Playlist: I Kissed a Gay Girl and I Loved It

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Last night’s episode of Glee was entitled “I Kissed a Girl” and features hands-down the gayest girly playlist of all fucking time: Melissa Etheridge, Dolly Parton, KD Lang, Cyndi Lauper, and that Katy Perry song we all love so much. Of course not all of those musicians are gay, but that’s besides the point, I suppose.

A while back we did a Lez the Fuck Out: B-Sides playlist, but I was inspired by last night’s incompleteness to assemble the Lez the Fuck Out A-List.

Here we go:

Prove it On Me – Ma Rainey
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
Hot Topic – Le Tigre
I Kissed a Girl – Jill Sobule
Do It Like a Dude – Jessie J
Take Me On the Floor – The Veronicas
As Cool As I Am – Dar Williams
Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins
If It Isn’t Her – Ani DiFranco
Nineteen – Tegan & Sara
Power of Two – Indigo Girls
Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
Become You – Indigo Girls
Secret – Missy Higgins
Constant Craving – k.d. lang
Weakness in Me – Joan Armatrading
Take Me or Leave Me – Cast of RENT
Some Kind of Wonderful – Pam Grier & Betty
Drive – Melissa Ferrick
You Don’t Own Me – Lesley Gore
Say So – Uh Huh Her
Young James Dean – Girlyman
Come to my Window – Melissa Etheridge


What are your favorite lesbian songs? Remember that to make these mixes we actually have to own the songs ourselves, so if you see something that isn’t on here and you are absolutely horrified by that omission, you gotta email me the song!

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  1. Autostraddle, you always make the perfect playlists for my life. Since hearing Puck butcher Melissa Etheridge on Glee last night, I’ve been listening to nothing but classic queer lady rock to feel better. This playlist is just enabling me.

    Also, fun fact: I owned and loved two-thirds of these songs before I realized I was gay. Maybe I should have figured that shit out sooner.

  2. My Best Friend’s Hot – The Dollyrots (this was my JAM in tenth grade)
    Perfect Fingers – Ani DiFranco (I don’t know, it was on the Better Than Chocolate soundtrack, and that movie is super fucking cute.)
    I Like Girls – Axegirl (Yes. Just. Yes.)

  3. Love this list, especially the double dose of Kathleen Hanna.

    I would add “Funnel of Love” by Wanda Jackson, because it was in But I’m a Cheerleader and is overall full of awesomeness. Also, uh, the title seems relevant.

  4. I loved the music on Glee last night… except for I Kissed A Girl. I actually find that song kind of…what’s the right word…derogatory?
    I mean imagine if you’re that lesbian and you’re all excited to be going out, you’ve got your cherry chapstick on and everything! And then Katy Perry comes up and kisses you and then is like “whoops, boyfriend!” how would you feel?

  5. Just looking at this playlist makes me blush. Um, one time I wandered into some Alaskan woods and stumbled upon a short-haired woman in plaid playing acoustic guitar and singing a song about bathing in Canadian rivers with other ladies and never shaving or caring about men, and some characters named Betty and Sue who were into dancing together. Then she winked at me and my grandmother was like, “…”. That song should be on the playlist.

  6. Several months ago, Proud 103.8 played a song during my usual ‘woke up early dancing while getting ready to go’ hours called Prom Prom by Creature.
    I’ve never heard of anyone else knowing it, and until recently I could basically not prove that it existed. But now it’s on iTunes, so yeah.

  7. can’t say i’m much of a fan of any of these songs. here are some very gay songs i love:

    “Pocketbook” Meshell Ndegeocello
    “Barry Farms” Meshell Ndegeocello- VERY lesbionic
    “Love You Down” Meshell Ndegeocello
    “Beautiful” Meshell Ndegeocello
    “Tik Tok” Mz Fontaine
    “Lick It” God-des

  8. Two Little Girls – Ani Difranco
    Porch Song – Chris Pureka
    Best Cock on the Block – Bitch and Animal

    I know you have some Ani on here and basically (almost) all of her music is gay but I especially like that song. Also, basically anything by Bitch and Animal is gay. And glorious.

  9. Oooh my gosh I love gay songs!

    Lick It – Goddess and She
    I’m a Lesbian – Lizzy the Lezzy
    So Happy I Could Die – Lady Gaga

    Play them on blast and repeat to drive the ladyfriend crazy. (But I know she secretly loves it!)

  10. Super list. I was definitely also in downward dog… totally too much. Thought about writing strongly worded letters. Calmed down. Listened to: The Gossip, Hercules and the Love Affair, and MEN (“who am I to feel so free” – watch the video!)

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