It's more important than ever to remember the songs that have seen the LGBTQ community through heartaches past — from Stonewall to the AIDS crisis, from discrimination to marriage equality.
These are songs of freedom and individuality, of overcoming heartbreak, defying the status quo, and staying true to yourself. And some of them are just kick-ass party tunes. Here are 25 anthems that have captured the spirit, strength, and imagination of the LGBT community — and have provided the soundtrack to many of our lives. Enjoy these anytime but especially this busy Pride weekend.
The greatest and gayest novelty act of all time produced nothing but tongue-in-cheek gay anthems. But the video of this song, that’s been played for decades at bar mitzvahs, was filmed at New York’s most notorious cruising grounds — making its gay subtext perfectly clear.
Although it’s been remixed and remade, nothing beats the original celebration of lots and lots and lots of men. The video looks like a junior high school production of Dick Tracy: The Musical – which makes the whole thing that much more deliciously silly.
The ultimate gay anthem to burst out of the disco ‘70s is a song of defiance, independence, and survival that speaks to anyone who refuses to be held down. And telling off an ex? It works for that too.
Which of these LGBT anthems best captures what you're feeling right now? And which of your favorites would you add to this list? Share them with us in the comments below.