69 Songs That Are Certified Gay Anthems Whether Straight People Know It Or Not

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1."Into You" by Ariana Grande

Why this song is on this list: Because there's nothing gay people like talking about more than

Why this song is on this list: Because there's nothing gay people like talking about more than "Into You" being Ariana Grande's best song.

Republic

2."Dancing on My Own" by Robyn

Why this song is on this list: Because this is the closest thing we have to a sad gay national anthem.

Why this song is on this list: Because this is the closest thing we have to a sad gay national anthem.

Konichiwa

3."Cool for the Summer" by Demi Lovato

Why this song is on this list: Because this has been the gay song of summer for six years straight.

Why this song is on this list: Because this has been the gay song of summer for six years straight.

Hollywood Records

4."Why Did You Do That?"/ "Hair Body Face" by Ally

Why this song is on this list: Because I know Ally's pop career in A Star Is Born was supposed to be symbolic of her selling out, but whatever, the music was so good.

Why this song is on this list: Because I know Ally's pop career in A Star Is Born was supposed to be symbolic of her selling out, but whatever, the music was so good.

Warner Bros.

5."Juice" by Lizzo

Why this song is on this list: Because gay people knew about Lizzo three years before straight people did. 

Why this song is on this list: Because gay people knew about Lizzo three years before straight people did.

UMG

6."All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey

Why this song is on this list: Because it's a spiritual experience when this song comes on after three or seven vodka sodas in the middle of July.

Why this song is on this list: Because it's a spiritual experience when this song comes on after three or seven vodka sodas in the middle of July.

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7."Sparks" by Hilary Duff

Why this song is on this list: Because straight people let it flop and now they must pay.

Why this song is on this list: Because straight people let it flop and now they must pay.

SME

8."Say You'll Be There" by the Spice Girls

Why this song is on this list: Because the armography in this video alone would be studied for years to come.

Why this song is on this list: Because the armography in this video alone would be studied for years to come.

Virgin

9."Heaven Is a Place on Earth" by Belinda Carlisle

Why this song is on this list: Because that episode of Black Mirror destroyed me.

Why this song is on this list: Because that episode of Black Mirror destroyed me.

UMG

10."Work Bitch" by Britney Spears

Why this song is on this list: Because there was both a cultural and economic shift when this song was released.

Why this song is on this list: Because there was both a cultural and economic shift when this song was released.

RCA

11.Literally anything from Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour album.

Why this song is on this list: Because it should be required gay listening, like homework, to stream this album.

Why this song is on this list: Because it should be required gay listening, like homework, to stream this album.

UMG

12.The really fast speaking part in Katy Perry's "Never Really Over"

Why this song is on this list: Because when this song came out, it became every gay's mission to learn that part.

Why this song is on this list: Because when this song came out, it became every gay's mission to learn that part.

Capitol Records

13."Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil' Kim, and Pink

Why this song is on this list: Because this is obviously the greatest collaboration of all time.

Why this song is on this list: Because this is obviously the greatest collaboration of all time.

UMG/ WMG/ Sony

14."All for You" by Janet Jackson

Why this song is on this list: Because of the

Why this song is on this list: Because of the "got a nice package alright, guess I'm gonna have to ride it tonight" lyric.

BMI

15."Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga

Why this song is on this list: Because everything about

Why this song is on this list: Because everything about "Bad Romance" is iconic.

Interscope Records

16."Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood

Why this song is on this list: Because country gays deserve a song or two on this list.

Why this song is on this list: Because country gays deserve a song or two on this list.

Arista

17."Midnight Sky" by Miley Cyrus

Why this song is on this list: Because gay people have known Miley Cyrus can sing for years, but straight people are finally catching up.

Why this song is on this list: Because gay people have known Miley Cyrus can sing for years, but straight people are finally catching up.

Miley Cyrus/ RCA

18."It's Not Right But It's Okay (Thunderpuss Remix)" by Whitney Houston

Why this song is on this list: Because this is one of the most important remixes in gay history.

Why this song is on this list: Because this is one of the most important remixes in gay history.

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19."Believe" by Cher

Why this song is on this list: Because it still sounds amazing 20+ years later.

Why this song is on this list: Because it still sounds amazing 20+ years later.

Warner Music UK

20."Potential Breakup Song" by Aly & AJ

Why this song is on this list: Because you know the Aly & AJ gays would riot if it wasn't on this list.

Why this song is on this list: Because you know the Aly & AJ gays would riot if it wasn't on this list.

Hollywood Records

21."The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy & Monica

Why this song is on this list: Because I've had friends get in legit fights over who is Brandy and who is Monica.

Why this song is on this list: Because I've had friends get in legit fights over who is Brandy and who is Monica.

WMG

22."Say My Name" by Destiny's Child

Why this song is on this list: Because not only is this a certified bop, but it also has an incredibly underrated music video. The

Why this song is on this list: Because not only is this a certified bop, but it also has an incredibly underrated music video. The "freeze dancing" is iconic.

Columbia

23."Man! I Feel Like a Woman" by Shania Twain

Why this song is on this list: Because if you played this at a gay bar, every gay would immediately begin re-creating the music video for it.

Why this song is on this list: Because if you played this at a gay bar, every gay would immediately begin re-creating the music video for it.

Mercury Nashville

24."UK Hun?" by the United Kingdolls

Why this song is on this list: Because I haven't heard this song out yet, but I just know people would lose their shit when they hear

Why this song is on this list: Because I haven't heard this song out yet, but I just know people would lose their shit when they hear "ding dang dong."

WOW/ BBC Three

25."Savage Remix" by Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé

Why this song is on this list: Because let's be real, we all tried to learn that dance.

Why this song is on this list: Because let's be real, we all tried to learn that dance.

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26."Vroom Vroom" by Charli XCX

Why this song is on this list: Because this song was a complete and total serve. 

Why this song is on this list: Because this song was a complete and total serve.

Asylum

27."Touch" by Little Mix

Why this song is on this list: Because I will never forgive Americans for not giving Little Mix a chance.

Why this song is on this list: Because I will never forgive Americans for not giving Little Mix a chance.

Syco

28."Heart to Break" by Kim Petras

Why this song is on this list: Because Kim never disappoints. 

Why this song is on this list: Because Kim never disappoints.

Bunhead

29."Love on Top" by Beyoncé

Why this song is on this list: Because every gay thinks they are Beyoncé at the end of this song trying to hit those high notes. 

Why this song is on this list: Because every gay thinks they are Beyoncé at the end of this song trying to hit those high notes.

Sony

30."Bodak Yellow" by Cardi B

Why this song is on this list: Because

Why this song is on this list: Because "Bodak Yellow" really was the moment in 2017.

WMG

31."What's Your Pleasure?" by Jessie Ware

Why this song is on this list: Because this song is pure disco.

Why this song is on this list: Because this song is pure disco.

Jessie Ware/ UMG

32."Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey

Why this song is on this list: Because somewhere in that very special section of gay heaven, this song is playing.

Why this song is on this list: Because somewhere in that very special section of gay heaven, this song is playing.

Columbia

33."On A Roll" by Ashley O.

Why this song is on this list: Because a fictional pop star with a bad lilac wig had the best pop song of 2019.

Why this song is on this list: Because a fictional pop star with a bad lilac wig had the best pop song of 2019.

Netflix

34."Too Little Too Late" or "Leave (Get Out)" by JoJo

Why this song is on this list: Because 20 years after these songs were released, I still want to break shit when these songs come on.

Why this song is on this list: Because 20 years after these songs were released, I still want to break shit when these songs come on.

UMG

35."Dirty Talk" by Wynter Gordon

Why this song is on this list: Because this is probably the filthiest song ever written. It's amazing.

Why this song is on this list: Because this is probably the filthiest song ever written. It's amazing.

Neon Records

36."Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" by Selena

Why this song is on this list: Because on this website we worship Saint Selena.

Why this song is on this list: Because on this website we worship Saint Selena.

UMG

37."Your Body" by Christina Aguilera

Why this song is on this list: Because of the way the explicit version of this song can get gays on to the dance floor.

Why this song is on this list: Because of the way the explicit version of this song can get gays on to the dance floor.

Christina Aguilera/ Sony Music

38."Only Girl (In The World)" by Rihanna

Why this song is on this list: Because most (straight) people don't know this, but this song is actually about bottoming.

Why this song is on this list: Because most (straight) people don't know this, but this song is actually about bottoming.

Def Jam

39."Gimme More" by Britney Spears

Why this song is on this list: Because nothing sets gays off more than hearing,

Why this song is on this list: Because nothing sets gays off more than hearing, "It's Britney, bitch."

RCA

40."Stars Are Blind" by Paris Hilton

Why this song is on this list: Because this song will be played at my funeral.

Why this song is on this list: Because this song will be played at my funeral.

Cash Money Records

41."Rumors" by Lindsay Lohan

Why this song is on this list: Because at this website we worship Lindsay Lohan's music career.

Why this song is on this list: Because at this website we worship Lindsay Lohan's music career.

Casablanca Records

42."Love At First Sight" by Kylie Minogue

Why this song is on this list: Because when it comes to perfect pop songs, it doesn't get much better than this.

Why this song is on this list: Because when it comes to perfect pop songs, it doesn't get much better than this.

WMG

43."Finally" by CeCe Peniston

Why this song is on this list: Because this song came out 30 years ago and people still lose their minds when it's played.

Why this song is on this list: Because this song came out 30 years ago and people still lose their minds when it's played.

A&M Records

44."Break Free" by Ariana Grande

Why this song is on this list: Because I know this is a controversial opinion, but

Why this song is on this list: Because I know this is a controversial opinion, but "Break Free" goes harder than "Into You."

Republic

45."Motivation" by Normani

Why this song is on this list: Because Normani released a gem of a pop single and left us wanting more. Seriously, we're still waiting.

Why this song is on this list: Because Normani released a gem of a pop single and left us wanting more. Seriously, we're still waiting.

Normani/ RCA

46."Buttons" by the Pussycat Dolls

Why this song is on this list: Because something spiritual happens when

Why this song is on this list: Because something spiritual happens when "Buttons" comes on.

UMG

47."I'm a Slave 4 U" by Britney Spears

Why this song is on this list: Because every gay is suddenly a belly dancer when this comes on.

Why this song is on this list: Because every gay is suddenly a belly dancer when this comes on.

Jive

48."Damaged" by Danity Kane

Why this song is on this list: Because this and

Why this song is on this list: Because this and "Show Stopper" are bops bops bops.

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49."Run Away With Me" by Carly Rae Jepsen

Why this song is on this list: Because when this song starts and those horns go off it's an out of body experience.

Why this song is on this list: Because when this song starts and those horns go off it's an out of body experience.

UMG

50."React" by the Pussycat Dolls

Why this song is on this list: Because PCD really were robbed when they dropped the best pop song of 2020 and then Corona happened.

Why this song is on this list: Because PCD really were robbed when they dropped the best pop song of 2020 and then Corona happened.

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51."Physical" by Dua Lipa

Why this song is on this list: Because any song from Future Nostalgia could be on this list, I just think

Why this song is on this list: Because any song from Future Nostalgia could be on this list, I just think "Physical" connected best with those at the LGBTQ community.

WMG

52."Fergalicious" by Fergie

Why this song is on this list: Because it's a right of passage to know every single word to this song. 

Why this song is on this list: Because it's a right of passage to know every single word to this song.

A&M Records

53."Get Outta My Way" by Kylie Minogue

Why this song is on this list: Because there really is no better song to pretend you're in a music video to while walking down the street. 

Why this song is on this list: Because there really is no better song to pretend you're in a music video to while walking down the street.

WMG

54."He Wasn't Man Enough" by Toni Braxton

Why this song is on this list: Because if I don't hear this at a gay bar when I'm out I might as well have just stayed at home.

Why this song is on this list: Because if I don't hear this at a gay bar when I'm out I might as well have just stayed at home.

SME

55."Rain On Me" by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

Why this song is on this list: Because I truly believe we live in a world that was BRON* and ARON**. It was that important.*Before

Why this song is on this list: Because I truly believe we live in a world that was BRON* and ARON**. It was that important.

*Before "Rain On Me" ** After "Rain On Me"

Lady Gaga/ UMG

56."Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani

Why this song is on this list: Because I think we all need to forget the current state of Gwen's music.

Why this song is on this list: Because I think we all need to forget the current state of Gwen's music.

Interscope

57."Agatha All Along" by Kathryn Hahn

Why this song is on this list: Because Agatha is the MCU's biggest gay icon and this song is already being performed at drag brunches across the country.

Why this song is on this list: Because Agatha is the MCU's biggest gay icon and this song is already being performed at drag brunches across the country.

Marvel/ Disney+

58."I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston

Why this song is on this list: Because, quite frankly, it's a crowd-pleaser that sounds as good today as it did over 30 years ago.

Why this song is on this list: Because, quite frankly, it's a crowd-pleaser that sounds as good today as it did over 30 years ago.

SME

59."Like a Prayer" by Madonna

Why this song is on this list: Because when this gets played it inevitably turns into the gayest sing-along ever.

Why this song is on this list: Because when this gets played it inevitably turns into the gayest sing-along ever.

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60."My Neck, My Back" by Khia

Why this song is on this list: Because Khia introduced a generation to eating ass and we should celebrate that.

Why this song is on this list: Because Khia introduced a generation to eating ass and we should celebrate that.

Artemis

61."No Scrubs" by TLC

Why this song is on this list: Because it's just a classic!

Why this song is on this list: Because it's just a classic!

LaFace Records

62."Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj

Why this song is on this list: Because every single gay person of a certain age knows every lyric to this song.

Why this song is on this list: Because every single gay person of a certain age knows every lyric to this song.

Young Money

63."Work From Home" by Fifth Harmony

Why this song is on this list: Because

Why this song is on this list: Because "Work From Home" really was the moment in summer 2016.

SME

64."Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus

Why this song is on this list: Because the closest thing we get to a gay/straight alliance is when this song plays.

Why this song is on this list: Because the closest thing we get to a gay/straight alliance is when this song plays.

Hollywood Records

65."Hung Up" by Madonna

Why this song is on this list: Because this is arguably Madonna's best lead single from her best album.

Why this song is on this list: Because this is arguably Madonna's best lead single from her best album.

Madonna/ WMG

66."We Found Love" by Rihanna

Why this song is on this list: Because this is 100% Rihanna's best song and music video.

Why this song is on this list: Because this is 100% Rihanna's best song and music video.

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67."Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry

Why this song is on this list: Because there really has never been a better pop song.

Why this song is on this list: Because there really has never been a better pop song.

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68."Waiting for Tonight" by Jennifer Lopez

Why this song is on this list: Because gay people now instantly associate green lasers with

Why this song is on this list: Because gay people now instantly associate green lasers with "Waiting for Tonight."

SME

69."Wannabe" by the Spice Girls

Why this song is on this list: Because duh.

Why this song is on this list: Because duh.

UMG

And here's a playlist below (and also on Apple Music):

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