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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Scissor Sisters, "Take Your Mama" (2004)

New York City's queens of camp Scissor Sisters portrayed the dilemma of coming out to family as pure comedy: In "Take Your Mama" out, frontman Jake Shears suggests plying your mother with liquor before you break the news. The song appeared on their self-titled debut, which topped the U.K. Albums chart and went nine times platinum. Bono lauded them as "the best pop group in the world" that year, and Elton John would collaborate with the band on their 2006 smash hit "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'." Although only a fraction of the band's success in Europe translated to the United States, "Take Your Mama" remains a staple in gay bars across the country. –SE

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