My good friend, the Lavender Menace, recently tipped me off to TopGaySongs.com’s list of the Top 50 Lesbian Songs. While it seems like a work in progress (they are taking votes and also asking for other suggestions), the list they have to vote from is baffling to me.
While I love a lot of the artists mentioned, it’s unclear as to what the requirements were to be put on the list. You’ve got your obvious lesbian/bi women (k.d.lang, Melissa Etheridge, Indigo Girls, Me’Shell Ndegeocello, I am staring at you) but then you’ve got your straights, (Sade, Patti Smith, Kim Gordon) and then some fake gays or people who play them on T.V. (t.A.T.U. — I am still not a fan).
As someone who is a huge fan of music, I realize just how hard putting together a list like this can be — not to mention is has the power, somehow, to upset a lot of people. I mean, they left off the entire food group that is Sleater-Kinney.
In an effort to make peace and not just complain that they got it all wrong, I’d like to add some of my own to the list (which you can all just copy and paste into their suggestion box, thank you).
Here is the criteria for the songs I chose, and these are either/or/and criteria: The song must have lesbian connotations, a gay band member, be played non-stop at the lesbian bars I’ve frequented and tend to make everyone jump with joy, songs that my lesbian friends pick to sing at karaoke on a regular basis. Sound good? Good.
Bikini Kill — “Rebel Girl”
The Veronicas — “Take Me On The Floor”
Bratmobile — “Come Hither”
The Ditty Bops — “Moon Over The Freeway”
Le Tigre — “Hot Topic”
Sleater-Kinney — “Ballad of a Ladyman”
Tracy Chapman — “Give Me One Reason”
Luscious Jackson — “Naked Eye”
Gossip — “Fire Sign”
Veruca Salt — “Forsynthia”
Janis Joplin — “Piece of My Heart”
Sarah McLachlan — “Possession”
Kelly Clarkson — “Since U Been Gone”
Tori Amos — “Cornflake Girl”
Bjork — “All Is Full of Love”
I tried to be as all-inclusive as possible but I could literally go on and on, which is perhaps the problem with making a list like this in the first place. As of now, the poll indicates Sophie B. Hawkins‘ “Damn, Wish I Was Your Lover” is in first place. Thoughts?