It’s during these warm summer months that we find ourselves relaxing at the beach with our iPods, traveling in the car with our road trip mixes, and spending our days having outdoor BBQ’s with fun tunes to soundtrack the day. So, with that in mind, here are our favorite songs from the talented lesbian and bisexual musicians out there who proudly sing about their girl on girl love. These are our Fresh Ten Best Lesbian Songs.
10. “The Promise,” by Tracy Chapman. The multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist has never publicly addressed her sexuality, but it’s songs like “The Promise” that just seem to scream all-female sentiment.
9. “Love Song #1,” by Meshell Ndegeocello. Although singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist Meshell Ndegeocello has been reported to be bisexual, we choose to believe that powerful lyrics like, “I adore you/ Your mind, body & soul/ I’ve searched my whole life/ For you, baby/ You’re deeper than love/ Deeper than blood,” come from her same-sex loving point of view.
8. “Secret,” by Missy Higgins. Vocal about being bisexual, Higgins admitted in a 2008 interview that “Secret” was about an ex-girlfriend who was not comfortable going public with their relationship.
7. “Radical,” by Catie Curtis. Her latest release is called Sweet Life and Catie couldn’t be sweeter when she sings about how non-radical her love for another woman is and that: “It’s all right, we’re gonna be fine / Even if this world is taking so much time / And though I mind what people say / Love is stronger than any words anyway.”
6. “Drive,” by Melissa Ferrick. The line, “this is where I want to live/ right here between your hips/ where all the love you hold and hide/ it’s where it lives/ right here between your hips/ this is where I want to live/ it’s where all the love you give exists,” says it all about this favorite by the openly lesbian, American singer-songwriter.
5. “Like The Way I Do,” by Melissa Etheridge. As one of the most well known, accomplished, and popular lesbian musicians of all time, we couldn’t leave Melissa Etheridge off this list. And with lyrics like, “Tell me does she love you like the way I love you/ Does she stimulate you attract and captivate you / Tell me does she miss you existing just to kiss you / Like the way I do,” “Like The Way I Do” stood out as the song to honor.
4. “I Kissed A Girl,” by Jill Sobule. It’s definitely not the deepest or most romantic song on our list, but “I Kissed A Girl,” by Jill Sobule definitely puts that other, more recent, song – by the same name – by a female musician, to shame.
3. “Sweet Sexy Woman,” by Sophie B. Hawkins. Famous for her hit, “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover,” it’s songs like “Sweet Sexy Woman” that have made her one of the most popular musicians ever among the lesbian community.
2. “If It Isn’t Her,” by Ani DiFranco. Married to a man but forever a lesbian and feminist icon, DiFranco is no stranger to the benefits of the all-female relationship. “I have been playing too many of those boy girl games,” she sings in “If It Isn’t Her.” “She says honey you are safe here/ this is a girl girl thing.”
1. “The Right to Love,” by K.D. Lang. Bittersweet and beautiful, Lang’s voice as she sings, “My love and I ask little of the world/ The right to sigh together in the rain / And walk with heads up in the sun/ And share our joy and our pain,” is perfection.