Besides watching the best LGBTQ movies and reading great books by LGBTQ authors , one of the best ways to celebrate Pride is obviously through music — and luckily for you, we've rounded up all the best Pride songs for your playlist right here. These LGBTQ anthems and songs by queer artists celebrate love and acceptance of all people, and range from classic hits that's long been regarded as iconic gay anthems like "Y. What exactly defines a song as a Pride anthem, you ask? There's everything on our list from empowering songs of freedom and individuality, to heartfelt tracks that celebrate love in any and all kinds of forms. Regardless of which tune you choose to blast, though, each of these 25 songs for Pride captures the spirit and strength of the LGBTQ community — and are great picks for celebrating Pride this month and every month after that.
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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. How does a song become a gay anthem? There are disco classics featuring our favorite, big-voiced divas. There are the introspective slow jams that mirror our struggles with self-acceptance and social rejection.
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When I was younger and just coming out, I depended on music to express my emotions. It often feels like few words can convey what individual and shared LGBTQ experiences are like, and many people — like myself — have looked to music for help. Unfortunately, mainstream radio often doesn't take the time to curate playlists about our community. Though a song doesn't have to be expressly about a queer relationship to resonate with LGBTQ people — where would we be without Katy Perry's "Firework," for example? This playlist, however, is packed with color and emotion to celebrate our pride.
A gay anthem is a popular song that has become widely popular among, or has become identified with, the gay community, although some of these songs may also become anthems for the rest of the LGBT community. The lyrics of gay anthems are often marked by themes of perseverance, inner strength, acceptance, pride, and unity. Research suggests that the song most commonly identified as a gay anthem is " I Will Survive " by Gloria Gaynor.