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09/10/2014 05:54 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

15 Song Lyrics That Define Being Gay and Single

"I've got all my life to live/ I've got all my love to give/ And I'll survive/ I will survive!/ Hey/ Hey"

Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" remains one of the quintessential dating songs, as well as perhaps the most iconic gay anthem of all time, and is it any wonder? Its theme of survival in the face of heartbreak -- or other insurmountable odds -- rings universally true, but especially so for the gays. That disco crescendo doesn't hurt either because empowerment is always better when you can throw in a twirl.

Speaking from experience, dating is terrible. I can't speak for the straights, but as a gay there seems to be nothing but an endless parade of disappointment, sadness and frustration culminating in one big old "fuck this." So what to do when dating's got you on the ropes?

I've tried everything from drinking heavily to therapy to drinking heavily again to quitting hookup apps, but the only thing that ever seems to help is belting out a song about how awesome you are and how awful men are. So from hookups to heartbreak, here are 15 song lyrics that perfectly encapsulate gay single life:

So you log onto Grindr...

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Vanity 6, "Nasty Girl"

Or Scruff...

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Diana Ross, "Muscles"

Then maybe head to the bar for last call for something... anything...

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Christina Aguilera, "Your Body"

You find Mr. Right... or maybe Mr. Right Now...


Cece Peniston, "Finally"

You hope it's more than a one-night stand...

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Sam Smith, "Stay with Me"

But you never hear from him again...

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Macy Gray, "Why Didn't You Call Me?"

So you resolve to be the dumper, not the dumpee...

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Britney Spears, "Oops! I Did It Again"

And so, determined again, you go out to the club...

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Robyn, "Dancing on My Own"

But finding nothing or no one, you head home...


The Smiths, "How Soon Is Now?"

Pop an Ambien and hug yourself to sleep...

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Janet Jackson, "I Get Lonely"

But you'll be fine...

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Madonna, "You'll See"

Because you know what you want...

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Whitney Houston, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody"

And you're not afraid to go after it...


Paula Abdul, "Straight Up"

He's out there...

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Liza Minnelli, "Maybe This Time"

But if all else fails...

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Peaches, "Fuck the Pain Away"

GIFs: Les Fabian Brathwaite