It’s safe to say that the gay community has influenced the music industry quite a lot over the years. Many musicians saw their songs as perfect instruments for conveying important messages to the world such as the question of sexuality. In order to celebrate these amazing artists, we’ve decided to create a list of some of the best gay anthems that have given us so much. Take a look and see if you agree.
Mika – Grace Kelly
We’ll start things off with something rather recent compared to other entries on the list. British singer Mika came to prominence in the 2000s with his casual hit Relax, Take It Easy that used the melody from the famous 80s hit (I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight. However, people believe that one of his most significant gay anthems is Grace Kelly, released in 2007. The song was created out of the artist’s frustration because the producers wanted him to sound more like the popular Craig David. The song is a symbol of self-expression and resistance to fitting in the expected mold.
Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
How can any gay party happen without the global hit called It’s Raining Men. This energetic melody was originally performed by The Weather Girls in 1982 but it was covered numerous times by various performers. It’s Raining Men is a karaoke-favorite and quite obviously one of the essential gay anthems
Lily Allen – Fuck You
At a first glance, Lily Allen’s 2009 hit called Fuck You doesn’t have a lot to do with the LGBT community but bear with us. First of all, Lily Allen is quite famous for being a vocal supporter of the gay community and their struggles. The song played an important part in criticizing the notorious anti-gay marriage amendment passed in California. Thanks to the controversy, this amendment was removed in 2013. It’s safe to say that this hit deserves to be one of the biggest gay anthems for this very reason.
ABBA – Dancing Queen
Although it was probably not envisioned this way, ABBA’s Dancing Queen became a true representative of the transsexual community over the years. Nothing makes you feel better on the dancing floor than listening to this amazing tune and pretending that it’s you they’re talking about. As a fun fact, even the conservative American politician John McCain stated this was one of his favorite songs.
Queen – I Want to Break Free
Freddie Mercury was quite a unique individual and a showman that the world will unlikely forget anytime soon. This powerful vocalist created numerous global hits but the one most gay people identify with is I Want to Break Free released in 1984. When it comes to gay community, it’s always the question of breaking free from the confines of the society and conservative state of mind. That is why this is considered one of the best gay anthems in the world.
Sister Sledge – We Are Family
Anyone who has ever watched the famous Birdcage movie (which is actually a remake) from 1996 remembers the scene where the extremely conservative character portrayed by Gene Hackman has to cross-dress to avoid the press and dance through the club to this amazing hit. We Are Family was released way back in 1979 and beautifully illustrates the unity and equality among LGBT members. No list of important gay anthems is ever complete without this song.
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Featured in a number of films, Smalltown Boy had a catchy tune that was both energetic and melancholic. It perfectly captured the struggles of the misunderstood LGBT members. Many people have problems with their families not accepting their choices and facing discrimination at every corner. Smalltown Boy is one of those gay anthems that addresses the issues and offers comfort in a beautifully melodic way.
George Michael – Freedom
According to many critics of the time, the song Freedom was George Michael’s coming out song that revealed his long-suspected sexual preferences to the world. However, George only publicly came out a decade later. The symbolic nature of this song and its numerous interpretations are what makes it so popular even today. LGBT is all about liberation and being true to oneself.
Village People – YMCA
Often parodied by numerous artists and movies, YMCA is still one of the best known gay anthems. It’s energetic and silly, but undoubtedly fun. This tune still makes you move and lets you celebrate your life’s choices. In a way, anyone can identify with it.
Cyndi Lauper – True Colors
We’ll end this list with the irreplaceable Cyndi Lauper who has given numerous generations a voice with her global hits. The soft but powerful ballad True Colors was written as a tribute to her lesbian sister, whom Cyndi always supported. It offers a message of peace and tolerance that is much needed these days.
Porta Bar Mykonos – All the Best Gay Anthems
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