White Christmas – Lady Gaga
It wouldn’t be a party list if we didn’t include Lady Gaga. Leading the way with her rendition of White Christmas for a Thanksgiving special, the live recording shows the American star in a fabulous flowing white gown against the backdrop of her band and stage setting. Taken from the singer’s Christmas album, A Very Gaga Christmas, it’s a classic cover that gays deserve.
Make Yourself Mine This Season – Tegan and Sara
Featured in the Christmas romantic comedy Happiest Season (aka the queer Christmas movie we needed), Tegan and Sara pulled out one of our favorite holiday tracks. While there is no official music video, there is an accompanying lyric video with clips from the film online. It’s a heartwarming compilation that celebrates homosexuality, self-expression and individuality. Make You Mine This Season is the perfect song for a cool queer Christmas.
Step Into Christmas – Elton John
Released in 1973, Elton John’s Christmas single has the longevity one would expect of an LGBTQ + icon. Known for his outside support in the community, the British artist has become a musical legend for his dynamic fashion, stage presence and flair. The singer’s track, Step into Christmas, peaked in the UK top 10 charts and for good reason. With an animated music video showing John performing the song in his typical charismatic style, this is a Christmas staple.
It’s Not Christmas Until Someone Cries- Cary Rae Jepson
Undoubtedly LGBTQ + ally, Carly Rae Jepson knows how to serve Christmas characters in style. The playful music video from the Canadian artist has everything from a cinematic snowball scene to a charming family setting, it’s a music video that will rock your inner Christmas spirit. Not only is this a fan favorite video, but it’s also another modern classic that rightfully belongs to our list.
Sequins – Kasey Musgraves and Troye Sivan
Since we’re sticking with a trend of modern Christmas times, Kasey Musgraves and Troye Sivan had community at heart with this amazing duo. Performed live from Kacey Musgraves’ Christmas show, the two performers vocally balance each other and their on-screen chemistry is a pleasure to watch. Dressed in glamorous costumes and in an all-pink decor, the duo effortlessly pull off a contemporary Christmas piece. It’s a festive glittery winter tube approved by GAY TIMES.
Oh Father Christmas! – Mariah Carey Feat. Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson
If you need a clip featuring three graceful captions, well, this is exactly it. When it comes to effortless killer vocals and, yes, that harmonized whistle note moment Oh Santa! will shake up your playlist with modern flair. Hudson, Carey and Grande make a quintessential party video. From the playful dancing elves to the trio’s on-stage choreography, it’s as camp as Christmas becomes.