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    24 Songs That Straight People Never Realized Were "Gay Adjacent"

    The following songs are now "gay adjacent."

    The following is a list of "gay adjacent songs."

    Here's what that means...

    Gay Adjacent Songs (n.): Songs that are inherently gay or gay on the outside, but have been either co-opted or are associated more with straight people. Basically, songs that are gay on the inside but straight on the outside. They have essentially been appropriated by straight people.

    1. "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson

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    It's scientifically coded in every straight bros DNA to lose their shit when any Kelly Clarkson song comes on.

    2. "Toxic" by Britney Spears

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    Gay people know: "Toxic" is for straight people and that's that on that!!!

    3. "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen

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    97.5% of the straight population only know Carly Rae for "Call Me Maybe" and that's a hate crime!

    4. "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé

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    Beyoncé is so much more than this.

    5. "Umbrella" by Rihanna

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    This is my mom's favorite Rihanna song...so yeah. (Sorry, mom.)

    6. "Come Clean" by Hilary Duff

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    The theme song for Laguna Beach, which like had no gay people. Homophobia all around us!

    7. Any Ja Rule and J.Lo collaboration

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    Just makes me think of awkward grinding at high school dances.

    8. Most Ashanti collabs

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    Ashanti is essentially now a gay icon, she was a judge on Drag Race. Facts.

    9. "From This Moment On" by Shania Twain

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    Co-opted by straights as like their official wedding song.

    10. "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus

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    Just makes me think of the 859034859 "parody" videos straights made in 2013.

    11. "Timber" by Kesha and Pitbull

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    Reminds me of a grandma dancing at a wedding.

    12. "Party In The USA" by Miley Cyrus

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    The national "straight girls at a gay bar screaming" anthem.

    13. "Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland

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    2007 was a very hetero, straight-leaning year...minus the release of "Gimme More."

    14. "Firework" by Katy Perry

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    Reminds me of sad middle school teacher. Gays can relate.

    15. "No Scrubs" by TLC

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    This song is about gay dating and you can't convince me otherwise!!

    16. "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton

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    Reminds me of White Chicks, the movie and, like, actual people.

    17. "Milkshake" by Kelis

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    Kelis gave gay people "4th of July," "Milkshake" was the gay adjacent one.

    18. That song from The Hills

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    A song you and mom could jam out to while listening to Deliliah.

    19. "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys

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    A song most gays know all the lyrics to but pretended not to growing up.

    20. Music by Ashlee Simpson

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    LOVE Ashlee Simpson for getting the gays into indie rock!!!

    21. "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga

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    Arguably Gaga's most hetero song.

    22. "Tik Tok" by Kesha

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    Screams "drunk girls in the dorms getting busted by their RA."

    23. "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani

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    Taught both gay and straight people how to spell "bananas."

    24. Annnnnd, lastly, basically anything by Pink

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    The spokesperson for anyone with a "talk to the manager" haircut.

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