7 Amazing Queer Songs Everyone Will Love

From Taylor Swift’s anthem of unity to Hozier’s soul-stirring critique of discrimination, these tracks offer a universal message of empathy and empowerment.

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Music is one of the oldest forms of art and self-expression. It has been used for entertainment, at balls, in movies, as a means to make a statement, and to empower people. It can be inspirational and one of the best ways to relax after a long day. Music is woven into our daily lives and has become a powerful outlet for people to express themselves and their emotions. In recent years, it has also emerged as a prominent way to represent the LGBTQ+ community and empathize with their experiences and journeys of self-discovery. With that in mind, here are seven incredible queer songs to add to your playlist!

Calm Down by Taylor Swift

Four years ago, we couldn’t stay calm when Taylor Swift premiered her song You Need to Calm Down as part of her Lover album. The song addresses issues such as hate speech and homophobia, serving as a callout to those who criticize the LGBTQ+ community simply for existing because, as the lyrics state, “shade never made anybody less gay.” The song’s broader themes of standing up against hatred and promoting love have a universal appeal, resonating with anyone who advocates for fairness and stands against discrimination. Overall, You Need to Calm Down is a call for unity and acceptance that transcends the LGBTQ+ community. It’s definitely a fabulous addition to your playlist.

Got Me Started by Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan is an openly gay artist whose artistic persona and music revolve around his identity and experiences as a queer person. His songs often talk about relationships, love and self discovery from the perspective of a queer person.

Taking into account Troye Sivan’s background and the context in which the song was written, Got Me Started can be seen through a queer lens despite not explicitly talking about the queer community. The song oozes with sensuality and gives off a feeling of liberation. The song’s prominent electronic beats and smooth synths create an upbeat, modern pop sound ideal for those seeking tranquil yet danceable songs for their daily routine. Got Me Started captures the essence of yearning and self-expression, making it resonate with anyone who has experienced similar emotions. Whether you are working or thoroughly cleaning your house, this song is a must for your playlist!

Karma Chameleon by Culture Club

Chameleon is another song that has been significant for the LGBTQ+ community due to singer Boy George’s influence as a queer artist. The song’s theme of changing oneself to fit into societal expectations has resonated with queer people for a very long time as well as the importance of accepting one’s true self and living freely despite criticism or hatred.

Nevertheless, the concepts of self-acceptance, authenticity and identity can resonate with a broad audience due to how often people struggle with being able to live true to themselves. We have all at least once been in a position where we pretended we hated or liked something to fit in with a particular group of friends or colleagues. Chameleon is there to remind us that we don’t need to pretend and should live as freely as possible, for we only have one life, and we should live it to the max with our own colors. So make sure you add Chameleon to your roster!

I Wanna Ruin Our Friendship by Studio Killers

Did you ever have a crush on a close friend? If you did, well, this song is for you! I Wanna Ruin Our Friendship is a song by the virtual band Studio Killers that talks about wanting to transition from a friendship into a romantic relationship. Due to the lead singer, Cherry, being depicted in ways that resonate with the LGBTQ+ community, and the music video suggesting a possible romance between two women, the song has been denominated as a queer song. However, many people have felt the desire to transition from a friendship to a romantic relationship at some point in their lives. Many have felt the tension and uneasiness that comes with those feelings. They can certainly relate to the experience depicted in the song as it explores the themes of desire, love, and the complexities of a relationship.

Somebody to Tell Me by Tyler Glenn

Somebody to Tell Me by Tyler Glenn was used as the intro to the popular series Love, Victor. The song perfectly encapsulates the main plot of the series, which follows Victor, a teenager of Hispanic descent who recently discovers he is gay and seeks guidance and acceptance from his family and peers. The themes of seeking guidance and understanding resonate deeply with the LGBTQ+ community as rejection, hatred, and a lack of support are issues they have to face constantly alone, with nobody to guide them. Moreover, Tyler Glenn’s openness about his sexuality and journey with his Mormon faith adds an extra layer of significance to the song.

The song’s themes of support, validation, and seeking guidance can be universally relatable as they are emotions that many people have experienced at some point in their lives and foster empathy for others who may be having a similar experience. Furthermore, the song’s blend of alternative elements with emotive vocals and a compelling melody make for an enjoyable listen.
So make sure it’s next on your playlist.

Take Me to Church by Hozier

Although not queer himself, Hozier is a very vocal ally of the LGBTQ+ community, showcasing his support through his work. In his song Take Me to Church, he uses religious imagery to criticize the constant discrimination and condemnation that queer people face from religious institutions. The song delves into the struggle for acceptance and the judgment of identity that queer individuals often endure, resonating deeply with the LGBTQ+ community.

In addition, the themes of judgment, repression, and the struggle for acceptance are universally relatable and resonate with people outside the LGBTQ+ community, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Furthermore, the blend of soulful vocals, haunting melodies, and powerful instrumentation will surely send shivers down your spine. Give it a listen!

I Want to Break Free by Queen

Last but certainly not least, I Want to Break Free by Queen. Freddie Mercury became an icon for the LGBTQ+ community thanks to his flamboyant stage presence and later openness about his sexuality. The song’s lyrics about breaking free and living authentically are themes that deeply connect to queer people.

The song has become a classic for many because its themes of self-empowerment and the pursuit of freedom from personal or societal constraints are broadly appealing.

Bonus

As a special bonus, here are some of my personal recommendations from both queer artists and allies to the LGBTQ+ community:

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  • Why Don’t you Stay – Jeff Satur
  • We Fell in Love in October – Marie Ulven
  • Go Go – Wham
  • Heaven is a Hand to Hold – Duncan Laurance

Music Is a Universal Language

Music has the extraordinary power to connect us, heal us, and inspire us. It transcends boundaries and speaks to our experiences. The seven songs I’ve highlighted not only resonate deeply with the LGBTQ+ community but also touch upon universal themes of love, acceptance, self-discovery, and liberation.

From Taylor Swift’s bold call for unity in You Need to Calm Down to the soulful defiance in Hozier’s Take Me to Church, these songs offer solace, strength, and celebration. They remind us that everyone, regardless of their background or identity, seeks connection and understanding.

As you listen to these tracks, let them serve as a reminder of the beauty of diversity and the importance of empathy. Let them inspire you to stand up for what you believe in, embrace your true self, and celebrate the uniqueness of everyone around you. Music is a universal language, and these queer anthems are perfect examples of how it can bring us all closer together. So, add these incredible songs to your playlist and let their powerful messages resonate in your heart.


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