Other than banging the month with your friends and loved ones, add the perfect PRIDE month playlist to your to-do list. To fit the mood choose the right songs, including LGBTQ+ anthems and Pride songs. The actual mission is to choose you and accept it, so craft that kind of playlist that keeps you positive and happy. We’ve put together a list of songs by queer artists that celebrated love and love. The list has all the classics and hits songs for you.
1. True Colors By Cyndi Lauper
One of the iconic pop ballads is not just a Grammy-winning track. Indeed, it’s a tender and inspiring anthem. This pop song adds special meaning to the LGBTQ+ community, that Cyndi Lauper had devoted to. She sings, “I see your true colors / and that’s why I love you”. “So don’t be afraid to let them show / Your true colors are beautiful like a rainbow”.
2. “Born This Way“ by Lady Gaga
LGBTQ+ playlist is just incomplete without Lady Gaga’s this hit song. ‘Born this way’ is a longtime favourite of many, indeed, the icon is herself a bisexual and is creative with her art. The song goes like this, “No matter gay, straight or bi/ lesbian, transgendered life / I’m on the right track, baby / I was born to survive”.
3. “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross
Diana Ross fiercely talks about empowering and celebrating LGBTQ+ coming out. This hit pop song is inspired by Chic’s Nile Rodgers after seeing multiple drag queens dressed as the singer at a New York gay club.
This lustrous, hypnotic 2014 track from Perfume Genius — the project of Seattle singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas — serves as a defiant response to what Hadreas calls “gay panic”. It celebrates being unapologetically yourself, making it an essential Pride play from one of today’s most powerful queer voices.
5. “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
This one truly belongs on any and every playlist — but it’s also a ubiquitous gay anthem that has been adopted by generations of “dancing queens” within the LGBTQ community. We all know nobody has the strength the stay seated when this one comes on.
6. “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (ft. Mary Lambert)
This hit track from hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis features Mary Lambert, an openly lesbian artist. She sings, “And I can’t change / Even if I tried / Even if I wanted to.” The urgent, reflective song made an especially powerful statement about same-sex relationships when it came out in 2012.
7. “Strangers” by Halsey (ft. Lauren Jauregui)
For “Strangers,” a catchy synth-pop track off her 2017 sophomore album, Halsey teamed up with Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony (both of whom are bisexual) to deliver a love duet between two women. Halsey has called the track a “love song for the LGBT community.”
8. “Be Yourself” by Taylor Bennett
If the song’s title doesn’t tip you off to its message, the rest of it will. While this one’s definitely not school carpool friendly, it’s an empowering message to LGBTQ+ people of color, in particular. Just save it for the adults-only party.
9. “LGBT” by Lowell
This song talks about the changing attitudes toward LGBTQ+ people over the decades, urging the world to “don’t hate our love.” It points out that, “Some old people don’t remember when they were kids / And they never choose who they liked / That they liked who they did, they liked who they did.”
10. “Go To Town” by Doja Cat
With her explicit take on female empowerment, Doja Cat gives us a bop that’s perfect for keeping the party rolling. And if you haven’t watched the music video, let it help put you in the mood to celebrate. Checkout: Thai LGBTQ+ Allies Join First Official Pride Parade