Same Love

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"Same Love"
Single by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
from the album The Heist
Released July 18, 2012
Format Digital download, 7"
Recorded 2012
Genre Conscious hip hop[1]
Length 5:20
Label Macklemore LLC
Writer(s) Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert
Producer(s) Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis singles chronology
"Can't Hold Us"
"Same Love"
"Thrift Shop"
Mary Lambert singles chronology
"Same Love"
"She Keeps Me Warm"
Alternate cover
Limited edition 7" vinyl cover
Music video
"Same Love" on YouTube

"Same Love" is the fourth single released by Seattle-based hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis from their 2012 debut studio album, The Heist. The track, featuring vocals by Mary Lambert, talks about the issue of gay and lesbian rights and was recorded during the campaign for Washington Referendum 74, which, upon approval in 2012, legalized Same-sex marriage in Washington State. The song reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and reached number 1 in both New Zealand and Australia. The song was nominated at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards for Song of the Year.[2]

The cover artwork for the single shows a photograph of Macklemore's uncle, John Haggerty, and his partner, Sean.[3]

The song was featured as a part of YouTube's Pride Week.[4]


Sample of "Same Love" which talks about gay rights

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"Same Love" was unofficially adopted as an anthem by supporters of legalizing same-sex marriage, particularly in reference to Washington Referendum 74 (R-74 or Ref 74), a Washington state referendum to approve or reject the February 2012 bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.[citation needed]

Macklemore explained that the song also came out of his own frustration with hip hop's positions on homosexuality. "Misogyny and homophobia are the two acceptable means of oppression in hip hop culture. It's 2012. There needs to be some accountability. I think that as a society we're evolving and I think that hip hop has always been a representation of what's going on in the world right now."[5] It samples "People Get Ready" by The Impressions.


"Same Love" generally received positive reviews among critics. Gary Nunn in The Guardian said that the song was "a far cry from the cheese-fest that usually puts commercial interest first, tenuous rhyming couplets second and poignancy last" and that it "may be the most profound song" hip-hop as a genre has produced.[6] Critic Robert Christgau named it one of the top ten singles of 2012.[7] Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone, although giving the album a mixed review, called "Same Love" one of its "virtues".[8] David Jeffries of Allmusic described the track as a "pro-gay marriage highlight".[9] Robert Christgau wrote the song was "the best gay marriage song to date in any genre and as corny as it damn well oughta be."[10] Adam Fleischer of XXL wrote "Lewis provides bright and uplifting instrumentation to perfectly reflect Macklemore’s forward-thinking analysis of hip-hop and society’s take on homosexuality and same sex marriage."[11] Billboard listed "Same Love" at number 4 on their list of Best Songs of 2013, stating that "the triumph of "Same Love" is in its specificity".[12]

"Same Love" became the first Top 40 song in the U.S. to promote and celebrate same-sex marriage.[13]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Same Love", directed by Ryan Lewis and Jon Jon Augustavo and produced by Tricia Davis, debuted on Lewis's YouTube account on October 2, 2012, and accumulated 350,000 views 24 hours after its debut. As of July 2014, the video had more than 121 million views. The video, spanning decades, depicts the life of the main character and the same-sex partner with whom he falls in love, including the social conflicts which befall them in relation to their sexual orientation, their eventual marriage, and their final parting in old age. The wedding of the main couple was filmed at All Pilgrims Christian Church in Seattle. Macklemore and Mary Lambert cameo in non-speaking roles in the video.

The description of the video links to the website of, an initiative to encourage musical support for Referendum 74; the organization dissolved after its passage.[14]

The video received the 2013 MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Message.

Live performances[edit]

On October 30, 2012, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show performing the single "Same Love".[15] Macklemore was also part of BET's "Music Matters" campaign.[citation needed]

It was performed live on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report on May 1, 2013.[16]

It was performed by The Los Angeles Gay Men's Choir at the 2013 Do Something Awards.[citation needed]

It was performed live at the Osheaga Festival, Montreal on August 2, 2013 with Tegan and Sara joining Macklemore and Lewis on stage.[citation needed]

It was performed live on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on August 16, 2013.[citation needed]

It was performed live at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on August 25, 2013 with Jennifer Hudson joining Macklemore, Lewis and Lambert on stage.[17]

Irish rock band Kodaline covered the song on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge in 2013

The song was performed during the 56th Grammy Awards where Macklemore, Lewis, and Lambert were joined onstage by Queen Latifah who oversaw and officiated the weddings of 33 same-sex and opposite sex couples. Towards the end of the performance, Madonna joined in with a rendition of her song "Open Your Heart".[18]

Same Love was performed live in Abu Dhabi on April 25, 2014, as part of their concert.[19]

Chart performance[edit]

The single was released on July 18, 2012. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 the week of February 7, 2013 at #99. It has currently peaked at #11 (as of August 8, 2013). On the US Rap Charts, "Same Love" has placed within the Top 5, peaking at number 2 (as of July 11, 2013). This gives them 3 simultaneous Top 5 songs, along with "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us". "Same Love" has also reached #1 on the New Zealand singles chart, #4 on the Canadian Hot 100, and #6 on the UK singles chart. As of September 2013, the song has sold over 2 million copies in the United States.[20]

The song also replaced "Thrift Shop" at number 1 on the Australian ARIA Charts in January 2013,[21] making Macklemore only the third artist to replace his/herself at number one on the ARIA Charts after Madonna in 1985 and the Black Eyed Peas in 2009.[22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2013 MTV Video Music Award MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Message[23] Won
2014 Grammy Awards (56th) Song of the Year[24] Nominated

Track listing[edit]

Digital download / 7"
No. Title Length
1. "Same Love" (featuring Mary Lambert) 5:20
No. Title Length
1. "Same Love (Cutmore Club Mix)" (featuring Mary Lambert) 5:52
2. "Same Love (Cutmore Radio Edit)" (featuring Mary Lambert) 3:53



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