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OUT: The 25 Gayest Songs of the 80s

I know there's an Out albums list included at AM, so here's a songs list:


The site says: "Want to check out a playlist of our favorite gay songs from the 1980s?" I'd think it would be eligible, but I leave that to our esteemed sitemaster.

They don't look to be in any particular order:

"I Know What Boys Like," The Waitresses
"Johnny Are You Queer?" Josie Cotton
"Bronski Beat," Smalltown Boy
"Relax," Frankie Goes to Hollywood
"Never Say Never," Romeo Void (original version)
"It's Raining Men," Weather Girls
"A Little Respect," Erasure
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," Culture Club
"The Charming Man," The Smiths
"The Loco Motion," Kylie Minogue
"It's a Sin," Pet Shop Boys
"Father Figure," George Michael
"I'm Coming Out," Diana Ross
"True Colors," Cyndi Lauper (album version)
"Under Pressure," Queen & David Bowie
"Sexual Healing," Marvin Gaye
"Man in the Mirror," Michael Jackson
"Into the Groove," Madonna
"Blue Monday," New order
"What Have I Done to Deserve This," Pet Shop Boys
"Whip It," Devo
"Dude Looks Like a Lady," Aerosmith
"Express Yourself," Madonna
"I Want to Dance With Somebody," Whitney Houston
"Boys Say Go!" Depeche Mode

The 90s...

OUT has gone ahead with a 50-track-deep 90s list. Again, not sure of eligibility, but passing along. Huge omission? "Vogue," of course.


"Secret," Madonna (edit)
"Walking On Broken Glass," Annie Lennox
"That's The Way Love Goes," Janet Jackson
"Sexy Boy," Air
"32 Flavors," Ani DiFranco
"Emotions," Mariah Carey
"S**k My Left One," Bikini Kill
"The Boy Is Mine," Brandy & Monica
"It's Oh So Quiet," Bjork
"Around the World," Daft Punk (radio edit)
"Nothing Compares 2 U," Sinead O'Connor
"Free Your Mind," En Vogue
"Panik," Bratmobile
"Short Dick Man," Gillette
"Pansy Twist," Huggy Bear
"Canned Heat," Jamiroquai
"Glory," Liz Phair
"Everything I Need," Melissa Ferrick
"Remember The Time," Michael Jackson
"Livin' La Vida Loca," Ricky Martin
"Show Me Love," Robyn
"Rhythm Is A Dancer," Snap
"Self Obsessed And Sexxee," Sonic Youth
"Waterfalls," TLC
"Stay," Sheakespear's Sister
"Girls and Boys," Blur
"Barbie Girl," Aqua
"Believe," Cher
"Nobody's Supposed To Be Here," Deborah Cox (album version)
"Groove Is In The Heart," Dee-Lite
"If You Should Try To Kiss Her," Dressy Bessy
"What's Up," 4 Non Blondes
"Queer," Garbage
"What Is Love," Haddaway
"I Kissed A Girl," Jill Sobule
"Constant Craving," k.d. lang
"Be My Lover," La Bouche
"The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side," The Magnetic Fields
"I'm The Only One," Melissa Etheridge
"She's A Bitch," Missy Elliott
"Shiny Happy People," R.E.M.
"Whatta Man,' Salt-N-Pepa Featuring En Vogue
"Jenny," Sleater-Kinney
"Say You'll Be There," Spice Girls
"Pink Triangle," Weezer
"Your Woman," White Town
"Deceptacon," Le Tigre
"Ray Of Light," Madonna
"You're Makin' Me High," Toni Braxton
"Honey," Mariah Carey

Re: The 90s...

And you are "Anonymous" in the comments on the Out page...?

I need to think about whether these should be included.

Re: The 90s...

LOL Yes. I didn't feel like registering for the site, so in that instance, I was "Anonymous."

Henrik, what are your thoughts on the 100 Lesbian Albums and The Guardian's "My Favorite Albums" lists?

For your convenience, the links:



Re: The 90s...


As much as I like to sing along / dance my ass off to a lot of these songs, too many of them are listed simply because they have a substantial gay following (or because they are a bit naughty) and not because they are actually LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered).

I don’t mean to rain on this gay parade, but I wish these gay publications and websites would focus more on songs that are actually LGBT-themed when they make these kinds of lists instead of just listing songs that people would like to hear when they go to a gay club. It would be amusing if one of these publications could make a list about less stereotypical gay genres like angry Queercore or Homo Hop (which has to be one of the best names for a music genre, ever! )

That said, a few of my favourite LGBT-themed songs from the 80s and 90s are listed above:

The Smiths – This Charming Man (they could just as easily have gone for How Soon Is Now, Hand In Glove or Handsome Devil, among others)
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Air – Sexy Boy
k.d. lang – Constant Craving
Blur – Girls and Boys
White Town – Your Woman
The Magnetic Fields – The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side (or about half of the songs on 69 Love Songs)
The songs by Pet Shop Boys (Go West could have been added)
The George Michael songs (Outside could have been added)

Some glaring omissions - perhaps because most of them are not mainstream or notorious enough:

Willie Nelson – Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other
Rufus Wainwright – Danny Boy / In My Arms
The Lemonheads – Big Gay Heart
Suede – Animal Nitrate
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Army of Lovers – Sexual Revolution / Crucified / Candyman Messiah
Ben Harper – Mama’s Got a Girlfriend Now
Billy Bragg – Sexuality
Pete Shelley – Homosapien
Joe Jackson – Real Men
Of Montreal – Tim I Wish You Were Born a Girl
Belle & Sebastian – Seeing Other People / The State I Am In
La Cage Aux Folles [Original Broadway Cast] – I Am What I Am