November has officially arrived, which means it’s time to talk about some of the good, very good and legitimately incredible songs of the past month.
That’s right: It’s time for the latest edition of Queer Necessities, a 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.
Jordy, “Just Friends”
Los Angeles newcomer Jordy’s “Just Friends” is an instantly relatable gem that builds from a scaled-down arrangement into a chorus that is earnest and optimistic, even in the face of potential romantic ruin.
Nicopop, “Below the Ceiling (feat. Tyler Mann)”
Rising pop producer Nicopop continues his string of stellar releases with this dreamy, ‘80s-tinged pop strutter.
Jesse Saint John, “What Do You Like”
Pop mastermind Jesse Saint John demands to fulfill all your needs on his sparkly, new-wave groove, the first from his forthcoming debut EP.
Gabe Reali, “Miss Me(?)”
As he gears up to release his debut EP in the new year, Gabe Reali dropped this electro-pop kiss-off that’s immediate from the first listen.
Vardaan Arora, “Dance Like You”
India-born singer-songwriter Vardaan Arora is back with a brand new bop and, as the title suggests, it’s tailor-made for the dance floor.
Just Us, “I Feel Good Love (feat. Daniel Caplin)”
Production duo Just Us team up with NYC’s Daniel Caplin on an acoustic-driven dance gem that gives James Brown’s classic “I Got You (I Feel Good)” some fresh new life.
Austin Neufeld, “Haunting”
Vancouver-based newcomer fights through the heartache on this tranced-out ode to a love lost.
Carlie Hanson, “Toxins”
Troye Sivan tourmate Carlie Hanson is relatable AF on this track that airs out her biggest vices.
Maggie Lindemann, “Human”
Alt-pop princess Maggie Lindemann takes a trip to the dark side with her brooding new single.
Lauren Jauregui, “Expectations”
For her solo debut, Lauren strays away from the dance-pop of her Fifth Harmony days and delivers a super sultry banger.
JHart, “Why Does It Hurt”
Songwriter-to-the-stars is two for two with his beautifully heartbreaking second single ‘Why Does It Hurt,” a sweeping flaws-and-all power ballad.
Non-binary singer-songwriter Grayson breaks free from both internal and external pressures on the liberating, intricately-crafted “Brother.”
Elias, “Save My Seat”
Los-Angeles based singer Elias fuses smooth jazz and a repetitious, vocal-based track on his latest offering.
Ria Mae, “Hold Me (feat. Frank Kadillac)”
The timing of Ria Mae’s latest powerful anthem “Hold Me” hardly feels accidental in a world of noise and conflict.
Melbourne-bred talent Guard keeps it cook and airy on this stuttering production off his new EP, Dual.
Ehrie, “Half Bad”
Twin-duo Ehrie strip things down on this slow-burning, soulful stunner that relishes in a classic R&B soundscape.
Ryan Ashley, “Care for You”
London’s Ryan Ashley makes his return with the soulful “Care for You,” a mellow and airy ballad aided by sparse drums and spacey atmospherics.
Leo Kalyan, “Focus”
British export Leo Kalyan moves forward with this sultry offering — a hypnotic slice of electro-R&B that gives shades of signature Sade.
Dan Crossley, “7 Minutes”
This inviting, sensual R&B production makes for some major late night baby makin’ mood music, and emerging, London-based talent Dan Crossley’s soulful reassurances provide the gentlest embraces along the way.
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 12-year anniversary this year. He spends his weekends spinning tunes at gay spots in Manhattan.