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 fourth 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.
Enjoy this new serving of pop gems, and don’t forget to follow the Spotify playlist to keep up-to-date on each month’s offering. Have a most #blessed November
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1. Kygo, Oliver Nelson & Bonnie McKee, “Riding Shotgun”
Kygo’s sophomore album Kids in Love is set for release this Friday (Nov. 3), and his team up with Swedish producer Oliver Nelson and pop hitmaker Bonnie McKee is easily an early standout from the upcoming set.
2. Superfruit, “Guy.Exe”
Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying continue their winning streak with the robo-tastic “Guy.exe” off of their debut Superfruit album Future Friends. It’s a relatable anthem that puts a campy take on the stereotypical expectations of dating in the “gay world.” And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, the accompanying music video should do the trick to truly seal the deal.
“Issues” breakout star Michaels has been on a non-stop streak of addictive pop music releases this year. Her latest collaboration, “I Miss You” with UK trio Clean Bandit, is no exception.
4. Riton, MNEK and The House Gospel Choir, “Deeper”
A new pride anthem has been born! British wunderkind MNEK is back at it again with yet another worthy-of-praise release, this time with British producer Riton and The House Gospel Choir. The fierce collaboration fuses house-inspired synthesis, club-ready vocals and an appropriate sample of Aretha Franklin‘s classic “A Deeper Love.”
5. Kim Petras, “I Don’t Want It At All”
Transgender pop newcomer Petras makes an impressive debut with the super cute and instantly memorable “I Don’t Want It At All. It’s a sparkly, flirty piece of joy that is unapologetically sweet like the best of Carly Rae Jepsen and Katy Perry.
6. Rita Ora, “Anywhere”
Love her or hate her, Rita Ora isn’t going anywhere. Following the release of the Ed Sheeran-penned “Your Song” and her Avicii collaboration “Lonely Together,” Rita is ready to keep things moving all on her own again with “Anywhere” — her finest single to date. The great thing about this care-free anthem is that it sounds like Rita’s finally found her footing in the pop musical landscape, and it’s on the dancefloor.
7. morgxn, “Bruised”
Soulful crooner morgxn shows off his smooth falsetto on his latest relatable, synth-pop anthem “Bruised” and offers up a substantial amount of emotional support to those who have ever felt like an outcast.
8. Hayley Kiyoko, “Feelings”
Multi-talented Kiyoko (the singer/songwriter/actress directed the track’s visual) makes no apologies for tendency to over-communicate in her latest output, remaining one-to-watch in the process.
9. CYN, “Only With You”
After making waves with her buoyant summer release “Together,” the Katy Perry-approved singer returns with this sleek, sexy electro-pop gem coated in breathy vocals and dark and stormy stabs of synthesizers.
10. Kelly Clarkson, “Go High”
Clarkon’s Atlantic Records debut Meaning Of Life comes to a triumphant conclusion in the form of “Go High.” It’s here in the album’s final moments that she truly blows full-throttle, delivering us a Michelle Obama-inspired life mantra.
11. Cub Sport, “Chasin”
This track is inspired by the true story of vocalist Tim Nelson’s relationship with his life-long buddy/fellow bandmate/now engaged-lover Sam Netterfield. True love is real you bitter queens!
12. SOPHIE, “It’s Okay To Cry”
SOPHIE’s voice haunts between the twinkling beats. It all feels liberating, comforting and distinctly “now” — at a time when acceptance is needed more than ever.
13. Kehlani, “Honey”
“Honey” is a short but sweet serenade that sees Kehlani laying down all her feels about a special lady above the prettiest of guitar melodies.
14. Moxiie, “Complicated” (feat. Swish Allnet)
“My whole life, I’ve never quite fit into any box.” Moxiie told VIBE of the single’s inspiration. “I feel like I’ve been chased by what others think I am or should be, and with this song I’m accepting that I can’t control that.”
15. St. Vincent, “Los Ageless”
Singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist St. Vincent’s fifth studio album Masseduction is a true work of art from start to finish. One of the many highlights is this high-octane and buzzing slice of new wave that takes on Hollywood’s endless obsession with staying young.
16. Bobi Andonov, “Apartment”
17. Russell Elliot, “Savage”
You’ve been warned f*ck boys! From the haunting production to the many earworms heard throughout, “Savage” is really a major pop moment that demands your full attention from the get-go.
18. Fischerspooner, “Togetherness” (featuring Caroline Polachek)
This track is all kinds of hot and heavy as Casey Spooner trades sultry vocals with Chairlift’s Polachek on-top of a shape-shifting electro-pop production. If this is any indication of what’s to come from the upcoming LP (due in February), we’re in for quite a treat.
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 11-year anniversary this year. He spends his weekends spinning tunes at gay spots in Manhattan.