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Follow the Yellow Brick Road: The Classic Sound of Pride

Classic Sound of Gay Pride

Listen up, young'uns! While you’re celebrating this week’s step forward for marriage equality and getting gussied up for Pride Weekend, don’t forget the LGBTs and allies that paved the yellow brick road behind us. We highlight the musicians and songs that championed same-sex equality with our third Pride focused playlist, The Classic Sound of Gay Pride. At the forefront is Sylvester, known as the Queen of Disco, who was out, proud, and dominating disco when being gay was law-breaking. He’s joined by legends like Queen, Melissa Etheridge, Erasure, Janis Joplin, and George Michael. It’s the biggest reunion of gay icons since Dorothy went over the rainbow so sing along to The Classic Sound of Gay Pride from Rdio.

Don’t miss our other pride playlists, The New Sound of Gay Pride 2013 and The Year in Queer.

∞  June 27, 2013 — 9:00AM


The Year in Queer

Year In Queer

Hot on the drag-queen-heels of last week’s New Sound of Gay Pride playlist, we’re rolling out the biggest gay moments of the year in our Year In Queer playlist. Voices from rap to country join with LGBT legends to bring gay life in front of the mic in 2013: Frank Ocean and Jenny Owen Youngs come out, equality ballads hit the charts, TIME’s cover goes gay, and Madonna gets booted from Russia for touting gay rights. While there’s not room for every song, we hope this shoutout highlights a truly unprecedented year in queer. Share this playlist to get the word out and Happy Pride from Rdio!

  • Frank Ocean comes out on Tumblr in poetic fashion: “Most of the day I’d see him and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence…until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him.”

  • Macklemore pairs up with out singer Mary Lambert to make “Same Love,” a marriage equality video for same-sex marriages in Washington that immediately goes viral. fun. founds The Ally Coalition to fight anti-gay bullying.

  • Lesbian twins Tegan and Sara hit it big this year with Heartthrob.

  • Sara Bareilles, inspired by her friend’s struggle, urge those coming out to be “Brave”.

  • Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace announces she is transgender.

  • Alt-Country singer Kacey Musgraves tells fans to “Love who you love 'cause you just get so many trips 'round the sun” in “Follow Your Arrow”.

  • Folk singer Jenny Owen Youngs comes out on the blog Everyone is Gay: “I think it is damaging and isolating for young people to look out into the world and not see a representation of their experience. To encounter others who are like you is to know that you are not alone.”

  • Country artist Chely Wright and her wife, LGBT advocate Lauren Blitzer, give birth to twin boys.

  • Elton John and partner David Furnish welcome baby Elijah, the couple’s second son, into the world.

  • Kristen Ellis Henderson of Antigone Rising is on the cover of TIME’s marriage equality issue with her wife Sarah: “I'm kissing my wife on the cover because it's time for every American to have their civil rights. And, let's be honest, I'm kissing my wife on the cover because Portia and Ellen probably weren't available..."

  • During the presidential election, Kelly Clarkson announces that she won’t be voting for Mitt Romney because of his stance against marriage equality.

  • Out artist Adam Lambert hits #1 with his album, Trespassing.

  • Jinkx Monsoon, Seattle’s “premier narcoleptic drag queen”, wins RuPaul’s Drag Race.

  • Gender-bending rapper Mykki Blanco rises to hip hop prominence with the video for “Wavvy”.

  • The Lonely Island, James Franco, and Zach Galifianakis release a satirical mashup of alpha-bro spring break partying and support for marriage equality in their music video for “Spring Break Anthem”.

  • Beyonce comes out in support of marriage equality by Instagramming a handwritten message: “If you like it, you should be able to put a ring on it. #WeWillUnite4MarriageEquality!”

  • Prominent artists oppose the Boy Scouts of America’s leadership for their anti-gay policies including Carly Rae Jepsen, Train, and Madonna.

  • Madonna is also banned from Russia for publicly supporting gay rights on her MDNA world tour in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

∞  June 20, 2013 — 9:07AM


Father’s Day Sounds Fantastic With Dads Who Rock

Dads Who Rock

What do Snoop Dogg, Johnny Cash, Fela Kuti, and Neil Young have in common? They’re some of the coolest fathers the music business has ever seen, and we love to pay tribute to them and other Dads Who Rock with our new Father’s Day playlist. Press play for a manly mix covering a ton of sonic territory ranging from rock and metal to rap and soul. Oh, and don’t forget to call dear ol’ pops this Sunday!

∞  June 13, 2013 — 1:00PM


Hear That? That’s The New Sound of Gay Pride

New Sound Of Gay Pride

June is here which means it’s Gay Pride Month! We’re celebrating love and equality for all by breaking out some festive tunes from queer-friendly artists and bands once again. This year’s edition of our annual New Sound of Gay Pride 2013 playlist has five hours of party tunes with strong beats and positive messages from artists such as Pet Shop Boys, Little Boots, Tegan and Sara, Robyn, and Disclosure.

We've got more fun playlists for Gay Pride Month every week but for now, familiarize yourself and fellow Pride pals with our New Sound of Gay Pride playlist.

∞  June 13, 2013 — 10:00AM


Hans Zimmer Scores the Soundtrack for Man of Steel

Man Of Steel

It took nothing less than a Superman of a composer to take on the music for the summer blockbuster Man of Steel. Luckily Hans Zimmer, who has scored more than 100 films including The Dark Knight and The Lion King and won big at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and GRAMMYs, was up for the challenge. Listen to his heroic soundtrack below and get ready for Man of Steel, which flies into theaters on June 14.

∞  June 12, 2013 — 10:00AM


Have a Bonnaroo Listening Party on Rdio


Bonnaroo takes place this year on June 13-16 in Manchester, Tennessee, and we’ve got a fresh 2013 lineup playlist of music from artists expected to steal the show this year, like R. Kelly, Bjork, Wu-Tang Clan, Pretty Lights, and Wilco. Press play and hear some examples of how this acclaimed annual festival brings together diverse and talented artists in a grand celebration of the most important sonic genre: Good music!

∞  June 10, 2013 — 1:00PM


Free People Tailors the Sounds of Sasquatch to You

Sasquatch 2013

This year’s Sasquatch Festival takes place on Memorial Day Weekend at the picturesque Gorge in central Washington state and features acts such as Mumford & Sons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The xx, Vampire Weekend, and Imagine Dragons, just to name a very few. Our stylish friends at Free People have weaved together this Sasquatch Festival 2013 playlist of their favorite artists from this year’s lineup to get you ready to experience the event in person or simply in spirit. Thanks to them, Sasquatch starts... now!

∞  May 23, 2013 — 1:00PM


Mother’s Day Sounds Sweet With Our Dear Mama Playlist


Everyone from Ozzy to Kanye has expressed appreciation for their mother through music, and Dear Mama - A Musical Tribute explores a wide range of love. The playlist includes songs of acknowledgement and adoration for the near and dear mamas by such diverse voices as 2Pac, Dolly Parton, and Taylor Swift. Is your mom more into Danzig or Justin Bieber? Play her this set and let the lyrics speak for themselves.

∞  May 8, 2013 — 1:00PM


Celebrating Willie Nelson's 80th Birthday

Willie Nelson

The incomparable music star and activist Willie Nelson turns a glorious 80-years-old today. The occasion is marked by the recently released album, Let’s Face The Music And Dance recorded by Willie and the Family, his touring band (started with sister Bobbie in 1973) for the past 40 years.

Play this album of 20th century classics and standards of pop, rock, jazz, and country loud and light a birthday candle for the man who takes a licking and keeps on ticking.


Saddle Up For Country Music At Stagecoach


This year’s two consecutive weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival just came to a triumphant close last Sunday. That means it’s time for Stagecoach, California’s premiere country music festival taking place on April 26-28 at the same location, Empire Polo Club in Indio, near Palm Springs.

The same majestic desert views and air — and perhaps some of the same beer — will greet a whole different audience of music lovers with a lineup that features artists such as Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley, and Hank Williams, Jr. Our Stagecoach 2013 playlist features these artists and even more talent slated to perform at the festival. Whether you’re headed out to brave the heat in person or just appreciate an occasion to celebrate a shining moment for country music, these songs can be your faithful companion.