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Ultimate Pride playlist: The 50 best gay songs

Post  Adric on Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:05 pm

Ultimate Pride playlist: The 50 best gay songs  Full link with a description of each song.

LGBT Pride month is here, and that means it's time to celebrate. Across the U.S.—and beyond—millions of revelers are gathering for parades, festivals and parties, all of which have one thing in common: great, anthemic songs. Music has always been an important part of gay culture. Songs of empowerment, hope and self-acceptance all resonate with the queer community, for obvious reasons. Of course, we also love a good novelty tune—hello, "It's Raining Men" and "Y.M.C.A."

So, with all that in mind, we set out to create a soundtrack for the perfect Pride party. Dance classics like "Relax," "Groove Is in the Heart" and "Finally" will have everyone on their feet and working up a sweat. While we did include a few chill-out moments—no Pride anthem list would be complete without Judy Garland's rendition of "Over the Rainbow" or Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors"—some great, gay-beloved songs didn't make the cut in the interest of keeping the tempo up (apologies to Barbra Streisand and the Indigo Girls).  

Gay Pride doesn't have to be confined to June, of course. Our playlist will revive the spirit of the season any time of year. So turn it on, crank it up and let your rainbow flag fly.


50 --- “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
49 --- “Finally” by CeCe Peniston
48 --- “Grace Kelly” by Mika
47 --- “I U She” by Peaches
46 --- "Michael” by Franz Ferdinand
45 --- "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” by Sophie B. Hawkins
44 --- "Wut” by Le1f
43 --- “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Bananarama
42 --- "Gay Bar” by Electric Six
41 --- "Make Your Own Kind of Music” by Mama Cass

40 --- "Hang with Me” by Robyn
39 --- "Battle Cry” by Angel Haze
38 --- "Sweet Transvestite” by Tim Curry
37 --- "Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill
36 --- "Teenage Dream” by Darren Criss
35 --- "Come to My Window” by Melissa Etheridge
34 --- "True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper
33 --- "Last Dance” by Donna Summer
32 --- "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” by ABBA
31 --- "Tainted Love” by Soft Cell

30 --- "City Grrrl” by CSS
29 --- "Your Loving Arms” by Billie Ray Martin
28 --- "Viz” by Le Tigre
27 --- "The Jean Genie” by David Bowie
26 --- "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory
25 --- "Raise Your Glass” by P!nk
24 --- "Let’s Have a Kiki” by Scissor Sisters
23 --- "Groove Is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite
22 --- "Supermodel (You Better Work)” by RuPaul
21 --- "Firework” by Katy Perry

20 --- "Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera
19 --- "All the Lovers” by Kylie Minogue
18 --- "Where the Girls Are” by Gossip
17 --- "It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls
16 --- "Smalltown Boy” by Bronski Beat
15 --- "Believe” by Cher
14 --- "Go West” by Pet Shop Boys
13 --- "Closer” by Tegan and Sara
12 --- “I Want to Break Free” by Queen
11 --- "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” by Sylvester

10 --- "A Little Respect” by Erasure
09 --- "Free” by Ultra Naté
08 --- "Born This Way” by Lady Gaga
07 --- “Y.M.C.A.” by Village People
06 --- "Walk on the Wild Side” by Lou Reed
05 --- "I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross
04 --- "Vogue” by Madonna
03 --- "Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland
02 --- "Freedom! ’90” by George Michael
01 --- “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor


 Smile  Great tunes and I used to spin a lot of them in my dj days. I'm amazed that Whitney Houston's "Queen Of The Night" and Abba's "Dancing Queen" didn't make this list.
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Re: Ultimate Pride playlist: The 50 best gay songs

Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:50 am

I'm bemused by the criterion for inclusion and qualitative judgements inherent in it. Were they sticking to only one track per artist?
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