What better time to celebrate these ten glorious gay love songs than Valentine’s day? And if you’re feeling a little scorned by love these days, don’t worry, they don’t all have happy endings.
Rufus Wainwright – “The Art Teacher”
“He asked us what our favorite work of art was / Never could I tell him it was him.” OK, you got us with that one. This song is technically sung from the perspective of a woman, but Rufus makes it plenty gay. And we love it.
Matt Alber – “Handsome Man”
A handsome man who also brings you coffee, OJ, a cinnamon bun and and almond croissant?! Too much. Where do we sign up?
Sufjan Stevens – “The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!”
Though not explicitly a gay love song, this tune will tug at your nostalgic heart strings with lyrics like “Oh how I meant to tease him / Oh how I meant no harm / Touching his back with my hand I kiss him…I can’t explain the state that I’m in / The state of my heart, he was my best friend / Into the car, from the back seat / Oh admiration in falling asleep.”
Hercules and Love Affair ft. John Grant – “I Try To Talk To You”
Sometimes love is best expressed in interpretive dance.
Sam Smith – “Nirvana”
Sam has spoken publicly about the fact that his Grammy Award-winning album In The Lonely Hour was written post-breakup. But his track “Nirvana” captures some of the good times in spite of impending heartbreak.
Cosmo Jarvis – “Gay Pirates”
Life as a pirate isn’t easy. Life as a gay pirate is even tougher.
R.E.M. – “Be Mine”
If anyone ever wrote us a song like this, it’d be checkmate in one move.
Broken Social Scene – “I’m Still Your Fag”
Here’s a goth-meets-jock love story that is just chock full of tenderness.
Mashrou’ Leila – “Shim El Yasmine”
Out Lebanese singer Hamed Sinno fronts Mashrou’ Leila, and on this track, sings about a past lover he wanted to introduce to his parents. Even without being able to understand the lyrics, it’s a hauntingly beautiful tune.
Indigo Girls – “Power of Two”
The pronouns may be neutral in “Power of Two,” but it’s understood that the song is written about two women. Regardless, it’s a love song worthy of everyone.