Now that we’ve had a while to process Lady Gaga’s new single, “Born This Way,” we have to admit we don’t love it. Because hey, we liked “Express Yourself” 20 years ago when Madonna did it. It won’t stop us from adoring Gaga and supporting the song’s message. But when Elton John starts calling it “the new gay anthem,” worthy of replacing the immortal “I Will Survive,” we’ve got to put our foot down. For one thing, there are plenty of much better new, queer anthems out there. Our list of ten strong candidates, all of which have come out in the 21st century, are after the jump.
MEN — “Who Am I to Feel So Free”
Talk About Body, the recently released debut album by JD Samson’s new crew MEN, is chock full of queer and feminist anthems. But the one that will bounce you from pride rally to dance floor is “Who Am I to Feel So Free,” a cheerleading chant of liberation. “Gay power,” indeed. For a bonus dose of Samson, check out “Viz,” the butch liberation track she sang in her last band, Le Tigre.