I have a treat for you music-loving dykes today: I’ve created the world’s most lesbian playlist. Why? Because today is our day, you amazing, badass lesbians. It’s officially International Lesbian Day. I am celebrating by having a “The L Word” marathon, writing a love letter to my hot dyke barista, and asking my ex if she wants to meet up to “process.” But the best way for all of us to collectively celebrate being lesbian, out, and proud is to listen to the music of our people. Go forth and blast this lesbian playlist in your Subarus and subways.
So, put on your best leather jacket and celebrate your girl-loving self with this iconic lesbian playlist.
“Heavy” by Tegan & Sara
Perhaps the most visceral, pining lesbian song of all time by our favorite lesbian duo. Nothing screams the intensity of a first sapphic love than the lyrics “You’re heavy in my head, you’re heavy in my heart, you’re heavy in my mouth.” Sigh. Purrrr. Shed tear. (This song must go at the top of any lesbian playlist, just so you know.)
“I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend” by Girl In Red
If you haven’t gotten on the Girl In Red train, hop on board immediately. “I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend” is definitely the gay Gen X theme song. “I don’t want to be your friend, I want to kiss your lips” slowly turns to “I don’t want to be your friend, I want to be your bitch.” If that isn’t incredible lesbian songwriting, I don’t know what is. Happy International Lesbian day to you, babe.
“When We’re High” by LP
LP is my dream woman, and “When We’re High” is my dream song. Purrrr.
“You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
Okay, technically this song was written about a man (Joey from “Full House” to be specific), but it is arguably one of the gayest break-up songs of all time. Only a queer woman could truly understand the borderline insane pain of “And are you thinking of me when youuuu…..F*CK HER?” I once broke a wine glass singing that lyric by myself, angrily gripping my Pinot Noir too tight. It was a dark night.
“Girlfriend” by Young M.A
“Girl you got me open, wetter than the ocean.” What a way to open a song. Damn. I used to live in the same building as Young M.A, and much to my dismay and disappointment, she did not accept an invitation to my birthday party. Had she accepted, I know she would have performed this iconic lesbian song and made me her wife. Obviously. “That my girl. That my motherf*ckin girlfriend.”
“Rejoice” by Julien Baker
One of the most heart-wrenchingly beautiful songs written by a queer woman, in my humble lez opinion. Baker’s voice is BEYOND, plus she’s so adorable with her rainbow guitar strap. Yay for talented and visible queer women!
“32 Flavors” by Ani Difranco
The woman, the legend, every lesbian’s favorite singer: Ani Difranco, ladies and daddies. An unapologetic bisexual herself, Defranco just has a way of singing right to our queer hearts. And her lyrics? Pure poetry. “God help you if you are a phoenix and you dare to rise up from the ash. A thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy while you are just flying past.”
“Dancing On My Own” by Robyn
Walk into any given gay or lesbian bar on any given night and any given time and it is a guarantee that you will hear this song in a matter of minutes. It’s science. Though she has said she is not a lesbian, Robyn is undoubtedly a lesbian icon. I mean, what is more quintessentially lesbian than writing a song about watching your ex dance with someone else while you’re by yourself in the corner?
“The L Word Theme Song” by Betty
TALKING LAUGHING LOVING BREATHING FIGHTING F*CKING CRYING DRINKING RIDING WINNING LOSING CHEATING KISSING THINKING DREAMING. This is the way, it’s the way that we live, it’s the way that we live……AND LOOOVVVEEEEE. If you didn’t just sing that out loud, please do so now so you can properly celebrate International Lesbian Day with the unofficial song of our community.
“F*ck The Pain Away” by Peaches
Speaking of “The L Word,” queer icon Peaches made an appearance in Season 2 Episode 12. What is more lesbian than f*cking your pain away? Don’t say journaling.
“Wait A Minute” by Willow Smith
An out bisexual, Willow Smith makes some pretty damn amazing music. “Wait A Minute” is a banger that is sure to get the whole gay bar on their Birkenstocks.
“Feelings” by Hayley Kiyoko
“Naked As We Came” by Iron and Wine
Speaking of my favorite “The L Word” character (problematic I know), I would be remiss to not include the song that melodramatically plays in the background as Shane cuts Jenny’s hair and she sheds a single tear. Seriously, this is one of the most beautiful songs ever.
“Come To My Window” by Melissa Etheridge
COME INSIDEEEE WAIT BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON. Okay, daddy Melissa. We love you and your music — so much so that we wrote an ode to you.
“Special Affair” by The Internet
Syd Tha Kyd is the sexy queer woman behind the incredibly sexy voice of The Internet. This is a crucial part of any good lesbian sex playlist.
“Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey
Although Lana is pretty damn straight (we still love and worship you, Lan), this video is gay, gay, gay. Watch as her and Jaime King act out the great lesbian tragedy since Blue Is The Warmest Colour.
“Drive” by Melissa Ferrick
It’s been scientifically proven that you can orgasm just from listening to this Sapphic song.
“Closer To Fine” by The Indigo Girls
Perhaps one of the most iconic and most sing-able songs in all of lesbianism, this is our national anthem.
“Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman
There is no such thing as a lesbian playlist without THE song to end all lesbian songs: “Fast Car.” You cry to it in when it unexpectedly comes on in the supermarket, you cry to it in your room at night (we’re talking good, cathartic cries of course), and you scream sing it at your local lesbian bar. Now turn it up and celebrate International Lesbian Day!
You can listen to the entire lesbian playlist here. Enjoy lezzies!