You know those songs you love that make you feel like “SUCH a girl” (even if you’re not)? First to mind are “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall, or anything by Adele. Do you feel guilty for singing along? “Home” is an amazing, feel-good song that everyone should be able to whistle along to without feeling effeminate. Even Adele has her merits, and there should come a time when you are tearfully belting “Someone Like You,” regardless of your gender–just not at the karaoke bar, thank you).
There is nothing at all wrong with feeling “girly.” It is in no way shameful to be or feel feminine, or that crying/feeling are inherently feminine acts. In my life I hope to never perpetuate that stigma. Here, though, I’m only going to tackle the musical side of this, and present you with some music from artists that most people think only appeal to girls… but take another listen– they really deserve your attention (and heartfelt reaction) no matter how you gender-identify.
I have this whole diatribe about what these songs mean and everything, but what I really want to convey is:
Here are Ten Sorta Femme-y Songs My Straight Guy Friends Love:
10. “Ne Me Quitte Pas” by Regina Spektor. I already have a post devoted to Regina. I love her.
9. “Gotta Have You,” by the Weepies.
8. “Lucky,” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Callait
7. “Defying Gravity,” by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, from Wicked
6. “I’ve Just Seen A Face,” by Jim Sturgess (originally the Beatles, of course), from Across the Universe. Good glory, Jim Sturgess is hot in this scene. I suppose that’s why I associate it with being sort of primarily female-appreciated.
5. “Less Than Zero,” by K-Flay.
4. “Back to Black,” by Amy Winehouse
3. “Mr Sandman,” by Pomplamoose (originally the Chordettes)
2. Double Feature: “Grenade” and “Somebody That I Used To Know,” by Walk Off The Earth (originally by Bruno Mars and Gotye, respectively). Everyone in the UNIVERSE has seen the WOTE cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” so I’m just posting the “Grenade” cover. I suspect the fact that there’s a gun and loop pedal involved in this cover make it appealing to men.
1. Yes… “Home,” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Seriously, I know more men who whistle this than girls.