After making our last blog our top 10 gay anthems of all time, we couldn’t help but feel the list was a little… so last century?? With so many iconic gay anthems set in stone from years ago, those lists don’t leave much room for all the great gay anthems of recent years, a new generation of gay empowerment from the 00s and 2010s. So without further ado, here are our top ten gay anthems of the 21st century!
10. Kesha – We R Who We R
Kesha (aka Ke$ha…) was inspired to write this song by the surge in gay teen suicides in the USA in 2010. She said, “I was really affected by the suicides that have been happening, having been subject to very public hatred. I have absolutely no idea how these kids felt. What I’m going through is nothing compared to what they had to go through. Just know things do get better and you need to celebrate who you are [...] I just felt like people hate because they don’t understand or they’re jealous, It’s all coming from a very negative place and I really feel like people don’t need to pay attention to that.” Though she once claimed to brush her teeth with Jack Daniels whiskey, we think Kesha is smarter than she makes out.
9. Scissor Sisters – Let’s Have A Kiki
Possibly the gayest band to have success in the 21st century, and this 2012 number is definitely their gayest song… Yet. Just watch.
8. Pink – Raise Your Glass
Another one from 2o10, P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass” is in a similar vein to Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R”. The two artists also share a penchant for substituting letters in their name with symbols. So many coincidences… illuminati conspiracy? (No)
7. Robyn – Dancing On My Own
2010 was a good year for gay anthems wasn’t it? Here’s Robyn with possibly the best lesbian club anthem of all time.
6. Madonna – Hung Up
In 2005, Madonna showed that being 47 is no reason to slow down and stop twerking on the dancefloor. Middle-aged gay men everywhere agreed.
5. DWV – This Boy Is A Bottom
After a few quiet years in the early 00s, Rupaul came back with a bang with Drag Race. As well as bringing out some great new tracks of his own, there also came a wealth of singles from his new generation of drag daughters, with… shall we say… mixed results. However, this Alicia Keys parody is possibly one of the best loved.
4. Katy Perry – Firework
Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Me neither. But this song is quite good. A gay kiss in the video always gets extra points too.
3. Conchita Wurst – Rise Like A Phoenix
In the wake of some unsettling homophobic laws being introduced around the world, it was a great moment when queer Conchita won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. And it was even better when it hit #1 on iTunes in Russia straight after.
Whilst we’re here, let’s not forget Eurovision’s second greatest contribution to gay clubs of the 21st century:
2. Christina Aguilera – Beautiful
On the subject of gay kisses in videos, this one was pretty hardcore for 2004 music television. Work that tongue! This video and song, written by lesbian 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry, is a great celebration of the things that make all of us different, and beautiful! <3
1. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
2011′s “Born This Way”, Lady Gaga’s lead single from the album of the same name, caused some controversy in the gay community, with some suggesting she was trying to hard to make a gay anthem. And who the hell does she think she is anyway? Maybe she was trying too hard. But I think she succeeded. This is without a doubt, the most unabashed, unashamed gay anthem of the 21st century…. so far!