21 Gay-Favorite Songs That Turn 21 in 2021

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Jan 28 · 3 min read

by Ryan Shea

Holy moly — we are getting old! Millennials, especially ones like me who straddle the line between that generation and and Gen-X, are constantly being reminded of how different things are now compared to our younger years.

Back then we spent our days after school actually hanging outside with no cell phones in sight where JNCO’s, Aeropostale and Hot Topic were common clothing brands we rocked. Shows like Total Request Live took over our universe and became our first version of other things like it in years to come like Facebook and MySpace.

Something our generation couldn’t get enough of, outside of our “great” fashions and television shows we were obsessed with, was music. Music, especially for me, has been a constant source of inspiration and enjoyment as I’ve found myself falling in love with many artists, groups and bands along the way who have provided me with thousands of delicious tracks to devour.
2001 was a major year in particular for music as we were gifted with the presence of several iconic and new artists, many of which dished out songs that are considered to be gay classics all this time later.

So brace yourself, because the list you are about to see features gay favorites that came out 20 years ago. Yes, 20 FREAKING YEARS AGO. I’m shopping for walkers right now as we speak.

Take a look at the fabulous group below!

  • Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Pink, Mya, Missy Elliott: “Lady Marmalade”
  • Debelah Morgan: “Dance with Me”
  • Eve Featuring Gwen Stefani: “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”
  • Madonna: “Don’t Tell Me”
  • Britney Spears: “Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know”
  • Janet Jackson: “All For You”
  • Destiny’s Child: “Independent Women”
  • Jennifer Lopez: “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”
  • Dream: “He Loves U Not”
    (Fun fact: Dream’s Diana Ortiz came out a few years ago and is happily married to another woman! Go Diana!)
  • Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera: “Nobody Wants To Be Lonely”
    (We also stan Ricky Martin, his husband, and their cute kiddos!)
  • Nelly Furtado: “Turn Off the Light”
  • Eden’s Crush: “Get Over Yourself”
  • Mariah Carey Featuring Cameo: “Loverboy”
  • 3LW: “No More (Baby Ima Do Right)”
  • Jessica Simpson: “Irresistible”
  • Tamia: “Stranger in my House”
  • S Club 7: “Never Had a Dream Come True”
  • Destiny’s Child: “Bootylicious”
  • O-Town: “All or Nothing”
  • Missy Elliott: “Get Ur Freak On”
  • Blu Cantrell: “Hit ’Em Up Style (Oops!)”

What are your favorite early-2000s songs that the gay community embraced? Let us know in the comments!

Ryan Shea is an established writer who has contributed thought-provoking pieces for many different industries. He has worked for major publications including Newsday, Hollywood Life, Instinct Magazine and The Ladders.

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