Last week, my colleague David Lopez penned his playlist of ‘HoliGAY’ music for the Christmas season.
I loved his list, but I had a few more of my own that I think definitely belong in the queer Christmas ‘required listening’ playlist.
All of these artists are proudly LGBTQ, and celebrated for their artistry their respective genres.
Here are 10 holiday songs for your uber-gay Christmas Day:
1. George Michael (back in his Wham! days) delivered unto us this now-required listening holiday pop gem, “Last Christmas,” in 1986.
2. Out country hunk Ty Herndon takes the iconic “O Come All Ye Faithful” into African rhythm territory here, and it totes works.
3. It doesn’t get any more camp than this: the first true bear band, Bearforce1, with their mashup, “Christmas is here!”
4. Two-time Out Music Award winner Matt Zarley covered Mariah Carey’s “Miss You Most At Christmastime” to spectacular result as part of his ‘UnCOVERED’ cover song series.
5. Award-winning cabaret star Ann Hampton Callaway offers this uber-jazzy “Jingle Bells:”
6. Before winning an Emmy Award as an insane murderer on American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Darren Criss’ “Blaine” was singing and dancing the holiday classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in high style with out actor Chris Colfer’s “Kurt” on GLEE.
7. Tony Award winner Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet) gives you a little bit gospel, a little bit rockabilly on his new cover of “Oh Holy Night”
8. Freezing in Wisconsin, guitar-touting troubadour Tom Goss shared this “Let It Snow” stocking stuffer as he also promoted the awesome work of the Frankie Poulos Foundation that collects thousands of teddy bears for kids every year.
9. Handsome out smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz shared this cover of “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” on his 1997 release, December Makes Me Feel This Way.
10. Bright Light Bright Light gifted us with this synth-pop version of the classic “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”