Music has always been a powerful tool for expression and storytelling, particularly when it comes to lesbian love songs. From the ’70s classic “Oh! You Pretty Things” by David Bowie to modern-day bops like Dizzy Fae’s “Hot Water”, LGBTQ artists have used music as a way of expressing their experiences and connecting with other queer people in a universal way. This article seeks to explore some of that heritage, from the iconic “Not In Love” by Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith to the more recent feel-good anthem “Take Me To Church” by Hozier, as well as The Beatles’ classic “Here Comes The Sun”. Each song speaks volumes about what it’s like living life in the margins and finding freedom within their own communities – come along on this musical journey with us!
“Pynk” by Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monae’s song “Pynk” is a popular lesbian love song that artfully captures the struggles and triumphs of being in a same-sex relationship. The accompanying music video features two teenage girls kissing and embracing, while they defy societal expectations of gender roles. With its powerful message of sexual fluidity and freedom, “Pynk” speaks to anyone who is discovering their own sexuality. The lyrics focus on female pronouns and celebrate the beauty of being a girl. By using elements like hot pink tulle skirts, brightly colored wigs, sparkling platform boots, and pearl necklaces, Janelle has created an image of queer liberation that resonates with her audience.
“Girls Like Girls” by Hayley Kiyoko
Hayley Kiyoko’s upbeat single “Girls Like Girls” paints an all too relatable account of romantic desire between two women. It celebrates the joys of being openly gay in today’s world, offering up a strong message of self-love and unapologetic queer identity. This hit from 2015 perfectly mirrors what it feels like to be young and in love when most people around you are cisgender heterosexual couples – it’s a reminder that LGBTQ+ individuals can also experience joy during their teenage years. The accompanying music video features two teenage girls exploring their shared interests in one another as they break away from societal pressures around them.
“Different for Girls” by Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King
Pop artist Elle King teams up with country musician Dierks Bentley to create the aptly named track “Different for Girls” – a sweet song about learning how to navigate relationships between two women that face different expectations compared to male relationships. Elle provides powerful vocals for this tune about discovering one’s sexuality through heartbreak and understanding feminine perspectives on romance within our culture. Her lyrics discuss balancing between loving someone with all your heart but still having doubts along the way when things don’t turn out exactly as expected or desired – making it one of the best lesbian love songs out there today.
“I Know a Place” by MUNA
Leading off MUNA’s debut album “About U” comes the track “I Know a Place” – a feel-good anthem where lead singer Katie Gavin openly expresses her feelings towards other women over an acoustic guitar riff while questioning her place in both mainstream society and queer community alike: “If I told you all I wanted was just some other women would you be shocked? No.” As she sings “Let me take you down to where we meet in secret, oh come let’s go outside…to my I know a place,” it is impossible not to feel connected with this beautiful song about finding respite from judgment through falling in love with another woman.
“Falling in Love in A Coffee Shop” by Landon Pigg
Landon Pigg sings about true love that defeats any distance with his stirring ballad “Falling In Love In A Coffee Shop”. This song portrays two young people developing an attraction towards each other without prior knowledge or intention – setting up a refreshingly innocent tone even though its subject matter deals largely with coming out stories that are often far more complicated than what meets the eye at first glance. His lyrics capture all emotions involved in taking back control over one’s life after coming out – sending out positive messages concerning support systems, confidence, and self-acceptance while celebrating same-sex romance along the way.
“And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” by Jennifer Hudson
The first entry on our list is Jennifer Hudson’s classic anthem “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”. Released in 2006 as part of her debut album Dreamgirls, this song has become an enduring classic that continues to resonate with queer audiences all over the world. This song carries within its lyrics a message to those who seek to deny someone their true identity: namely, that even under intense pressure from society one will never give up their identity whatever it may be. These powerful words have become especially potent among members of the LGBTQ+ community who often experience resistance simply because of who they are.
The song also carries within it an image that is almost universal among lesbian love songs: that only a girl can keep them warm when times get tough and nobody else understands what they’re going through. It’s an image familiar to many but one which resonates on multiple levels no matter how many times it is heard – something which explains why it has become a multi-award-winning hit single!
“Girls/Girls/Boys” by Panic! At The Disco
Released in 2013 as part of their fourth studio album Too Weird To Live Too Rare To Die!, “Girls/Girls/Boys” was one of Panic! At The Disco’s biggest hits and remains a fan favorite today. This fun romp through gender binaries speaks directly to those who refuse to adhere to traditional societal expectations when it comes to relationships and sexuality – something that resonates deeply with much of today’s LGBTQ+ community.
The song isn’t just catchy though; it carries with it an important message about individuality and self-expression which has been embraced by people across different sexual orientations, genders, and ages ever since its release. What’s more, unlike many other popular love songs today, “Girls/Girls/Boys” features female pronouns throughout its chorus – making this smash hit all the more relevant for audiences everywhere who wish to see these kinds of representations given more recognition within mainstream culture.
“The Love Club” by Lorde
Lorde made waves when she released her debut single “The Love Club” in 2012 as part off her EP Pure Heroine – not least because she was only 16 when she wrote and recorded it! The track quickly became known as one of her best songs and went on to be certified double platinum in New Zealand – prompting comparisons between Lorde herself and past teen sensations like Britney Spears or Justin Bieber! But what makes this such an interesting lesbian love song? Well apart from being written from an incredibly young age; “The Love Club” captures many elements that are relevant both then and now such as coming out stories or same-sex attractions found within real-life environments like school or work – something which gives listeners plenty of material through which they can relate their own experiences too!
“Come To My Window” by Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge’s 1993 hit “Come To My Window” might not seem like a particularly obvious choice for our list but let us assure you that this acoustic folk rock gem deserves its place among our selection – if anything because it encapsulates perfectly what so many lesbians feel but cannot say; whether due to fear or shame or anything else altogether. The song follows Etheridge singing from someone else’s point of view – asking her partner not only for understanding but also acceptance; perhaps issues most felt keenly amongst queers living in heteronormative societies where being openly affectionate with someone might mean judgment or imprisonment – making this honest track all the more relatable today given recent changes in legalization worldwide.
Shelter by Birdy & Rhiannon Giddens
Birdy & Rhiannon Giddens’s “Shelter” is a modern classic of lesbian love songs. The music video opens with two girls walking together in the rain, hinting at sweetness and intimacy between them. The acoustic guitar arrangement provides an intimate atmosphere as the song is about finding refuge in someone else’s love. The lyrics are simple yet powerful, telling us that you are my shelter to keep me warm and safe.
The chorus of “Shelter” speaks of a kind of comfort that comes from knowing someone loves you just as much as you love them, no matter what. That same message can be found throughout many other lesbian love songs like “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves or “Love Is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar—both of which provide heartfelt lyrics about unconditional love.
Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine” is one of those rare lesbian love songs that don’t need to be about any particular gender or sexual orientation to speak to what it’s like to fall in love with another person—it just happens to feature a woman singing about her female partner. The upbeat tempo, catchy chorus, and lighthearted lyrics make it easy to see why this song has become an LGBTQ anthem.
Love Is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar
Pat Benatar’s iconic “Love Is a Battlefield” may not have been written specifically for lesbians, but its themes of resilience in the face of strife have made it a staple in queer music scenes around the globe. This ’80s hit features relatable lyrics like “We are young/ hearts full of rage/ fighting out our lives” as well as an infectious rhythm that makes it one soundtrack for any fight for justice or equality—no matter who for over three decades now!
Not In Love by Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith
An electronic-pop track from Crystal Castles featuring Robert Smith of The Cure, “Not In Love” is a queer anthem of sorts with its ambiguity—it could be interpreted as being about unrequited same-sex love or all kinds of relationships outside traditional ones where we cannot always put labels on them. Its entrancing rhythm builds up before breaking down suddenly into almost dreamlike sounds and trancey beat drops provided by Ethan Kath’s production skills, giving an ethereal touch to this beautiful lesbian love song.
Take Me To Church By Hoziera
Irish singer-songwriter Hozier topped charts worldwide when he released his breakout single “Take Me To Church“, which has since become known as an LGBT anthem due to its constant craving message: just let me worship my own idea of you instead of listening to what I’m told should be right and wrong in terms of loving someone regardless their gender identity or orientation. Acoustic guitar accompaniment fits perfectly with Hozier’s voice making this song really special for every listener regardless of their background – we can all relate!
Here Comes The Sun By The Beatles
The Beatles’ classic 1969 hit “Here Comes The Sun” is one of those songs you probably danced around singing along to at least once during your life — perhaps even without realizing that its lyrical content touches upon themes traditionally associated with same-sex relationships such as understanding real life and feeling joy despite difficult circumstances like being judged for who you are. That said, George Harrison didn’t necessarily write this tune about himself coming out – but still manages to capture how it feels like coming into one’s own power regardless of what anyone else might think or say about it – “It’s alright now” indeed!
More WLW Lesbian songs
One of the most influential and memorable lesbian love songs to hit mainstream radio was “Only A Girl” by singer-songwriter Tegan and Sara. It’s an upbeat pop song about a young woman who must make a difficult decision between two loves — one male, one female. The song’s positive reception paved the way for other openly queer artists to express their stories openly through their music.
Another artist making waves among the LGBT+ community is Muna – a Los Angeles-based band formed by three individuals who identify as nonbinary/genderqueer and bisexual respectively. Their song “Sexuality Bender” is an upbeat dance-pop anthem that celebrates fluidity in both sexuality and gender identity – a topic not often tackled in open conversation but becoming more accepted as time goes on due to artists like Muna normalizing these conversations about identity with their lyrics.
Overall, there is no shortage when it comes to great lesbian love songs spanning different genres and generations such as pop classics from Madonna (“Beautiful Girls”), more recent indie rock bangers (“Same Love” from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis), folk tunes from Indigo Girls (“Closer To Fine”) or even hip hop beats from Dizzy Fae ft. Syd (“Hot Water”). Lesbian culture has taken hold within the music scene more than ever before – times have changed so much that now there’s even an entire genre called WLW (Women Loving Women) Songs which gathers hits like Hayley Kiyoko’s “Girls Like Girls” or best friend duo MUNA with their song “I Know A Place”. Thankfully, musicians today find themselves supported rather than shamed – feeling empowered enough to sing openly about their desires without fear allows us listeners to feel joint excitement when listening together queer music pieces like these awesome 5 mentioned here!