Queer Necessities: Billboard Pride's June 2018 Playlist
Before we dive deeper into Pride Month, we're proud to present the eleventh edition of Queer Necessities, our monthly LGBTQ-driven playlist from Billboard Pride, where we catch you up on the latest and greatest bops by queer musicians and fierce allies. Each month's selections is curated by NYC-based DJ and tastemaker Jon ALi, who is the founder of pop music destination Jon ALi's Blog.
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MNEK, "Colour" (feat. Hailee Steinfeld)
Just in time for Pride month, U.K. sensation MNEK returns with the light and bright "Colour," an uplifting anthem about celebrating diversity with an assist from pop princess Hailee Steinfeld.
Troye Sivan, "Bloom"
This song is the very essence of Troye's evolved confidence this time around. Between his love-drunk earnesty and the slick songcraft, this is the sound of an artist who is truly ready to blossom indeed!
Years & Years, "If You're Over Me"
While the lyrical content may be a bit of an emotional downer, that overall vibe of the latest from the Olly Alexander-fronted crew is a synth-pop summertime delight.
Leland, "Run Into You"
Songwriter-extraordinaire Brett McLaughlin, better known by his stage name Leland, serves up the heartbreak over a dancefloor anthem.
Clean Bandit, "Solo (feat. Demi Lovato)"
With its liberating lyrics, feel-good grooves and stuttering breakdowns, Clean Bandit and Demi's “Solo” is destined to hit the spot all summer long.
Christine and the Queens, "Girlfriend (feat. Dam-Funk)"
French sensation Christine and the Queens makes her grand return with a swirly disco-pop jam with food for thought. She's "set out to smash against macho culture and macho men."
VINCINT, "Remember Me"
The Four finalist VINCINT proves he's no one trick pony with the release of this dancey slice of pop perfection, loaded with his signature powerhouse vocals.
KWAYE, "I Go"
This Zimbabwe-born, London-bred talent takes his R&B/soul sound to another level with "I Go," a funky feel-good throb with winning charm and sophistication.
Dorian Electra, "Career Boy"
The foundation of "Career Boy" is pure synth-pop heaven, but layered in-between the beats is a beyond smart and cheeky take on modern society's fascination with corporate power.
SUMif, "Disco Love"
San Francisco electro-pop starlet SUMif continues to impress with a shimmering disco-pop stunner suited perfectly for your summer romance(s).
Jesse Saint John, "Fake It"
Songwriter-to-the-stars Jesse Saint John is carving out quite the pop career of his very own. His instantly catchy "Fake it” searches for a bit of realism above heavy-hitting synths and distorted robo-voices.
Bonnie McKee, "Mad Mad World"
Bonnie McKee's latest offering is a comforting ode to hope – and her most political cut to date.
Monét X Change, "Soak It Up (Remix)" [feat. Bob the Drag Queen]
Drag Race star Monét X Change may be out of the running for the season 10 crown, but she has more tricks up her sleeve just yet. Her debut single has comedy, camp and catchphrases galore.
The Him and Parson James, "Broken Love"
Hailing from Amsterdam, producer duo The Him return with an uplifting single called "Broken Love" -- this time with assistance from crooner Parson James.
Sleepy Tom and Tom Aspaul, "Plans"
Linking with English singer/songwriter Tom Aspaul, Sleepy Tom lays down some deep, late-night-drive vibes under sleek R&B-stylized vocals.
Solomon Ray, "Asi Asi"
Queer singer Solomon Ray brings the Latin heat with his latest bop.
Vardaan Arora, "What If"
India-born pop singer Vardaan Arora takes his battle with anxiety and turns it into a carefree anthem that's pretty immediate from the very first play, showcasing Vardaan's chops above a smooth tropical pulse. Take that, inner saboteur!
Sakima, "Show Me"
British pop artist Sakima has been consistent with his queer-driven single releases over the past year, and he's showing no signs of slowing down. "Show Me" finds him shining a light on the beauty of those vulnerable moments just before sex.
Jess Glynne, "I'll Be There"
U.K. starlet Jess Glynne kicks off her new era with "I'll Be There,” an uplifting jam in the vein of her past smashes "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself" and "Hold My Hand."'
Bronze Avery, "Never Gonna Give You Up"
This summer-ready take on Rick Astley's 1987 dance-pop hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" breathes new, fresh life into the classic without stripping away the beautiful message.
Electro-pop duo MNDR's first proper release in years is a slick, summer-ready synth-pop dream.
Charli XCX, "5 in the Morning"
Charli XCX's latest is her most hip-hop-driven output to date, backed primarily by hard-hitting bass and a hypnotic trap-pop beat.
Carlie Hanson, "Mood"
Carlie “one to watch” Hanson delivers a top-notch, hyper-relatable anthem.
SVE, "Njne1 (Not Just Anyone)"
Brooklyn songstress SVE's bold and icy vocals push through as she sings about finding the beauty in your uniqueness.
Jake Shears, "Creep City"
Scissor Sisters’ frontman Jake Shears is gearing up for the release of his self-titled solo album, and the spirited, strut-ready "Creep City," is the first taste of what's to come.
Michael Blume, "R U Mad"
Michael Blume’s latest is a fucks-free call-to-arms that showcases his deep baritone in a confident cadence before hitting us with a Pride-ready refrain: "Are you mad that I'm gay?".
Betty Who, "Taste"
Australian pop fav Betty Who switches it up yet again with a song to soundtrack your next strip-tease.
Natti Vogel, "Trick! The Musical"
Brooklyn-based Natti Vogel's latest tells the story of a queer experience not so often highlighted within the community: the protagonist, a heart-on-the-sleeve top, is rejected by an unapologetic bottom.
A Great Big World, "Younger"
Pop duo A Great Big World make their return with "Younger," an upbeat bit of escapism that captures the feeling of nostalgia for those more simpler days of adolescence.
Allie X, "Focus"
Allie X has been delivering synth-pop masterpieces since her 2014 debut. Her latest "Focus" is probably her most straight-forward love song to date.
Ryan Amador, "Loverboy"
Out singer-songwriter Ryan Amador croons to his lover over an '80s-influenced beat.
Alex G, "New Normal"
Sometimes the beauty of a song lies in its simplicity, and that's exactly what's happening on this sweet, acoustic jam.
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Jon ALi is a NYC-based DJ and founder of pop music entertainment destination Jon ALi’s Blog, which celebrates its 11-year anniversary this year. He spends his weekends spinning tunes at gay spots in Manhattan.