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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Queen, "Don't Stop Me Now" (1978)

Although it seems most of Queen's fans were clueless as to how openly gay and subversive frontman Freddie Mercury was – despite the unabashed swank of his stage presence – he also never really tried to hide it. Queen were on a pretty amazing run by the time their 1978 album Jazz came around; they'd gone from tiny clubs to stadiums, and every single song they released seemed to fly up the charts. "Don't Stop Me Now," the lead single from the LP, featuring the group's trademark multi-tracked harmonies, didn't quite live up to expectations, peaking at Number 86 in America. It was, however, a Top 10 hit in England. And with lyrics like, "That's why they call me Mister Fahrenheit/I'm trav'ling at the speed of light/I wanna make a supersonic man out of you," it sounds like the boys are ready to let it all hang out.  –JP

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