Before today's social media boom, Myspace was one of the first global platforms for connecting with thousands of people you'd never encounter in your everyday life. For queers--especially those living outside major cities--this meant discovering for the first time a diverse LGBTQ world outside your immediate, often heteronormative, surroundings. Though the site's since been buried in the dense Internet graveyard, it leaves a legacy of helping queers connect the dots--personally and socially--in a much larger scale than ever before.
Myspace allowed you to come across profiles of colorful queers who'd stretch your understanding about the potential of personal presentation; it meant stumbling upon someone whose confident sexual prowess helped you become more comfortable with your own; it meant finding queer friends and fostering those meaningful URL relationships, and it meant developing your own queer image and voice in a way you wouldn't have been able to in real life.
With this millennial movement came the rapid rise of DIY queer music, since everyone could freely upload their tracks to Myspace without the industry's longtime barriers to entry. At the time, Garageband began replacing recording studios, allowing both LGBTQ artists and allies to share their rough bedroom pop for a wide-reaching audience online. Some had lasting careers and others inevitably fizzled away, but their legacy remains forever archived in the dusty iPod Classics of queers across the globe.
From Jeffree Star to Geoffrey Paris, we've unearthed the top 10 best queer songs of Myspace past. Unpack your snake bites, glue in those Hot Topic coon tails and revisit your forgotten guilty pleasures.