Grab your broomsticks — it’s officially spooky season! To honor this creepy time of year, we’re proud to present the latest 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.
Kim Petras, “There Will Be Blood”
Boo! Bitch! Halloween is nearly upon us, and what better way to celebrate the season than with this slamming, glitchy ’80’s electro-pop highlight from Kim Petras’ extended Turn Off the Light project.
NOTD & Daya, “Wanted”
The Swedish production duo continues to cement their sound by teaming up with rising pop star Daya on this emotional-yet-uplifting slice of electro-pop. It’s “crying on the dancefloor” done right.
Adam Lambert, “Superpower”
This strutting opener from Adam Lambert’s newest release, Velvet: Side A, is an explosion of pure self-expression that sees him taking on a sexy, funk-driven, ’70s rock sound that is unlike anything in his past work. He’s back and better than ever.
That Kid, “Blindfold”
Internet up-and-comer That Kid is showing no signs of slowing down with his latest “Blindfold,” which seems to be showing off a more vulnerable side across a thrilling, shape-shifting, glitchy pop production. The last minute is pure pop bliss.
Slayyyter, “Touch My Body”
The self-titled debut mixtape from pop newcomer Slayyter comes loaded with an array of electro-pop greatness, and the nostalgic earworm “Touch My Body” is undeniably a standout drenched in euphoric neon lights.
Chester Lockhart, “The Night”
Multi-talented artist Chester Lockhart finds confidence in the things that used to make them feel outcasted in this dark and deliciously demonic electro-pop banger produced by Robokid.
Jordy, “Everybody’s Falling in Love (But Not Me)”
L.A.-based singer-songwriter Jordy navigates bittersweet feelings of seeing all his friends finding romantic partners, leaving him feeling like a constant third wheel, on this moody dance-pop bop. It’s therapy for the dancefloor.
“Flying,” a shining highlight from Wrabel’s One of Those Happy People, sees him perfectly capturing those rush of feels when you’re first falling for someone in the most infectious of ways.
Heartbreak doesn’t always have to be the answer! L.A. crooner Vincint provides musical medicine with his latest song “Someday,” an emotional ’80ss-esque pop escape that provides a rare optimistic take on love lost.
Newcomer Kelechi continues to impress with his second output “Higher,” a sensual and dreamy pop bedroom bop all about owning those special feels for that special someone.
John Duff, “Rich”
John Duff’s follow-up to his debut “Girly” sees him taking on the lifestyle of online celebrities in a comical yet sophisticated way on this undeniably catchy earworm. “It is what it is!”
Lauren Sanderson, “Hotel Room”
“Hotel Room,” the first single from Sanderson’s forthcoming debut Midwest Kids Can Make It Big, sees her showing off a more vulnerable side as she croons about what could be / could’ve been on this dreamy pop ode to a former love.
Becky Hill, “Find a Place (feat. MNEK)”
Real-life besties Becky Hill and the multi-talented MNEK trade sweet verses on this soft and soulful mid-tempo off her mini-album Get to Know. This is what we call a vocal showcase done right.
Sam Sparro feat. We Are King, “Outside the Blue”
Aussie singer Sam Sparro and twin sister duo We Are King join forces and create an intimate and inviting soundscape for those romantic nights in with that special someone.
Keiynan Lonsdale, “Rainbow Dragon”
Keiynan Lonsdale continues to make his mark on the music business with his latest genre-bender “Rainbow Dragon,” which finds him finding some self-acceptance through his very own personal growth.
Cakes da Killa, “Luv Me Nots”
Rapper Cakes da Killa is back and more sophisticated than ever on “Luv Me Nots,” a moody track carried by a bouncy house melody and a tale about some unrequited love.
The newest output from Virgina-based talent Trapcry sees him taking us into a sensual, dark melodic journey. It’s late-night trance euphoria and we love it.
Laskaar, “A Ti”
Spanish-born, Swiss-raised talent Laskaar masterfully blends sounds of trap, soul, R&B and house on his latest Latin escape “A Ti,” an anthem that is all about perseverance and self-esteem.
Aja & Shilow, “Haunted Haus (feat. Katie Jobes)”
RuPaul’s Drag Race star Aja goes slightly more pop on their team up with Katie Jobes on “Haunted Haus,” from their new Halloween-meets-trap EP Nail in the Coffin, and the results are menacingly delicious.
Fontana, “Be a Star”
Sweden’s Got Talent finalist Fontana celebrates freedom of self-expression on “Be a Star,” a thumping club track packed with dark ‘n’ stormy stabs of synthesizers and a Latin flair — which is to say that it’s a gay must.
Rob.B, Flykingi & Solomon Ray, “Lose Ya Mind”
Solomon Ray, Heartthrob Robb (Rob.B) and Flykingi are excellent in their own right, but on their collaboration “Lose Ya Mind,” the trio bring out the best in each other on this undeniably fun, island-infused rap track. The trio we didn’t know we needed!
Kodi James, “Elizabeth Taylor”
Up-and-coming L.A.-based queer pop newcomer Kodi James makes an impressive kick-off with this retro-nodding earworm of a debut. Dubbing them “one to watch” would be an understatement.
Allie X, “Fresh Laundry”
Allie X’s first new release since last year’s Super Sunset finds the songstress longing for things she can’t obtain in the most ethereal of ways across this dark, power-synth soundscape.
“Graveyard,” the second single by Halsey for her third studio album Manic, finds her almost falling deep into the dark side of love on this beautifully tragic pop confessional.
Peter Thomas, “If You’re Happy Now”
Singer-songwriter-producer Peter Thomas has already established himself as a reliable pop master-crafter, working alongside the likes of Betty Who, P!nk and Ava Max — but he’s also proving to be quite the artist in his own right. The all-too-relatable post-breakup ode “If You’re Happy Now” is yet another reassuring example for his case.
L.A.-based rising talent Fields make their glorious return with the ambient and powerfully reflective “Verdugo,” a song that they say is “about falling in love without that strong foundation.”
Myylo, “Sad Boys”
Myylo tackles gender ideals on this acoustic-lacfed lo-fi exploration of the way that masculinity allows, or doesn’t allow, men to deal with their emotions.“‘Sad Boys’ is me trying to carve out a little space for boys to be sad or cry if they need to. Tears are tight. Emotions are lit,” he says. “And, guess what, boys need to make space for themselves to feel them.”
Pop duo Twinkids bring on the nostalgia across this shimmering, ‘80’s synth-pop dream filled with pumping beats and icy electronic synths. It’s a classic John Hughes film with a modern, sophisticated sheen.
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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.