On the verge of the release of his second studio album Bloom, we’ve selected the pop singer’s most uplifting and transparently queer songs and videos to catalog the artist’s exploration of his own LGBTQ identity.
“My My My!”
His first release since Blue Neighborhood, “My My My!,” written about current boyfriend Jacob Bixenman, introduced his fans to an even more vividly queer brand, with shirtless male dancers including model and adult film star Brody Blomqvist featured in the video.
The groovy title track to Sivan’s upcoming album is unquestionably a #BopBoutBottoming as he wrote in a since-deleted tweet. And in the music video, his glamour and gender-bending extravagance are just captivating.
“HEAVEN (feat. Betty Who)”
One of the singer’s more somber, introspective songs catches Sivan at his most emotionally mature, the video’s imagery throwing it back to times of both grief and triumph in LGBTQ history, and conveying the fear of vulnerability in being your true self: "If I’m losing a piece of me/Maybe I don’t want heaven.”
Sivan’s highest charting single to date (No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100) dances along an addictive electropop beat as the artist dreams of running away from people telling you who to be, with blonde video boy Alex Bar as his fictional partner in crime.
“for him. (feat. Allday)”
The only track on Blue Neighborhood titled in lowercase, this track was made to stand out, and has quickly become a fan favorite. Originally written as a gift for a significant other, the love-laced lyrics are simply charming.
The catchy chorus of this simple love song makes it the perfect introduction to the singer’s suburban gay romance video trilogy, Blue Neighborhood.
“Strawberries & Cigarettes”
Originally planned for Blue Neighborhood, the Jack Antonoff-produced track ended up on the soundtrack to gay teen rom-com Love, Simon with just as much soft sentimentality and sweetness as you would expect.
“Dance To This (feat. Ariana Grande)"
The 80s-inspired collaboration with one of pop music’s biggest allies makes for an instant addition to any Pride playlist, with the duo’s ethereal, whispery vocals building to the magical gated reverb beat of an irresistible bridge.