When U2’s Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For started playing as the first dance at a wedding we recently attended, it made everyone chuckle, but the tongue-in-cheek approach to choosing a first dance wedding song was perfect for them, it certainly doesn’t suit everyone. So, what would you choose? A floor-filler, something sentimental, a song with LGBT significance? We say go loud, dance proud. To help inspire you for your first dance music choice, we’ve drawn up our top 10 best wedding songs performed by musical gay icons…
Beyonce – Dangerously in Love
What’s not to love about Beyonce – pop diva extraordinaire who shakes her fabulousness at every given opportunity. Her incredible vocals and energy are undeniable, but it’s in this song that we get a real glimpse of her emotional depth. A true, moving love song.
Most romantic lyric: You are my life, My happiest moments weren’t complete, If you weren’t by my side.
Miley Cyrus – Adore You
Miley came out as pan sexual and gender-fluid last year and has long been a gay rights activist. She has an equality symbol tattooed on her finger promoting the message that ‘All love is equal.’ She’s fought against Rick Santorum, Urban Outfitters, Miss California and many more over the subject; and collaborated with everyone from Marc Jacobs to Facebook to promote gay marriage rights.
Most romantic lyric: ‘When you say you love me, know I love you more.’
Cher – Still
Cher has always been a massive gay icon, particularly within the drag community where she has inspired hundreds of copycats. She became even more involved with gay rights when her daughter Chastity came out as lesbian and transgender.
Most romantic lyric: ‘Cause I have no precious gifts to give you, I only have four words, darling I love you.’
Elton John – Something About The Way You Look Tonight
Elton first got together with David Furnish in 1995; the pair became civil partners the day the law changed in 2005 and, in 2014, they converted their civil partnership. They also have two children. Elton has actively campaigned for gay rights throughout this time clashing with everyone from Vladimir Putin to Dolce and Gabanna for the cause.
Most romantic lyric: ‘You light up every second of the day.’
Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You
Darren Hayes battled with his sexuality for a large part of his life and believes he may have been one of gay performer who didn’t lie about who they were. The emotion and angelic tones of his voice leave lovers all a quiver when they hear this song.
Most romantic lyric: ‘I think I dreamed you into life, I knew I loved you before I met you, I have been waiting all my life.’
Amy Winehouse – There is No Greater Love
Is Amy a gay icon? Well, she was embraced by the LGBT community, she made a name for herself out of being different, being bold and breaking the mold. She was admired her for being herself no matter what others said and people related to her. She may not ‘officially’ be a gay icon, but she rocked and her voice was incredible. There is no Great Love is a brilliant choice for anyone contemplating a vintage themed wedding.
Most romantic lyric: ‘You’re the sweetest thing I have ever known; and to think that you are mine alone.’
Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
Cyndi has long had a mutual love affair with the gay community, penning supportive tracks like ‘True Colours’ and tirelessly working for gay rights. She even opened a homeless shelter for young gay individuals who didn’t have anywhere to go.
Most romantic lyric: ‘If your lost, you can look and you will find me, time after time.’
Judy Garland – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Judy has been called ‘the Elvis of homosexuals’ by The Advocate. Her beloved film The Wizard of Oz inspired some of gay culture’s most ingrained terms, ‘Friends of Dorothy’ stemmed from this and the rainbow flag may be inspired by her song ‘Over the Rainbow’. Many gay people related with Dorothy’s experience of going from black and white Kansas to the multi-coloured Oz.
Most romantic lyric: ‘I can’t give you anything but love, that’s the only thing I’ve got plenty of baby.’
David Bowie – Heroes
Bowie was embraced by the gay community when he came out with his gender-fluid alter ego Ziggy Stardust, in ’76 he told Playboy that he was bisexual but later retracted this saying he was just a ‘closet heterosexual’. This didn’t do much to dispel the rumours of his relationship Mick Jagger, however.
Most romantic lyric: ‘Cause we’re lovers and that is a fact, yes we’re lovers and that is that.’
Adele – My Same
Adele’s got class. Its her sassy no-nonsense approach to life, her giving the finger when her speech was cut off at The Brits that we love; oh and her heart-wrenching lyrics and pitch-perfect vocals. She made (often bittersweet) love songs cool. From her album, 19, this one is one of her more upbeat love songs.
Most romantic lyric: ‘I don’t know who I’d be if I didn’t know you.’
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