10 songs, 38 min, 6 min reading time.
Milly and Megan have done a terrific job of kickstarting the Pride in Music campaign that will feature a playlist once a month related to Pride. Music has allowed many people in the LGBTQ+ community to express their feelings and raise important talking points and this is our way to help celebrate that and celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride in general.
1) “I’m Coming Out” – Diana Ross
To start off with we have a classic LGBTQ+ anthem, get ready to put your dancing shoes on. There is debate whether Diana Ross knew or not, but the writers Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards created this for in support of her gay fanbase.
Album: “Diana” (1980)
Label: Motown Records
2) “You need to Calm Down” – Taylor Swift
Taylor’s most recent single proudly features several queer icons, highlighting the petition for the Equality Act. Since being released donations have reportedly significantly increased for gay rights.
Album: “Lover” (2019)
Label: Taylor Swift
3) “Born this Way” – Lady Gaga
Another classic anthem focusing on self love and self acceptance. We were all born this way so we should own it.
Album: “Born This Way (International Special Edition Version)” (2011)
Label: Interscope Records
4) “YMCA” – Village People
This disco classic has become a huge hit within the LGBTQ+ community since its release.
EP: “YMCA” (1978)
Label: Can’t Stop Productions
5) “Desire” – Years and Years
Since shooting to fame Years and Years singer Olly Alexander has cast a spotlight on mental health and LGBTQ+ rights. In his own words he chose to make this song/music video ‘because I do not want to hide or limit my sexuality. I want to make videos and songs and art that celebrate all different kinds of sexuality and queer identities.’
Album: “Communion (Deluxe)” (2015)
6) “I know I’m not the only one” – Tegan and Sara
This sister duo was probably one of the first openly queer groups to receive acceptance. For me personally I’ve never gone out of my way to listen to them, even though they’re queer icons, but their music is quite poppy and easy to listen to.
Album: “Hey, I’m Just like You” (2019)
Label: Sire Records
7) “Sissy that walk” – RuPaul
RuPaul Is a prominent drag queen and music icon. With Drag Race UK released this month, even more reason to celebrate him. He is the first drag queen to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has brought the art of drag into the mainstream media.
Album: “Born Naked” (2014)
8) “Girls like Girls” – Hayley Kiyoko
Since coming out Haley Kiyoko has been an icon in the LGBTQ+ community. Earning herself the nickname ‘lesbian jesus’.
EP: “This Side of Paradise – EP” (2015)
Label: Steel Wool Records
9) “Dem beats” – Todrick Hall
Todrick’s another prominent icon in the LGBTQ+ community. He started off on YouTube before making it to Broadway as Lola in Kinky Boots. His most recent single FAG is reclaiming homophobic slurs: “Where are you now, haters, speak up?”, similarly the rest of his discography makes reference to LGBTQ+ culture and he makes no effort to hide any part of himself, regularly dressing in drag in the videos.
Album: “Forbidden” (2018)
Label: Todrick Hall
10) “I want to break free” – Queen
Do we really need to explain this one? As everyone knows Freddie Mercury was an openly gay man living with AIDs towards the end of his career and the music video to this song involved all of the band members dressing in drag. I personally like the song because of its upbeat nature, and wanting to break free is something I would imagine a lot of people in the community have experienced.
Album: “Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack)” (2018)
Label: Queen Productions