Queer as Folk: The Best Music Videos

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We’re taking a look at some of the best music videos from Queer as Folk. From Madonna to Lady Gaga, we’ve got you covered.


Since the early days of MTV, music videos have been a staple of popular culture. They are a great way to promote a new song or album, and they can also be used to convey a message or tell a story. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of music videos that feature LGBTQIA+ characters and storylines.

Here are some of the best queer as folk music videos that have been released in recent years:

1. “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert
2. “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys
3. “Mama’s Boy” by My Chemical Romance
4. “She Keeps Me Warm” by Mary Lambert
5. “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga

“Poker Face” by Lady Gaga

“Poker Face” is a song by American singer-songwriter Lady Gaga, from her debut studio album, The Fame (2008). The song was released as the album’s second single in 2009. It peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The music video for “Poker Face” was directed by Kayne West and features Gaga in various costumes and playing poker.

“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga

Gaga’s “Born This Way” video is a Queer as Folk favorite because it celebrates queer sexuality in all its forms. The video features queer people of all colors and gender identities, including transgender model Andreja Pejić. It’s a beautiful and empowering representation of the LGBTQIA+ community.

“Telephone” by Lady Gaga

“Telephone” is a song recorded by American singer Lady Gaga for her second studio album, The Fame Monster (2009). The song features American rapper Beyoncé. It was written by Gaga, Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, Livenote and Beyoncé. Initially released as a promotional single on Gaga’s MySpace page on March 12, 2010, it was released as the album’s second single on May 23 by Interscope Records. Inspired by mythology and ancient rites of passage, the song is a synth-pop and dance-pop track with influences of new wave music.

The song’s lyrics deal with overcoming addictions and Billboard magazine interprets the song as being about “Gaga putting an end to her party-hard ways”. Upon its release, “Telephone” received positive reviews from critics who praised its composition and club-ready nature. The song quickly reached number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart after it debuted at number nine due to strong digital sales and radio airplay; it peaked at number one after three weeks. The music video for “Telephone” follows a story similar to that of Stanley Kubrick’s horror film The Shining (1980), in which Gaga plays both a murderous bride and victim. It features appearances from Beyoncé and actor Harold Perrineau Jr., among others.

The video was nominated for three awards at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards: Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, and Best Collaboration; Gaga won all three awards making this her fourth VMA win in total. “Telephone” became one of Gaga’s most successful singles worldwide; with airplay on various radio formats and heavy rotation on television channels such as MTV and VH1, it peaked at number two in over ten countries including Australia, Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom—it reached number one in Germany—and charted within the top ten of nearly twenty others countries including Belgium (Flanders), France, Italy and South Korea; in both Ireland and Scotland it topped the charts becoming her sixth consecutive single to do so in those countries.”

“Alejandro” by Lady Gaga

“Alejandro” is a song by Lady Gaga, released as the third single from her third studio album, Born This Way. The music video for the song was directed by fashion photographer Nick Knight and was inspired by Gaga’s love of Mexican culture.

The video features Gaga in various costumes and settings, including a cross between a nun and a matador, as well as dancing with a group of topless men. It also features close-ups of religious iconography, such as Catholic rosary beads, and crosses.

Some reviewers praised the video for its fashion sense and artistic merit, while others criticized it for its use of religious imagery. Regardless of the mixed reaction, “Alejandro” was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Female Video and Best Art Direction.

“Applause” by Lady Gaga

“Applause” by Lady Gaga is one of the best music videos of all time. It is a fun, colourful, and outrageous video that celebrates queer culture. The video features Lady Gaga in various costumes, including a drag queen, a mermaid, and a disco goddess. There are also appearances by queer icons such as RuPaul, Harvey Fierstein, and Lady Bunny. The video is an ode to queer culture and its many colours and forms.

“Do What U Want” by Lady Gaga

“Do What U Want” is a song by Lady Gaga, featuring R. Kelly. It was released as the second single from Gaga’s third studio album, Artpop (2013). The song peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Gaga’s ninth consecutive top-twenty single in the United States. Internationally, the song peaked within the top five of several major music markets, including Australia, Canada, France and the United Kingdom.

“Till It Happens to You” by Lady Gaga

“Till It Happens to You” is a song written and performed by Lady Gaga for The Hunting Ground, an American documentary about college sexual assault. The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 88th Academy Awards.

In the song, Gaga sings about sexual assault and how it ravages the lives of its victims, as well as their families and friends. The lyrics are intended to empower survivors of sexual assault and to let them know that they are not alone. Gaga has said that she was inspired to write the song after hearing stories from friends who had been sexually assaulted.

The music video for “Till It Happens to You” features several survivors of sexual assault, including Gaga herself. The video was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and features cameos from other celebrities, including Ellen Page and Anna Faris.

The video begins with a black screen and the text “1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime”. This is followed by footage of Lady Gaga walking through a dark tunnel. She then emerges into a room full of people who are all holding each other. As she sings, we see flashbacks of each person being sexually assaulted. The video ends with the text “End Rape on Campus”.


We hope you enjoyed our list of the best music videos featuring queer as folk characters! What are your favorite queer as folk music videos? Let us know in the comments below!

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