The 24 best songs released by RuPaul’s Drag Race queens after their time on the show
Cocky by Shea Couleé has me in a permanent chokehold
These days on RuPaul’s Drag Race, queens making their musical mark during their run competing on the show is an absolute essential. Whether they’re performing an original song in the talent show, slaying a verse in the final four performance or giving it Broadway in a Rusical – Drag Race queens have to prove their musical worth at some point or another. There’s always jokes about not ALL queens having to release music post-Drag Race (I’m looking at you, Tina Burner) but sometimes, Ru girls gift us with some absolute LGBTQ bangers. Here’s a round up of some of the best music to come from Drag Race queens after their time in the competition was over.
I Adore U by Adore Delano
Adore Delano, who’d previously competed on American Idol, felt like the first queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race who had the talent and look to fully make it as a successful crossover pop star. I Adore U is a perfect mix of electropop and rap that showcases how versatile Adore is musically.
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Willam, Courtney Act and Alaska coming together to cover Farrah Fawcett Hair by Capital Cities, aka one of the very best songs ever made, was a recipe for musical success from the off. The rewritten lyrics are as clever as the original’s, but full of Drag Race humour and queer references. Heaven!
Werqin’ Girl (Professional) by Shangela
Shangela has star quality seeping out of her pores, and it radiates to the MAX on Werqin’ Girl, a song that was putting work bangers on the music map way before Britney Spears, Rihanna and Fifth Harmony. The way Shangela says “Move over amaCHORES” in her iconic accent is my reason for living.
Rubber Doll by Miss Fame
If there was ever going to be a drag queen you’d never expect to come out with one of the best pop bangers in Drag Race herstory, it would be Miss Fame. Rubber Doll is the kind of banger Britney Spears would have been begging to record in the late 00s. Immaculate!
Ecstasy by Courtney Act
It’s giving Selena Gomez and I’m living. This is pure pop heaven, and Courtney’s voice speaks for itself – easily one of the most powerful in all the Drag Race queens music genre.
Weight by Latrice Royale
The first verse is one of the most legendary pieces of writing ever put to music and that is a hill I am willing to die on. The live performance Latrice did of it at the season seven finale warm up is ICONIC.
Legs by Laganja Estranja
This is like a song Kesha would sacrifice a Victorian orphan to have recorded, but with Laganja on the mic it’s even better because she really can get her legs over head like a pretzel. And the rest!
Nails by Alaska
No one has spouted scripture as enduring as “If you’re not wearing nails, you’re not doing drag” like Alaska. Besides Ru herself, you’d be hard pressed to find as prolific and consistent a drag music artist as Alaska. She kills it nearly every time, but Nails is my favourite purely for the genius of “Cat scratch fever / Look like Sigourney Weaver” alone.
Mistress Violet by Violet Chachki
Everything about Mistress Violet is done impeccably – it’s sleek, dark, sexy and fashion forward. Violet collaborating with Allie X on her own song is absolutely huge and we need a full album from them together.
Purse First by Bob the Drag Queen
Bob really mastered the turning your Drag Race catchphrase into a banger here perfectly, and I hope they got the coin for it.
The Same Parts by Tatianna
A genius move to turn one of the most iconic talent show performances ever into a bop. I love that The Same Parts is great whether it’s a spoken word piece or a pop banger.
A bit of an exception to the post-show rule since CLAT came out just as season nine began to air, but it absolutely deserves a place in this round up. The four New York queens show exactly why the city always dominates Drag Race casts and the music scene.
Level Ya Pussy Up by Aja
Level ya pussy up! Level ya COOKIES up! Aja dominates on this absolute stone cold rap classic. The video game vibes and the savage lyrics are voguing heaven.
Cocky by Shea Couleé
Shea’s rap verse in Category Is is an all-time Drag Race best, so it was inevitable that her post-show single would go as hard as this. She absolutely destroys it in lyrics, delivery and style. It’s INSANELY good. Azealia Banks was shaking and crying. The Vixen nails her verse too.
Now Or Never by Blair St Clair
Blair went full pop princess for Now Or Never, serving vocals, production and a banging chorus and drop that the main girls would be gagging to record. It’s very Katy Perry in all the right ways.
A Prueba De Todo by Valentina
Girl we going ROSALÍA??? Valentina sings beautifully on this song that honestly the first time I heard I thought it was a cover. It’s that good. Such a banger.
My Pussy Is Like A Peach by Choriza May
The weirdest song on the list, but there’s a good case for it also being the best. It perfectly sums up everything great about Choriza May. Unexpected, hilarious, filthy and full of star quality and talent. So catchy and infectious.
Moving Parts by Trixie Mattel
Trixie’s country music is a beautiful contrast to the bangers Drag Race queens usually release in their music, and Moving Parts is easily her signature song. The chorus is outrageously well written.
God Save This Queen by Bimini
I love that Bimini’s single release utilises everything that makes them so special and such an instant national treasure on God Save This Queen. The Sex Pistols-esque, riot grrrl vibe is perfect and stands them out from all other queens music post Drag Race.
Jantasy by Jan
The Rachel Berry of drag really had the audacity on this one didn’t she? She really had the nerve. Jantasy is ridiculous. It’s like being on speed for days. Manic! But, probably the best vocalist to ever go on Drag Race and Fantasy is eye-wateringly well sang – if you’ve got the stomach for it.
Ho Ho Ho Ho by Willam
Willam is the undisputed queen of covers and parody when it comes to music from queens post-Drag Race, but it is her iconic Christmas banger Ho Ho Ho Ho that rises above the rest. I love the audacity, the filth and the rhyming of “rimming me” with “chim-er-ney”.
Outside In by Tia Kofi
Written by the iconic duo that is Tom Aspaul and Little Boots, Outside In is easily one of the most chart ready and worthy songs ever released by a Drag Race alum. Tia serves main pop girl and pop vocals that will serve her excellently in a music career.
Brown Cow Stunning by Monique Heart
Hello America! Brown Cow Stunning is a bit Drag Race girl single by numbers throughout its first verse, but then it kicks into its boppy chorus and Monique lays her pretty (brown cow) stunning vocals over a very danceable house beat. Definitely a serve.
Come Through by Priyanka and Lemon
A true viral hit, and with good reason. Come Through is the drag queen equivalent of Telephone by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. Priyanka’s music has always had high production value and music videos that absolutely SERVE – but it is little old Lemon who elevates this track to legendary status thanks to the “straight up rapstress” serving the most fan-favourite verse to potentially ever come out of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Perfect way to end the round up, methinks
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