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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Tegan and Sara, "Closer" (2013)

Canadian sister act Tegan and Sara capture the thrill behind fleeting moments of intimacy in "Closer," a track from their platinum 2013 LP Heartthrob. The video depicts friends and lovers of all genders, cuddling in blanket forts and taking cosmetic trust falls by applying each others' makeup. It's a breathtaking portrait of queer friendship, describing love that exists not just in the sexual or romantic sense, but as a broader spectrum of good feelings. Tegan Quin says: "I was writing about my youth – a time when we got closer by linking arms and walking down our school hallway, or talked all night on the telephone about every thought or experience we'd ever had. It wasn't necessarily even about hooking up or admitting your feelings back then. ... It was the anticipation of something maybe happening that was truly exciting and satisfying." She adds, "These relationships existed in a state of sexual and physical ambiguity. Is there anything more romantic than that?" –SE

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