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LGBT magazine The Advocate, has name Madonna the greatest gay icon in music.[1]

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.[dubious ] Many top-charting popular songs, such as "I Think I'm in Love with You" by Jessica Simpson, "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper, "Take Me to Church" by Hozier, "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert, "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga, "Raise Your Glass" by Pink, "Cherry" by Rina Sawayama, and "Curiosity" by Loona, have become a "refuge of unambiguous support for gay rights".[2]

Not all songs labelled as "gay anthems" were written with that purpose, but they are included in this subgenre of popular music if they have become particularly popular among the gay community.[citation needed]

The lyrics of gay anthems are often marked by themes of perseverance, inner strength, acceptance, pride, and unity.[3] Ten elements were identified by the editors of the 2002 book Queer, which they claim describe themes common to many gay anthems: "big voiced divas"; themes of overcoming hardship in love; "you are not alone"; themes of throwing your cares away (to party); hard won self-esteem; unashamed sexuality; the search for acceptance; torch songs for the world-weary; the theme of love conquers all; and of "making no apologies for who you are".[3]

Research suggests that the song most commonly identified as a gay anthem is "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.[4] The song is described as "a classic emblem of gay culture in the post-Stonewall and AIDS eras and arguably disco's greatest anthem".[citation needed]

UK LGBT rights charity Stonewall named Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" the most empowering song of the 2000s decade for LGBT people,[5] and Elton John predicted it would replace "I Will Survive" as the pre-eminent gay anthem.[3][6]

Village People's "Y.M.C.A.",[7] The Weather Girls's "It's Raining Men",[8][9] Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough",[10] ABBA's "Dancing Queen" are classic gay anthems.[3]

Madonna's "Vogue", Mariah Carey's "Hero", Ultra Naté's "Free", Janet Jackson's "Together Again", Cher's "Believe", Jessica Simpson's "I Think I'm in Love with You" and "A Public Affair", Kylie Minogue's "Spinning Around" and "Can't Get You Out of My Head", Geri Halliwell's "It's Raining Men", Dannii Minogue's "I Begin to Wonder", Melanie C's "Never Be the Same Again" and "Think About It", Tamar Braxton's "Hot Sugar" and "My Man", Lady Gaga's "Born This Way", and Ariana Grande's "Break Free" are considered as gay anthems for the new generation.[3]

Songs from famous soundtracks as "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston from The Bodyguard, "There You'll Be" by Faith Hill from Pearl Harbor, "Can't Fight the Moonlight" by LeAnn Rimes from Coyote Ugly, "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Mýa, Lil' Kim and Pink from Moulin Rouge! and "We Can" by LeAnn Rimes from Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde are beloved by the gay community and are considered gay anthems.[3]

The main single of "I Turn to You" by Melanie C, which became a gay anthem, was released as the "Hex Hector Radio Mix", for which Hex Hector won the 2001 Grammy as Remixer of the Year.[11]

Themes

Melanie Brown was shown kissing another woman in her "For Once in My Life" video, making this song a hymn of the gay community.

Although every song is individual, the criteria for what makes a gay anthem has shown a trend among the years. In the book Queer, the following ten main themes were listed that are common among many, if not all gay anthems:[8][3]

List of historically significant gay anthem songs

Year released Song title Artist(s) Reference/notes
1920 The Lavender Song (Das Lila Lied) Lyrics by Kurt Schwabach [12]
1928 Prove It On Me Blues Ma Rainey [13]
1929 If Love Were All Noël Coward [14]
1932 Mad About the Boy [13]
1937 Easy Living Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra [a]
My Funny Valentine Rodgers and Hart
1938 Lush Life Billy Strayhorn [13]
1939 Over the Rainbow Judy Garland [16][9][17][14]
1954 The Man That Got Away [18]
1957 Somewhere (There's a Place for Us) From the musical West Side Story [8][9][14]
1958 My Baby Just Cares for Me Nina Simone [19]
1960 As Long as He Needs Me Shirley Bassey [8][9]
1962 The Man I Love" Gene Howard [13]
1963 Hello Stranger Barbara Lewis [20]
1964 You Don't Own Me Lesley Gore [21][17]
1966 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me Dusty Springfield [8]
Ballad of the Sad Young Men Roberta Flack [21]
1968 Don't Rain On My Parade Barbra Streisand [22]
1970 Ain't No Mountain High Enough Diana Ross [8]
Lola The Kinks [13][21]
You Don't Own Me Dusty Springfield [21][17]
1971 March from a Clockwork Orange Wendy Carlos [21]
It Must Be Love" Labi Siffre [21]
1972 Walk on the Wild Side Lou Reed [13][21]
All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople [13]
Starman David Bowie [23][24][25][21][17]
1974 Rebel Rebel [14]
I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton [26]
Take Me I’m Yours Jobriath [13]
Love Is the Message MFSB [27]
1975 Sweet Transvestite Tim Curry from the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show [28]
I Was Born This Way Carl Bean [29]
Valentino [30][17]
Home Introduced by Stephanie Mills

Popularised by Diana Ross

[31]
Landslide Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac [32]
1976 Dancing Queen ABBA [33][8][9][17]
The Killing of Georgie Rod Stewart [34][13]
Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson [8]
Jolene Dolly Parton [26]
Somebody to Love Queen [6]
1977 I Feel Love Donna Summer [35][17][33]
Dreams Fleetwood Mac [36]
Gold Dust Woman [32]
Best of My Love The Emotions [36]
1978 Got to Be Real Cheryl Lynn [27]
Two Doors Down Dolly Parton [37]
Baby I'm Burning [38][26]
I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor [39][40][41][42][43][44][45][9][21][6][17][33]
Glad to Be Gay Tom Robinson Band [46][17]
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) Sylvester [9][13][17][29][44][33]
I Love the Nightlife Alicia Bridges [17]
Macho Man Village People [47]
Y.M.C.A. [48][13]
September Earth, Wind and Fire [36]
Last Dance Donna Summer [6]
I'm Every Woman Chaka Khan [49][33]
1979 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) ABBA [9]
Boys Keep Swinging David Bowie [9][6]
We Are Family Sister Sledge [50][13][33]
No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand [8]
Go West Village People [9][13][6][17][42][51]
Knock on Wood Amii Stewart [52]
Don't Stop Me Now Queen [21]
You Know How to Love Me Phyllis Hyman [53]
It's My House Diana Ross [54]
1980 I'm Coming Out [55][45][22][56][57][58][59][9][13][36][6][60][33][44]
9 to 5 Dolly Parton [26][43]
Private Idaho The B52s [21]
Never Knew Love Like This Before Stephanie Mills [61]
1981 Tainted Love Soft Cell [21]
Puerto Pollensa Written by Marilina Ross.

First popularized by Sandra Mihanovich

[62][63]
Pull Up to the Bumper Grace Jones [64][21]
1982 Edge of Seventeen Stevie Nicks [65]
I've Never Been to Me Charlene [28]
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? Culture Club [9]
And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going Jennifer Holliday [8][53]
It's Raining Men The Weather Girls [8][9][36][6][60][41][45][33][43]
Love My Way The Psychedelic Furs [20]
1983 Church of the Poison Mind Culture Club [21]
This Charming Man The Smiths [21]
So Many Men, So Little Time Miquel Brown [8][9]
Relax Frankie Goes to Hollywood [21]
I Am What I Am From the musical La Cage aux Folles [9][66]
Holiday Madonna [8]
1984 Din Daa Daa George Kranz [27]
Smalltown Boy Bronski Beat [67][8][60][64][33]
Why? [68][13]
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) Dead or Alive [28]
You Think You're a Man Divine [69]
I Want to Break Free Queen [28][60][56][33][44]
1985 Conga Miami Sound Machine [70]
Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin [8]
How Will I Know Whitney Houston [71][6]
Miss Celie Blues Introduced in the 1985 film "The Color Purple" [14]
Running Up That Hill Kate Bush [19]
1986 Don't Leave Me This Way The Communards [72][73]
Kiss Prince [74]
True Colors Cyndi Lauper [75][76][56][6][60][57][33]
1987 Seven Wonders Fleetwood Mac [32]
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) Whitney Houston [38][77][36][60][33]
It's a Sin Pet Shop Boys [19]
1988 A Little Respect Erasure [64][8][49][59]
Heaven Is a Place on Earth Belinda Carlisle [20]
Fast Car Tracy Chapman [78][65][21][57]
1989 Work That Pussy (Boom Boom Remix) Ellis D [27]
Elements of Vogue (David DePino Mix) David Xtravaganza and Johnny Dynell
Deep in Vogue Malcolm McLaren
Let's Go Fast Eddie
Express Yourself Madonna [79][28][21][33]
If I Could Turn Back Time Cher [80][57][43]
I Want That Man Deborah Harry [28]
Closer to Fine Indigo Girls [81][57]
1990 Vogue Madonna [67][9][13][60][79]
Freedom! '90 George Michael [60][80][6][21][56][58][57][33][59]
Show Me Love Robin S. [64]
1991 Finally CeCe Peniston [8]
Better The Devil You Know Kylie Minogue [82]
Justified and Ancient The KLF & Tammy Wynette [41]
1992 Constant Craving k.d. lang [28][60]
Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover Sophie B. Hawkins [6]
Supermodel (You Better Work) RuPaul [28][6][60][58][83]
Deeper and Deeper Madonna [84][64]
I Will Always Love You (theme from the film The Bodyguard) Whitney Houston [28]
1993 Come to My Window Melissa Etheridge [81][65][60][57][59]
Yes I Am [81]
This Is It Dannii Minogue [28]
I'm Every Woman (theme from the film The Bodyguard) Whitney Houston [28][29]
Rebel Girl Bikini Kill
Hero Mariah Carey [85]
1994 A Deeper Love Aretha Franklin [22][86][33][58]
1995 Everlasting Love Gloria Estefan [70]
I Kissed a Girl Jill Sobule [87][56]
Fastlove George Michael [49]
Jesus to a Child [74]
Waterfalls TLC
I Am the Body Beautiful Salt N Pepa [60]
1996 Seasons of Love (theme from the musical Rent) Introduced in the musical Rent [88][89]
Take Me or Leave Me Idina Menzel & Fredi Walker [80][65][90]
Wannabe Spice Girls [91]
2 Become 1 [92]
1997 Fly Life Basement Jaxx [27]
Young Hearts Run Free Kym Mazelle [28]
Free Ultra Naté [8][33]
Together Again Janet Jackson [8][74][6][59][60]
Butterfly (Def Mix) Mariah Carey [85]
One More Hour Sleater-Kinney [6]
1998 Heaven's What I Feel Gloria Estefan [70]
Believe Cher [93][6][60][43]
Nobody's Supposed to Be Here (Hex Hector Remix) Deborah Cox [94]
The Origins of Love Introduced in Hedwig and the Angry Inch [80][95][90]
The Boy Is Mine Brandy & Monica [96][97]
Outside George Michael [9]
1999 Man! I Feel Like a Woman! Shania Twain [98][36]
Waiting for Tonight Jennifer Lopez [99][100][70][96][97]
Strong Enough Cher [28][101][33]
New York City Boy Pet Shop Boys [28]
Mi Chico Latino Geri Halliwell [28]
It's Not Right but It's Okay (Thunderpuss Remix) Whitney Houston [102][28][60][101]
2000 Stronger Britney Spears [103][104][105]
Let's Get Loud Jennifer Lopez [59][70][100]
Proud Heather Small [28][33]
Bag It Up Geri Halliwell [28]
I Turn to You (Hex Hector Mix) Melanie C [28]
Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme) Mariah Carey [106]
Can't Fight the Moonlight (theme from the film Coyote Ugly) LeAnn Rimes [28]
Spinning Around Kylie Minogue [28][107]
2001 Your Disco Needs You [9][108][51]
Can't Get You Out of My Head [109][110][107]
It's Raining Men (theme from the film Bridget Jones's Diary) Geri Halliwell [8][9]
Murder on the Dancefloor Sophie Ellis-Bextor [111]
Lady Marmalade (theme from the film Moulin Rouge!) Christina Aguilera, Mýa, Lil' Kim and Pink [8][9]
There You'll Be (theme from the film Pearl Harbor) Faith Hill [8][9]
Who Do You Love Now? Dannii Minogue [112]
Song for the Lonely Cher [59]
2002 Love at First Sight Kylie Minogue [108][107]
Beautiful Christina Aguilera [113][114][115][116][104][56][33]
No More Drama (Thunderpuss Remix) Mary J. Blige [117]
Shined on Me Praise Cats [8][9]
Dove (I'll Be Loving You) Moony [8][9]
¿A quién le importa? Thalía
2003 Defying Gravity Introduced by Idina Menzel, from the musical Wicked [118]
Fighter Christina Aguilera [59]
I Begin to Wonder Dannii Minogue [119]
Me Against the Music Britney Spears featuring Madonna [103]
Dragostea Din Tei O-Zone [120]
Mr. Brightside The Killers [121][122]
2004 Take Your Mama Scissor Sisters [9][33]
2005 Hung Up Madonna [123]
Ride It Geri Halliwell [119]
2006 A Public Affair Jessica Simpson [119]
Mama My Chemical Romance
Nothing in This World Paris Hilton
Stars Are Blind [96][97][124][125]
The Best of Both Worlds Hannah Montana [126][127]
Buttons The Pussycat Dolls [91]
Listen Beyoncé [128][129]
Freakum Dress [91]
2007 Get Me Bodied [53][96]
Gimme More Britney Spears [91][103]
2008 Hayloft Mother Mother [130]
2009 Fuck You Lily Allen [131]
She Wolf Shakira [132][100]
Bad Romance Lady Gaga [133]
2010 All The Lovers Kylie Minogue [134][6][107][44][79][80][71][108][59]
Get Outta My Way [135]
Dancing on My Own Robyn [136][6][65][80][97][104][57][137][105]
Firework Katy Perry [80][104][137][56][57][59]
We R Who We R Kesha [56][59][104][137]
Raise Your Glass P!nk
Teenage Dream Glee Cast feat. Darren Criss [138]
2011 Born This Way Lady Gaga [6][139][140][141][65][36]
[45][56][104][137][57][44][33][58][59][138]
Run The World (Girls) Beyoncé [142][6][104]
Love On Top [96][142]
2012 Thinkin Bout You Frank Ocean [6][143][137][138]
Let There Be Love Christina Aguilera [144]
Same Love Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert [145][146][104][137][33][138]
Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen [147][57]
Sweater Weather The Neighbourhood [148]
Let's Have a Kiki Scissor Sisters [104][137][140][57][59]
Die Young Kesha [58]
2013 Land of Lola Billy Porter [95][149][150][90]
Raise You Up/Just Be [151][80][90]
Follow Your Arrow Kacey Musgraves [152][56][137]
People Like Us Kelly Clarkson [153][154]
Closer Tegan and Sara [38][65][137][140][57]
The Beginning RuPaul [59]
She Keeps Me Warm Mary Lambert [59]
Woman's World Cher [9]
Brave Sara Bareilles [56][59][104][137]
Girls / Girls / Boys Panic! at the Disco [155][156][157][158][159][140][56][137][59]
Let It Go (theme from the film Frozen) Idina Menzel [160][161][162][163][137]
Work Bitch Britney Spears [164][165][166][103][6][137]
***Flawless Beyoncé [142]
2014 True Trans Soul Rebel Against Me [104][13][56][140][57][138]
Queen Perfume Genius [13]
Rise Like a Phoenix Conchita Wurst [138]
Break Free Ariana Grande [167][137]
Born An Angel Afida Turner [168][169]
Fancy Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX [9]
Really Don't Care Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd [170][171]
Sissy That Walk RuPaul [172][173][174][140][56][80][83]
2015 Run Away with Me Carly Rae Jepsen [91][147][137][175]
Cool for the Summer Demi Lovato [176][97][137]
Girls Like Girls Hayley Kiyoko [177]
King Years & Years [137]
Shine [178]
2016 Secret Love Song Pt II Little Mix [179][180][173]
Loving Someone The 1975 [181][182]
Work from Home Fifth Harmony [96]
Into You Ariana Grande [97][102][96][137]
Sexual Neiked [183][184]
Formation Beyoncé [185][186][187][188][189][190][142][137]
Hold Up [191]
Sorry [142][191]
All In Monsta X [192]
One More Day Sistar and Giorgio Moroder [192]
Sweet Dream Kim Hee-chul and Min Kyung-hoon
Touch Little Mix [173][180]
2017 Heaven Troye Sivan & Betty Who [193][194][195][196][197][198]
Angels In Chains Geri Halliwell [9]
Sorry Not Sorry Demi Lovato [199]
Chanel Frank Ocean [200][201][202][143]
Someone to You BANNERS [203]
Nights with You [199]
Cut to the Feeling Carly Rae Jepsen [199][204][105][45][6][104][147][175]
Power Little Mix [205][173]
New Rules Dua Lipa [206][207][6][137]
Boys Charli XCX [208][209][207]
Call Me Mother RuPaul [210][83][207]
I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend Girl in Red [211]
This Is Me (theme from the film The Greatest Showman) Keala Settle [212][213][214][215][216][56]
Mystery of Love (theme from the film Call Me by Your Name) Sufjan Stevens [217][218][219]
Visions of Gideon
The Joke Brandi Carlile [220][221][104][140]
Heart Attack LOONA's Chuu [222][223][224][225]
2018 Home (cover of The Wiz song) (from the drama series Pose) MJ Rodriguez & Billy Porter [71]
Strawberries & Cigarettes (theme from the film Love, Simon) Troye Sivan [226][227][228][198][146]
My My My! [205][198]
Bloom [229][13][221][140][80][21][137][198]
Make Me Feel Janelle Monae [230][231][232][140][21][137][57]
Pynk
Rainbow Kacey Musgraves [233][33]
I'm Not Afraid Holland [234][235][236]
Colour MNEK and Hailee Steinfeld [237][238][140][141][205]
Promises Calvin Harris and Sam Smith [239]
No Tears Left to Cry Ariana Grande [74]
Thank U, Next [240][241][242]
2019 A Little Bit Alexis (from the sitcom Schitt'$ Creek) Annie Murphy [243][244][245]
Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels Todrick Hall [246][71][137]
Abranse Perras Gloria Trevi
Old Town Road Lil Nas X [247][248][249]
C7osure (You Like) [250][140]
Basic Bilal Hassani [251]
On a Roll Ashley O [252]
You Need to Calm Down Taylor Swift [253][137]
Lights Up Harry Styles [254][255][256][257][258]
Don't Start Now Dua Lipa [259][260][102][206]
High Heels Melanie C [261]
Break Up (Bye Bye) The Frock Destroyers [262][263][264]
Show Yourself Idina Menzel [265][266][267]
2020 Only the Brave Louis Tomlinson [268]
Physical Dua Lipa [269][102][206][259]
React The Pussycat Dolls [71][102]
Savage Megan Thee Stallion & Beyoncé [22][110]
Rain On Me Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande [270][271][22][91][253][205]
Comme des Garçons (Like the Boys) Rina Sawayama [79]
XS [272]
Chosen Family [273]
Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America The 1975 & Phoebe Bridgers [274][275]
Betty Taylor Swift [276][277][278][279]
Dorothea [280][281]
Positions Ariana Grande [282]
34+35 [283][284]
2021 Montero (Call Me by Your Name) Lil Nas X [285]

See also

Notes

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