There’s nothing like singing along to a song that you love. However, it becomes even more fun if the lyrics of the song are relatable. And I don’t mean songs sung by men that are about women. I mean wlw songs: by women, about loving women. Here are the best lesbian songs that don’t use any of that heteronormative stuff.
Lucky for all of us, there are a lot of artists with queer and lesbian songs. This indicates that this list with queer female and lesbian music can really go on forever. But I stopped myself and picked the songs that are, if it is up to me, pretty freaking gay.
The next time you like singing along, you have to know these 35 wlw songs by queer and lesbian artists. Or if you want to impress someone with your knowledge of queer/lesbian music. All of these songs can be found on the queer female and lesbian playlist I made on Spotify.
Best Lesbian Songs + WLW Songs
- “girls” – girl in red
Do you listen to girl in red? If you’re a queer woman and you don’t yet, you better start listening to her right now. So when someone asks you that question, you can make it clear to that person that you are really gay.
girl in red never shies away from her sexuality in her songs, but “girls” is definitely a peak lesbian song. “They’re so pretty it hurts” is one line many queer women can relate to on a deep level.
Because let’s be real: sometimes girls are really so pretty it hurts. Also, I must say this song is a great contender to be one of the new lesbian anthems!
- “Killing My Time” – G Flip
G Flip’s lesbian songs often consist of positive upbeat instruments, while her lyrics are usually a little sadder. This is because she writes her best songs when she feels the worst.
In “Killing My Time”, she sings about a girl who kept distracting her from her work. So she couldn’t make any music with her around. The girl only wanted to stay in bed and have sex all day.
G Flip chose her music over the girl. She broke up with her because she wanted to be productive. A good choice, if you ask me.
- “Make Me Feel” – Janelle Monáe
Back in 2018, “Make Me Feel” came out. Only a few months before Janelle officially came out as pansexual. That instantly made the song – and the music video – an anthem for pansexual and bisexual women around the world.
The music video is colored in bisexual lighting. But the story and setting also seems to resemble bits of Black Mirror‘s “San Junipero”. This is an episode that is solely focused on the love between two women.
Additionally, Janelle is seen running back and forth between her female and male love interest. This shows the audience that it’s okay to love more than one gender.
- “Wasted Youth” – FLETCHER
Fletcher doesn’t label herself, although she definitely identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community. She feels that sexuality is a spectrum and that’s how she feels comfortable expressing herself.
In her song “Wasted Youth”, she sings about living your life. She sings about not caring about what other people think about what you do or who you spend your time with.
Fletcher has also revealed that the song is about coming to terms with her own sexuality. This is also clear when you watch the music video. In the video, she is seen hanging around and having fun with another woman, lesbian YouTuber Shannon Beveridge. Fletcher and Shannon were together as a couple but sadly they broke up.
- “Only a Girl” – Gia Woods
Gia Woods, or just Gia, came out to everyone in her lesbian pop song and music video for “Only a Girl”. Her parents nor her friends had any idea about her sexuality.
In her song, she leaves no room for interpretation, especially not with the chorus. She sings about her first lesbian relationship, which she kept a secret from everyone for years.
After “Only a Girl” was released, there was no turning back for Gia. It became important for her to be honest in her music about her sexuality since she was closeted for such a long time.
- “Boys Aside” – Sofya Wang
As a first-generation Chinese-American, Sofya Wang has unapologetically defied tradition by sharing a true version of herself through music. She is an important vocal member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Her first single “Boys Aside” is a refreshing twist on pop music. The song is about showing a woman how much nicer it can be to be with another woman.
The lesbian music video matches the feel-good energy of the entire song really well. Sofya takes a woman away from a guy. After that we see them in different locations as a couple that is completely in love.
- “She Knows” – Hollie Col
Hollie Col is an Australian singer-songwriter whose indie melodies with raw emotion captivate you immediately. For Hollie, the story of a song is what is most important to her.
“She Knows” is a song that follows typical classic songwriting but with a modern twist. The lesbian song is meant as a letter to the person who is now with the person you love. She essentially says: “You’ll never know her like I do, and she knows it”.
The music video for “She Knows” is like a lesbian short film. Hollie tries to get her ex-girlfriend back in all kinds of cute ways. I won’t spoil what happens but let’s just say it has a happy ending!
- “Sofia” – Clairo
Clairo’s lo-fi electropop combined with her soft voice make it very easy to swoon away. And the fact that she’s bisexual and sings about girls makes everything even better.
Clairo doesn’t shy away from her sexuality. A great song in which she addresses her feelings for women is “Sofia”. This song is inspired by Clairo’s first crushes on older women. Women she sees in the media, like Sofia Vergara and Sofia Coppola.
She wrote the song as if she’s singing to a woman named Sofia. In doing so, she celebrates loving women, as a woman. And at the same time, she smartly uses the format many heteronormative songs do.
- “Girls” – Beatrice Eli
You’d think from the title that it’s another cute lesbian song about how soft and beautiful girls are.
And well, Beatrice Eli does let us know that she’s into girls. In her own way: by singing about imagining her head between the girls’ legs. I must say it’s refreshing to hear a song like this.
I can’t deny, that’s definitely something I’ve thought of, but never expected to hear this in a song! Thank you, Beatrice Eli.
- “Girls Like Girls” – Hayley Kiyoko
Hayley’s “Girls Like Girls” is the perfect lesbian anthem. It’s a lesbian song you should definitely know about. On this track, she sings about crushing hard on another girl and wanting to be with her. Just your typical lesbian pining.
The music video for this song is beautifully done and I’d almost say it’s a cinematic masterpiece. It’s one of the best lesbian music videos. It also shows the raw reality of what could happen when you’re a lesbian. However, her lyrics that normalize same-sex romance are powerful.
“Girls like girls like boys do, nothing new” isn’t something you often hear. And just this line is so empowering for young queer girls around the world.
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- “Girlfriend” – Christine and the Queens
Christine and the Queens has been unapologetically pansexual since she started her career. Her songs about feminism, gender, and queer culture have raised some eyebrows over the years.
By addressing female desires, she has gotten very strong reactions to her music. This shows that sadly there are still too many people who have issues with this.
On “Girlfriend”, accompanied by what sounds like 80s music, Chris sings about matching male sexual energy and taking on a more macho persona.
- “Fuckboy” – Baum
Baum uses her platform to sing about queer relationships, sexuality, sexual discovery, and social issues.
On “Fuckboy”, the bisexual singer sings that she can be a fuckboy, just like men are sometimes. Baum came up with the idea for the song because she doesn’t believe women always gets feelings. It is often perceived that women fall in love if they hook up, but that is not always the case.
This song is essentially a big fuck you to everyone who says that women can’t have casual sex. To show her bisexuality, in the music video, Baum is seen with both men and women, dancing, playing games, and lying around.
- “When It’s Right” – Alyson Stoner
In 2018, Alyson Stoner released “When It’s Right”, which was her coming out song. The release of the song was accompanied by a letter in Teen Vogue. In the letter, Alyson explains what the song is about and how she fell in love with a woman for the first time.
In the letter and in the song, she explains how this woman completely changed her life for the better.
“When It’s Right” is a powerful song that can help people who are struggling with their sexuality. Don’t push yourself on trying to find out what you’re feeling. You’ll know when the time is right.
- “Come to My Window” – Melissa Etheridge
“Come to my Window” was the first song that was released after Melissa came out. In the song, she describes the intense love that she has for another person. And that she would do anything just to see this person happy.
Melissa has stated that the lyrics weren’t even meant to be specifically gay, but “I don’t care what they think. I don’t care what they say. What do they know about this love anyway?” are hard to interpret any different for gays and those lyrics quickly made this song a lesbian anthem.
- “Strangers” – Halsey ft. Lauren Jauregui
Halsey has been open about her bisexuality since she rose to fame in 2015. Lauren Jauregui came out as bisexual the following year in 2016. That’s why these two are the perfect duo to sing “Strangers”. Halsey specifically asked Lauren to sing it with her, since the two are both mainstream pop singers.
In “Strangers”, the two sing about what it’s like to no longer care about someone. And to feel completely numb about them now. They use female pronouns instead of the usual male pronouns.
Fun fact: this was actually the first song in which Halsey used female pronouns to address a lover.
- “She Keeps Me Warm” – Mary Lambert
If you don’t know this lesbian song, you will still probably recognize part of it from “Same Love”, a song Mary made with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in 2012.
People loved her vocals on the track and wanted to hear more. After many requests, Mary released “She Keeps Me Warm” a year later. This lesbian love song, accompanied by an adorable lesbian music video, is about how beautiful it is to be in love with another woman and the fact that homosexuality is not a choice.
Mary sings: “I can’t change, even if I tried.” Again, this is a very powerful message for people struggling with their identities.
- “Side Effects” – Carlie Hanson
Carlie Hanson has been using her platform to speak about important issues such as mental health, and the LGBTQ+ community, ever since she started making music.
Since she doesn’t label herself, many of her songs don’t use any specific pronouns. This is great because in that way really anyone can relate to the messages of her songs.
On “Side Effects” she sings about her realization of having feelings for someone. A person she was only supposed to have a casual, no strings attached, relationship with. She is frustrated by it because she didn’t want it to happen, but now she’s addicted.
- “Honey” – 070 Shake
070 Shake has always used female pronouns to address her lovers and does so in “Honey” too. It is a collaboration with Ralphy River and Hack & Tree. This lesbian song lasts almost a whopping 7 minutes! 070 Shake describes what it’s like to have broken up with your ex you still have feelings for.
It’s very clear that she still misses her and no longer enjoys doing the things that the two did together. She even goes on to ask for another chance, or a last dance. Guess we’ve all been there too.
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- “Honey” – Kehlani
070 Shake is not the only one who sings about girls being like honey, because Kehlani does too!
Kehlani has never hidden her queer sexuality, but before “Honey” never addressed this in her songs. On this stripped-down acoustic song that was released in 2017, Kehlani sings about her adoration for her female lover.
Her own confidence in her sexuality fluidity is what mainly inspired “Honey”, as well as the fact that she wanted her music to represent what her actual life is like.
- “Headaches” – Raveena
Now, I know that Raveena also has a song called “Honey”, but I didn’t want to make it too confusing nor state that all queer women compare beautiful women to things that are sweet.
In “Headaches”, Raveena sings about the heartbreak that she’s experienced with another woman, which we also see in the lesbian music video.
At first, we see a female couple who look totally in love, but quickly things turn sour and it seems like the two have broken up. What is left is Raveena reminiscing about their beautiful moments together.
- “Her Too” – Matilda
Norwegian singer Matilda might not be as well known in other countries but in her Norway, she’s already made a name for herself. With her first single that came out in 2013, she found immediate success.
She has been an out lesbian since the beginning of her career and is not afraid to write lesbian songs and wlw songs. Ones that use female pronouns to address lovers.
On “Her Too”, Matilda struggles with her feelings. She has broken up with her girlfriend and has already found a new girl, but realizes that she’s still not over her ex and doesn’t know what to do. It seems that lesbians and heartbreak songs really go hand in hand.
- “Sing to Her” – Kodie Shane
Kodie Shane is another female artist who is redefining the hip hop genre and the way people within it think about the LGBTQ+ community. She even calls herself a generation-defining artist, especially for younger girls.
In the lesbian rap song “Sing to Her”, Kodie sings about her rocky but passionate relationship. This is also what we see in the music video for the song.
She and her girlfriend are fighting over breakfast after which her girlfriend packs her bags and walks out the door. Kodie raps that her girlfriend will eventually come back to her and that she can’t take back the past and what she’s done but she would never lie about her love.
- “I Know A Place” – MUNA
Queer pop trio Muna made a celebratory queer song while also tackling serious issues with “I Know a Place”. In the song, the three sing about the safe spaces we can find where we can dance with our friends and other individuals who are like us.
However, outside these spaces, many of us still can’t feel safe, which is what they also corporate into their lyrics. This message of safety and nonviolence was used in their music video as well.
- “Vanilla Sundae” – Emily Burns ft. Olivia Nelson
Emily Burns is one to watch. After playing various music festivals in Europe and being the receptionist at the famous Abbey Road Studios for years, she’s slowly been taking over the UK queer music scene.
For her, dating is one of the main inspirations for her songs. With Olivia Nelson, she has produced a beautiful lesbian duet about not wanting to let go of a lover. The acoustic guitar and their soft voices give you that feeling of not wanting to leave the bed and I think that was exactly what they were going for.
- “What’s It Gonna Be?” – Shura
Lesbian singer Shura is very good at hitting right where it hurts. In “What’s It Gonna Be?” she sings about having a crush on someone and building a connection, but in the end realizing that maybe nothing is going to happen between the two of you.
The music video for the song is the typical high school story with all the archetypes, but this time it’s a little gay. The story is about Shura and her male friend who both think that they have a connection with someone from the opposite gender.
However, when the two team-up to make contact and become friends with each other’s crushes, they both realize they’re actually gay and in love with them.
A few months ago Shura edited the music video into a trailer for a movie and I would most definitely watch that!
- “Pussy is God” – King Princess
If you would just read the title of King Princess’s song and don’t give “Pussy is God” a listen, you probably would not expect the rest of the song to sound the way it does.
Even though this lesbian song has a pretty explicit title, the rest of the song is actually pretty sweet. She drops the words “extra special” and calls her lover her “number one”, plus many other positive words.
Essentially, she can’t stop going on about how amazing her lover is. Personally, I love how explicit the title is because it gives no room for any ambiguity on what King Princess really means.
- “Cherry” – Rina Sawayama
Rina Sawayama has been around since 2013, but she didn’t come out publicly as pansexual until 2018, when she released her song “Cherry”.
In “Cherry” she sings about encountering a girl on the tube in London, after which she feels different and realizes that she might be into women as well. The song then goes on about internalized biphobia and shame.
By releasing the song she wanted to fight against her own internal biphobia, which is something she still struggles with herself every now and then too.
- “Closer” – Tegan & Sara
Tegan & Sara have been around for a long time and in those years have really become a lesbian household name.
“Closer” is about being physical but not only in the sexual sense. This is clearly depicted in the music video for the song, in which we see couples of all genders and sexualities doing each other’s makeup and then coming all together to play games and cuddling in blanket forts.
This depiction of queer friendship shows that love and being physical exists not only in a romantic or sexual way, but it can be seen in a broader sense.
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- “She” – dodie
Bisexual singer dodie has been open about her sexuality since 2014, and often sings songs about being in love with women, like she does in “She” too.
In this acoustic song, she sings about what it’s like to fall in love with a friend, maybe even a best friend. She says how amazing everything about her is, but also mentions she would never be able to say anything.
The entire song is very sweet, but also sad. Many of us probably know this feeling and even though really sucks, it’s also pretty cool that we now live in a time where we have songs that address these problems.
- “Explosion” – Zolita
Zolita tackles the same issue as dodie in her song “Explosion”. However, in Zolita’s case, her relationship with her best friend did turn into something more.
She has stated that her best friend loved her as a person and didn’t want to lose her, so she tried to love her back. The two tried to date but unfortunately, it just didn’t work out.
Afterward, she wrote “Explosion” to express what she was really feeling. To accompany the song, the story is worked into her lesbian music video as well.
- “BIG” – Young M.A
Over the last few years, the hip hop community has become a lot more accepting of LGBTQ+ artists and Young M.A is a good example of that.
The rapper has always felt comfortable with her sexuality because of growing up in New York City. She doesn’t hesitate from it in her songs either.
In her single “BIG” she raps about wealth and women like many men in her industry would do too, while keeping her own style. We see this back in her music videos too. Women are often wearing bikinis while twerking next to her or in a pool, while Young M.A hangs around with her friends.
- “No H8ro” – Lionstorm
Dutch queer/lesbian rap duo Lionstorm released their first single “No H8ro” last year in the Summer of 2019. Besides the title of the song, the explicit lyrics of the lesbian rap song clearly state that the two aren’t straight; something they wanted to make clear from the start.
In the song the two rap about having sex with women the same way their male counterparts always do. However, the two also shine light on the difficulties that come with being a lesbian.
“Ruzie met die sukkels als ik nee gooi. Als je wist hoe het is om hand in hand met angst te leven” which translates to: fighting with the idiots when I tell them no. If you only knew what it’s like to always live in fear.
- “Like You” – Asiahn
Asiahn uses her own empowering female perspective to write her lesbian songs. “Like You” is about mixed emotions and feelings. Asiahn said that it’s about realizing you need to reevaluate your current relationship when you meet someone new. You might think it’s going well, but when you realize you have a real connection with that new person you know something is off.
We see this story played out in her lesbian music video as well. Asiahn fights with her girlfriend after which she leaves for the club. There, she meets a lot of beautiful women and feels conflicted about what to do.
- “All I Want Is to Be Your Girl” – Holly Miranda
Holly Miranda left a strictly religious family to make music and be herself as a lesbian. Because of her religious sheltered upbringing, she doesn’t want to hide her own sexuality. Even though she says her sexuality plays little part in her music, she does use female pronouns when singing about love.
“All I Want Is To Be Your Girl” is a mix between a lesbian country song with some pop music. The song needs little explanation because the title already does so. Holly sings about being in love and really wanting to be that specific person’s girlfriend.
- “Her” – Dizzy Fae
Dizzy Fae knew she wasn’t straight since daycare. She never had a big coming out conversation with her mom and has always felt she was seen as the “other” in her town. That’s why she wasn’t nervous to release “Her”, her first song about falling in love with another woman.
The music video for the song shows a sensual dance between her and another woman. Dizzy also knew that everyone would be able to relate to the song regardless of their sexuality. And she’s right. It’s easy to connect to this synth song with her ethereal voice.
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