Songs to Get You Pumped Up For Pride
Pride. It’s a time to celebrate ourselves and how we identify and honor those who have done so much for a civil rights movement. From progress on marriage equality to basic civil liberties being written into law, the world is gradually welcoming the LGBT world and accepting us for who we are. Every year, we turn to the streets and march across cities to remind everyone we are here and we will not be persecuted. Pride month commences every June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. As many march on, we thank those who have come before us and started a movement that continues to grow.
MIKA — “We Are Golden”
With his latest album resonating with me on a personal level, a throwback to the singer’s playful nature is a reminder that pop music can be fun and uplifting.
Tegan and Sara — “Closer”
I vaguely remember a friend introducing the sister act many years ago. Now that I’ve grown closer to many out friends and family, our tastes sometimes merge and the openly out sisters have joined my music collection. A straightforward love song, the song has come to the attention of many and become an anthem of love.
Scissor Sisters — “That’s Us/Wild Combination”
Featured on a tribute album to Arthur Russell as part of a World AIDs Day event, the quintet recorded Russell’s iconic song, celebrating growth and love. The beginning (“That’s Us”) sees two loners who grow and connect (“Wild Combination”) thus cementing a bond.
Goldfrapp — “Rocket”
I have an eternal love for synthpop and that sort, and Goldfrapp’s lead single off Heads First is straight out of the 80s. It blends a wave of synths into vengeful heartache.
Kylie — “Your Disco Needs You”
It was hard choosing what Kylie song could fit, although if we’re being honest, any Kylie song belongs in a Pride playlist. Nevertheless, with the options down between ‘Disco’ and “Better the Devil You Know,” the former seemed like a true winner. Its lyrics reach for a camp moment though it ensures you in faith to never give up. Even Kylie herself has narrowed it down to those two as her gayest songs she’s recorded. As an added bonus, the song was #5 on SameSame’s 50 Gayest Songs.
The Swedish electropop singer’s latest release is quite the contrast from last year’s collaboration with Rõyksopp’s mini-album, Do It Again. Together the late Christian Falk formed La Bagatelle Magique with Robyn’s tour mate Markus Jägerstedt and despite the former’s passing, Robyn felt the project should live on. According to Robyn, this track was one of the earliest songs Falk played for her and upon hearing and loving it, they began to work on the Swede’s unnamed project.
Monarchy & Dita Von Teese — “Girls and Boys”
Recently released on their Re|Vision album, the electropop duo invited the queen of neo-burlesque to join them on a cover of the Blur track. Its initial release by the rock band was a satire on those who took to vacationing and holidaying in Greece and let themselves lose sight of their sexual preferences yet the song took on a life of its own, becoming popular on the dance scene. Andrew Armstrong and Ra Black invited Dita Von Teese while on holiday in Ibiza where they set up a studio dubbed “Voice of An Angel” in a spare bedroom.
Madonna — “Living For Love”
Madonna has found support from the beginning within the LGBT community. Tracks like “Vogue” and “Express Yourself” became staples as anthems and it’s easy to see why. Who doesn’t love a song inspired by ball culture
Janet Jackson — “Together Again”
If you’re unaware, this amazing song started out as a ballad but Janet was convinced to turn it into a house song. Written after the passing of a friend’s death from AIDs, the singer included it on her album The Velvet Rope and released as the second single where worldwide sales from the single were donated to AIDs research.