Hayley Kiyoko's Pride Month Playlist: Lana Del Rey, Prince, Frank Ocean & More
As part of our 30 Days of Pride initiative, we've asked LGBTQ stars to create playlists to show what "pride" means to them. As she wraps up her One Night Tour, actress and pop singer-songwriter Hayley Kiyoko curated a list of songs that inspire her to be herself.
Give Hayley Kiyoko's playlist a spin below, and read why she chose each track.
1. Hayley Kiyoko, "Girls Like Girls"
Not just a shameless plug for me! I love how the lyrics are flirty and the song is the perfect ode to empowering girls who like girls.
2. Britney Spears, "Lucky"
Britney is a pop icon and a huge ally for the community. "Lucky" is a personal favorite, though, because even though it's bright and up-tempo, she's singing about still searching for happiness even if everything seems so perfect on the outside.
3. Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos, "Slide"
Perfect summer song, just a really great vibe for when you're out with friends.
4. Prince, "Raspberry Beret"
Another pop icon whose music and message are simply transcendent. I used to sing a cover of this song at my past shows -- without changing the pronouns of course!
5. Stevie Wonder, "Ebony Eyes"
A beautiful song that I think pays tribute to all beautiful women.
6. HAIM, "Falling"
I'm a big fan of HAIM in general, but this song really resonates. The lyrics are so simple, but inspire me on so many levels -- to keep going and pushing through the rough times.
7. MUNA, "I Know a Place"
These girls are so fierce and such an important band for the new wave of alt-pop music. This song perfectly captures the feeling of when you're just heartbroken and yet still feel hope that there are better times ahead.
8. Madonna, "Vogue"
Classic pop song that is a huge anthem within the LGBT community and beyond! No one does it bigger or better than Madonna.
9. Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais, "Summertime Sadness" (Remix)
Lana's melancholy lyrics are everything, but I love how this remix flips it to something brighter.
10. Frank Ocean, "Lost"
Frank Ocean is one of my biggest inspirations right now. What he's done with his art and how he bares everything in his music has done so much for me, not just as an artist but as a human being. His honesty about his sexuality helped me during a time when I was struggling about how out and open I wanted to be in my own music.
11. Kehlani, "Get Like"
I love Kehlani's music. She's raw, she's vulnerable, she's sexy. She inspires confidence, and this song in particular is just the right amount of flirty and honest.