The “B” in LGBT often gets overlooked due to people who can’t understand finding more than one gender attractive. We all deserve love, though, no matter how we choose to identify. LGBT artists have made it their mission to change this negative outlook on bisexuality. These feel-good bisexual anthems celebrate love and loss in ways that anyone can relate to, so get ready to jam out (and potentially find your new favorite artist).
Make sure to listen to these 10 bisexual songs that celebrate all kinds of love.
1. “Kiss the Boy” by Keiynan Lonsdale
Lyric: “So if you wanna kiss the boy then you better kiss the boy right now/And you ain’t gotta be afraid of the words you wanna say right now/Cause love is a game we all deserve to play out loud”
Keiynan Lonsdale celebrates all kinds of love in his music video for this bop. This actor and singer most recently played a role in the film Love, Simon, which inspired him to come out as bisexual. This single about his experience of loving another boy but not knowing how to approach it soon followed the premiere of the movie. “It’s such a sweet song that speaks of the fears and anxieties of being attracted to someone of the same gender and questioning yourself, but ultimately sends a message of love and compassion,” said a Florida State University sophomore. Coming out, while a liberating and terrifying process, shouldn’t make us feel ashamed for who we are. If you feel like Prince Eric but find yourself looking for your own prince, then just take Lonsdale’s advice and kiss the boy.
2. “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monae
Lyrics: “All of the feelings that I’ve got for you/Can’t be explained, but I can try for you/Yeah, baby, don’t make me spell it out for you”
Janelle Monae’s recent music has slayed the bisexual and pansexual game. With fresh, funky beats that will make you feel like you’ve traveled back to the 1980s and an attitude to match, Monae doesn’t have time to worry about fitting in. “It’s more the visuals of her music video than her lyrics explicitly,” said Florida State University junior Carly Hitchcock. Her video of “Make Me Feel” displays her showing interest in men and women, but for her latest single, “Pynk,” her girlfriend Tessa Thompson plays her love interest. While you may not look as suave as Monae does, you should certainly celebrate the way your SO makes you feel, too.
3. “Honey” by Kehlani
Lyrics: “All the pretty girls in the world/But I’m in this space with you/Colored out the lines/I came to find, my fire was fate with you”
Kehlani takes girls being sugar and spice and everything nice to another level with this acoustic ballad. As an R&B artist, her smooth chords resonate a little deeper with the LGBT community, whether the love interest in a song identifies as male or female. “Songs like these help bridge the gap between what society thinks is normal and queer relationships—a woman loving another woman is no different from a man loving a woman or vice-versa,” said an FSU sophomore. She doesn’t care for labels, but one thing stays clear—she likes her girls just like she likes her honey.
4. “In the Middle” by Dodie
Lyrics: “You’ve got so much in common/Talk about your taste in women/I’ll be in the middle/While you two get along”
YouTube star Dodie has gained quite a reputation for her ukulele covers and original soothing singles. While she does have a bisexual coming out song, “In the Middle” expresses her desires to have a threesome with her ex-boyfriend and current, not-gendered fling. While a common misconception that all people who identify as bisexual would willingly participate in a scenario such as this, Dodie does provide a positive and catchy outlook on the matter for those who would.
5. “John, I’m Only Dancing” by David Bowie
Lyrics: “John, I’m only dancing/She turns me on, but I’m only dancing”
Several new artists now have stepped forward and opened up about their sexualities, but we can’t forget that artists like Bowie did it in the 1970s when times constricted artists more. We still have a long way to go, but the progress we’ve made since the first major rise of LGBT artists can’t get denied. Many artists of all sexualities list Bowie as an influence on their own music, showing his impact on the industry. So whether it’s with Annie or John, put those boogie shoes on.
6. “Boys” by Maris
Lyrics: “I don’t think I can choose/I think I just love who I love”
This up-and-coming artist’s dreamy voice and rock-inspired chords will transport you to a 1960s diner where poodle skirts are cool again and you can openly love who you love. Maris sings about her own path to accepting herself and her sexuality. She celebrates self-love and a female love interest, with sweet lyrics like “I dream of this girl, I kiss her lips.” If you’ve ever felt this awe-struck by a crush, then you’ll find all of Maris’ lyrics relatable.
7. “Strangers” by Halsey ft. Lauren Jauregui
Lyrics: “She doesn’t kiss me on the mouth anymore/Cause it’s more intimate than she thinks we should get”
Most of us know the feeling of having an intimate relationship with someone and then suddenly losing that connection. This heart-wrenching pop single features Lauren Jauregui, a member of Fifth Harmony. “I think this represents bisexuals because they want to explore each sexuality and sometimes they are just too scared of what others would think—family and close friends especially. And it’s harder for bisexual people to be known because others will say, ‘Oh, you can’t like both, you have to choose,’ which isn’t true,” said FSU junior Tatiana Soronen. Sometimes, the weight of a relationship turns you into strangers.
8. “1950” by King Princess
Lyrics: “I like it when we play 1950/So bold, make them know that you’re with me”
Another new artist on the rise, signed to the same record label as Harry Styles, loves to bend gender norms with her music. With a name like King Princess, we would expect nothing less. The music video shows her donning a drawn-on mustache as she plays a show and openly enjoying time with a female love interest off-stage. The message is clear, both in lyrics and the visuals: out and proud. Take a note from King Princess and don’t let anyone’s opinion affect how you choose to live.
9. “When It’s Right” by Alyson Stoner
Lyrics: “Didn’t expect, falling like that/Doesn’t make sense/Never done this/But I don’t wanna ever change this”
Alyson Stoner, the child star that could do it all. She has led a busy life since she erupted from her feature in Missy Elliot’s “Work It” music video at the age of seven. Besides acting and dancing, she also sings. She recently opened up about how her newest single traces her journey of falling in love with a woman for the first time. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Stoner stated she loves people for their soul, not their gender. You’ll know when it’s right.
10. “Girls/Girls/Boys” by Panic! at the Disco
Lyrics: “And never did I think that I/Would be caught in the way you got me/But girls love girls and boys/And love is not a choice”
P!ATD has remained a popular band since their first hit “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” in 2005. Although a decently common household name, many people don’t know that Brendon Urie identifies as bisexual. While this particular song has a female bisexual love interest that seems torn between a woman and Urie, he wrote the song based on his own personal experience. Not to mention, it’s really catchy. “’Girls/Girls/Boy’ by Panic! At the Disco is always a bop,” said FSU sophomore Maddie Hicks. Get ready to sing your heart out with this one.