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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Sylvester, "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real" (1978)

With all due respect to Prince, Sylvester may have had the most pristine, expressive falsetto in modern popular music. Somewhat reductively called the "Queen of Disco," the virtuosic, openly gay singer approached gender (in his performative and private lives) as a fluid, non-binary concept in a pre–Judith Butler era. It's his gospel roots that arguably make his self-penned disco classic a transcendent ode to joy. The outspoken AIDS advocate and fundraiser died from complications of the disease at age 41 in 1988. Nearly 30 years later, his most-remembered track still makes us dance a lot – through a few tears. –JR

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