Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you’re boo’ed up or flying solo, everyone can find comfort in some new bops. We’re proud to present the February 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 will be curated by NYC-based DJ and tastemaker Jon ALi, who is the founder of pop music entertainment destination Jon ALi’s Blog. Don’t forget to follow Queer Necessities on Spotify to keep up-to-date on the best musical offerings from the LGBTQ community.
Lauv and Troye Sivan, “I’m So Tired…”
Two of pop’s leading lads come together for this reflective ode to love lost.
Miss Benny, “Rendezvous”
Vlogger-turned-actor Ben J. Pierce’s debut single as Miss Benny is a delightfully flirtatious bout of come-hither pop directed at an enticing late-night attraction.
Lizzo’s joyous, ‘80s-leaning return “Juice” is exactly the kind of reassuring anthem necessary to begin a new chapter feeling free and confident. It’s a mantra for the year: Own your identity, shine and make no apologies.
Betty Who, “I Remember”
Much like all things Betty Who, this track is a classic slice of straight-up power pop – which is to say it’s a sparkly, dance-ready musical escape.
Gia Woods, “Jump the Fence”
Everything about Gia Woods’ return feels spot-on with “Jump the Fence,” a breathy pop earworm packed with tribal-like pulsations and distant howls that matches the musical climate while maintaining an undeniable edge.
This LA babe’s latest offering is as honest and relatable as it is cool and instant — another stellar taste of what’s to come from his upcoming Welcome to the Friendzone EP.
Kyan Palmer and Nicopop, “Unofficial Lover”
Arizona-bred Kyan Palmer’s warm R&B-drenched embraces are an instant fit on this seductive collab with future-pop mastermind Nicopop.
Sam Smith and Normani, “Dancing with a Stranger”
On paper, the pairing of Sam Smith and Normani seems a bit random, but the collaboration makes sense once you hear this magical, disco-tinged pop production.
Kehlani, “Nights Like This” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
Kehlani kicks off her 2019 with a mid-tempo R&B ode about a broken relationship filled with chilly atmospherics and a tripping hip-hop beat.
Lauren Jauregui, “More Than That”
Former 5H member Lauren Jauregui’s second solo offering is a moody club throb packed with powerhouse vocals and early ’00s R&B melodies.
Asiahn, “Like You”
A clear standout from LA-based singer-songwriter Asiahn’s album Love Train 2, “Like You” showcases the beautifully raw and earnest side of Asiahn’s personality above a chilly hip-hop beat and light synth pulsations.
Dan Crossley, “Call Back”
“Call Back” is a sultry production that sees Dan Crossley getting lost in an unrewarding cycle of unrequited love.
F. Virtue, “The Darkness” (feat. Infinite)
NYC-based F. Virtue lays down raw verses on top of a shape-shifting production. He calls it a “Lynchian look at my vices during a dark moment in time I both accept and find light in; a search for growth through patterns and routines, and the power of hope.”
Talented L.A newcomer Calvy provides the healing touch on “Jealous,” a heavenly confessional coated in sensual soulfulness.
Nashville-based pop singer Myylo’s latest single is a blissful, blues-tinged rush of earnest swooning all about wanting a boy who is “just too damn far away.”
Rising French starlet Déyyess continues to impress with this emotive, harrowing and even punchy slice of indie-pop.
Check out past Queer Necessities playlists below:
Jon ALi is a NYC-based DJ and founder of pop music entertainment destination Jon ALi’s Blog, which celebrates its 13-year anniversary this year. He spends his weekends spinning tunes at gay spots in Manhattan.