Which songs helped Lucy Spraggan during her formative years?
We all have those songs that are forever ingrained in our coming-of-age stories. Songs that gave us hope, played during our first kiss, helped us feel fierce, or simply helped us understand ourselves a little bit better. This is oftentimes particularly true for LGBTQ artists.
Throughout the month of June, and only on PRIDE, LGBTQ+ artists are curating and sharing playlists that reflect their formative years—their Soundtracks of Pride.
Singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan shared the soundtrack of her life. Scroll down to check out the playlist and read why she picked each song!
"I Am What I Am" - Gloria Gaynor
"This song was on the original soundtrack of Queer As Folk. The lyrics used to make me cry, I truly am what I am!"
"Jai Ho" - Pussycat Dolls
"There’s a part in this video where a scantily clad Nicole Scherzinger walks through a beaded curtain looking into the camera lens. I used to watch that 15 seconds over and over again. I was obsessed with her."
"Rightfield" - Peter, Paul and Mary
"To me, this song is about being the odd one out. Sitting on the sidelines and just being who you are, kicking up the dust. I really loved the sentiment when I was younger."
"Same Love" - Macklemore, Ryan Lewis
"This song was iconic. A straight rapper showing his support to LGBT people won my support for him eternally. What a guy. And what a song."
"I Gotta Feeling" - Black Eyed Peas
"This was released around my 18th birthday. I went out to some of the most famous gay clubs in the U.K. with my friends for my first legal drinks in bars. It carries great memories for me."
"9 to 5" - Dolly Parton
"Dolly has such a prevalent place in the gay community. I loved this song from my early years and was so happy to learn that I’d keep on hearing it at drag shows and gay bars in my later years."
"Alphabet Aerobics" - Blackalicious
"An amazing piece of poetry. Something that stayed with me when I was writing lyrics."
"God Only Knows" - Beach Boys
"This was played at the first ever gay wedding I attended. Everyone was singing as the grooms walked down the aisle. It was an incredible moment."