Mama Ru has been one of the most compelling drag artists of all time, and certainly has dished the glamour, the sass, the class, and of course, the ass! With his fierce-as-F show RuPaul’s Drag Race moving to VH1 for the first time, the opening episode “Oh. My. Gaga” became the entire franchises first episode to encapsulate more than one million viewers, and is the biggest word-of-mouth episode to date! Gurl shares all the T in this show! But of course, where there’s club-worthy dance cut that SHIMMER pure ecstasy and euphoria, there’s RuPaul at his best! I’ll be doing a countdown on my favourite RuPaul songs/singles, and hopefully, we can all sissy that walk with the list below!
“Born Naked” was used as the finale single of season 7’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. I must admit; whilst the original is pretty good, especially when it was performed nicely as the final lip-sync between contestants Violet Chachki, Ginger Minj, Pearl and Kennedy Davonport, it was NOOOOOOOOOOO better than this gorgeous Stadium remix, which was THEN used as the official music video for the final three contestants (sorry Ms. Davonport). This version gives me classic club-cut realness, and sure boasts a real 90’s element to it.
Goodness, probably one of my TOP RuPaul numbers of all time… and gurls and boyz, that’s the T. Here’s the thing; I always found “The Realness” to be the cherry on top for season 8, but when this was used as the closing number for each episode—where each contestant shakes their booooootaaayyyy on stage, this four-on-the-floor club number literally gave me LIFE! It’s slick, it’s sophisticated, the chorus and “die tomorrow, live tonight” hook is simply hypnotic, and most of all, it’s classic Mama Ru.
While Mama Ru’s more recent music has been inflicted with over-the-top electronic and club production, his mid-2000 beats shimmered minimalist-electro realness, and there is no other dance cut like “Glamazon” that exemplifies that *snaps finger*. This track, which has RuPaul singing her infamous proverb “Sashay, Shantay”, was used as the winning number for season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which saw the top three contestants Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels and Phi Phi O’Hara as literally glamazons (like, literally…) stomping all over a cityscape. You better werk queens!
But if we wanna get REEAAAALLL serious, then what other number showcases RuPaul at her sublime, glamorous and finest diva-ness than… wait for it… “The Realness”. Probably one of RuPaul’s most successful hits in recent times, the sugary deep house number gives me 1990’s glamour gold, with a sprinkle of supermodel sugar! This was used as the official theme song for Season 8, where it saw front-running contestants Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls lavishing around in a variety of gowns and garments! Sultry realness is more like it!
Fast-forwarding to 2017, “Rock It (To the Moon)” has give me nothing but pure fire… ABSOLUTE FIRE TO THE EARS! This is the first track from his new remix / greatest hits album Remember Me: Essentials Vol. 1, but has subsequently been added as the official theme song for season 9 of the show! Not only is this a boss-as-hell number, but the classic retro synths, the hooky-as-F chorus and perfect vocal performance by Mama Ru is pure gold.com.
Out of all the tracks on this list, only one of them is purely from the runway theme of the show. Of course, the songs on the runway are key elements to the overall presentation of the… well runway, but if anything, the under 2 minutes runway mix of “Sexy Drag Queen” gives me poolside in Ibiza realness, served with breezy synths and keyboards. Ahhhhhhhhhh, I could picture me in Ibiza already having a few drinky drinky’s whilst listening to this at a party!
There are very few iconic numbers to each artists discography. But if there is one that stands-out—or basically because everyone repeats the damn title of the track all the time—it’s “Sissy That Walk”. This was the banger that had completely drawn a wild crowd to the show for all the good reasons; the songwriting is witty and cheeky, the title is demanding and quintessential RuPaul, the strut-worthy dance composition is everything, and what better than have season 6 contestants Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano and Courtney Act—probably three of the most well-rounded and known artists of the show—to be throwing the shade and moves in the accompanying music video! WERK IT GURLS!
No y’all… I’m not listing Mama Ru’s original classic that was released in the 1990’s… I’m talking about his re-worked version for 2017. Why is that? BECAUSE IT’S F-ING AMAZING AND A COMPLETE BANGER THAT’S WHY! The slick electronic number was yet again used for the entertainer’s 2017 album Remember Me: Essentials Vol. 1, but what’s the biggest distinction is that within just simple vocal performances, it keeps it more hooky and staggering to hear. Very universal and catchy!
Ahhhhhhhhhhh, classic 1990’s RuPaul… the period where RuPaul became one of the most well-known drag entertainers. Yes, I understand that there are many within the bloody decades, but when he released the sophisticated number “Supermodel (You Better Work)”… gurl, the world was jet-set ready to capture the essence of another iconic figure! Plus, the iconic sayings “Sashay” and “Shantay” were from this number… so, why argue? Right, bye… NEXT! (Fun fact: this was the first lip-sync number on the first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season one)
Another commanding title to the bunch is the sultry deep house number “U wear It Well”, which basically means… well… you wear it well. Yet another powerhouse dance number that basically snatched everyone’s edges and weaves, “U Wear It Well” was used as the season 8 runway theme, but that alone stands nothing to its banging composition and chorus. To be honest, I wouldn’t even think that adding it to the show would have made it a hit; it’s that F-ing good that it could stand alone. END OFF!
- Cover Girl
- Modern Love
- The Beginning
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