Music for lesbian matrimony


It’s been a good week to be gay. It’s been a particularly good week to be gay and in California. Looking through all the pictures of happy couples getting their gay marriage on this week has been an absolute joy. No, I’m not crying. That’s something in my eye. Really, I’m not crying. Fine, who has some tissue?

All these nuptials naturally got me thinking about wedding traditions and, more specifically, the first dance. As luck would have it, Yahoo Music just posted a list of the “Top First-Dance Songs” according to a new survey. The results can only appropriately be called schmaltztastic. I mean it, “On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men, “I Swear” by All-4-One and Aladdin’s theme?

Really, straight people? Really?

Of course I agree with some of them. You can’t go wrong with the classics: Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong. Uh-uh-uh, not so fast Celine Dion. But I think we can still do better – much, much better. How about we make our own list? Some of the picks I share with our chapel-bound straight friends. But the rest, well, they’re just another reason it’s good to be gay.

The Top 10 Totally Gay First-Dance Songs (click each to play):

1) “At Last,” Etta James

At last, indeed. Wrap your heart up in clover, lovebirds.

2) “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles

It’s all you need, it’s all that matters.

3) “I’m Coming Out,” Diana Ross

Hey, who says a first dance can’t be disco?

4) “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,” Israel Kamakawiwo_ole

Rainbows, The Wizard of Oz and ukuleles? No need for further explanation.

5) “Closer to Fine,” Indigo Girls

Because all of your lesbian friends will sing along.

6) “My Funny Valentine,” Frank Sinatra

If you listen closely to the lyrics it’s pretty snarky, and gays love the snarky.

7) “Dancing Queen,” ABBA

It’s ABBA, that’s why.

8) “No Ordinary Love,” Sade

Indeed, this isn’t an ordinary love. It’s extraordinary.

9) “I Will Always Love You,” Dolly Parton

Because Dolly is fabulous and The Bodyguard was a terrible movie.

10) Anything by Madonna

No gay event can be complete with a little Material Girl. Plus, we know she already has appropriate attire to wear to the wedding.

So, what do you think? Did I leave anything good, gay or good and gay out? And, fine, I’ll also take just the plain old romantic stuff, too. You big softies. Happy gay marriage, California!

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