Pride month is here and nearly everyone is celebrating in some way, shape or form. For Spotify, it was all about running the numbers and coming up with the ultimate Pride Month playlist. And girl — it’s glorious!
(Most of) the nation spends all year being proud of its citizens, no matter their sexuality. However, Pride Month has long been a time for the LGBTQ community to stand tall (and proud, obviously) in the face of those who want to deny their rights. With more pride and more vocal haters than ever before, now seems like the most significant time in the fight for gay rights. For Spotify, they chose to show their love and support by way of a playlist.
On the surface, a Pride Month playlist might seem a little cray. Aren’t all songs created equal? How many songs were actually written with sexual orientation in mind? The truth is, while many songs might not have been written with an agenda, they sometimes get adopted by a movement. For Pride Month, those songs are all about loving yourself and being yourself. They’re songs that say, “You do you!” And, honestly, they’re some of our favorite songs around.
How did Spotify come up with their top songs? They scrolled through the tons of user-generated playlists on their system, taking note of ones themed toward Pride and LGBTQ issues. Then, they used math and stuff to figure out which songs were listed/played the most frequently. At least that’s our interpretation. But we’re word people, not numbers people.
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Either way, it’s sheer brilliance. Of course, there are songs from the goddesses of gayness, Britney, Cher and Madonna. But there are some more surprising inclusions as well. Just take a look at the top 10.
1. “Over the Rainbow” – Judy Garland
On the surface, this seemed surprising. After a quick reassessment, it just made sense. Aren’t we all looking for a better, happier and more loving world?
2. “Believe” – Cher
All hail Queen Cher! No one could sing about love and owning yourself better than she does.
3. “Let’s Have a Kiki” – Scissor Sisters
This song is all about dressing up and hitting the club on a bad day. Terrible weather and no cabs? “I had to put on the wig, and the heels/And the lashes, and the ears, and take the train, to the club.”
4. “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga
So obvious, right?
5. “Sissy That Walk” – RuPaul
Of course a song by the world’s most famous drag queen is on this list. The line comes from RuPaul’s show Drag Race and is all about learning to walk more like a lady. It’s a pretty powerful song, though.
6. “I’m Coming Out” – Diana Ross
While we’re not entirely sure coming out of the closet was what Ross had in mind when she released this brilliant vintage track, but it’s taken on a whole new meaning over time.
7. “Work Bitch”– Britney Spears
We truly believe Spears made this song with the huge contingent of gay Britney fans in mind. It’s so perfect and so much fun.
8. “Vogue” – Madonna
A Pride playlist is nothing without the reigning queen of owning yourself, Madge. And this track also happens to have inspired the greatest and yet most cheesy dance move in the history of the planet. Even if you can’t dance, you can definitely vogue.
9. “Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
While there are plenty of gay male singers in the world, it’s been a while since one stepped forward and readily admitted he was writing songs for the men in his life. Smith has quickly become the new voice of all lovers.
10. “Supermodel (You Better Work)” – RuPaul
“Another RuPaul track?” you ask. Duh. #Hero #ThisIsOurJam
Awesome, right? Check out the entire list of 20 songs right here.