We’ve been thinking a lot about gay musicians this week (including our man Steve Grand), and it’s time we stood up for some of the forgotten or lesser-known tracks in their vast catalogs. Here are the ten most underrated tracks from ten gay musical superstars
10. Will Young, “Switch It On”
For a democratically appointed star, Will Young is one cheeky bastard. The UK Pop Idol champ churned out this Top Gun-themed homoerotic video in 2006, and it will make you fall in love (and lust) with him. Look at him checking out the danger zones on those other boys!
9. RuPaul, “Jealous of My Boogie”
RuPaul has a million singles, but I’m fondest of this one, which closes out every episode of Drag Race. The line “Don’t be jealous of my boogie” is the shadiest dancefloor command of all.
8. Boy George, “Sold”
It’s easy to forget that Boy George has had a surprising amount of incarnations (Remember in the mid ’90s when he made a bunch of Hootie & The Blowfish-style material like “Funtime”?), but more ashamedly, it’s easy to forget “Sold,” the titular track from his 1987 solo debut. In the UK and Italy it made a splash, but in the states we appreciated very little of Boy George’s solo work, including this cynical, yet celebratory jam.
7. Adam Lambert, “Never Close Our Eyes”
It’s pretty astounding that Adam Lambert has only had one Top 10 single in the U.S. While I’d say his most underrated non-single is the ferocious “Strut” from his first album, “Never Close Our Eyes” is his most fabulous sleeper single, a danceable earworm with great, sincere lyrics.
6. Scissor Sisters, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’”
How. How wasn’t this a huge U.S. hit? The Scissor Sisters’ 2006 summer jam “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’” is the pluckiest, corniest, and most wistful of sugary rushes, with a vocal from Jake Shears that’s particularly Bee Gee-tastic.