KEY OF LOVE

Ten Great Gay Love Songs To Crack The Toughest Cynic

What better time to celebrate these ten glorious gay love songs than Valentine’s day? And if you’re feeling a little scorned by love these days, don’t worry, they don’t all have happy endings.

Rufus Wainwright – “The Art Teacher”

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“He asked us what our favorite work of art was / Never could I tell him it was him.” OK, you got us with that one. This song is technically sung from the perspective of a woman, but Rufus makes it plenty gay. And we love it.

Matt Alber – “Handsome Man”

A handsome man who also brings you coffee, OJ, a cinnamon bun and and almond croissant?! Too much. Where do we sign up?

Sufjan Stevens – “The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!”

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Though not explicitly a gay love song, this tune will tug at your nostalgic heart strings with lyrics like “Oh how I meant to tease him / Oh how I meant no harm / Touching his back with my hand I kiss him…I can’t explain the state that I’m in / The state of my heart, he was my best friend / Into the car, from the back seat / Oh admiration in falling asleep.”

Hercules and Love Affair ft. John Grant – “I Try To Talk To You”

Sometimes love is best expressed in interpretive dance.

Sam Smith – “Nirvana”

Sam has spoken publicly about the fact that his Grammy Award-winning album In The Lonely Hour was written post-breakup. But his track “Nirvana” captures some of the good times in spite of impending heartbreak.

Cosmo Jarvis – “Gay Pirates”

Life as a pirate isn’t easy. Life as a gay pirate is even tougher.

R.E.M. – “Be Mine”

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If anyone ever wrote us a song like this, it’d be checkmate in one move.

Broken Social Scene – “I’m Still Your Fag”

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Here’s a goth-meets-jock love story that is just chock full of tenderness.

Mashrou’ Leila – “Shim El Yasmine”

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Out Lebanese singer Hamed Sinno fronts Mashrou’ Leila, and on this track, sings about a past lover he wanted to introduce to his parents. Even without being able to understand the lyrics, it’s a hauntingly beautiful tune.

Indigo Girls – “Power of Two”

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The pronouns may be neutral in “Power of Two,” but it’s understood that the song is written about two women. Regardless, it’s a love song worthy of everyone.