10 Pop Gay Pride Anthems To Celebrate Equality For Allby Bradley Stern | PopCrush
Today is truly a historic day.
Earlier this morning, the United States Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a right for all, legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states — a massive, triumphant step forward in the march toward LGBTQ equality.
And as a result, it’s time to celebrate.
So, so very many of our favorite pop stars have been vocal in their support for equality — especially during Pride Month (June), from Miley Cyrus and her tireless #InstaPride campaign and the creation of her Happy Hippie Foundation to Ariana Grande‘s forthcoming performance at NYC Pride’s Dance On The Pier this weekend.
We’ve put together some of the most self-empowering, most queer-friendly anthems from today’s leading allies in pop. Enjoy!
1. Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique, “Love Is Free (feat. Maluca)”
Love is free, baby! Robyn’s always been known to provide killer tears-on-the-disco jams (“Dancing On My Own” anyone?), but her latest outing is an unapologetically blissful celebration of life and love — the perfect Pride material.
2. RuPaul, “Sissy That Walk”
Where would we even be as a community without RuPaul? Without a whole lot of hilarious Drag Race queens, that’s for sure. Ru’s done (world of) wonders for pushing drag into the mainstream consciousness while maintaining the inherent punk nature of the craft. She’s also provided dozens of inspiring and endlessly fierce dance anthems for the club kids. “Sissy” provides both important life lessons and nasty beats — a prime Pride pairing.
3. Demi Lovato, “Really Don’t Care (feat. Cher Lloyd)”
Demetria’s #UnapologeticDemiBanger is certainly Pride-worthy enough as it is, but the powerhouse pop princess took it a step further (and infinitely gayer) with the accompanying video shot at LA Pride last year. The result is a rowdy, rainbow-filled burst of color and resilience. Kudos for being such a great ally, Demi!
4. Miley Cyrus, “Liberty Walk”
Miley’s been one major LGBTQ warrior this year, but her work really began years ago. Back when Mileybird was first busting out of her cage on Can’t Be Tamed, the former Disney princess rallied us all together to put one foot in front of the other toward emancipation on her strong, strutting album opener. Don’t stop, keep on walkin’!
5. Christina Aguilera, “Let There Be Love”
The ever-advanced Legend X has long been a champion of gay rights. After all, “Beautiful” came a full decade before the trend of self-empowerment pop dominated radio in the early ’10s. With her legendary Lotus anthem, the Unbreakable Flower herself harnessed the voice within yet again to create an inspiring club anthem in the name of love for all.
6. Madonna, “Living For Love”
The Queen Of Pop isn’t just a pop pioneer, but one of the earliest champions of LGBTQ visibility, courageously showing public support for the gay community at a time when AIDS was still a mysterious disease taking the lives of friends and family. (She herself lost her close friend Martin Burgoyne to the diseases in 1986.) She’s continued to champion the fight toward equality for all in her music, from certified classics like “Express Yourself” to her triumphant Rebel Heart anthem, “Living For Love.” Really, no one does self-empowerment like Madonna. “I’m gonna carry on!“
7. Kylie Minogue, “Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)”
Kylie, too, is one of the gay community’s shining, shimmering beacons of hope. She herself has had plenty of queer-friendly cuts in her glittery discography, and has frequently championed the community over the course of her prolific career. “Put Your Hands Up” is perhaps one of the most euphoric moments from 2010’s Aphrodite, as KM loses all her inhibitions and celebrates universal love. Now, put your hands up! (This particular remix goes off.)
8. Selena Gomez, “Who Says?”
Before Selena Gomez was breathily leaving her dress a mess on the floor, she was building her young fans up with the incredibly encouraging “Who Says?”, a flaws-and-all celebration of self. The breezy bop is a breath of fresh air: “You’ve got every right to a beautiful life.” Too right.
9. Jennifer Lopez, “TENS”
We all knew the ever-fierce J.Lo is a skilled actress, entertainer and dancer — but did you know she could turn it out at a vogue ball, too? Lady Lopez’s surprisingly sass and shade-filled A.K.A. cut sees the superstar cutting loose with vogue legend Jack Mizrahi, serving for the Gods and calling upon all her queens to serve on the runway. Work, mama!
10. Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”
Gaga’s Born This Way era was the bluntest, most passionate of love letters to the LGBT community, especially when it came to the album’s thumping title track. In retrospect, it’s pretty incredible that Gaga was literally belting out the words “gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life” and “don’t be a drag, just be a queen” at the height of radio’s feverish obsession with Gaga. For many of her young Little Monsters, “Born This Way” provided encouragement and strength, and Gaga has only continued to champion the cause as a tireless ally of the community.
What are some of your favorite Pride-friendly pop cuts as of late? Let us know!
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