Queer and LGBTQ+ Songs

In the summer of 2012, the Macklemore/Ryan Lewis song ‘Same Love’ got me through some pretty bad homesickness. I had just come out of the closet a few months before and was doing an internship thousands of miles from my friends and family. It was really Mary Lambert’s chorus that kept me coming back to the song and when she eventually turned that chorus into its own song, I listened to it on repeat for ages.

For many, Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ might be the easiest song to think of when someone says to think of a queer/LGBTQ anthem. There are some who have issues with the fact that a straight man has one of the most popular LGBTQ anthems, as there are so many amazing songs from LGBTQ+ folks about so many things, including being a part of the community. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Beat For the Gods by Laverne Cox
    • Cox just recently released this single and it keeps getting stuck in my head! In an interview with OUT, Cox talks about how she isn’t planning on releasing a full album or making her way into music full time. But instead, she wanted to make something that celebrated queer culture and the LGBTQ drag culture.
  • Make Me Feel by Janelle Monáe
    • Princess Weekes recently described Monáe’s latest single (and music video) as “the perfect bisexual anthem we’ve been waiting for” [article]. Honestly, I couldn’t agree more! Plus, the music video reminds me a bit of the Black Mirror episode, San Junipero.
  • She Keeps Me Warm by Mary Lambert
    • This is the full length song based on the chorus from ‘Same Love’ and it always makes me so happy to listen to! And the music video is every kind of adorable.
  • HIM by Sam Smith
    • A few months ago, Sam Smith came out with his second album but it wasn’t until recently that I heard one of its songs. When you listen to the lyrics, HIM is about struggling with the feeling that there’s no place in faith and religion because of his sexuality.
  • Boyfriend by Tegan and Sara
    • I don’t think I could do a list about LGBTQ songs without including one from Tegan and Sara. Sara revealed in an interview that the song was inspired by a relationship in which the other girl had never been in a relationship with another girl and Sara did want to define the relationship in a sense.

Honestly, there are so many other songs out there that are amazing queer anthems in their own right but these are just some of the amazing songs out there. If you have any favorites, let me know! I always love finding new LGBTQ+ music.