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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Peaches, "Fuck the Pain Away" (2000)

Good advice from Canada's raunchiest sex sage. With the help of a Roland MC-505, the bisexual drama teacher–turned-rapper sparked a titillating new wave of sleazebag disco with her 2000 LP, Teaches of Peaches. Although "Fuck the Pain Away" was too risqué to chart, its unforgettable, braggadocious lines permeated everything from South Park to 30 Rock and 2003 film Lost In Translation: "Suckin' on my titties like you wanted me/Calling me all the time like Blondie/Check out my Chrissy behind/It's fine all of the time." It was reportedly Madonna's favorite workout song, and she also featured it in her London play, Up For Grabs. In a 2003 interview with The Guardian, Peaches divulges that she sent Madonna and Guy Ritchie some autographed panties as thanks. "I signed some underwear," she says, "I wrote, 'Dear Guy, fuck ya later, love Peaches,' and for Madonna I wrote, 'Dear Madonna, fuck ya now, love Peaches.' It's cool." –SE

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