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Countdown to National Student Pride
We are less than an hour away from Smoke Radios live coverage of National Student Pride and what better way to start the countdown than blasting some of the top pride anthems. Here’s just a few to get that rainbow flag waving.
1. ‘Born this way’- Lady Gaga
“I had this sort of ‘Eureka!’ revelation moment that those three words ‘Born This Way’ were the answer to so many questions that I’d been asked over the years: ‘Who are you, who are you really?’ I was born this way,” Gaga revealed to Rolling Stone in 2011. “It gets bigger every day, the meaning of it. Every single day my fans realize the gravity of the words.”
2. ‘This is me’- Keala Settle
This anthem exploded when ‘The Greatest Showman’ was released in 2017 (as if it’s been two years already), and it didn’t win the Best Original Song at the Golden Globe awards for nothing. It’s dramatic melody and passionate lyrics is most definitely enough to get even Gordon Ramsey performing like an ‘idiot sandwich’ on Broadway.
3. ‘Fuck you’- Lily Allen
This song was originally written for George W. Bush, however, after an anti-gay marriage state constitutional amendment was passed in California, the song took on a whole new meaning. The ban was lifted in 2013- the perfect reason for winding the volume up and screaming the fiery lyrics with your closest of friends.
4. ‘1950’ King Princess
Appearing to be a gentle song about unrequited love, the singer explained how the track is also a tribute to queer history: “Queer love was only able to exist privately for a long time, expressed in society through coded art forms. I wrote this song as a story of unrequited love in my own life, doing my best to acknowledge and pay homage to that part of history.”
5. ‘I want to break free’ Queen
It wouldn’t be an article about pride anthems without mentioning Queen at some point. Whilst Freddie Mercury didn’t write this one, the music video featuring him and the rest of the band dressed as women doing house work is what made the song so iconic. Although Britain didn’t bat an eyelid at the video, it was banned in America for being ‘too controversial’- even more reason to add it straight to your playlist.
6. ‘Rebel rebel’- David Bowie
“You’ve got your mother in a whirl. She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl”. The lyrics in this song are a direct reference to David Bowie’s gender fluidity which he expressed through his alter ego ‘Ziggy Stardust’. Even though he’s no longer with us, Bowie will forever be known as the father, or mother, of androgyny.
7. ‘Vogue’- Madonna
Recorded at the height of the AIDS epidemic, and inspired by New York’s underground gay ball scene, this was and is the song to leave the heavy stuff at the door and to ‘strike a pose’ under the disco ball instead.
8. ‘Stronger’ Britney Spears
In 2017, Spears wrote a handwritten letter to her LGBTQ fans expressing her love and appreciation for the community, reasoning enough just to go straight to her profile and press shuffle. This song particularly is a perfect anthem for those struggling to be confident and find acceptance.
9. ‘Follow your arrow’- Kacey Musgraves
Moving away from the pop scene, and entering the country one, Musgraves, who’s just won ‘Best Album’ at the Grammy’s has influenced a positive shift in the industry of country music. ‘
10. ‘All the lovers’- Kylie Minogue
The Australian pop artist is said to be one third of the holy trinity for pride artists, and this song is the exact reason why. In her own words, Minogue said that the video is a homage to her gay audience.