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Nov 28 2012
Beating Off Together: 150 Gayest Songs EVER (The List) Comments (19)

CazwellWhat makes a song "gay?"

Is it the singer's real-life sexual persuasion, the explicit or implicit (and positive or negative) lyrical content, how it has been embraced by the gay community, being inextricably linked with its homo-erotic video...or something else?

Or all of the above?

Judy-Garland"Wait...'YMCA' is about more than just hittin' the gym?"

My picks for the gayest songs of all time follow below in alphabetical order by artist. There is also a separate post (with a crazy load time) with the songs arranged somewhat creatively for your listening/viewing enjoyment.

Feel free to tell me what am I missing, in both senses of the question...

10cc "I’m Not in Love" (1975)

ABBA "Dancing Queen" (1976)

ABBA "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" (179x)

Aguilera, Christina "Beautiful" (2002)

Allen, Lily "Fuck You" (2009)

Alphaville "Big in Japan" (1984)

Army of Lovers "Crucified" (1991)

Bean, Carl (and Valentino) "I Was Born This Way" (1975 and 1977)

Beatles, The "You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away" (1965)

Blur "Girls & Boys" (1994)

Bogan, Lucille (aka Bessie Jackson) "B.D. Woman's Blues" (1935)

Book of Love "Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls" (1988)

Bowie, David "Time" (1973)

Boxx, Pandora "Nice Car! (Shame About Your Penis)" (2012)

Boy George "The Crying Game" (from the film The Crying Game) (1992)

Bridges, Alicia "I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)" (1978)

Bronski Beat "Hit That Perfect Beat" (1985)

Bronski Beat "Smalltown Boy" (1984)

Bronski Beat "Why?" (1984)

Brown, Miquel "So Many Men, So Little Time" (1983)

Bryant, Jimmy & Nixon, Marni "Somewhere" (from the film West Side Story) (1961)

Carpio, T.V. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (2007)

Cazwell "Ice Cream Truck" (2010)

Cher "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" (1971)

Christian, Meg "Ode to a Gym Teacher" (1974)

Christie, Lou "Two Faces Have I" (1963)

Coming Out Crew "Free, Gay & Happy" (1994)

Communards, The "Don’t Leave Me This Way" (1986)

Communards, The "There’s More to Love" (1988)

Cotton, Josie "Johnny R U Queer?" (1981)

Cruise Control "No Condom, No Sex" (1988)

Culture Club "I’ll Tumble 4 Ya" (1983)

Curry, Tim "Sweet Transvestite" (from the film Rocky Horror Picture Show) (1975)

Curtis, Simon "Flesh" (2011)

Daily, E.G. "Love in the Shadows" (1986)

Davis, Madeline "Stonewall Nation" (1971)

Day, Doris "Secret Love" (Calamity Jane) (1953)

Dead or Alive "Come Home With Me Baby" (1989)

DeCarlo, Yvonne "I’m Still Here" (Follies) (1971)

Depeche Mode "Never Let Me Down Again" (1987)

Ditto, Beth "I Wrote the Book" (2011)

Divine "I’m So Beautiful" (1984)

Divine "You Think You’re a Man" (1984)

Electric Six "Gay Bar" (2003)

Electronic "Getting Away With It" (1989)

Erasure "Chains of Love" (1988)

Erasure "A Little Respect" (1988)

Etheridge, Melissa "Come to My Window" (1994)

Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Relax" (1983)

Franz Ferdinand "Michael" (2004)

Garland, Judy "Over the Rainbow" (1939)

Garland, Judy "The Man That Got Away" (1954)

Gaynor, Gloria "I Will Survive" (1978)

God-Des & She "Love You Better" (2006)

Gold, Ari "Where the Music Takes You" (2007)

Green Day "Coming Clean" (1994)

Hawkins, Sophie B "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" (1992)

Hayes, Darren "Insatiable" (2002)

Hearn, George "I Am What I Am" (from the musical La Cage aux Folles) (1983)

Holliday, Jennifer "And I'm Telling You I’m Not Going" (from the musical Dreamgirls) (1982)

Holloway, Loleatta "Love Sensation"/Blackbox "Ride on Time" (1980/1989)

Houston, Whitney "I’m Every Woman" (1992)

International, Dana "Diva" (1998)

Jabara, Paul "Ocho Rios" (1986)

Jaxon, Frankie "Half-Pint" "My Daddy Rocks Me With One Steady Roll" (1929)

Jobriath "I’maman" (1973)

John, Elton "Big Dipper" (1978)

Jones, Grace "Pull Up to the Bumper" (1981)

Jorgensen, Christine "I Enjoy Being a Girl" (1982)

José & Luis "Queen’s English" (1992)

Kane, Helen "He's So Unusual" (from the film Sweetie) (1929)

Kinks, The "Lola" (1970)

Kitt, Eartha "Where Is My Man?" (1983)

La Roux "Bulletproof" (2009)

Lady Gaga "Born This Way" (2011)

Lambert, Adam "Outlaws of Love" (2012)

lang, k.d. "Constant Craving" (1992)

Lauper, Cyndi "True Colors" (1986)

Le Tigre "Keep on Livin'" (2001)

Lee, Brenda "My Baby Likes Western Guys" (1960)

Lekakis, Paul "Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)" (1987)

Lion, Adair "Ben (Gay Is Okay)" (2012)

Little Richard "Tutti Frutti" (1955)

Lynn, Cheryl "To Be Real" (1978)

Machine "There But for the Grace of God Go I" (1979)

Madonna "Express Yourself" (1989)

Madonna "Vogue" (1990)

Malin, Jean "I’d Rather Be Spanish" (1931)

Man 2 Man Meet Man Parrish "Male Stripper" (1986)

Marseilles (and Charlez Aznavour) "What Makes a Man" (1989 & 1973)

McLaren, Malcolm "Deep in Vogue" (1989)

Menzel, Idina "Defying Gravity" (from the musical Wicked) (2003)

Michael, George "Outside" (1998)

Mika "Billy Brown" (2006)

Minogue, Kylie "Your Disco Needs You" (2000)

Mitchell, John Cameron "Tear Me Down" (from the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch) (2001)

Modern Rocketry "Homosexuality" (1985)

Monty Python "The Lumberjack Song" (1975)

Moyet, Alison "Whispering Your Name" (1994)

Naté, Ultra "Free" (1997)

Nesmith, Michael "Cruisin'" (1979)

P!nk "Fuckin’ Perfect" (2010)

Peniston, CeCe "Finally" (1991)

Perry, Katy "Firework" (2010)

Pet Shop Boys "It’s a Sin" (1987)

Pet Shop Boys "Can You Forgive Her?" (1993)

Petersen, Paul "My Dad" (from the TV series The Donna Reed Show) (1963)

Porter, Cole "You’re the Top" (from the musical Anything Goes) (1934)

Presley, Elvis "Jailhouse Rock" (from the film Jailhouse Rock) (1957)

Queen "I Want to Break Free" (1984)

R.E.M. "Losing My Religion" (1991)

Rainey, Gertrude "Ma" "Prove It On Me Blues" (1928)

Reed, Lou "Kill Your Sons" (1974)

Reed, Lou "Walk on the Wild Side" (1972)

Right Said Fred "I’m Too Sexy" (1991)

Robyn "Dancing On My Own" (2010)

Rodgers, Jimmie "Secretly" (1958)

Romanovsky & Phillips "Give Me a Homosexual" (1988)

Ross, Diana "I’m Coming Out" (1980)

Rowe, Normie "It Ain’t Necessarily So" (from the musical Porgy and Bess) (1935)

Rufus Wainwright "Gay Messiah" (2004)

RuPaul "Supermodel (You Better Work)" (1992)

Scissor Sisters "Let’s Have a Kiki" (2012)

Shane, Jackie "Any Other Way" (1963)

Shelley, Pete "Homosapien" (1981)

Shooting Party "Safe in the Arms of Love" (1988)

Sister Sledge "We Are Family" (1979)

Small, Heather "Proud" (2000)

Smiths, The "This Charming Man" (1983)

Sobule, Jill "I Kissed a Girl" (1995)

Soft Cell "Tainted Love" (1981)

Springfield, Dusty "Born This Way" (1990)

Streisand, Barbra "Don’t Rain on My Parade" (from the film Funny Girl) (1968)

Summer, Donna "I Feel Love" (1977)

Summer, Donna "Last Dance" (from the film Thank God It's Friday) (1978)

Sylvester "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" (1978)

t.A.T.u. "All the Things She Said" (2002)

Tom Robinson Band "Glad To Be Gay" (1978)

Tornados, The "Do You Come Here Often?" (1966)

Townshend, Pete "Rough Boys" (1980)

Van Helden, Armand "U Don’t Know Me" (1999)

Veronicas, The "Take Me on the Floor" (2008)

Village People, The "Go West" (1979)

Village People, The "Macho Man" (1978)

Village People, The "YMCA" (1978)

Warwick, Dionne (and lang, k.d.) "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls" (from the film Valley of the Dolls) (1967 & 1997)

Weather Girls, The "It’s Raining Men" (1982)

Wilde, Kim "Never Trust a Stranger" (1988)

Xelle "Party Girl" (2011)

Zappa, Frank "He’s So Gay" (1984)