Takeover Tuesday Playlist: Wrabel's Favorite Pride Anthems Starring Big Freedia, Queen & More LGBTQ Artists
Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.
Since making waves with his breakup tune "11 Blocks" in 2016, Wrabel has collaborated with dance stars like Kygo and Marshmello and written for Kesha, Backstreet Boys and Ellie Goulding. The singer-songwriter most recently caught the attention of P!nk, who recruited Wrabel to co-write and sing on her heartbreaking Hurts 2B Human ballad "90 Days," which the pair recently performed together during P!nk's European tour.
Love has been a common theme in Wrabel's music -- his 2019 releases are titled "Love to Love U" and "The Real Thing" -- a topic that's even more prominent during Pride Month. An LGBTQ artist himself, Wrabel chose to dedicate his Takeover Tuesday playlist to his favorite queer anthems from fellow members of the community.
Kicking off the 10-song playlist with Miley Cyrus' emotional She Is Coming cut "The Most," Wrabel followed that by shouting out a much older track: Tracy Chapman's classic "Fast Car," which he says "has inspired me as a writer so much." Another inspiration for Wrabel is Brandi Carlile, whose "Pride and Joy" made the playlist. "I heard somebody call Brandi their Queero -- queer hero," Wrabel says. "I second that."
Wrabel also commends Frank Ocean's "Chanel" for its lyrics, which he declares "one of the coolest, most artistic things I’ve ever heard ever forever and ever." Among the newer queer anthems like Years & Years' "Eyes Shut" and "Karaoke" by Big Freedia -- with whom Wrabel got to do a twerking class on Kesha's Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride cruise earlier this year ("we can all practice to this song," he jokes) -- he couldn't leave out LGBTQ legends Queen and Elton John, the latter of whom Wrabel suggests "deserves his own playlist -- his own genre, even."
Though he loves every song on the playlist, Wrabel calls MUNA's "I Know a Place" his favorite queer anthem. "I've laughed to this, I’ve danced to this, and I’ve sobbed to this." But the most personal song to Wrabel happens to be Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work," which he made into his own anthem. "I came out to this song," Wrabel reveals. "I can’t listen to it without crying. One of the most beautiful songs in existence."
Check out Wrabel's Pride-inspired Takeover Tuesday Playlist below.