Out’s 100 Greatest, Gayest Albums Of All Time

Out Magazine asked the questions “What makes an album great? And perhaps even more critical for this list, what makes a great album gay?” and then got some help. As they note:

To create our list of the 100 Greatest, Gayest Albums of All Time, we polled more than 100 actors, comedians, musicians, writers, critics, performance artists, label reps, and DJs, asking each to list the 10 albums that left the most indelible impressions on their lives. After receiving responses from Boy George, Rufus Wainwright, Cyndi Lauper, the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray, Candis Cayne, Perez Hilton, Nate Berkus, Jake Shears, John Cameron Mitchell, Wilson Cruz, Justin Bond, Darren Hayes, Junior Vasquez, Bruce Vilanch, Janis Ian, the Cliks, Ari Gold, Holly Johnson, and a slew of others, we tallied the results to determine our top-100 list.

You’ll notice we expanded the catalog to include not only records by queer musicians but also any records that have had relevance to those voting…

Unfortunately, you don’t get to see the individual lists, though there are comments from the voters interspersed throughout. Also, what’s not explained is how you decide which George Michael album’s the queerest. As we’ve learned, lists don’t ever make 100% sense.

100 The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
99 Joni Mitchell – For The Roses
98 Ferron – Testimony
97 Janis Ian – Between The Lines
96 Nick Drake – Bryter Layter
95 Culture Club – Kissing To Be Clever
94 Hair Original Broadway Cast – Hair
93 Sade – Lovers Rock
92 Morrissey – Viva Hate
91 Grace Jones – Nightclubbing
90 Kate Bush – The Kick Inside
89 Fifth Column – To Sir With Hate
88 Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade
87 Madonna – Confessions On A Dance Floor
86 Madonna – Madonna
85 Nina Simone – Anthology
84 Cyndi Lauper – True Colors
83 Bette Midler – The Divine Miss M
82 Cher – Believe
81 Scissor Sisters – Ta-Dah
80 Rufus Wainwright – Want One
79 T. Rex – Electric Warrior
78 Various – The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack
77 New Order – Substance
76 Ani DiFranco – Imperfectly
75 Carole King – Tapestry
74 Michael Jackson – Off the Wall
73 Various – Fame Soundtrack
72 Donna Summer – Once Upon a Time
71 Elton John – Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
70 Rent Original Broadway Cast – Rent
69 Frances Faye – Caught In The Act
68 Nirvana – Nevermind
67 Hüsker Dü – Candy Apple Grey
66 Soft Cell – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
65 Le Tigre – Le Tigre
64 Patti Smith – Easter
63 Björk – Debut
62 Jeff Buckley – Grace
61 Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
60 R.E.M. – Automatic For The People
59 Bronski Beat – The Age of Consent
58 Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville
57 Prince – Dirty Mind
56 Team Dresch – Personal Best
55 David Bowie – Diamond Dogs
54 Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes
53 Culture Club – Colour By Numbers
52 Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
51 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome
50 Rufus Wainwright – Poses
49 Patti Smith – Horses
48 Cris Williamson – The Changer and the Changed
47 The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
46 Madonna – Ray of Light
45 Bikini Kill – Pussy Whipped
44 Pet Shop Boys – Very
43 Prince – Purple Rain
42 ABBA – Gold
41 Melissa Etheridge – Yes I Am
40 Pet Shop Boys – Behavior
39 Laura Nyro And Labelle – Gonna Take A Miracle
38 Dusty Springfield – Dusty In Memphis
37 Blondie – Parallel Lines
36 Madonna – Erotica
35 Yaz – Upstairs At Eric’s
34 Donna Summer – Bad Girls
33 The Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow
32 The Smiths – Meat Is Murder
31 Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Towards Ecstacy
30 Diana Ross – Diana
29 Pet Shop Boys – Actually
28 Queen – The Game
27 Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
26 Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
25 k.d. lang – Ingénue
24 Sylvester – Living Proof
23 Deee-Lite – World Clique
22 The Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control
21 David Bowie – Hunky Dory
20 Queen – A Day at the Races
19 The B-52s – The B-52’s
18 George Michael – Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. I
17 Lou Reed – Transformer
16 Queen – A Night at the Opera
15 George Michael – Faith
14 Erasure – The Innocents
13 Ani DiFranco – Dilate
12 The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico
11 Various – Hedwig And The Angry Inch Soundtrack
10 Antony And The Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now
09 Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
08 Madonna – The Immaculate Collection
07 Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
06 The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
05 Judy Garland – Judy at Carnegie Hall
04 Indigo Girls – Indigo Girls
03 Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman
02 The Smiths – The Smiths
01 David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

Out on Ziggy:

It’s ironic that an album with an opener forecasting Earth’s expiration and a closer tackling celebrity excess and self-destruction remains one of the most liberating, uplifting records of all time — about as ironic as a straight man topping this list. Robust, swaggering anthems “Ziggy Stardust” and “Suffragette City” prove this space odyssey is far from morbid or apocalyptic, yet it is on standouts like the languid, gender-flirting “Lady Stardust” and brash come-on “Moonage Daydream” — in which the singer asks for a raygun to be placed to his head with almost masochistic sexual glee — that Ziggy and his Spiders really shine. When in the grand finale, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide,” Bowie wails “Oh no love! You’re not alone!” over a sea of theatrical strings, you know he was singing for every exiled, dejected, sexually confused young kid who longed for a world of greater possibilities.

“At a time when social and sexual taboos were just starting to break down, Bowie as Ziggy created a world where the possibilities were limitless. You could be whatever you wanted to be.” — Boy George

You guys bummed? No Radiohead. You can read the list in context over at Out.

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