The humankind may not always see eye to eye on many things, but we all love a great music. I guess it’s for this reason that someone once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” Don’t you think so, too?
Anyway, some gay men on Reddit shared their favorite LGBTQ-themed song. Please feel free to tell us what’s on your Pride playlist in the comments section below.
- Montero (Call Me By Your Name) – the singer, Lil Nas X, is as unapologetically queer as his song. Released eight months ago, Variety described the single as “one of the most defiantly queer chart-toppers of all time,” and as “the ultimate earworm on the album.”
- I’m Coming Out – a song released by American singer Diana Ross on August 22, 1980 for her self-titled tenth album Diana (1980). It was written and produced by Chic members Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. The latter confirmed in a Tiktok video that they wrote the song after watching several drag queens perform as Diana Ross at a New York club. Rogers said:
So the way that the song I’m Coming Out came to be was when we went to work for Diana Ross we wanted to write about things that were in her universe, so we went to her apartment and interviewed her for a couple of days. One particular night I went to a club, The Gilded Grape, and I happened to notice that there were at least 6 or 7 Diana Ross impersonators, so I went outside to call Bernard and said ‘you know, Diana Ross is revered by the gay community. If we wrote a song called I’m Coming Out for Diana Ross it would have the same power as James Brown’s Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud’ and next day we met in the studio […] and then from that we built the song.
- Bloom – released three years ago, Bloom was one of the songs from Troye Sivan’s album called TS2 which was released in June 2018. In his interview with Dazed magazine, Sivan said that Bloom is “100 percent about flowers!” The interviewer translated it as “a gay anthem for bottoms” and even went as far as to say that the song is about the “receptive partner losing his virginity.”
It’s true, babe/I’ve been saving this for you/Promise me you’ll hold my hand if I get scared now/ Might tell you to take a second baby slow it down/You should know I bloom, I bloom just for you.
Other Troye Sivan songs mentioned on the thread were: Heaven, Bite, and “any song off Blue Neighborhood.”
- Him – Sam Smith released it in 2018 as a coming out song. It also tells the story of a guy whose religion is in conflict with his sexuality. “That song is a coming-out song from a boy to his dad,” Smith said in an interview. “It’s just a general story. It’s not my story. I wanted to make that song for my community, for the LGBT community.”
In Him, Smith sings: Holy Father, we need to talk/I have a secret that I can’t keep/I’m not the boy you thought you wanted/Please don’t get angry, have faith in me
- Forbidden Love – released in October 25, 1994 in Madonna’s album called Bedtime Stories, this song was also included in her 1995 Something to Remember album which, by the way, is one of my favorite Madonna albums of all time if not the most (favorite).
- I Like Boys – is a coming out song released by American singer Todrick Hall during Pride 2019. He co-produced and co-wrote the song with Jean Yves Ducornet. The lyrics of the song goes like this:
Mama come, come doll, take a seat/There’s someone you know that you’ve got to meet/So brace yourself for the big reveal/He’s about my height when he’s not in heels/Some boys play basketball/He played house with ratchet dolls/It’s not Santa Claus, it’s time for applause/It’s comin’ out the closet
- Macho Man – is the Village People’s second single recorded in 1978 for their album of the same name. It peaked at #25 on Billboard Hot 100, and it reached #14 on the Disco Singles chart.
According to Billboard Magazine, Macho Man is a “spirited fast paced percussive track highlighted by multi-part harmonies and a rugged lead vocal.”
- I Am What I Am – is a song from the 1983 hit Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles about a gay couple. Jerry Herman, an openly gay man, composed the song.
I Am What I Am has many covers including that of Gloria Gaynor in 1983, Eddie Fisher in 1983, Shirley Bassey in 1984, among many others.
The song starts like this: I am what I am/I am my own special creation/So come take a look/Give me the hook or the ovation/It’s my world that I want to have a little pride in/My world and it’s not a place I have to hide in/Life’s not worth a damn/’Til you can say I am what I am