want To Party

Happy Pride month 2020! Pride will definitely look a little different this year as many events and parades have been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but that won’t stop the LGBTQ community from being proud of who they are and making the most of June. We’re making pride a virtual party and every party needs a good playlist. And who better to turn to than LGBTQ artists and producers? Here are our favorite Pride songs to get you in the spirit this year.

This song may not be about LGBTQ representation, but if you ever needed a song by a member of the community about life in quarantine while in quarantine, this is the ultimate anthem. Just like the song says, „Zoom is the new club.“

Todrick really did remix his own song „Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels“ to give us life while we’re quarantining.

This video was shot at 2014’s LA Pride so it has a special place in our hearts and on this list.

Miley took over the Internet with this song when it came out and it’s lyrics make you feel like nothing can stop you from living your best life.

In the description of this song’s music video, transgender artist Shea Diamond writes, „I began writing ‚I Am Her‘ as a statement to a world that said I shouldn’t exist. I wrote it as an anthem for all those that felt shunned for simply being who they were.“

This song is about leaving a not-so-great relationship, but it’s also got such an upbeat beat, it will help you get over any ex.

The bright colors all over this music video and synthy beat of the song will totally make you want to dance with the puppets in the video.

This song is all about being shown the respect you DESERVE!

This track is all about living you authentic self and saying „f*ck you“ to anyone who disagrees. This song is also the last track on the band’s album Transgender Dysphoria Blues, where lead singer Laura Jane Grace opened up about the aftermath of transitioning as a transgender woman.

This song was released after Domo let the world know she’s bisexual after identifying for years as a lesbian. FYI: Sexuality and gender are fluid and live on a spectrum.

Pride is basically a huge, month long kiki so adding this dance track to any LGBTQ lineup is a mood.

The lyrics of this song talk about Sam’s struggle with religious beliefs clashing with sexuality. It’s a raw and powerful ballad in the face of self-doubt and hatred.

Kehlani told MTV News that she wrote this song about a girlfriend she had. The sweet, soft guitar she sings over will have you wishing you were Kehlani’s gf.

The comments on this video all talk about the heavy gay vibes they feel from it so that says everything you need to know.

If you haven’t heard any of Big Freedia’s music you’re missing out, but this song is a great introduction to the energy Freedia brings into any space.

This bop will have you dancing and wishing quarantine was over.

In this song, Frank takes on the role of Jenny from the movie Forrest Gump and talks about his first love, a guy.

The last line of the chorus „And love is not a choice,“ says it all.

Do we even need to recommend this one? You probably know every word already, but if you don’t, stop everything you’re doing and listen to all of „Dirty Computer“ right now please.

Is it even possible to make a Pride playlist without including a hit from Hayley Kiyoko? „Curious“ is too catchy to not listen to it at least once a day.

St. Vincent always has queer bops to jam to, but this song is especially cool, since it was part of a bigger project with Bob Dylan, Kesha, and other stars to make traditional love songs queer so that LGBTQ couples can have fitting songs to play at their weddings.

This ballad is the ultimate love song for when your S.O. is non-binary. Singer/songwriter, Be Steadwell, is a breakout queer artist whose new album, Queer Love Songs, will blow you away. „I don’t have to call you girlfriend, you gotta be my wife, maybe you could be my comrade, be my teammate for life ,“ Be sings.

You may recognize this song if you listen to one of our favorite podcasts, Queery by Cameron Esposito. It’s a song all about self-exploration and learning who you are and where you fit in in the world.

Mal Blum is a queer artist whose songs have a unique, jovial feel to them. This one in particular is super calming— save it for if Pride gets a little too overwhelming and you need a good tune to decompress with.

Mary Lambert became a queer icon with her song, „She Keeps Me Warm.“ But if you haven’t listened to her music beyond that, you’re truly missing out. „Secrets“ is just one example of how fun, bold, and unapologetically queer Lambert’s style is. Plus, how can you say no to a song with lyrics like, „Can’t think straight, I’m so gay“?!

We also couldn’t make it through a Pride playlist without a Troye cameo. „Wild“ is a total bop that will definitely be making the rounds across Pride celebrations this year, so add it to your library ASAP.

We need more love songs by queer women that unapologetically talk about their queer relationships. And LGBTQ icons Halsey and Lauren Jauregui are here to make that happen. We’re still obsessed with this jam, even a year after its release.

Another cool visibility song, The Replacements focus on two androgynous people who love each other and don’t care what the world thinks.

This goofy tune is catchy AF and has definitely been a Pride favorite since its release.

The video contains sensitive themes, so please be careful when watching! We love this song almost as much as we love queer artist/creator Angel Haze.

Hannah and Maggie are an adorable queer duo who sing catchy love songs that we can’t help but fall in love with. This super-cute music video is giving us all the good Pride vibes.

The 50 best gay songs to celebrate World Pride

Get ready to celebrate with these 50 gay songs and anthems to stir the heart and move the hips. Happy Pride, everyone!

The arrival of June means another Gay Pride month! What better way to celebrate than to crank up a playlist of the best gay songs? Recent years have seen nearly 40,000 people taking to the streets for the Gay Pride march in NYC, so you can expect the weekend’s best parties to be just as raucous. There will be all the classics—yup, „Y.M.C.A.”—as well as newer cuts, all about fighting back and being yourself. This playlist represents all those different eras and genres—from the best techno songs to indie diddies from the best ’90s bands. So hit play, and let your rainbow flag fly.

The 50 best gay songs to celebrate World Pride

30 Gay Love Songs: Men Singing About Men (Updated 2019)

Even when visibility for LGBTQ artists is at an all-time high, it can still be hard to find love songs that are explicitly about the gay experience. Whether it’s a gorgeous ballad about falling in love with a boy, or a thundering track about bringing it to the bedroom, gay and bisexual guys deserve to have their experiences reflected in songs, too.

Instead of waiting to hear that perfect track about man-to-man romance, we decided to offer a helping hand with this list of 30 gay love songs.

Queer pop’s golden boy Troye Sivan is a master of crafting songs about queer relationships, and this one is no exception. “Lucky Strike” shimmers with dreamy synths while Troye confesses to his lover all of different reasons he finds him so attractive.

While Sam Smith may have once faced criticism for a lack of gender-specific pronouns in his songs, “Him” more than makes up for it. This heartbreaking ballad follows a young man coming out of the closet to his father by confessing his love for another man, all while Smith’s stunning vocals convey both the pain and the tenderness of the song at the same time.

While the subtext of “Preacher” hints at a particularly one-sided desire, there is no denying that this bouncing bop off of Years & Years’ Palo Santo is an excellent love song about finding yourself face to face with “the one.” 

Wanna let your lover know just how sexy you find them? Look no further than MNEK’s simmering single “Tongue.” The British star’s track employs his exuberant sexuality, a hard-hitting beat and expertly-crafted melodies to make this one of the sexiest songs about gay romance in recent memory.

Pop upcomer Vincint wants you to stop beating around the bush with his dramatically passionate single “Mine.” From suggesting light attraction to literally pleading his lover to be with him, Vincint pulls out all of the stops on the heart-pounding love song.

Throughout his career, Sakima has shown us time and time again that he knows how to write good music about gay sex. But what differentiates “Show Me” is its tenderness — while on past songs, Sakima focuses on the heat and passion of gay romance, this sensual track frames sex as a means of loving communication between two partners.

Inspired by The Little Mermaid’s “Kiss the Girl,” Keiynan Lonsdale’s debut single turns the Disney classic on its head, encouraging his listeners to follow their heart and kiss the boys they love. With the help of some entrancing melodies and gorgeous singing on Lonsdale’s part, “Kiss the Boy” successfully displays the singer’s unique ability to make his audience swoon with a song.

The lyrics to Brockhampton’s electrifying music has never shied away from frontman Kevin Abstract’s gayness. But “Something About Him,” a short, slowed down ballad from the group’s hit album Iridescence, brings the rapper’s experience to the forefront, as he expounds on why he’s infatuated with his lover.

Indie-pop stars Cub Sport dialed into their romantic side with their self-titled 2019 record’s “Butterflies.” The track’s commanding melody perfectly contrasts the head-over-heels emotion they portray through the lyrics, making this a fun, strange trip through gay romance.

Former Vampire Weekend member Rostam manages to combine the ever-present ethereal quality of his music with touching lyrics about struggling to find your dream partner. As always, Rostam’s artful interpretation of complex love comes across beautifully in this dreamy track.

Taking inspiration from the 1994 film of the same name, Frank Ocean’s smooth jam “Forrest Gump” is an ode to unapologetic queer love. The track displays not only a deep love of the 1994 film, but shows emotional maturity in acknowledging the reality of losing the person you love most.

Seattle-based singer/songwriter Perfume Genius accesses the most affectionate part of himself with “Alan,” a heartfelt ode to the singer’s boyfriend, Alan Wyffels. The song’s lyrics highlight the quieter, more tender parts of a relationship, encapsulating the idea of feeling safe in someone’s arms.

Sometimes all a good song needs is a simple bassline and some sultry vocals. That’s what listeners get when listening to pop singer Alextbh’s seductive “Still Mine,” as they follow the singer’s persistent hang-up on an ex-lover.

In “Dance Like You,” Vardaan Arora finds himself entranced by a dancing stranger, wishing he could be with him. With the appropriate club-ready production backing him up, Arora shows what falling in love on the dancefloor really feels like.

Love and passion are universal languages, as Solomon Ray expertly demonstrates in his sensuous bop “Así Así.” Switching constantly between English and Spanish, the singer asks his bilingual lover to give him everything he’s got.

When you combine the talent and confidence of drag star Shea Couleé with the otherworldly production of art pop artist Gess, you’re met with the haunting love song “Gasoline.” As Couleé breaks down her lover’s preconceptions about what love is, Gess delivers a distorted melody, sending their listeners to the stars.

K-pop stars don’t usually get opportunities to express their same-sex love thanks to Korea’s rigid anti-gay policies. But pop singer Holland defied expectations with his release of “Neverland,” one of the first K-pop songs with openly gay connotations. As Holland begs his lover to fly with him to a place where they can be free, you’ll find yourself both crying and applauding at the same time.

If the sexy falsetto tones of Bronze Avery’s voice don’t immediately melt your heart, then perhaps the words to this irresistible earwom “Want 2” will. Offering himself up to his new love interest, singing “Let’s do what we wanna do/ Imma take my time on you/ Swear I gotta list of that shit I wanna do,” Avery not only shows off his vocal dexterity, but his emotional availability.

Getting caught up in the heat of passion happens to everyone, and songwriter to the stars Jesse Saint John (Britney Spears, Camila Cabello) invites you to live in that moment with “What Do U Like.” Listening to Saint John’s sex-laden dance track makes you excited to hear what comes next on his already star-studded streak of expert pop writing.

Even if he’s only released a live version of this song, Wrabel manages to pull at your heartstrings with the lovesick “That’s What I’d Do.” Singing about an unselfish desire to show someone love, Wrabel brings his sensitive musical stylings to an all-time high on this beautiful new song.

On his debut track “Boy,” up-and-coming pop singer Aaron Porter shows off every sensual trick in his arsenal. The song deals with allowing yourself to be more vulnerable in front of your crush, while simultaneously showing them why they belong with you.

A Great Big World’s “Hold Each Other” begins as most other love songs do — a boy singing about the girl who keeps him young at heart. But by the song’s second verse, the duo’s openly gay member, Chad King, chimes in to show that exact same sentiment to a boy, thus showing once again that pronouns matter when it comes to penning a queer love song.

Pentatonix members Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying turn on the charm in their high-energy dance track “Fantasy.” Singing about a picture-perfect relationship, the talented duo bring listeners into a dreamy landscape of love and romance.

Ryan Ashley’s tender vocals perfectly mirror his compassionate lyrics on his heartwarming single “Care for You.” Sometimes true love is showing someone that you are there for them, and Ashley expertly exemplifies the ideal partner here.

Sometimes you just can’t wait for that special man to make his way over to you, which alt-pop singer Morgxn manages to convey in his song “xx.” Coming from a singer with a discography full of songs about pain, loss and heartbreak, “xx” plays out as a beaming pillar of light that will fill you with flirtatious joy.

While the subject matter of the 2018 film Boy Erased may not lend itself to pure romantics, it’s clear that Troye Sivan’s collaboration with Sigur Rós’ Jónsi for the film’s soundtrack perfectly does. Basking in the light of pure love, Sivan’s crystal-clear baritone pairs perfectly with Jónsi’s simple production, creating not only an extremely moving scene for the film, but a beautiful love song for the ages.

Some may say that teenage love is inherently silly, but young pop singer Robokid instead focuses on the hopeless romanticism that comes with it on “17.” With a hazy production and an instantly catchy beat, Robokid manages to capture the teenage experience in a song.

Sometimes, the simple possibility of love can be just as romantic as the real thing, as pop upcomer Leo Kalyan demonstrates in his song “Horizon.” Accompanied by a thundering bass and a quiet melody, Kalyan explains how even just a touch from his lover can send him into a spiral of pleasure.

Take dance-pop producer Jax Jones, add in pop stars Years & Years, and you get the extremely fun and flirty “Play.” Centering around a man bringing his emotional walls down to start having some fun with his same-sex lover, “Play” will have you and your partner up and dancing in no time.

Above all, the most important kind of love that a person can find is self love, which Dev Hynes and Carly Rae Jepsen explore at length in “Better Than Me.” The song deals with Hynes’ constant fear that he is either not black or queer enough, but ultimately sends home the message that the truest love you can find is deep within yourself, not in someone else.

30 Gay Love Songs: Men Singing About Men (Updated 2019)

The 50 Best Gay Anthems Of All Time

How does a song become a gay anthem? Like the LGBTQ community, our soundtrack is vast and diverse. There are disco classics featuring our favorite, big-voiced divas. There are the introspective slow jams that mirror our struggles with self-acceptance and social rejection. There are viral sensations that caught our attention, and underground tracks that some of us have yet to discover. While it’s impossible to define exactly what makes a song „gay,“ this list definitely isn’t straight.

To keep this countdown diverse, artists were only allowed one song on this list. Don’t forget to follow our playlist on Spotify below. And for more stories about the LGBTQ community and our fiercest allies, follow Billboard Pride on Twitter and Instagram.

The 50 Best Gay Anthems Of All Time

40. „People Like Us,“ Kelly Clarkson, 2012

Expect Clarkson’s catalog to be on heavy rotation at any lesbian karaoke night. This song, with lyrics like “this is the life that we choose” and “come out, come out if you dare,” added sparks to (false) rumors that Clarkson could be gay. Though straight — and now married — Clarkson accepted the rumors as a compliment.

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38. „Firework,“ Katy Perry, 2010

When you look at her one-two punch of her femme-bashing „Ur So Gay“ and her exhibitionist faux-lesbian „I Kissed A Girl,“ in a post-Gaga era, this song felt more opportunistic than authentic. But Perry has seemingly become more progressive and it would be hard to find a pride parade not playing this booming (pun intended) anthem.

35. „We Are Family,“ Sister Sledge, 1979

This song plays during the famous scene in The Birdcage where Gene Hackman dons drag to avoid being noticed by the paparazzi. While the four members of Sister Sledge are actual sisters, the song took on a deeper meaning with the gay community being one big family.

30. „Raise You Up/Just Be,“ ‚Kinky Boots,‘ 2012

The drag-centric musical took home six Tonys, including best musical; best score (with music and lyrics by gay icon Cyndi Lauper); and outstanding actor in a musical, for out-and-proud Billy Porter’s comeback performance as Lola, a drag queen.

27. „Take Me I’m Yours,“ Jobriath, 1973

Self-described „rock’s truest fairy,“ Jobriath was the first openly gay musician to be signed to a major label. For his television debut on The Midnight Special, the glam rocker initially planned to play this S&M-themed jam, but had to switch tunes after a producer objected.

24. „Got To Be Real,“ Cheryl Lynn, 1978

Not only was this disco classic featured heavily in Paris Is Burning, but it made an appearance in the first season of Will & Grace as well. Will (Eric McCormack) is singing the song in the mirror while shaving, to which Grace (Debra Messing) quips, „We’re just like fifty men and a mirrored ball away from being a gay disco.“

23. „A Little Respect,“ Erasure, 1988

In what appeared to be a response to the British government’s damning Section 28 act (which criminalized the promotion of homosexuality, resulting in the closing of lesbian, gay and bisexual support groups across British schools and colleges), the song questions “What religion or reason could drive a man to forsake his lover?”

15. „Over The Rainbow,“ Judy Garland, 1939

Dating back to at least World War II — when homosexual acts were illegal — the term „friend of Dorothy“ was underground slang for a gay man. While investigating homosexuality in Chicago, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service discovered that gay men used this term to refer to themselves. They started a massive witch-hunt for the elusive “Dorothy” in hopes that she would reveal names of gay service members.

13. „You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),“ Sylvester, 1978

The uber-fabulous Sylvester was so beloved by the San Francisco gay community that they gave him a standing ovation at the 1988 Castro Street Fair that lasted more than 10 minutes. Too ill to attend the event, he looked out at his fans from a wheelchair on his apartment balcony. He planned his own funeral, insisting that he be buried in an embroidered red kimono and matching red lipstick.

8. „Don’t Leave Me This Way,“ Thelma Houston, 1976

This Motown Hot 100 No. 1 hit was appropriated by the gay community as an anthem for friends lost to the AIDS epidemic. As part of a commissioned „public space statement,“ artist Nayland Blake juxtaposed the title of the song against an image of a bouquet of flowers with their tangled roots showing.

6. „Constant Craving,“ k.d. lang, 1992

This track garnered three Grammy Award nominations for Lang, including song of the year and record of the year. She walked away with the award for best female pop vocal performance. The song maintained its place in lesbian culture when it was covered on Glee by Naya Rivera, Idina Menzel and Chris Colfer in the episode where Rivera’s character, Santana, came out to her parents.

4. „True Colors,“ Cyndi Lauper, 1986

Inspired by her lesbian sister, Lauper has been an advocate throughout her career. Years after the uplifting ballad hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, Lauper co-founded the True Colors Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness for LGBT youth.

3. „I Will Survive,“ Gloria Gaynor, 1978

In 2014, Gaynor caught heat from the gay community when she delayed a gig at The Abbey in West Hollywood. Citing her religious beliefs, she reportedly insisted that managers remove all the go-go dancers from the room. Controversy aside, this song’s staying power is undeniable: RuPaul sent two queens packing on the same episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race for not doing justice to a lip sync of the gay staple.

1. „I’m Coming Out,“ Diana Ross, 1980

Even at its conception, this song was a gay anthem: After seeing three drag queens impersonate Ross at a New York discotheque, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were inspired to write something for her gay fandom. Ross almost got cold feet releasing it but Rodgers convinced her to go with it. She took his advice and landed her sixth Hot 100 top 10 hit as a solo artist.

From Sylvester to Perfume Genius to everyone in between, editors pick the most evocative, transformative songs

From Sylvester to Perfume Genius to everyone in between, editors pick the most evocative, transformative songs

Is there an LGBTQ sensibility? What was it 40 years ago, before much of today’s language for gender and sexual identities even existed? Or, much more simply: Which songs best evoke the sex, drama, heartache, struggle, liberation and mindfucks of queer lives then and now? What follows is not a comprehensive (or ranked) list, but one that bridges the gap between post-Stonewall disco parties and gender-queer millennial rock of today. While some classics do appear on our list, others do not – sorry, Gloria Gaynor, Kylie Minogue, RuPaul, Britney and Cher, we still adore you — here are 25 essential pride songs from the 1970s to today.

In This Article: Against Me, Diana Ross, direct, Donna Summer, Elton John, Erasure, George Michael, Hercules & Love Affair, Lady Gaga, LGBT, LGBTQ Pride, Madonna, Mary Lambert, Melissa Ethridge, Peaches, Perfume Genius, Queen, Robyn, Scissor Sisters, Tegan and Sara, TRWPride, Village People

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The Gay Song Lyrics

[Verse 1]Hey In terms of gayThere’s so much, don’t know where to beginNoI don’t like boys, they’re too much man in menI’ll admit that I’m a girl that wants girls for the win Sue me if I’m different, or sue me if you canSorry that I’d pick KStew over any manI’m Ellen when she’s younger, I’m Lindsay without SamI’m Rosi’s homo fanny pack, I’m Spashley’s biggest fan [Chorus]I’m gay, I’m really gay, I’m super duper gayI’m gayer than a rainbow, I’m gayer than I’ll sayGay, I’m really gay, I’m truly very gayYou caught me, I’m a lesbian and I like it that way[Verse 2]GirlsI love their hair, I love the way they moveNopeNot questionin‘, I’ve got nothing to proveWhyForce myself to forget why I love?I’m here, I’m queer, dyke pioneerI’m all of the above Maybe I’m not a hipster but boy do I love catsThere’s little things us lezzies do no matter where we’re atLike tell ourselves that maybe straight girls must be gayAnd we won’t buy denial, no matter what you say [Chorus]I’m gay, I’m really gay, I’m super duper gayI’m gayer than a rainbow, I’m gayer than I’ll sayGay, I’m really gay, I’m truly very gayYou caught me, I’m a lesbian and I like it that way [Bridge]I hope by now you realize I hope I’ve made it clearMy gaydar bounces of the charts, I’m lez from ear to earThis may be much too homo, but darling, gay means cheerSo smile if you’re lesbian, hell, smile if you’re queer [Chorus]I’m gay, I’m really gay, I’m super duper gayI’m gayer than a rainbow, I’m gayer than I’ll sayGay, I’m really gay, I’m truly very gayYou caught me, I’m a lesbian and I like it that way [Outro]I’m gayI’m gayI’m gay

This great post has been making the rounds on Tumblr.

It’s a playlist of mostly queer, gay, or bi people singing songs about love — same-sex love, in particular. Because sometimes you need a love song that can capture your experience more accurately.

Emraan Hashmi’s ‚Lut Gaye‘ song comes with a bunch of unknown facts. Have a look at the details on the song along with a few facts. Read all details ahead.

Emraan Hashmi’s Lut Gaye is a romantic single that has lately been going viral across social media platforms. The song narrates the story of a young man who tries to flee from a bunch of goons. He enters a random hotel for cover where a posh wedding is expected to happen within the next few hours. The romantic song has been created by Tanishq Bagchi and Jubin Nautiyal while the lyrics of the song have been penned down by Manoj Muntashir. Here is a look at a series of facts about the song Lut Gaye that most people are unaware of.

1. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

It starts off slowly, shrouded in fear; then the beat kicks in, the song builds in confidence, and by the end, now backed by a string section, it’s a full-bore disco anthem of self-assurance. On its beautiful face, Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” is about a woman getting over the guy who done her wrong; but in 1978, as gay liberation was gathering steam in heated nightclubs around the world, it also played like an declaration of hard-won pride (“I used to cry / But now I hold my head up high”) and independence from the hetero norm (“I’m not that chained-up little person still in love with you”). In the 1980s, when AIDS wiped out tens of thousands of those celebrants, the song took on new layers of resonance. Today „I Will Survive“ carries all of that baggage, and lifts it up along with the spirits of anyone who hears its message. Did you think we’d crumble? Did you think we’d lay down and die? Think again. We’re going to dance.—Adam Feldman

3. “Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland

For generations who grew up as “friends of Dorothy,” yearning to escape into a realm of Technicolor urban fantasy, the tacit gay national anthem was Garland’s wistful ballad from 1939’s The Wizard of Oz (with a gorgeous melody by Harold Arlen and touching lyrics by social activist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg). Garland’s later performances of the song on TV and in concert—older, battered by life, but still dreaming of a happier place—had even greater power. But even now that so many closet doors have opened, “Over the Rainbow”—and don’t you dare call it “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” lest someone threaten to revoke your gay card—still inspires pride and reverence. Listening to it feels like saluting the rainbow flag.—Adam Feldman

4. “Vogue” by Madonna

„Look around: Everywhere you turn is heartache.“ That’s not exactly a fluffy opening shot for a dance-pop song—and that’s the point. Recorded at the height of America’s AIDS crisis and inspired by New York’s underground gay ball scene (famously documented in the 1991 film Paris Is Burning), Madonna’s deep-house–inflected 1990 smash commands you to leave the heavy stuff aside—if only for a few minutes—and find salvation on the dance floor. Nearly a quarter century later, this classic track from one of the most gay-beloved artists of all time sounds no less imperative.—Ethan LaCroix

5. “Black Me Out” by Against Me!

Singer Laura Jane Grace has always been a revolutionary—see songs like „Baby I’m an Anarchist“—but nothing rebelled as deeply against the heteropatriarchal terrain of the punk music mainstream than her explorations of coming out as a trans woman on her pivotal album Transgender Dysphoria Blues. This song isn’t a feel-good tune—it’s a glaring middle finger to those that keep you from claiming and presenting your authentic self. Bash back and scream along: „I want to piss on the walls of your house.“

7. “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross

Yes, this song is about that kind of „coming out.“ Chic’s Nile Rodgers was inspired to write this funky 1980 gem for Diana Ross after seeing multiple drag queens dressed as the iconic singer at a gay disco in New York. For her part, Ross was in the process of extracting herself from her long relationship with Motown when „I’m Coming Out“ arrived on the charts, giving the song additional significance for the music legend. Today, Ross still opens her shows with „I’m Coming Out,“ and the song remains a quintessential anthem of liberation—gay or otherwise.—Ethan LaCroix

8. “Y.M.C.A.” by Village People

For any guy who’s ever wanted to be (or sleep with) a cowboy, cop or leather-clad biker, the Village People reign supreme as gay-anthem chart toppers. Songs like „Macho Man,“ „Go West,“ „Cruisin'“ and „In the Navy“ are full of double entendres, and 1978’s „Y.M.C.A.“—which became one of the most popular singles of the 1970s—is no different. In fact, the Young Men’s Christian Association was so appalled at the song’s implications that it threatened to sue, until it noticed that membership had significantly increased in the wake of the tune’s success. Turns out any press is good press—eh, boys?—Kate Wertheimer

2. Vijay Dandekar turned into an encounter specialist after falling in love

The song Lut Gaye starring Emraan Hashmi is based on the life of Vijay Dandekar who is one of the most dreaded encounter specialists of Mumbai. He was an undercover cop when he met the love of his life and became an encounter specialist after the incident.

5. Fans were fascinated by the story

The original music video of Lut Gaye comes with small notes that narrate the real-life story of Vijay Dandekar. Fans were so impressed with the story that the views of the song shot up at a steady pace, gaining more and more likes every day. Fans were also elated to see Emraan Hashmi back with a romantic music video.

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OK, you may not know The Feeling, but they were super popular in the United Kingdom a few years ago. The frontman, Dan Gillespie, is gay he writes the most delightfully poppy songs inspired by Queen EVER so listen to this.

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OK, so there are arguments that this song is about making it in the music industry as a woman, but the music video is gay (not just because of the butchiness, girls TOTALLY KISS), and Jessie J is openly bisexual. Really feels like this song is about, well, being just as capable of „doing it.“