Bi-visibility is an important aspect of the queer community that is often overlooked.
There is often the misconception that, because bisexual individuals can hide behind others’ heteronormative assumptions, they aren’t really a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. This is wrong.
Let’s celebrate bisexual visibility and awareness with these amazing songs to raise your bi-flag high!
1. “Strangers” by Halsey
Notable Lyrics: “She doesn’t kiss me on the mouth anymore / ‘Cause it’s more intimate, than she thinks we should get”
2. “Girls/Girls/Boys” by Panic! at the Disco
Notable Lyrics: “But girls love girls and boys / And love is not a choice”
Brendon Urie’s vocals on a song about a love triangle with the complications of bisexuality? Sign me up. This song also delves into Urie’s own threesome experience.
3. “Curious” by Hayley Kiyoko
Notable Lyrics: “You say you wanted me, but your sleeping with him”
Hayley Kiyoko is an out and proud lesbian, but in Curious she sings to a a bisexual girl who doesn’t know what she wants. The girl in question seems to enjoy the attention she gets from Kiyoko but isn’t ready to embrace her sexuality and ends up going back to her boyfriend. This song highlights issues of not being able to come out as bisexual or queer because your scared of what society will think of you.
4. “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monae
Notable Lyrics: “It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender / An emotional, sexual bender”
This video is a visual representation of bisexuality. Monae highlights her sexual fluidity in this creative video as she shows interest in both men and women.
5. “Boyfriend” by Tegan and Sara
Notable Lyrics: “You call me up like you want your best friend / You turn me on like you want your boyfriend / But I don’t want to be your secret anymore”
The duo Sara and Tegan hardly ever miss the mark and this is no exception. The half of the duo Sara Quinn said in an interview with Beats1 that she was seeing a woman who had never been with another woman before and was also seeing a guy from time to time. The song talks about wanting someone who isn’t quite ready, something we can all relate to.
6. “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town
Notable Lyrics: “Lord knows I’ve tried / I can’t get her off my mind”
Okay, so this song is about a woman jealous of another woman who is with the man she loves. In my own interpretation however, I think the woman starts off jealous but ends up falling in love with the other woman. This song has all the makings of a sad country song along with undertones of a sexual awakening that I absolutely love!
7. “Take Me On the Floor” by The Veronicas
Notable Lyrics: “I wanna kiss a girl / I wanna kiss a boy”
The Veronicas take on the pastime of going to the club and having fun, meeting anyone and potentially hooking up. This song doesn’t discriminate as the singer talks about being interested in both genders.
8. “She’s Not Him” by Miley Cyrus
Notable Lyrics: “No matter what you do / I just can’t fall in love with you / ‘Cause you’re not him / Yeah, she’s not him”
In this song Miley Cyrus sings about being in love with an ex-boyfriend while she’s with her current girlfriend. She goes through the motions of saying it’s not you it’s me but ultimately it would be a blow to anyone’s ego. This song highlights the struggle of the bi community such as feeling the need to pick a side. This song shows that heartache knows no gender boundaries.
9. “John I’m Only Dancing” by David Bowie
Notable Lyrics: “John, I’m only dancing / She turns me on, but I’m only dancing”
David Bowie’s song sings about being faithful to his partner who is a man and assures him that he’s only dancing with the girl but won’t do anything. There’s often a conception amongst people that bisexual people like everyone but this is far from the case.
10. “Te Amo” by Rihanna
Notable Lyrics: “I feel the love but I don’t feel that way”
Te Amo is one of Rihanna’s sultry song which touches on being in love with your friend and your feelings not being reciprocated.
11. “Chanel” by Frank Ocean
Notable Lyrics: “I see both sides like Chanel”
Frank Ocean is an amazing singer and anything he sings is gold, in this song he talks about being in love with both genders. He basically says he loves both just like the Chanel logo. If that’s not lyrical I don’t know what is.
12. “The Sweet” – AC/DC
Notable Lyrics: “She got girls, girls all over the world, She got men every now and then.”
The lyrics of this song are pretty self-explanatory. Love who you want to love, do what makes you feel, good whether it’s a guy today or a girl tomorrow.
13. “Be Yourself” by Taylor Bennett
Notable Lyrics: “I’m an outstanding Afro-American bisexual “
In Be Yourself, Taylor sings about being out, proud, black and bisexual! He is plainly saying be yourself because you have no one else to be.
14. “Pretty Boys and Pretty Girl” by Book of Love
Notable Lyrics: “(When I’m without) / Pretty boys / (I dream about) / Pretty girls”
This song is simply about enjoying both genders. The song still discusses the dangers of sex as this song was released in 1988 during the AIDs epidemic.
15. “He’ll Never Love You Like Me” by Hayley Kiyoko
Notable Lyrics: “You wish you could but you just can’t so / How many days, how many nights / ‘Til you realize, he’ll never love you like me?”
Hayley Kiyoko comes through again with another song, possibly about the same girl from Curious. Here she croons about being in love with a girl who has a boyfriend who will never love her as she can.
16. “Bad at Love” by Halsey
Notable Lyrics: “I know that you’re afraid / I’m gonna walk away”
In this song Halsey discusses her many relationships ranging from high school to adulthood, as well as dating different genders. This song highlights how love can be fluid and bisexuality isn’t a phase or a fluke. In the first verse she sings about the men she’s dated, then in the second verse the women she’s dated. This song is a statement that presents bisexuality in a honest way. She’s a mess regardless of the gender she’s with. In my opinion bi-visibility at it’s best.
17. “Bisexual Anthem” by Domo Wilson
Notable Lyrics: “Better not forget the B in LGBT”
Finally, Domo Wilson closes this list off with Bisexual Anthem. It completely shuts down any naysayers when it comes to bisexuality. This song is not only perfect for throwing it back to, but also for loudly and proclaiming your bisexuality! In a Genius interview (July 2019) Domo Wilson said, ” I cook for the culture, and I felt like bisexuals, we need an empowering song.”
Seeing all these songs in mainstream pop is imperative for bi-visibility. This has to be seen as a proper part of the LGBTQIA+ and not a ‘phase’. I love to see the B being more widely accepted and sang about in music and can’t wait for more.
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