As part our 30 Days Pride initiative, we've asked LGBTQ stars to create playlists to show what "pride" means to them. Our third curator is singer-songwriter and lesbian icon Melissa Etheridge.
“My favorite thing about creating this playlist was all the LGBTQ artists I had to choose from -- I can’t believe it,” Melissa Etheridge told Billboard.
New Pride-themed playlists will publish twice a week throughout the month June. Follow @BillboardPride on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date.
Emma McGrath, “Love You Better”
She’s just vibrant, young, and full intense love, you know? I dig the song. The end.
Tegan & Sara, “Walking With a Ghost”
They can do no wrong. Just sit back and enjoy this fun tune.
Ani DiFranco, “32 Flavors”
She is just a music treasure. Enjoy every note.
Erasure, “A Little Respect”
Nice throwback. Can’t forget our forefathers.
Scissor Sisters, “Take Your Mama”
Groove ‘til you drop. It’s just that much fun. And for anyone who chooses to name their band that name, I’m a fan for life.
Beth Ditto, “Fire”
Just enjoy the intensity. Don’t you just love women?
LP, “Lost on You”
I've been a fan her for years. She’s just one the best singer-songwriters around.
Brayton Bowman, “Stephen”
“I don’t know a lot about Brayton, but this is just a great song!
Sam Smith, “Get Here”
He’s a gift from heaven with such an angel’s voice that’ll break your heart like a devil. He’s just amazing.
John Grant, “TC and Honeybear”
Another artist I don’t know a whole lot about, but I’m really excited to see what he’s doing.
Indigo Girls, “Closer to Fine”
This is lesbian history. Listen up.
k.d. lang, “Constant Craving”
When you hear this song, you’ll understand why she made an impact. She’s just a beautiful treasure.
Rufus Wainwright, “The One You Love”
I just love him so much. What can I say? He’s just perfect.
Antony & The Johnsons, “Bird Gehrl”
Just enjoy and let your body move.
Elton John, “Your Song”
You’ve got to have the classics.
The Magnetic Fields, “The Book Love”
Rules to live by.
Perfume Genius, “Alan”
Again, I don’t much about them, but I certainly love this song!