For many of us, nothing quite says Gay Pride Month like sparkling sequins, a twirling disco ball and a triumphant diva(s) with glass-shattering pipes.
Of course, those elements may not appear in each of the 30 songs to make our list of best gay anthems ever, but we like to think of them as recurring themes. But what is it, exactly, that makes an unforgettable gay anthem?
No doubt world-weary torch songs about regret or the search for love (Judy Garland's "The Man That Got Away") rank high on the list, as do danceable proclamations of self-confidence (Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and Cher's "Believe," to name just two). And then, of course, there's the pure, unadulterated celebration of sexuality (Lady Gaga's "Born This Way").
From Barbra to Kylie, George to Adam, "Vogue" to "Firework" -- kick off your Pride by taking a look at our favorite gay anthems below, vote for which one you think deserves the title of #1 spot and be sure to add your favorites to the list!
For ongoing Pride coverage, visit our Pride 2012 page, where we're featuring news stories, Pride previews, photo slideshows, blog posts, and more all month long.