Artists have been singing about self-love for decades. But as the number of out and proud LGBTQ+ artists grows, music has become an even more prominent vehicle for embracing every part of who you are — including who you love. Whether you’re into men, women, non-binary folks or all of the above and more, there is at least one track out there that sets out to give you the courage to be your most authentic self.
Over the last few years, artists from pop to R&B to rock have stepped out with empowering odes to bisexuality, pansexuality and bicuriosity. Demi Lovato’s summer 2015 pop anthem “Cool For The Summer” helped establish them as a queer icon before officially labeling themself as non-binary. Janelle Monaé’s sexuality has also long been a subject of speculation, up until their 2018 album Dirty Computer album which celebrated Black feminism and yes, queerness. And Panic! At The Disco showed their support for the LGBTQ+ community with their 2013 gem “Boys/Boys/Girls” — which dropped years before frontman Brandon Urie came out as pansexual.
In the decades before, few artists have ventured outside the norm to sing about relationships with those of the same sex. But David Bowie was never a stranger to sexual expression — no matter what people thought of him. His 1972 track “John, I’m Only Dancing” can be interpreted several ways, but its most widely accepted meaning revolves around assuring his partner, John, that he’s only dancing with a girl and nothing more.
While what truly defines a bisexual song can certainly be up for debate, here are 15 jams about attraction that aren’t hindered by gender constructs.