When the girlies and the gays come together to make music, bop magic happens.
This year Sam Smith and Kim Petras year took over our playlists with their infectious collab “Unholy” (and they have been teasing further collabs, RIP our Wrapped lists). But this is hardly the first time queer artists have joined forces to take over the music industry.
In no particular order, here are 15 of the best duets from some of our all-time fave queer artists (and allies)!
Sam Smith & Kim Petras, “Unholy”
Of course, we have to start with Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ total vibe fest. Yes, this is the future queers want.
Pabllo Vittar & Charli XCX, "Flash Pose"
When Brazilian queer legend Pabllo Vittar and super ally like Charlie XCX join forces you know it's going to be a banger. And it is.
Syd & Kehlani, "Out Loud"
When this collab between out and proud singers Syd and Kehlani comes on all we want to do is grab the nearest cuties and start making out.
Madonna & Saucy Santana, “Material Gworrllllllll!”
After Saucy Santana’s “Material Girl” blew up on TikTok he caught the attention of Madge herself. The two collaborated on this remix that we can get out of our heads. Not that we’re complaining.
Priyanka & Lemon, “Come Through”
Canada’s Drag Race season 1 sister Priyanka and Lemon’s duet proves that the Ru Girls know how to make some catchy tracks, and Lemon is indeed that “rapstress” she said she was.
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, "Rain On Me"
If a gay club was a song it would be this duet from true queer faves, Gaga and Ariana.
Whitney Houston & George Michael, "If I Told You That"
Though both Whitney and George have since passed on, their duet from Whitney's Greatest Hits album is still a hallmark moment in pop history, especially when it came to out, LGBTQ+ representation in the late '90s music scene!
Elton John & RuPaul, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
The openly gay music icon and the drag legend got together in 1994 to rerecord the classic track (which Elton originally released in the '70s) and the music video is one of the gayest, campiest things to ever exist!
Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera
Yes, Xtina and Ricky did a song together for his 2000 album Sound Loaded, and yes, it is one of the most gloriously early-00s tracks ever!