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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Melissa Etheridge, "Come to My Window" (1993)

Etheridge was feeling lonesome on tour, longing for a lover who was slipping away, when she penned this hit that ended up on her brazenly titled breakthrough album, Yes I Am. Little did she know that her cowgirl blues would not only win her the Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance but would also yield an empowering theme for the gay community. "At the same time the album became a hit, I came out publicly," she told Entertainment Weekly in 2009. "The gay community lifted me up and supported me. That bridge in the song was taken to an anthem level. ('I don't care what they think/I don't care what they say/What do they know about this love anyway?') It bypassed any meaning I ever put in the song and became part of a mass consciousness. It is still a huge moment when I perform it live." –SE

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