20 Notable LGBT Songs Released In The Last Five Years
These 20 LGBT-related songs, released between 2011 and 2016, transcend trends, eschew conformity,and spread messages of acceptance, tolerance, and unity.
Music is a powerful force that is utilitarian with numerous purposes. The impact that it can have politically and socially is elephantine. It can be the catalyst for unification as well as a source for the utmost polarization. In 2016, much of mainstream music fails to examine “the bigger picture,” embracing trends and tiresome conformity. Sometimes, the biggest impact comes from artists who push the envelope – break barriers – or strive to be transcendent and meaningful in the music they share with the world.
The songs that grace this list – 20 Notable LGBTQ Songs Released in the Last Five Years – look beyond the trends, eschewing conformity. The artists who “parent” these records have “the bigger picture” in mind, spreading a message of acceptance, tolerance, and unity. Here, 20 LGBTQ-related songs released between 2011 and 2016 are examined, detailing their message and impact socially.
This article isn’t intended to promote any agenda – it’s an examination into subject-matter that has progressively gained more traction in the mainstream. Discussion of LGBTQ issues and rights are a gargantuan part of social and political debates and discussions. Unsurprisingly, they those issues play a role in music. As the old saying goes, “nothing is new under the sun.” This is a new brand of socially-conscious music.
1. Tyler Glenn, “G.D.M.M.L. GRLS”
“G.D.M.M.L. GRLS” definitely sounds like something that Neon Trees’ frontman Tyler Glenn needed to get out of his system. Glenn gets personal about his sexuality and the hurdles associated with being gay. The heavily produced record is intense, matching the sentiment of the singer. He’s seemingly become disillusioned with the Mormon church, who denounce homosexuality.
“They wanna talk about my sin / they wanna say I’ve lost my sh*t / I’m losing my religion / and I just can’t get over it, over it.”
On the chorus, Glenn makes it clear he can’t change his sexual preference – he was created the way that he is:
“I keep on hearing evil voices, voices / yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah / they keep on messing with my choices, choices / I keep on telling them / Hey, God didn’t give me alternative, no / when she put me on the earth / God didn’t make me like girls / God didn’t make like girls.”
Glenn brings home his point on the bridge:
“Gay’s not a challenge that I’ll overcome / not a thing to be tolerated / if I kiss a boy, I’m gonna kiss, that cool? / am I f*cking up your day? Now that’s just rude…”
While Glenn speaks from a Mormon perspective, numerous churches and religions have harsh criticism for homosexuality. Many churches cite Biblical text as the source, with Sodom and Gomorrah leading the charge. Swap out Mormonism for various religions or communities and homophobia occurs. His message, hence, resonates with other members of the LGBT community, and many others.