The Five Gayest Songs Ever Written

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Happy Pride month!

To celebrate, let's name the five gayest songs ever written -- chosen because the LGBTS love 'em, not necessarily because they have specifically gay content in them:


5. "The Man That Got Away," sung by Judy Garland

When it was used by no fewer than two acts in the recent Howl festival, I knew: The gays simply adore this torchy wail about a good-for-nothing man dog.

Gays dig the pain.


4. "Constant Craving," k.d. lang

Any lesbian worth her potpourri knew exactly what k.d. was craving when this song came out. It's sapph-tastic.


3. "Don't Rain on My Parade," Barbra Streisand

Not only is it from the ultimate gay musical, Funny Girl (which has both high camp and pain over man dogs), but it's done by a big gay icon, and it has to do with an unstoppable parade. How gay can you get?


2. "Vogue," Madonna

"Bette Davis and Monroe/Dietrich and DiMaggio" wouldn't have liked it because they were straight. (Well, maybe Dietrich would have liked it.) It plumbed the LGBT voguing scene while dressing it up with high-fashion imagery, making for Madonna's gayest hit.


1. "Y.M.C.A.," the Village People

From the beginning, straights embraced it like crazy without even realizing, but that just shows what a crafty gay anthem this always was. Anyone who felt the song's "young man" was going there just to hang out fully deserved the aftermath of the '70s.


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DavidE
DavidE

"Taking A Chance On Love" Music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by the insanely gay John Latouche first sung by killer lesbian Ethel Waters in "Cabin in the Sky."

"Not A Care in the Wolrd" Music by Vernon Duke, Lyrics by Touche (as Frank O'Hara called him) including the immortal "I'm as gay as a Disney cow." It was first sung by Eddie Cantor (the Pee Wee Herman of his day) in "Banjo Eyes"

And while I'm on the subject of Touche WHEN are we going to get a Broadway revival of his masterpiece "The Golden Apple" ? It was Sondheim avant la lettre back in the 1950's boys and girls.

Salf69
Salf69

I think the number one gay song is by singer Connie Francis

                        "WHERE THE BOYS ARE"

Musto
Musto

Yes, you are (though I didn't expect Judy Garland to say thanks, lol).

Anyway, thank YOU, Randy.

Randy Jones
Randy Jones

Thanks Michael. Am I the only one of the folks who sang one of these songs to stop by and say "Thanks"???xoxoRJ

CMG
CMG

I feel like "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" has been re-appropriated into a rite of passage for a young, aspiring gay boy singers to perform at auditions... or really, just about anywhere.   

steve
steve

I've always thought Constant Craving was one of the most annoying songs ever.  It sounds like something I  came up with on my upright piano in the 6th grade, lyrics and all...

James
James

so many songs I can think of but forgot to mention Strangers in the Night (so ironic that FS had a hit from it); Some Enchanted Evening (anybody remember the Murphy Brown episode in the piano bar).

James
James

Now I'm really showing my age but "Secret Love" by Doris Day  and the great Gershwin standard "The Man I Love" both have serious gay overtones.

Jlbcar
Jlbcar

How could you not have Sylvester?

Paul
Paul

What? No Bronski Beat

Frank
Frank

"maybe this time?"  judy jr.

Jarrett
Jarrett

I'll go with 'Losing My Mind' as performed by Liza Minnelli. Written by Sondheim, produced by Pet Shop Boys, it's a high-octane psychodrama over a hi-NRG beat. What's not to love?

tom
tom

"A Fine Romance" by Fields & Kern

mjm
mjm

No I Will Survive? No Gaga "Born This Way"? No Christina Aguilera "Beautiful"? No Whitney "I'm Every Woman"? No Donna Summer?

Movielover
Movielover

Nature Boy!  Nat Cole did the best one, but Sarah Vaughn's is great too.  "There was a boy.  A very strange enchanted boy... "

Rob in Philly
Rob in Philly

I think the "Telephone Man" is the gayest song ever written.  Just google the lyrics.  OMG

Musto
Musto

Loved hearing it twice in "Low Life" at the Howl Festival.

Johnny dynell
Johnny dynell

The only change I'd make is to put Judy's "Man Who Got Away" at number one.

Xavier
Xavier

What, no Carl Bean "Born This Way" ?

tony adams
tony adams

Constant Craving? An anthem? Please, Michael. That song marked the beginning of auld lang's slide into bad music. She's a great singer but a bad song writer. She's been Patsy reClining on the merits of her brilliant early work for way too long.

Melinda9
Melinda9

Like your list. I think most straights understood what YMCA was about - well, maybe not. Don't forget Donna Summer.

Marilynlastman
Marilynlastman

The first openly gay anthem ever?

"Any Other Way" by Jackie Shane. #1 here in Toronto in 1963. Shane was a US draft dodger/soul singer with a penchant for dressing like Judy Garland. Very popular in the mainstream clubs here back in the day. The chorus:"Tell her that I'm happy, tell her that I'm gay, Tell her I wouldn't have it any other way."Here's the audio:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... here's a video of Jackie singing Walking the Dog on Canadian TV in 1965. Prince who?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

Musto
Musto

We;ll, Matthew, I like your choices.

Musto
Musto

I left out "I Am What I Am" because as I said, I was going for songs that appeal to gays without blatantly doing so--more by hinting or content or subtext. Yeah, "Over The Rainbow" belongs in there but I did't want two Judys. The whole list could easily be Judy.

Matthew Waldman
Matthew Waldman

michael, this list will definitely resonate differently by generation, even i missed the judy garland period and i'm hardly a youngster! that writ, my list is clearly from a teen in the early 80s!

Matthew Waldman
Matthew Waldman

small town boy by bronski beat, tainted love by soft cell, homosapien by peter shelly, as long as it's love by theo vaness, and big in japan by alphaville!

Rc61austin
Rc61austin

No "Over The Rainbow"?   Krikeys!

Joycejoys
Joycejoys

What happened to "I Am What I Am"???????

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

Brilliant list! I'll go with the Judy song, plus "Over The Rainbow."

Musto
Musto

PS: I purposely left out more recent stuff that goes more blatantly for gay appeal. These are classic tunes that hint at gayness or captivate gays by their content.

Jack M
Jack M

"Lola" by the Kinks?  "Dancing Queen" by Abba?

CMG
CMG

I read that and just had to youtube it.  Oh. My.

Rob
Rob

Jarrett, I concur. When Rufus started doing Judy, I told people he had it all wrong. What he really should've been doing was a cover of this amazing monstrosity. Sadly, it was too much to hope for. 

Diva
Diva

Gloria Gaynor went born again and anti gay, so f-- her.

Didn't Donna do the same.

And how is I'm Every Woman a gay anthem?

Smartie
Smartie

Nature Boy's great. Check out the version by The Great Society (with vocals by Grace Slick)

Melinda9
Melinda9

I love that song too. Abbey Lincoln also did a good one.

Guest
Guest

<3 this song

David
David

It was the token Lesbian entry?

Rick Woodland
Rick Woodland

Back in the day Melinda - late 70's - most straights had no idea what was going on. My mother wanted her kids to lipsync in costume at a Catholic charity event...

Redalert_ny
Redalert_ny

I would say my list is:1. You're the Top2.Over the Rainbow3. It's Raining Men4.Smalltown Boy5. Jack Boy Jack Girl

Matthew Waldman
Matthew Waldman

well, i know we listening to them at the same time at the same bars and clubs when they came out!

j
j

Musto: You Gaybee Boomer. Youre inadvertently revealing your gay generational gap.

mjm
mjm

Donna Summer sued i think the National Enquirer because one of her ex-staffers blabbed a false story about her saying some anti-gay stuff. but she's always been pro-gay and donated tons of $$$ to Amfar and AIDS charities and performed @ tons of gay pride events.

Diva
Diva

And he said he didn't want current stuff that blatantly goes for gay appeal like Born This Way.

latenitebump
latenitebump

the village voice also reported hip hop is a fad!

Diva
Diva

It was reported in the Village Voice by Jim Feldman that she said in concert "God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve." She also said dumb things about AIDS that she later had to retract and admit to her ignorance ("I thought it was like herpes"). But yeah, she sued NY mag for something related to all this and won.

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