As many of us already know, June is PRIDE month, celebrating individuality through expression. PRIDE month calls for us to be proud of ourselves in every way we can. Normally, PRIDE involves parades, parties, celebrations and more for everyone to come together and feel the love. If you’re a part of the LGBTQ+ community or a supportive ally, these songs will bring PRIDE to wherever you are. Apply an extra layer of wig glue, secure your outfit, plan a reveal if you’re feeling fancy and let’s get into these 10 anthems.
“Greedy” by Ariana Grande
You may want to keep your mask on because we’re in a pandemic, but this song will leave you wanting more. “Greedy” is an absolute ear-worm with a simple chorus that satisfies your dance break cravings. Ariana Grande has always been very open with her own sexuality as well as always being a huge ally since the beginning of her career. On top of that, she is the most lip synced to artist of all time on the hit TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, a pioneer for queer media.
Other Ariana Grande songs to add to your PRIDE playlist:
- “Side to Side” featuring Nicki Minaj
- “No Tears Left To Cry”
- “7 Rings”
- “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea
- “Love Me Harder” featuring The Weeknd
“Still Dancing” by Rêve
This phenomenal debut just happens to be from a Montreal based artist who resembles a dream, her name? Rêve. You’re not going to want to forget her. “Still Dancing” separates itself from the typical dance pop song by combining darker lyrics with an upbeat instrumental. This tactic is seen in pop songs such as “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse and “On The Ground” by ROSÉ, both PRIDE highlights. “Still Dancing” dropped just in time for pride month and we are elated! It has a relatable message that we can still shake some booty to.
“Let Them Know” by Mabel
From the first beat of this song on the first listen, something struck a cord with us. Then we came to find out this track is inspired by queer media like Paris is Burning and Pose! “Let Them Know” is a track that demonstrates queer culture’s dominance over dance pop. Mabel phenomenally has the lyrics match the electronic vibe of the song and will have you be totally into voguing right now. When queer clubs open up again, bet your bottom dollar we will be requesting this one.
Other Mabel Tracks Perfect for PRIDE:
- “Don’t Call Me Up”
- “Put Your Name On It”
- “Mad Love”
“Ice Cream” by BLACKPINK with Selena Gomez
If there is one thing aside from PRIDE that June is known for, it’s the heat of the summer solstice. What better way to chill off a steamy month than with something so good and so sweet as “Ice Cream.” In words put best by BLACKPINK, “baby you deserve a treat” and this track provides just that. This collab is so hot that it has us all melting away from the sheer pop perfection. WARNING: This MV will make you want to bleach your hair, just in time for PRIDE.
BLACKPINK tracks you need for PRIDE:
- “As If It’s Your Last”
- “Solo” (Jennie’s solo debut)
- “On The Ground (Rosé’s solo debut)
- “Kill This Love”
“Cool For The Summer” by Demi Lovato
Take us down into your paradise Demi Lovato with this absolute banger of a track. “Cool For The Summer” was released off of Demi’s 5th studio album ‘Confident’ and has made waves since its launch. Being highlighted throughout the years since its release, “Cool For The Summer” is a PRIDE staple for is rhythmic beat and anthem-esque vocals. Its lyricism pertains to a queer hookup that has driven fans and the queer community wild for years.
Other Demi Lovato tracks for a perfect PRIDE:
- “Sorry Not Sorry”
- “La La Land”
“Twerkulator” by City Girls
What makes the City Girls such a good choice for PRIDE? Their ability to create beats that make you want to shake some booty while lyrics boost one’s confidence. “Twerkulator” is no exception to their iconic discography that can raise the vibes from the first syllable. As well, since the global phenomenon that is twerking, it has been infamous in the queer community. Overall, the City Girls, Yung Miami and JT are icons that would make an ideal addition to any PRIDE playlist.
Other classics from City Girls to blast during PRIDE:
- “Pussy Talk” with Doja Cat
- “Act Up”
- “Twerk” feat. Cardi B
“I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry
An iconic track discussing experimenting with ones sexuality, Katy Perry truly was ahead of her time when she released this in 2008. When this song initially dropped, the world stood still for a moment as something as upfront as “I Kissed a Girl” had yet to be seen. An homage to exploring and figuring out oneself, this track has helped the queer community navigate feelings for life for over a decade. 13 years later and this song is just as catchy as the first listen, a certified classic, always.
Other great Katy Perry tracks for PRIDE:
- “Harleys in Hawaii”
- “Never Really Over”
- “Hot n Cold”
- “Teenage Dream”
- “California Gurls”
- Just look at her discography, it’s got a lot of bangers!
“Who Could Say No” by Olivia Lunny
In anticipation of Olivia Lunny’s debut album, we have been loving this track more and more with every subsequent week. “Who Could Say No” is a dance-pop track that embodies BBE, as who could say no to me? The song flows phenomenally, allowing these hips to start twirling and every other muscle to follow suit. Whether in a group of friends, with your partner or flying solo, this song is one that you can effortlessly groove to.
Other Olivia Lunny bops for PRIDE:
- “Think Of Me”
- “Sad To See You Happy”
“L’orage” by Eli Rose
Something for our French speaking queens and kings, we present the fabulous “L’orage.” This track by Eli Rose is such an absolute smash as it has hills and valleys throughout the entire dance track. The stillness within the bridge prior to the beat drop helps build energy that we can only imagine when clubs are open. Not only is this song amazing for PRIDE, but it’s also just a great summer song – you’re definitely going to be adding this one to several playlists.
Eli Rose smash hits you need for PRIDE:
- “Alibi (Under The Starlight)”
- “Carrousel – Ryan Shepherd Remix”
“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga
The best for last, the one that has helped make PRIDE what it is today, the legend, the queen, the one and only, Lady Gaga. There is no denying the lasting impact that “Born This Way” had on the entire world is something that will never be replicated. This release paved the way for many other artists and has even been reimagined in 2021 for the album’s 10 year anniversary. Although there are so many legendary Gaga songs that we could have used here, it would feel like a crime to not mention “Born This Way.”
Iconic Lady Gaga tracks to blast for PRIDE:
- “Bad Romance”
- “Love Game”
- “Marry The Night”
- “Rain on Me” with Ariana Grande
Other songs we highly recommend PRIDE:
- “3 Purple Hearts” by Ryland James
- “Oh My My My” and “Bloom” by Troye Sivan
- “Troubled Paradise” by Slayyyter
- “Itty Bitty Piggy” by Nicki Minaj
- “Blow Up” by The Beaches
- “Second Go” by Lights
- “Love You Like a Love Song” by Selena Gomez & The Scene
- “Tears Dry On Their Own by Amy Winehouse
- “ocean view” and “music to walk home to” by easy life
Thank you all for hearing our Lip Sync for Your Life recommendations for a stellar PRIDE 2021. We hope these songs have added a spark to your playlists and have you werqing the ballroom from your living room. We want to hear your PRIDE 2021 recommendations on our Instagram and Twitter! From all of us to all of you, thank you for a phenomenal PRIDE month and don’t forget to have PRIDE all year long!