Other than the invite list, creating the perfect playlist for a Pride Month get-together might be the most important task on your to-do list. You’ve got to choose the right songs to fit the mood, including heart-stopping LGBTQ+ anthems and Pride songs that will get the dance party started, the scream-along favorites that will set the mood for the rest of the day (or night) and if the vibes are right, maybe a few slow jams to take things down a notch. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to craft the kind of playlist that will keep the party going long after last call. That’s why we’ve put together a list of songs by queer artists that celebrate that love is love, ranging from classic hits to more recent tracks by today’s most powerful voices in music.
Most of us already know how important the arts are to the LGBTQ+ community. Whether that’s watching the best LGBTQ movies, reading great books by LGBTQ authors, one of the best ways to celebrate Pride is through music — even if you don’t have a celebratory bash planned. Each of these songs captures the spirit and strength of the LGBTQ community in all its gorgeous diversity. Regardless of your particular taste, there’s bound to be something here that will get your toes tapping. So press play and let your rainbow flag fly. And because we love a good fashion moment, don’t forget to don your best Pride apparel (and your most colorful rainbow makeup) while you do.