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And the Gayest Songs Of AllTime Are....

Check out the Snapshot gallery – The Gayest Songs Of All Time.

To help celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, last month we asked you to vote for what songs out of the vast catalogue of musical history you think deserve to be called camp classics.

We received thousands of votes, and now that they have all been counted counted and triple-checked, we’re proud to finally reveal exactly what songs have made it into the final list of the Gayest Songs of All Time.

In the true spirit of a countdown, we’re going to be run through the list backwards, from 50 through to one. Drum roll please….the Gayest Songs of All Time, from 50 to 21, are:

50. Elton John and George Michael “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
49. Dead or Alive “You Spin Me (Like A Record)”
48. Pet Shop Boys “New York City Boy”
47. Diana Ross “Chain Reaction”
46. Deborah Harry “I Want That Man”
45. Cher “Strong Enough”
44. RuPaul “Supermodel (You Better Work)”
43. KD Lang “Constant Craving”
42. Culture Club “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”
41. Chaka Kham “I’m Every Woman”
40. Wham “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”
39. Paul Lekakis “Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back To My Room)
38. Kym Mazelle “Young Hearts Run Free”
37. George Michael “Outside”
36. Donna Summer “I Feel Love”
35. Dannii Minogue “This Is It”
34. Belinda Carlisle “Summer Rain”
33. Peter Allen “I Go To Rio”
32. Sylvester “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real”
31. Heather Small “Proud”
30. CeCe Peniston “Finally”
29. Madonna “Express Yourself”
28. Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
27. Charlene “I’ve Never Been To Me”
26. Tim Curry “Sweet Transvestite”
25. Barry Manilow “Copacabana”
24. Barbara Streisand and Donna Summer “No More Tears”
23. Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
22. Sister Sledge “We Are Family”
21. Queen “I Want To Break Free”

Looks pretty camp so far, huh? Run through the countdown of the Gayest Songs of All Time Numbers 20 to 16 right here!

The Gayest Songs Numbers 15 to 11 here.

The Gayest Songs Numbers 10 to 9 here.

The Gayest Songs Numbers 8 to 7 here.

The Gayest Songs Numbers 6 to 5 here.

The Gayest Songs Numbers 4 to 3 here.

The Gayest Song Number 2 here.

The Gayest Song of All Time here.

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David DC

David DC said on the 4th Mar, 2008

interesting to note that many of those songs and/or artists have been mardi gras shows!

those not yet done certainly makes a handy shortlist for future events!

ahh, reminds my of my first mardi gras when i saw village people close the party with you can't stop the music. still the best wow factor for a show for me so far. though olivia comes in a close second. i missed kylie doing better the devil you know... and i was at that party. so gutted. ha.

here's to gay pride and all things gay! woop woop :)

mindstar

mindstar said on the 4th Mar, 2008

a million lights are a dancing!!!!!

yay for Xanadu

(word to programmers - click-throughs = annoying)

mindstar

mindstar said on the 4th Mar, 2008

9 new windows to get to this
I can understand trying to build the excitement or the anticipation but really from a user experience this is a little annoying...

although xanadu made the top 10 thats good enough for me :)

David DC

David DC said on the 4th Mar, 2008

9 new windows to get to this
I can understand trying to build the excitement or the anticipation but really from a user experience this is a little annoying...


agree :rolleyes:

libby

libby said on the 4th Mar, 2008

alleluia! one of my faves made it to #4, wooo

robbie

robbie said on the 4th Mar, 2008

one of my favourties Kylie songs for sure..

nm4047

nm4047 said on the 5th Mar, 2008

can appreciate the need to have links (from you tube) but a long and winding road. Maybe, next time (assuming there is) do the list with the top ten and their repective clips below. Was great hear some of these songs (Joy radio) pitty they don't play more of this format.

bodinc

bodinc said on the 5th Mar, 2008

yay, go sweden! Wohooo, feeling slightly patriotic and flagwaving now

jimjazz

jimjazz said on the 5th Mar, 2008

i saw them live on stage in sydney in 1976...it pissed with rain and agnetha famously slipped over on stage...i still have the program...yes, i am tragic! xxxxx

billybudd

billybudd said on the 6th Mar, 2008

when polish monks do YMCA you know you've seen the best: http://www.drdicksexadvice.com/2007/10/10/polish-monks-do-the-ymca/

JackBlack

JackBlack said on the 6th Mar, 2008

You guys TOTALLY missed the boat on this one. The gayest song of all time is, without a doubt, [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFQJ1O8TJvU"]"I Was Born This Way" by Carl Bean.

Tim D just got schooled.

Lyrics:
I'm walking through life in nature's disguise
You laugh at me and you criticize
'Cause I'm happy, carefree and gay
Yes, I'm gay
Ain't no fault - it's a fact
I was born this way - yeah
Now I won't judge you - don't you judge me
We're all the way nature meant us to be

Chorus
I'm happy, I'm carefree and I'm gay
I was born this way

You call me strange 'cause you don't understand
God's role for me in life's overall plan
I've learned to hold my head up high
Not in scorn nor disgrace
Doin' my thing individually
Entwined with this human race

Now I won't judge you - don't you judge me
We're all the way nature meant us to be

Chorus

You laugh at me and you got the nerve to criticize
If I were you I'd sit down
And consider what you're doin'
Love me and I love you
And together ain't no tellin' what we'll do
Yeah - born I said
From a little bitty bitty boy
I was born this way

I love you, I love you
And even you - born this way - yeah
I'm tellin' y'all one more time
I was born this way, proud to tell it
I was born this way
Gonna shout it, tell the world about it
I was born this way

Tim D

Tim D said on the 6th Mar, 2008

Got to admit I've never heard of that song Carl, but it wasn't our choice. The list is made up of thousands of votes from our members. Sometimes democracy rules!

fireit

fireit said on the 6th Mar, 2008

Umm - I don't know if it's just me - but each of those links had to open in a new window...

So I had seven internet explorer windows open in the end!

(And good to see you guys are famous on popbitch)

jammy

jammy said on the 6th Mar, 2008

well i voted and i have the first 6 songs ,must mean "I AM SUPPER GAY",not that i am bragging!!!!!!

philippe

philippe said on the 6th Mar, 2008

Great, now that we've got that off our chests it would be awsome to hear a wider range of music in Gay venues...ie anyone heard the new Pnau album?

Tim D

Tim D said on the 6th Mar, 2008

Yes, love Pnau. Wild Strawberries is hot!

ScooterBoi

ScooterBoi said on the 7th Mar, 2008

This list makes me feel like I've stumbled into Stonewall! Or time warped back to Ceasars or the Imperial cellar bar. Most of this list is stating the bleeding obvious but are we so caught up in just living the typical stereotype that we all seem to perpetuate? I know the list asked for the GAYEST songs ever.. and there will be a many a drag-queen-in-training downloading frantically as we speak, but how about doing a vox pop on the the best gay songs that speak of our identity and/or our sexuality? Or a list of our best gay musicians/artists who are out there 'free, gay and happy' . I'd be interested in seeing what diversity our community will offer up. Come on! Let's celebrate being gay not being the gayest! If our only token CD release this Mardi Gras was the Joy FM Classics, although 'camp as tits' and a lot of fun to be had, it does leaving me asking 'is this all we have to offer? and is this what represents gay music?'

Ruffnut

Ruffnut said on the 7th Mar, 2008

Someone needs to put on a Retro night and play all these songs in countdown. And we can all come and dance and singalong.....

David DC

David DC said on the 7th Mar, 2008

OMG, it amazes me how every time we try to celebrate anything in our community, everyone gets defensive about it not being an accurate representation etc etc.

yes camp is probably a more appropriate term than gay in this instance. but does it really matter?

lighten up people - and learn to not take yourselves so seriously. of course there is diversity out there -and thank god for that. but how about we learn to celebrate it all - even if it's not your cup of tea. to quote that old anti-homophobia campaign slogan - "what are you afraid of?"

:)

scroggins

scroggins said on the 8th Mar, 2008

Village People? How very,very,boring! Says alot about the intellectual calibre of those that voted.V,P's stuff is just sooo..vapid & anachronistic.As for Abba,nice harmonies'creative productions,but what's the relevance to "gay culture"? Are we all such air-heads???

scroggins

scroggins said on the 8th Mar, 2008

Village People? How very,very,boring! Says alot about the intellectual calibre of those that voted.V,P's stuff is just sooo..vapid

scroggins

scroggins said on the 8th Mar, 2008

Abba? So predictable,yeah,I guess so but I have to say that most of the songs selected have nothing to do with "gay Culture".From a sex/gender perspective,at best,the lyrics are mostly ambiguous. Why not more Pet Shop Boys songs??.At least they sing about "us"(Too cerebral for many of us perhaps?)...

scroggins

scroggins said on the 8th Mar, 2008

Continuing my comment,re, the Pet Shop Boys.Yes!they sing sbout "us" but I suspect the content may be too cerebral for the cookie cutters

philippe

philippe said on the 8th Mar, 2008

How true, the list of songs is fun and I'm not putting it down, but there's so much more to music that represents our lives and why oh why do we never hear them at venues? There's some kick arse uplfting local dance acts around and they need to start being played in our bars & clubs!

EricG

EricG said on the 8th Mar, 2008


Pet Shop Boys too cerebal??? ....There are only 2 wooden, mono-tonal, stuffed shirts in their pet shop.

Addam Stobbs

Addam Stobbs said on the 8th Mar, 2008

I knew 46 of them, and I am only 28 :)

mecenandorre

mecenandorre said on the 9th Mar, 2008

Ridiculous that choice! Where is "La Vie en Rose" by Edith Piaf or other interprets????

alison87

alison87 said on the 12th Mar, 2008

Holy moly that's a lot of Australian stuff. I don't even know half the Minoguely songs. Still Frankie Goes To Hollywood got decent placing so all is not lost ;-)

Christian Taylor

Christian Taylor said on the 14th Mar, 2008

my god i HATE frankie goes to hollywood! but you can't deny it has a place in the list...

davewb

davewb said on the 16th Mar, 2008

One has to admit that the video for 'relax' was one of the gayest music vids of the 80's - even surpassing culture club LOL

davewb

davewb said on the 16th Mar, 2008

Overall I'm very pleased with this list - it incorporates many genres over a decent period of time.

davewb

davewb said on the 16th Mar, 2008

Hey Alison87 - check out Dannii's 'This is it' - her gayest song ever!

Tim D

Tim D said on the 16th Mar, 2008

I much preferred the Comedy Company version of Dannii's song - "This is Shit!"

Rodne001

Rodne001 said on the 25th Aug, 2011

I think you got this right always a fun song

bobbyandmimmi

bobbyandmimmi said on the 25th Aug, 2011

*sobs* Blaine asked kurt to dance while this song played :)

gocrazy

gocrazy said on the 25th Aug, 2011

OMG i use to sing along to this when i was like 3, my parents loved abba back in those days LOL im so ashamed but its nostalgia :o

Myles

Myles said on the 18th Mar, 2012

These songs that you have chosen,most lack any sense of music or life.They were obviously chosen by the same monkeys who typed out the Encyclopedia Brittanica!
Myles.

Marko

Marko said on the 18th Mar, 2012

These songs that you have chosen,most lack any sense of music or life.They were obviously chosen by the same monkeys who typed out the Encyclopedia Brittanica!
Myles.

I highly doubt that. If the "monkeys" from the Encyclopedia Britannica did the list they'd stop at the word "gayest" because they'd know a lawsuit would be heading their way.