December 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 is curated by NYC-based DJ and tastemaker Jon ALi, who is the founder of pop music entertainment destination Jon ALi’s Blog.
Jax Jones and Years & Years, “Play”
“How long ‘til you play me the song that will make me belong to you?,” sings Years & Years showman Olly Alexander over a house beat compliments of English powerhouse Jax Jones.
Cheat Codes & Kim Petras, “Feeling of Falling”
Kim Petras shifts gears from the dark pop of Turn The Light Off with this sunny collab with EDM trio Cheat Codes.
Carly Rae Jepsen, “Party For One”
Much like everything that’s come before it, “Party For One” is an unabashedly euphoric punch to the (gay) heart.
Leland, “Middle of a Heartbreak”
Leland’s latest is a shimmering pop confessional complete with bubbling 8-bit rhythm and an earworm of a hook.
Sam Bluer, “Bite My Tongue”
This Aussie babe’s latest offering is as charming as it is cool.
Bronze Avery, “Want 2”
Bronze takes it back to the skittering sounds of Y2K for this sexy bedroom jam.
Siena Liggins, “Me Again”
Siena Liggins is three for three as she supplies us with an ode to the never-ending cycle of alcoholic beverages and that ex you’re trying to get over.
Vincint shows of his powerhouse vocals on this mid-tempo bop.
L Devine, “Peer Pressure”
The chilly title track from English starlet L Devine’s debut EP deserves all of your attention.
King Princess, “Pussy Is God”
Mark Ronson-signee King Princess returns with her most confident and swaggering offering yet.
Betty Who, “Between You & Me”
Betty‘s latest serenade finds her laying down all her feels above the prettiest of acoustic-driven melodies.
Oscar and the Wolf, “On Fire”
Belgian singer-songwriter Max Colombie, also known as Oscar and the Wolf, dives into new neon-lit territory with this irresistible dose of disco pop.
Solomon Ray, “Over You”
Latin singer Solomon Ray’s newest single offers some spiritual healing while packing a pulse.
Sakima, “Apps (feat. Robokid)”
Dating app frustrations fuel Sakima’s shape-shifting team-up with Robokid.
L.A.-based queer talent Saro’s latest is intimate, mysterious and sophisticated all at once.
Rayvon Owen, “Like A Storm”
American Idol top four finalist Rayvon Owen’s latest single “Like A Storm” is dark and glitchy.
Dov, “Save (feat. Tesha)”
Tel Aviv-based queer talent Dov teams up with vocalist Tesha as they battle their inner demons on this airy track.
Kodie Shane, “Shut Up”
This highlight from Atlanta-based Kodie Shane’s debut Young Heartthrob, showcases a honest vulnerability about millennial love well beyond her years.
Check out past Queer Necessities playlists below:
November 2018: Carlie Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Vardaan Arora & More
October 2018: Morgxn, Walk The Moon, Alyson Stoner & More
September 2018: Lauren Sanderson, Sam Smith, Mario Jose & More
August 2018: Daya, King Princess, Holland & More
July 2018: Ryan Ashley, Sophie, Shea Diamond & More
June 2018: MNEK, Monét X Change, VINCINT & More
May 2018: Todrick Hall, Maggie Lindemann, Azealia Banks & More
April 2018: Years & Years, MNEK, Keiynan Lonsdale & More
March 2018: Kim Petras, Janelle Monáe, Kehlani & More
February 2018: Troye Sivan, Lady Gaga, Hayley Kiyoko & More
January 2018: Greyson Chance, Charli XCX, Rayvon Owen & More
December 2017: Parson James, Lauren Jauregui, Brian Justin Crum & More
November 2017: Hayley Kiyoko, Fischerspooner, Kim Petras & more
October 2017: Tove Lo, MUNA, Sam Smith and more
September 2017: Neon Trees, Bonnie McKee, Kelela and more
August 2017: Adam Lambert, Beth Ditto, MNEK and more
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.