What makes the ultimate LGBTQ+ Pride anthem? A euphoric (usually female) vocal? The call to arms of emboldened identity or perhaps a powerful piece of evocative storytelling? Maybe just perfect timing – simply the right song at the right moment? These 20 best LGBTQ+ Pride songs all exemplify much of that list, but also deliver an extra special something that elevates their status from a worthy canon. Music can effect change, and this countdown is the narrative of a struggle that’s decades in the making, with so much achieved but still so much further to go…
Listen to 100 great Pride anthem here, and check out our 20 best LGBTQ+ Pride songs, below.
20: Lizzo: Juice (2019)
Bringing the Pride story almost bang up to date, the 2019 eyebrow-raiser Juice somehow transcends the standard parameters of a gay anthem while riffing on its 80s funk inspiration (most fabulously in the pop-culture smorgasbord of its video). Pride is as much a sense of attitude as anything more political, and Lizzo is the embodiment of sassy confidence and knowing sexuality at the forefront of a new generation of stars continuing the legacy of the best LGBTQ+ Pride songs. This saucy, self-aware package (and we’re talking both singer and song) is simply the hottest of its generation.