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Our top ten “coming out” songs

Coming out as an LGBT person to anyone, whether it be family, friends, classmates or colleagues, is not always easy. And for some it’s not that hard. However, nearly all LGBT people must take this turning point in their lives and is usually one of their biggest life-defining moments, but it is different for everyone. National Coming Out Day takes place on 11th October and “is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and to help support those who have not yet come out or are wanting to. To celebrate this important day, we have compiled together a list of top ten songs which were written about or can be related to “coming out” or coming to terms with your sexual identity and being proud of who you are:

10) “Aftermath” by Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert was the first major male artist in the US and much of the world who was already openly gay before he began his music career and some of his songs do touch on the topic of being gay. “Aftermath” may not specifically focus on LGBT issues but is a self-empowerment song about self-esteem, with which anyone can relate to.

9) “Freedom” by Wham!

Although “Freedom” is actually a song about two lovers who can’t be together and need time apart, it could also be related to being free and able to enjoy your life without any qualms. And the fact it is sung by one of the world’s most famous gay artists, George Michael, helps earn its title as a good coming out anthem.

8) “Proud” by Heather Small

The title of this song sums everything up perfectly. Heather Small sings about standing up and being proud of yourself no matter what you are or do.

7) “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross

A very obvious choice perhaps, but the lyrics to this song are most definitely relatable to coming out. It’s happy, fun and camp and all about being confident enough to come out and tell the world something you have to say, regardless of what it is.

6) “Glad To Be Gay” by Tom Robinson Band

Released back in 1978, this song was a pioneer in LGBT rights in the music industry and has since been labelled as Britain’s “national gay anthem”. Lead singer Tom Robinson was one of Britain’s first openly gay/bisexual musicians and the song openly addresses the movement of LGBT people and the discrimination they still faced in the country even after homosexuality had been decriminalized since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.

5) “Take Your Mama” by Scissor Sisters

“Take Your Mama” by Scissor Sisters is actually the only song on this list that is directly about coming out. Its lyrics talk about a young gay man (Jake Shears, the lead singer) who is raised in a strict society and family who struggles with the big step of coming out to his mum.

4) “I Am What I Am” by Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor (coincidental name?) seems to be a queen when it comes to gay anthems; we all know her for singing “I Will Survive”, a well-known one, but she also released a version of “I Am What I Am”, a song taken from the musical La Cage aus Folles. The song was also written by Jerry Herman, who was an openly gay man.

3) “Same Thing In Reverse” by Boy George

Taken from his 2002 album – the aptly titled “U Can Never B2 Straight” – this song by gay icon Boy George talks about being proud of your sexuality, particularly in public, and says that a man loving another man is simply as the song suggests “the same thing in reverse” as a heterosexual relationship and shouldn’t be treated any differently.

2) “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper, who has always been a big gay icon and prominent gay rights activist, dedicated “True Colors” to her lesbian sister. The song switches the coming out issue round to the point the view of the person whose family member or friend is the one coming out and about still loving and accepting them for who they are.

1) “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera

Arguably Christina Aguilera’s biggest hit single, “Beautiful” was written by openly lesbian singer-songwriter Linda Perry, but is not a song about being gay specifically, so is universal and relatable to anyone. The message is simple and clear and vocals are tinged with raw emotion about getting over any criticisms. The video was even more iconic, featuring two LGBT scenes – two gay men kissing (a first for a music video) and a drag queen, and both the song and the video have won several awards and topped various polls for its pro-LGBT themes.

What do you think of this list? Is there any we missed out and would you agree with? Which are your favourites?

Our top eleven travel songs

This week’s blog post is a compilation of some of the best travel songs that capture the spirit of travel that make great travelling “companions” for you to listen to whilst on the road, move, in the sea or air. They are are about travel in general, specific places to travel to, reasons why we travel, how we travel and songs that capture the joy of travelling. Some are happy, upbeat songs, others might be more sorrowful and emotional and some are ones you might not have heard before or seen on other lists of travel songs before. It was a long and hard decision to whittle a long list down to just ten, but the diverse outcome of different genres and artists (pop, rock, soul, funk, country, etc.) is perfect:


11) Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight & The Pips

A relaxing and beautiful song about following your heart and your lover sung by soulful crooner Gladys Knight and her backing singers The Pips.

10) Holiday by Madonna

Perfect, fun and camp song to get you excited for a holiday and take a break that also really throws you back to the feel-good vibes of the 80s.

9) Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

There’s no place like home for some and this classic country-folk song really emphasises that laid-back, carefree lifestyle one can live.

8) Proud Mary by Tina Turner

Travelling by water is one of the world’s oldest modes of transport and still popular, whether it be “rolling on the river”, sailing the seas or cruising across oceans. Either way, this track really gets you pumped and excited.

7) Freeway Of Love by Aretha Franklin

A lesser known but still great Aretha Franklin track, you can listen to this song and imagine you and your partner are zooming down motorways at top speed, enjoying a fun road trip together.

6) Route 66 by The Rolling Stones

Written about the famous Route 66 and the freedom of travelling by car and by road, this bluesy rock and roll classic (originally by Nat King Cole) has been covered by many artists and bands, with The Rolling Stones probably being the most prolific and their version being the most popular, while the likes of Chuck Berry and Depeche Mode have also recorded it.

5) A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton

Long-distance relationships are hard to maintain but this lovely piano-driven and orchestral song is all about pining after a loved one who you’ve been separated and how far you’re willing to travel just to be them and definitely a good listen if you’re taking the road, even if you’re not travelling to see someone.

4) Travelling Without Moving by Jamiroquai

The irony of this funky song is that you can’t listen to it without moving. It’s catchy and danceable and certainly makes a good upbeat change for a track to listen to when travelling.

3) Cruz by Christina Aguilera

If you’re feeling down and just want to get away from something and be by yourself or you’re moving away, this beautiful song can capture and fit that mood perfectly. It’s great to listen to as you’re travelling along trying to clear your head of all thoughts and lighten your mood.

2) Fly Away With Me by Aerosmith

Compared to our world-famous number one song, this rock ballad is a far lesser-known Aerosmith track. Written about wanting to escape from everything with a loved one, this is perfect to describe a romantic getaway. Or a forbidden love that means you have to elope…

1) Rockin’ All Over The World by Status Quo

A recognisable song that everybody should know, this fun rock and roll track is really something to get up and dance about. It is also very fitting for those who like to travel the world and have fun and be adventurous when they do so. Definitely a very fitting number one song!