A very wise woman once sang, “Music makes the people come together.” And she was right!

Music does, indeed, make the people come together. And it has always played an especially important role in the LGBTQ+ community, giving us something to identify with, sing along to, and celebrate.

Anthems, especially, have a way of bringing the the girls, gays, and theys together on the dance floor.

So, what exactly makes a gay or queer anthem?

Well, according Wikipedia:

A gay anthem is a song that has become widely popular among, or has become identified with, the gay community. Not all songs labelled as “gay anthems” were written intentionally to become gay anthems, but those that do are often marked by themes of perseverance, inner strength, acceptance, pride, and unity.

What is the ultimate queer anthem of all time? Help us decide!

Tons of songs by both gay and straight singers have reached queer anthem status over the decades, many of which continue to resonate with listeners 20, 30, even 40 years after they were first released. (That's the other thing about gay anthems. They're timeless!)

We've compiled some of the most popular ones in hopes that you can help us rank which is the ultimate queer anthem of all time. Apologies in advance for any we might have missed, but feel free to add more in the comments section below!

Now, let's get rocking, er, ranking!

1

"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

376

2

"Vogue" by Madonna

278

3

"Born This Way" by Lady Gaga

274

4

"I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross

247

5

"Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat

203

6

"You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester

197

7

"Believe" by Cher

176

8

"True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper

173

9

"Freedom! '90" by George Michael

168

10

"We Are Family" by Sister Sledge

165

11

"It's A Sin" by Pet Shop Boys

155

12

"A Little Respect" by Erasure

125

13

"Macho Man" by The Village People

124

14

"Dancing On My Own" by Robyn

118

15

"I'm Still Standing" by Elton John

113

16

"I Want To Break Free" by Queen

109

17

"Supermodel (You Better Work)" by RuPaul

107

18

"Padam Padam" by Kylie Minogue

97

19

"Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera

83

20

"Together Again" by Janet Jackson

79

21

"That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick & Friends

63

22

"Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" by Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin

62

23

"Break My Soul" by Beyoncé

40

24

"Closer" by Tegan and Sara

39

25

"Unholy" by Sam Smith and Kim Petras

37

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