Enjoy This LGBT Anthems Playlist

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, August 30, 2013 13:38 EDT
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A participant in the Europride parade by the Colosseum on June 11, 2011. (AFP)
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I’m not finding the complaints about Macklemore’s “Same Love” song nearly as persuasive as, say, Big Freedia’s complaints about Miley Cyrus’s pathetic attempts at twerking, mainly because I don’t think Macklemore is coming at this from the same place of cluelessness or ignorance. (Nor is there much evidence that he thought his career was going to blow up as it has, which disinclines me to think he wrote the song as some kind of bad faith attempt to exploit the political moment for money.) Still, I have to say that I don’t like “Same Love”. Not because Macklemore is straight, but because it’s just fucking sappy and pretentious, two qualities that are nearly always fatal to good pop music, unless you’re Kanye West. So, I thought it would be fun to crowd source plus dig through my own brain to come up with a playlist of songs by LGBT artists that, either through their lyrics or just general intensity or both, make excellent gay liberation anthems. So, enjoy!

Feel free to offer suggestions in comments, and I can add them. If  I like them. :P

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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