Aside from Halloween (gay Christmas), Pride is one of my favourite days of the year. My boyfriend and I have created, tweaked and perfected our prime pride celebration, which sees us march gaily throughout the streets of Glasgow, head to our favourite Merchant City haunt for post-march drinks and back to our flat for the queen of pride parties. But what do you need to host your own sublime pride celebration?
Really all you need is snacks, a few rainbows around the house and a strict BYOB policy. Your playlist, however, has the power to make or break the affair. But worry not: we have expertly compiled some of the best songs to include in your Pride Party Playlist (PPP) and leave you to worry in advance about how you’re going to get so much glitter out your carpet.
‘Woman’s World’, Cher
Your party is incomplete without Cher, period. And I am in no way suggesting you have one Cher song on your PPP, but ‘Woman’s World’, a blazing dance anthem that sees Cher patch her unworthy ex-lover, is a left field alternative to the more famous ones you will hear at every other pride gathering. The eternal Goddess of Pop sings “Torn up, busted, taken apart I’ve been broken down, left with a broken heart/ But I’m stronger, strong enough to rise above.” If that doesn’t belong on your PPP, I don’t know what does.
‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Spice Girls
So many of the Fab Five’s back catalogue could make the cut, but this is my favourite and without a doubt the best to dance to assert your dismissal of the patriarchy. The lyrics may not be overtly political, relative to LGBT+ life or even logical; but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve its place on your PPP. No-one will be immune; everyone will dance and sing Mel C’s adlibs at the end in glorious unison.
‘It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay (Thunderpuss Mix)’, Whitney Houston
Anyone else who enjoyed the season nine finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race will have joined me in playing this remix incessantly since it aired, having been Sasha Velour’s winning lip synch. Aside from the fact that a great song was made even greater, Whitney has rarely sounded more confident, powerful and sick to the back teeth with your shenanigans. Infectious and empowering, strangers will cut short their awkward small talk to dance to this.
‘It’s Raining Men’, Weather Girls/Geri Halliwell.
Obviously. We’ll leave it up to you to decide which version is better, as long as it gets played.
It was like Sophie’s Choice deciding which Ru song would make the cut; between ‘Sissy That Walk’ (which will encourage guests to form a space to conduct your own mini ball), ‘Born Naked and Die Tomorrow’, there feels like an endless list of songs to pad out your PPP. But in this case, we endorse the song that launched a thousand (plus) drag queens and made a star out of Mama Ru.
‘Mighty Real’, Sylvester
The Queen of Disco! My mum’s favourite song, ‘Mighty Real’ is the epitome of high energy disco sung by one of music’s most flamboyant, underrated icons. The lyrics and infectious beat will make your guests grab their significant other/whoever they fancy in the room onto the dance floor and profess your undeniable attraction through the medium of dance.