Gay musicians don't have it easy. A choice must be made when writing and recording love songs: stay true to one's own sexuality and sing about same-sex love, or appeal to the masses and sing about the opposite sex? Many singers, both closeted and out, choose the latter - there are TONS of songs about the opposite sex by gay musicians! Songs gay men wrote and performed about women are abundant and include Elton John's mega-hit "Tiny Dancer" and Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls"; interestingly, songs lesbians wrote about men are harder to find.
We searched high and low to find the best songs gay musicians wrote about the opposite sex. Enjoy and vote up your favorites!
Sam Smith is an openly gay singer and songwriter, and mostly uses gender-neutral pronouns in his music. His music videos, however, are another story. The video for "I'm Not the Only One" tells the story of a married man who strays from his marriage, secretly hooking up with another woman.
Elton John and his lyricist, Bernie Taupin, weren't too happy about the fact that "Crocodile Rock" became such a hit. To them, it was "pop fluff" that told the story of a man and his girlfriend who loved to dance the "crocodile rock" in the 60s. The couple in the song (Elton and "Suzie") had wholesome fun together: "Me and Suzie had so much fun/Holding hands and skimming stones." Tame stuff!
Taupin once complained about the song becoming so big, saying he felt "a strange dichotomy because I don't mind having created it, but it's not something I would listen to."
Lead singer of 80s band Culture Club, Boy George, avoided rumors about his sexuality for years. In 1986, he released the song "God Thank You Woman," singing, "God, thank you woman/What we have is something special/Something quite unique/What we have should last forever/Heaven at my feet."
Singing about women couldn't fool fans, though, who always suspected that the androgynous musician was gay. Boy George confirmed the rumors in 1995, when he released his memoir Take It Like A Man. In it, he stated that he'd had a relationship with Culture Club drummer John Moss, and many of the songs he'd written were actually about their relationship.
Although Barry Manilow has never officially confirmed his sexual orientation, he married his longtime partner, Garry Kief, in 2015, leaving little to the imagination. His orientation never stopped Manilow from crooning about his love for women, especially with his first big hit, "Mandy."
Manilow stayed coy about the subject of the song, though; when a fan asked who inspired "Mandy," Manilow apparently told her Mandy was his cat. Way to avoid the question, Barry!