Some of the best songs of all time, TBH.
“Vogue” by Madonna
This power anthem was inspired by voguing, a dance created and popularized in the underground gay club scene back in the early 90s. Madonna calls for everyone to groove to the music however you want because it doesn’t matter who you are, hunny!
“True Trans Soul Rebel” by Against Me!
Before Against Me!’s lead singer, Laura Jane Grace, came out as transgender, “True Trans Soul Rebel” was already a fist-bumping anthem for trans individuals facing discrimination. A true protest song, “True Trans Soul Rebel” offers solidarity and the idea that the struggle for justice is a shared one.
“It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls
Oh c’mon, I know what you’re probably thinking. But hey, it’s a camp classic—a dance, LGBTQ+, and female anthem!
“Let’s Have A Kiki” by The Scissor Sisters
According to Gawker, “Let’s Have A Kiki” is an anthem for everyone. You may be wondering, “what’s a kiki?” The Scissor Sisters sing:
A kiki is a party, for calming all your nerves. We're spilling tea, and dishing just desserts when they deserve.
That sounds like a damn good party. Now, technically, the term kiki (which grew out of the African-American and Latino community) is used to refer to gossiping. So gather around everyone, it’s time to get down to a song about talking shit!
“SuperModel” by Rupaul
Before Rupaul’s Drag Race gained its cult following, Rupaul saw mainstream success all the way back in 1993 with this tune. Kurt Cobain even said this was his favorite song from 1993!
“Work, Bitch” by Britney Spears
Following Rupaul’s “you better work!” we all knew this song was coming. On Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Britney said the song is for her gay fan base, explaining that she wanted to create something for her followers. Well, mission accomplished!
“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
Oh Gloria, my darling. “I Will Survive” may not have been geared toward the LGBTQ+ community, but it was embraced as the AIDS epidemic began to sweep the country. Meanwhile, today, anyone can rock out and belt this classic. Highly recommend, 10/10.
“I Want to Break Free” by Queen
Freddie Mercury has maintained his position as an LGBTQ icon, coming out as bisexual during the height of Queen’s popularity and success. In the video itself, the members of Queen dress up in drag, to sing a song about breaking free—it’s epic.
“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga
No matter what you wanna say about Lady Gaga, “Born This Way” will have everyone dancing out in the street, as people shout, “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen!” Gaga is pretty damn blatant with her message, and we all appreciate her for it.
“I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross
OOoo girl! Diana Ross sang it and now everyone rushes out to party to this classic. Similar to Gaynor, Ross did not intend for the song to interpreted as it is, but ever since it was released, “I’m Coming Out” has become an unofficial LGBTQ+ anthem.
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By Andriana Kanaras