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SAN JOSE, Calif. ⁠— DJ Rotten Robbie is certainly one of my go-to sources for all issues music associated. The man simply is aware of a lot, whether or not we’re speaking a couple of traditional pop act from the ’80s or the most recent buzz band from the U.Okay.

Combining that issue with the California DJ’s long-standing involvement with Satisfaction occasions, DJ Rotten Robbie appeared like the perfect candidate to assist us have fun Satisfaction 50 in a tuneful style.

Thus, I requested him if he’d be prepared to give you a listing of the highest 25 Satisfaction anthems of all time. And he enthusiastically agreed, delivering an awesome record (with feedback).

“These songs are about overcoming adversity and being instructed no, to go on to search out your self and your neighborhood. There’s a unifying message of freedom, energy and never giving up, it doesn’t matter what society, your loved ones or your church has instructed you; to imagine in your self and discover others such as you,” the DJ stated.

Listed here are DJ Rotten Robbie’s Prime 25 anthems (listed in no specific order).

  1. “You Make Me Really feel (Mighty Actual),” Sylvester (1978)

“San Francisco’s personal Sylvester sings an early anthem for the ’70s homosexual rights motion about feeling like your actual and true self.”

  1. “Satisfaction (A Deeper Love),” Aretha Franklin (1994)

“Aretha’s tackle a earlier C&C Music Manufacturing facility observe. Written and produced by Robert Clivilles and David Cole, each homosexual males, it went on to change into a Satisfaction anthem within the ’90s because it continues to be to at the present time.”

  1. “I am Coming Out,” Diana Ross (1980)

“A Satisfaction anthem for the ages. Popping out is the time period the LGBTQ+ neighborhood use to explain the act of unveiling one’s sexuality or gender. Its joyous lyrics about breaking out of your shell and shouting ‘I am popping out, I need the world to know, gotta let it present,’ makes it a singalong LGBTQ dance ground filler.”

  1. “We Are Household,” Sister Sledge (1979)

“This traditional from 1979 has change into a Satisfaction anthem particularly for the lesbian neighborhood, with its lyric ‘We’re household, I’ve acquired all my sisters with me.’ Its message of unity resonates with all who’ve struggled with oppression.”

  1. “Dancing Queen,” ABBA (1976)

“The LGBTQ+ neighborhood was on the forefront of the fashionable ABBA lovefest/resurgence. The inclusion of many ABBA tracks within the drag masterpiece ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ helped make ABBA a favourite of the homosexual neighborhood.”

  1. “Categorical Your self,” Madonna (1989)

“Madonna’s Satisfaction anthem about expressing your actual and true self, prepared or not. Together with its homoerotic video, this track has gone on to be an LGBTQ+ anthem with lyrics about not settling for second finest and getting what you deserve in life. You could be the queen on a throne. Madonna has been a queen on a throne to the LGBTQ+ neighborhood for 35 years.”


Diana Ross is on the record of Satisfaction anthems at No. three with “I’m Coming Out.”
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  1. “Born This Means,” Girl Gaga (2011)

“Girl Gaga’s Satisfaction anthem about realizing you might be stunning in your individual manner, and that God makes no errors. Earlier than its launch, Gaga was already a homosexual icon, however this track cemented her legacy as a real ally.”

  1. “Smalltown Boy,” Bronski Beat (1984)

“On this synth-pop Satisfaction anthem from 1984, lead singer Jimmy Somerville sings a couple of homosexual man operating away from residence with all he owns in somewhat black case as a result of he was not accepted by his father for being homosexual. It was revolutionary at its time as a result of the band was out and homosexual ⁠— a daring transfer within the conservative Reagan/Thatcher period.”

  1. “Chains Of Love,” Erasure (1988)

“Erasure’s out homosexual front-man Andy Bell sings about breaking the chains that bind us, encouraging the listener to be happy to be who they’re ⁠— to stroll ‘hand in hand in hand,””planning collectively,””our sisters and our brothers.'”

  1. “Take Your Mama,” Scissor Sisters (2004)

“Scissor Sisters sing about taking your mama out to a homosexual bar to indicate her that we’re all ‘doing the very best we will,’ celebrating with ‘some low-cost champagne,’ and letting your mom see your neighborhood and the actual you.”

  1. “Proud,” Heather Small (2000)

“Former lead singer of M Folks, Heather Small’s track is about what you’ve got performed that makes you’re feeling proud and encourages the listener to search out freedom by doing one thing extraordinary. With its hovering gospel-infused refrain, this track, particularly the dance remixes, has change into a delight anthem.”

  1. “Freedom ’90,” George Michael (1990)

“The video to George Michael’s ode to breaking free and being the person he forgot to be exhibits supermodels lip-syncing George’s lyrics, ‘All we’ve got to do now’s take these lies and make them fact in some way.’ It was lengthy perceived by the LGBTQ+ neighborhood as George’s popping out track ⁠— with out really popping out.”

  1. “I Am What I Am,” Gloria Gaynor (1983)

“A disco cowl from the drag musical ‘La Cage aux Folles.’ I selected this track over Miss Gaynor’s homosexual anthem ‘I Will Survive,’ as a result of lyrically it’s extra about self-acceptance and being who you might be, which makes it a Satisfaction anthem for positive.”

  1. “Break Free,” Ariana Grande & Zedd (2014)

“A membership anthem in the summertime of 2014, its lyrics describing Ariana Grande breaking free and feeling stronger than she’s been earlier than resonate with the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. Miss Grande has change into fairly the homosexual icon.”

  1. “Free,” Extremely Nate (1997)

“A membership anthem from the ’90s finds home diva Extremely Nate singing about being free to do what you need to do and residing your life. This track has gone on to be a Satisfaction anthem, filling dance flooring wherever it’s performed.”

  1. “I Need To Break Free,” Queen (1984)

“This Queen traditional nearly did within the profession of this legendary band. When singer Freddie Mercury and band appeared in full drag as an homage to a British TV present, People weren’t having it. Through the years, together with Queen’s resurgence, this track has change into a Satisfaction anthem about breaking freed from oppression.”

  1. “Free to Be,” RuPaul (1995)

“RuPaul has many songs which might be homosexual anthems, however this observe is a real Satisfaction anthem. From the soundtrack to the 1995 movie ‘Wigstock,’ in regards to the annual New York drag competition, it is a gospel-tinged, uplifting dance track about being free to be your self and loving who you need.”

  1. “All people’s Free (To Really feel Good),” Rozalla (1991)

“With lyrics like ‘Brother and sister / Collectively we’ll make it via’ and ‘I do know you’ve got been hurting however I have been ready to be there for you,’ Rozalla’s Satisfaction anthem is about realizing we’re all one household and will carry one another up and stand collectively.”

  1. “We Shall Be Free,” Garth Brooks (1992)

“Garth’s 1992 gospel-tinged track about equality wasn’t acquired very effectively by his conservative base or nation radio, however with lyrics like, ‘Once we’re free to like anybody we select / When this world’s large enough for all completely different views… Then we will be free,’ it was embraced by the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. Mr. Brooks credit his out lesbian sister for his assist of same-sex marriage.”

  1. “It is Raining Males,” Climate Ladies (1982)

Feminine vocalists have lengthy been the proxy, singing the ideas and emotions of homosexual males. There is no such thing as a manner a person may have sung this track again then, however each homosexual man is aware of it was sung only for them. Climate Ladies have been previously the backing vocalists for Sylvester, then generally known as Two Tons of Enjoyable. They’ve a protracted historical past with the homosexual neighborhood. Member Martha Wash has gone on to sing homosexual anthems with Black Field, C&C Music Manufacturing facility, and her personal solo music.


Cher’s “Robust Sufficient” is No. 23 on the record of Satisfaction anthems.
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  1. “I am Each Lady,” Chaka Khan (1978)

Chaka Khan’s track of feminine empowerment, later lined by Whitney Houston for ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack, has gone on to enchantment to queer men and women as a consequence of its uplifting and optimistic lyrics about having the ability do something you place your thoughts to.”

  1. “I Really feel Love,” Donna Summer time (1977)

“Lengthy believed to be the template for the fashionable digital dance music style, this attractive, sultry observe by The Queen Of Disco is a staple at any Satisfaction dance or competition, and a track about sexual freedom and togetherness. It was produced by the legendary Giorgio Moroder, who, whereas not homosexual himself, has gone on to create many a homosexual anthem.”

  1. “Robust Sufficient,” Cher (1999)

“Musically and lyrically an homage to Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive,’ this track is sung from the angle of Cher to a dishonest lover, however one may simply interpret the lyrics to be a couple of repressive society that she is now not prepared to tolerate. It is a track about discovering one’s energy and shifting on.”

  1. “I Wanna Dance With Any individual (Who Loves Me),” Whitney Houston (1987)

“A track about craving to be cherished and to bop with that sure somebody. Not essentially a Satisfaction anthem upon launch, the track was all the time well-liked with the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, however after it is outstanding inclusion within the homosexual teen movie ‘Love, Simon,’ this track has change into a multi-generational anthem for younger and outdated.”

  1. “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” McFadden & Whitehead (1979)

“Disco and R&B songs have lengthy been about overcoming oppression and hardship. This gem from 1979 has a brilliant optimistic message about realizing issues are wanting up and understanding that if we maintain going there ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,’ a message that resonates vastly with the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.”

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