25 Essential LGBTQ Pride Songs

From Sylvester to Perfume Genius to everyone in between, editors pick the most evocative, transformative songs

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Elton John, "Elton's Song" (1981)

An overlooked one-off from 1981's The Fox, when Elton was still fumbling through the darkest, most confused period of his career. It's a quiet piano ballad about growing up gay. The lyrics come from the out-and-proud British punk rocker Tom Robinson, who had a hit of his own with "Glad to be Gay." The payoff is the tender moment at the end when Elton sings, "I would give my life/For a single night beside you." Maybe he scared himself with how emotional he could be – it was years before he tried anything this revealing again. –RS

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