Spotify celebrates Pride Month with curated playlists from talent including Tyler Oakley, Erika Jayne, iLoveMakonnen and many more
This past year carried huge moments for LGBTQ artists. From Troye Sivan to Frank Ocean, and Halsey to Lady Gaga, we’ve been blessed with memorable music from some of the most talented artists. In celebration of Pride Month, Spotify is proud to present The Spotify Pride Hub, a series that highlights queer icons and music of hope, self-acceptance and empowerment.
The hub is a destination dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ artists and advocates, and includes playlists and commentary from voices within the community. From celebrity playlists curated by Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, Tom Daley and Gigi Gorgeous, to social activists Jose Antonio Vargas, Alok Vaid-Menon and Jazz Jennings, the hub will be your one stop shop for Pride. And whether you are gathering for marches, parades or festivals, Spotify’s Pride themed playlists – including Out Now, Pride Classics and Work It, Own It, among many others – will get you in the mood to celebrate.
Need help getting into the Pride spirit, listen to some of the most streamed Pride songs on Spotify:
- Lady Gaga – Born This Way
- Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
- ABBA – Dancing Queen
- Madonna – Vogue
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love – feat. Mary Lambert
- Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
- The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
- Scissor Sisters – Let’s Have A Kiki
- Katy Perry – Firework
- Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl
- Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
- Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
- Soft Cell – Tainted Love
- RuPaul – Sissy That Walk
- RuPaul – Supermodel (You Better Work)
To celebrate, Spotify has also taken a look at the proudest cities globally based on listening data, with Washington, D.C. taking the #1 spot. San Francisco and Madrid round out the top three. The top ten list of proudest cities worldwide is:
- Washington, District of Columbia, United States
- San Francisco, California, United States
- Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- New York, New York, United States
- Dallas, Texas, United States
- Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- London, London, City of, Great Britain
- Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Denver, Colorado, United States
Working closely with GLAAD, Spotify tapped into some of the leading LGBTQ activists to share the playlists that inspire them:
- Jose Antonio Vargas: The Pulitzer-winning journalist-filmmaker is committed to humanizing the immigrant experience.
- Jazz Jennings: To cbelebrate Pride, the teenage LGBTQ activist revels in a rainbow spectrum of sounds. Her reality show, I Am Jazz, premieres June 27 and 28 on TLC.
- Amir Ashour: The IraQueer founder is breaking new ground, fighting for LGBT+ rights in Iraq and the Kurdistan region
- Matt Green: Love wins when it comes to outreach—and the “Grindr Rebbe.” The New Yorker hooks us up with his Pride finds.
- Alok Vaid-Menon: Politics and poetry are beautifully intertwined for the gender-nonconforming Indian American performance artist.
- Charlene Carruthers: Get on board with the sounds that move the black queer feminist force behind BYP100 and outspoken critic of police brutality.
- Kris Perry and Sandy Stier: The personal became political—and historic—for the plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, and authors of Love on Trial. This music also unites them.
- Jacob Tobia: Recently wrapping up a stint working on Transparent, season 4, the genderqueer writer embraces the power femme within and shares the songs they can’t do without.
- Alex Berg: (Queer) girl power propels a playlist from the HuffPost journalist covering LGBTQ issues, politics, and pop culture.
- L’lerret Jazelle Ailith: The BYP100 communications director appeared on Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word on MTV and Logo TV.
In support of Pride Month and in partnership with GLAAD and Greater than AIDS, Spotify launched an enhanced series of playlists featuring stories and narratives that amplify stories of resistance led by the LGBTQ community. These playlists, curated by leading activists highlight key moments in LGBTQ history and were narrated by Halsey, Troye Sivan, and Miley Cyrus.
This series of video playlists focuses on five iconic moments of LGBTQ resistance:
- “Around 2am” (Stonewall, 1969), narrated by Miley Cyrus
- “Calling In Gay” (Swedish activists “calling in gay” to work when being gay was considered a mental illness, 1979), narrated by Halsey
- “Silence = Death” (The AIDS crisis, 1980s-1990s), narrated by Troye Sivan
- “Love Wins” (the fight for marriage equality, 2015), narrated by Troye Sivan
- “The Bathroom Bans” (the current battle for trans rights and so-called “bathroom bills,” today), narrated by Halsey
Three of the playlists also feature leading activists who either took part in a battle or were inspired by it:
- Peter Staley, pioneering AIDS activist and founding member of ACT UP, most recently seen in the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague
- Billy Porter, Broadway star and Tony Award-winning star of Kinky Boots who played an active role in marriage equality in New York and recently married his husband
- DJ Lina Bradford, famed Fire Island DJ and current talk show host speaks to the influence women like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera had on her life
Access the Pride Hub on Spotify’s main browse page, in the exclusive Pride category under the Browse menu and at Spotify.com/Pride.