There's a special kind of magic that comes from hearing the perfect queer anthem. No, that's not because we take pride in hearing the gay agenda penetrate everything from the local LGBTQ bar or Pride festival to the aisles of CVS or the shopping racks at GAP--though that does feel pretty good.
The real magic is that, for a community so besieged by a history of oppression, the songs stand timeless. We can scream the lyrics to Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" no matter what decade we're living in; we can cry into our pillows as we dramatically lip sync "Come to My Window" by Melissa Ethridge at any time and, trust us, we do.
In times of crisis and celebration within the LGBTQ community, music has been the constant and, damnit, it's time to celebrate. So, we've scoured the archives and reminisced about the Pride songs that have provided the soundtrack to our breakups, our coming out journeys, or even just our Saturday nights. From ABBA and Robyn to Madonna and Troye Sivan, these are our 25 favorite Pride anthems of all time.
"It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls (1992)
"Dancing On My Own" by Robyn (2010)
"Dancing Queens" by ABBA (1976)
"I Want to Break Free" by Queen (1984)
"Come to My Window" by Melissa Ethridge (1993)
"Heaven" by Troye Sivan & Betty Who (2016)
"Take Me I'm Yours" by Jobriath (1973)
"Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat (1984)
"Supermodel (You Better Work)" by RuPaul (1993)
"Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland (1939)
"You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester (1978)
"Vogue" by Madonna (1990)
"Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera (2002)
"True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper (1986)
"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor (1978)
"Born This Way" by Lady Gaga (2011)
"I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross (1980)
"Express Yourself" by Madonna (1989)
"Freedom '90" by George Michael (1990)
"I Want to Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston (1987)