Get Your Groove On: Best Playlists for Pride Month
Playlists are a great way to energize your celebration, letting you enjoy food and drink without needing to play DJ. For Pride, you’ll find a host of playlists on Deezer filled with gay pride songs and songs about coming out to make your celebration a rousing success.
When you want a playlist of Pride songs that hits all the bases, from getting pumped for a night out or just hanging with friends, Pride Anthems is the perfect place to start. The playlist includes 60 different tracks and over four hours of music. Leading off with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” gets things underway with a timeless classic and a strong message that’s on point. The playlist then includes a wide-ranging mix of both LGBTQ music artists and allies, including Madonna’s “Vogue,” Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down,” Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” and Diana Ross’s “I’m Coming Out,” among a wide selection of others.
Pride by Céline Dion
Canadian diva Céline Dion created her own Pride playlist for Deezer to help the celebration get started right. Pride by Céline Dion leads off, of course, with the superstar’s “Flying On My Own,” and while she’s not shy about featuring her own hits—look for “Baby,” “Lying Down,” and “Nobody’s Watching,” among others—she also includes LGBTQ music artists like George Michael (“Freedom 90“), k.d. lang (“Constant Craving“) and Ricky Martin (“Livin’ La Vida Loca“) along with supporters like Madonna and Harry Styles. Dion has become a veritable icon for the LGBTQ community, long advocating for their rights and acceptance. With 62 tracks and over four hours of music, her playlist will power your party through the night.
Pride by Rufus Wainwright
The Canadian-American singer-songwriter and composer likewise devised a playlist of his favorite Pride songs. Pride by Rufus Wainwright mixes more current favorites like Orville Peck’s “Dead of Night” and Frank Ocean’s “In My Room” with timeless gems like Nina Simone’s “My Baby Just Cares For Me” and Judy Garland’s eternal “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Wainwright also thankfully included a handful of his own tunes, including “Damsel in Distress” and the closer, “Alone Time,” a melodic, piano-backed tribute to those experiencing loneliness. This playlist represents a varied sampling of song styles and eras, perfect for an eclectic audience with a range of tastes.
Eurovision Pride Anthems – LGBTQ+ Perform
Who doesn’t love Eurovision? The international songwriting competition has been ongoing since 1956 and has seen such artists as ABBA, Olivia Newton-John, and Celine Dion among its entrants. This playlist leads off with a Scandinavian one-two punch, first with 2019 6th-place finisher, the rousing “Spirit in the Sky” (about the struggle for equality) by the Norwegian supergroup KEiiNO, followed by Finnish singer Saara Aalto’s dance confection, 2018 entry “Monsters.” The list then includes such Eurovision contestants as 2021 contest winners, Italian rockers Måneskin with “Zitti e buoni,” Austrian transgender performer Conchita Wurst with 2014’s winning entry “Rise Like A Phoenix,” and Italian rapper and songwriter Achille Lauro’s 2022 entry, “Stripper.” With 24 tracks, you get over a full hour of music, the perfect length for something fresh and fun.
Pride Dance Anthem
When you plan to simply put on some Pride music and then have an all-night dance party, this Pride dance anthem playlist is the collection you need. The playlist starts with a RuPaul trifecta—”Cover Girl,” “Sissy That Walk,” and “The Beginning“—so it’s hard to go wrong. What follows are hours of high-energy dance music, including Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings, ABBA, and The Weeknd, among a host of others. What’s especially satisfying with a longer playlist is that it allows you to include multiple songs by the same artist, so just when you’re getting into it with Britney Spears’s “Gimme More,” you can follow it with another like “I’m a Slave 4 U.”
“PRIDE 2023 ANTHEMS”
For another extended playlist option, check out PRIDE 2023 ANTHEMS. Putting a greater emphasis on rap and hip-hop artists, this playlist kicks off with Lil Nas X, naturally. The up-tempo, power-pop style “That’s What I Want“ sets the mood, with acoustic guitar beneath the rapper’s rhymes about needing “a boy who can cuddle with me all night.” With 150 tracks and over eight hours of music, this is another playlist with room to experiment with under-the-radar talents.
Don’t Let the Celebration Stop
A month has a lot of airtime to fill, so be sure to check out the best LGBTQ albums to celebrate Pride for a deeper dive into your favorite LGBTQ artists and the best songs for your own Pride playlist. Then check out the essential anthems across a range of different musical genres.
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