A number of big-name musicians have lent their talents to a new compilation putting a same-sex twist on classic love songs.
The six-track compilation, called Universal Love, features icon Bob Dylan, as well as modern-day artists St. Vincent and Kesha, who puts a twist on Janis Joplin with "I Need a Woman to Love." Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard turns The Beatles' "And I Love Her" into "And I Love Him," while Kele Okereke of Bloc Party transforms The Temptations’ classic "My Girl" into "My Guy."
"If you look at the history of pop music, love songs have predominantly come from one heterosexual perspective," Tom Murphy, the compilation's co-producer, told the New York Times. "If we view music as something that brings people together, shouldn’t these popular songs be open to everyone?"
Perhaps the most fitting remake is Valerie June's "Mad About the Girl" from "Mad About the Boy," written by Noël Coward, who was gay and recorded a version of the song in 1932 that was not released.
"It brings the song full circle to know that it was written by a gay man who meant every single word of 'Mad About the Boy,'" June said.
Universal Love is meant to provide same-sex love songs for weddings, particularly for first-dance songs, and was funded by MGM Resorts International, which reports that between 20 and 30 percent of weddings performed at its 15 Las Vegas hotels are same-sex.
Universal Love will be released this Friday, April 6, leaving plenty of time for couples to choose one of the compilation's songs before wedding season kicks into gear. Get an early listen and stream the compilation now on Spotify.