It’s the first time since 2019 that the LGBTQ+ community will be able to get back on the streets to celebrate Pride month. So, to get us back into the queer celebration mood (as we might be a little rusty, whether we like to admit it or not), check out this playlist with anthems that we didn’t have the chance to dance to and sing along with at the top of our lungs together – but we will, very soon.
‘Kiss My (Uh Oh)’ – Anne-Marie & Little Mix (2021)
In 2018 Anne-Marie opened up about her sexuality, coming out as bisexual. As for Little Mix, they have been important LGBTQ+ allies over their careers, raising awareness of important issues within the community. So, this tune between Anne-Marie and Little Mix is what we were unaware we needed, but now we cannot live without.
‘Beg For You’ – Charli XCX & Rina Sawayama (2022)
Charli XCX recently performed in Dublin as part of her tour to promote her latest album CRASH. ‘Beg For You’ is a total bop with Rina Sawayama, a British/Japanese singer who came out as pansexual in 2018. This is the kind of anthem that makes you want to get up, sing and dance to the chorus, an instant mood booster (who doesn’t love that?).
‘Cool For The Summer – Sped Up (Nightcore)’ – Demi Lovato & Speed Radio (2022)
‘Cool For The Summer’ has a quite sensual vibe to it, and it resurfaced on Tik Tok this year alongside an edit from the film Fresh (2022). Shortly after, the song got a remix by Speed Radio, which got everyone (re)obsessed with the song. Initially released in 2015, ‘Cool For The Summer’ is part of Demi Lovato’s Confident album. Throughout the lyrics, Demi talks about their desire to explore their sexuality. If you’re looking for a song to boost your self-esteem and make you feel sexy, this one is perfect for you!
‘Boyfriend’ – Dove Cameron (2022)
Continuing on songs that make you feel sexy, ‘Boyfriend’ instantly became a hit among the LGBTQ+ community due to its (sneaky) lyrics. Dove Cameron is a queer singer, and during her interview with Genius, she stated that the song is about a personal experience she had during her time in New York.
‘Mount Everest’ – Labrinth (2022)
We (finally) got the second season of Euphoria earlier this year. We couldn’t put together a playlist of recent queer anthems without putting at least one song from the Euphoria Season 2 album (choosing just one is hard). Labrinth did a fantastic job on this album, and we are ready for season three.
‘Big Energy’ – DJ Khaled, Latto & Mariah Carey (2022)
This upbeat song has the perfect summer vibes. It makes you want to ignore your obligations and go to a beach to enjoy a sunny day with friends. Plus, this features Mariah Carey. Everyone loves a song that has Mariah on it, right?
‘Gimme Gimme – Club Mix’ – Bleech, Kevin McKay & Lee Cabrera (2020)
Can you believe an ABBA remix was released, and we did not get the chance to immediately go to the club and dance to it all night long?! This might be the oldest new anthem on the playlist, but we couldn’t lose the opportunity to remind our fellow queer people about this remix so you can enjoy this song on full volume in the club later this month.
‘About Damn Time’ – Lizzo (2022)
At this point, we believe that everyone agrees that every song Lizzo releases becomes a BOP, right? And, of course, ‘About Damn Time’ would be no different. This is the perfect music to listen to while getting ready to go to the club, as it will leave you feeling like nobody can stop you from shining (which is true, nobody can).
‘I Just Called’ – NEIKED, Anne-Marie & Latto (2022)
Last but definitely not least is a song that dropped just a couple of weeks ago. The ‘I just called’ beat makes us feel like we are back to summer 2020 drinking iced coffee, so we definitely recommend you listen to it.
Hopefully, this playlist will get you in a happy mood for this year’s Pride month. If you want to listen to more queer anthems while getting ready for Pride events or as a setlist for pre-drinks with friends, you can find even more suggestions here. Enjoy!
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