Pop Pride Playlist: Music To Accompany Your LGBTQI+ Celebrations This Month
17 June 2022, 15:05
Listen to pop pride anthems from Taylor Swift to Lil Nas X, for the perfect start to your LGBTQI+ celebrations this month!
There are so many ways to honour Pride month, whether that's attending LGBTQI+ events, spending time. with your community, or taking time to educate yourself on being a better ally!
Regardless of your plans, you can get a headstart on the celebrations with a listening session to this purposeful pop playlist.
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You can dance around and have your own little pre-Pride parade in your bedroom to the likes of Troye Sivan, Taylor Swift and Lizzo!
Let's jump into these bops...
'Bloom' by Troye Sivan
This track by the 25-year-old Australian singer has been deemed a gay anthem by fans – it's a full-frontal pop song with cheeky lyricism.
Troye has described 'Bloom' as the most 'subversively queer' song on his sophomore studio album of the same name.
Troye Sivan - Bloom (Official Video)
'break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored' by Ariana Grande
The third single from Ariana Grande's 'Thank U Next' album took on a new meaning to LGBTQI+ fans upon its release.
The lyrics can be interpreted as a female protagonist embracing her bisexuality. Apparently, the title is a double-entendre as Ari professed in an interview that tune "was for self-love and the gays."
Ariana Grande - break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored (Official Video)
'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)' by Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X released this queer-themed song to great acclaim earlier this year – the mega-hit is partly inspired by the LGBTQI+ centric book and subsequent film of the same name, Call Me By Your Name.
'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)' merges electro-pop, hip-hop and rap to make a very catchy track that rocketed to the top of the charts.
And whilst you're at it, why not live 'THATS WHAT I WANT' a listen too? In another mega-successful single from Nas, he professes his need and wants for love – which we can all relate to!
Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) (Official Video)
Lil Nas X - THATS WHAT I WANT (Official Video)
'Dancing On My Own' by Robyn
This smash-hit has shown no signs of stopping since it was released in 2010 – we can't get enough of this melancholic electro-pop anthem.
'Dancing On My Own' has long been popular within the gay communities with the singer declaring that she feels she has a special connection to her LGBTQI+ fans.
Robyn has stated that when she penned the dance song she wanted it to be "an inherently sad, gay disco anthem."
Robyn - Dancing On My Own (Official Video)
'Desire' by Years & Years
This dance tune by Years & Years fronted by LGBTQI+ member Olly Alexander is a fun, upbeat number you need to dance to this Pride.
The 2015 release from the Olly Alexander-fronted band featured a music video that celebrated queer identities.
Years & Years - Desire (Official Video)
'Good As Hell' by Lizzo
Need a feel-good song? You know Lizzo has got you covered!
We can't think of a better song to get ready to when heading out to a Pride Festival later on this summer.
Lizzo - Good As Hell (Official Music Video)
'Cool For The Summer' by Demi Lovato
'Cool For The Summer' has been described as a rock-infused pop song that is perfect to blast full volume in the sunny months.
Demi Lovato covers themes of sexuality, identity and acceptance in this playful track.
Demi Lovato - Cool for the Summer (Official Video)
'You Need To Calm Down' by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift's 'Lover' era was all about positivity, acceptance and, of course, love.
She dedicated the single, 'You Need To Calm Down', to the LGBTQI+ community and commented on issues within society in the songs lyrics.
It tackles these themes in a fun way, it's poignant but still remains an upbeat listen!
Taylor Swift - You Need To Calm Down
'Honey' by Kehlani
The R&B and pop star Kehlani penned a sultry and sweet track about being queer.
The acoustic track features relatable lyrics that are perfect to sing along to this Pride Month: "I like my girls just like I like my honey, sweet, a little selfish"
Kehlani - Honey (Official Video)
'Born This Way' by Lady Gaga
And of course, we'll end with a classic modern gay anthem by Lady Gaga to round this list off!
'Born This Way' has been a mainstay on gay anthem lists for the best part of a decade – need we say more?
Lady Gaga - Born This Way (Official Music Video)
'Pynk' by Janelle Monáe featuring Grimes
The songwriter and producer wrote 'Pynk' to praise people of all walks of life and combat gender barriers.
Janelle describes the playful pop song as "a celebration of creation, self-love, sexuality and power."
Janelle Monáe - PYNK [Official Music Video]
Take it upon yourself to make an LGBTQI+ inspired playlist of your own to celebrate Pride!
Happy Pride Month!
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