These are the queens whose music the world loves — and streams — the most!
With the exception of RuPaul becoming a mainstream superstar with in the 1990s with the hit single "Supermodel (You Better Work)," it's been extremely hard for drag performers to be taken seriously by the music industry over the years. Fortunately, though, this has been slowly changing over the years.
One of the biggest pushes for drag artists to become legitimate popstars has come from the queens who competed on RuPaul's Drag Race. For instance, former contestants like Adore Delano, Courtney Act, Jinkx Monsoon, and Ginger Minj have all contributed to drag musicians being taken more seriously by mainstream audiences.
Another big push for drag performers in music has come from Latin America. Namely queens like Pabllo Vittar and Gloria Groove, who are legitimately breaking ground when it comes to taking drag further into mainstream music than it's ever been before. This impact has also been felt in the U.S., with Brazilian contestant Grag Queen winning the singing competition Queen of the Universe in 2021.
Scroll through to discover the top 10 most popular drag queens on Spotify (per monthly listeners).
The winner of Drag Race season seven has 117,900 monthly listeners on Spotify, which guarantees her a spot in this top ten. Though most fans know Violet Chachki for her fashion, the queen has also released popular songs such as "Mistress Violet" (featuring Allie X), "Bettie," and "A Lot More Me."
9. Shea Couleé
Three-time Drag Race finalist and All Stars 5 winner Shea Coulee has a very successful music career that includes songs like "Cocky," "Collide," "Creme Brulee," and her latest hit single "Your Name." Overall, Coulee currently has 124,700 monthly listeners on Spotify.
Alaska is still a fan-favorite among RuPaul's Drag Race fans not only for her track record on season five and crowning on All Stars 2, but also for her incredible catalog of songs. With timeless songs such as "The T," "Your Makeup Is Terrible," and "Hieeee," as well as recent hits like "wow," "Red," and "XOXOY2K," Alaska has 143,500 monthly listeners on Spotify as of this writing.
7. Aretuza Lovi
Aretuza Lovi is a popular drag queen in Brazil who has collaborated with the likes of Pabllo Vittar, Gloria Groove, Iza, and Valesca Popozuda, to name a few. Right now, Lovi averages 152,200 monthly listeners on Spotify due to hit songs such as "Joga Bunda," "Catuaba," "Movimento," "I Love You Corote," and "Pac Pac."
6. Lia Clark
Another huge name in the Brazilian drag scene is Lia Clark, who has 203,500 monthly listeners on Spotify as of this writing. Overall, Clark's most popular songs on streaming platforms include "Eu Viciei," "Trava Trava," "Chifrudo," "Terremoto," and "Sentadinha Macia."
5. Grag Queen
The winner of the first season of Queen of the Universe, Grag Queen has 259,300 monthly listeners on her Spotify page - which means that the show successfully found a drag popstar during its inaugural season. Since her crowning, Grag Queen has released singles like "Party Everyday," "Fim de Tarde," and "You Betta."
4. Trixie Mattel
The multi-hyphenate Trixie Mattel is currently the most successful musician to have come out of the entire RuPaul's Drag Race franchise. With popular songs such as "Heavy Crown," "Jackson," "Gold," "Hello Hello," "C'mon Loretta," and "This Town," Trixie has a whopping 337,700 monthly listeners on Spotify as of this writing.
You can call her mother! The one and only RuPaul has 1,305,800 monthly listeners on Spotify, making her the third most popular drag musician in the world according to the music streaming platform. Mama Ru's most notable hits include "Supermodel (You Better Work)," "Sissy That Walk," "Call Me Mother," "Cover Girl," and "Kitty Girl."
2. Pabllo Vittar
Pabllo Vittar is considered the most popular drag queen in the world by many statistics. For one, she is the world's most-followed drag performer on both Instagram and Twitter. In 2022, Vittar also became the first drag queen in history to perform at Coachella. When it comes to Spotify, she currently has 2,879,000 monthly listeners. Vittar's most well-known songs include "K.O.", "Disk Me," "Amor de Que," "Bandida," and "Modo Turbo" (featuring Luisa Sonza and Anitta).
1. Gloria Groove
As of this writing, Gloria Groove is by far the most popular drag musician on Spotify with a mind-blowing 4,808,300 monthly listeners on the streaming service. While her career has been steadily growing over the years, Groove certainly reached new heights with the "Lady Leste" album. Overall, the Brazilian queen's hit songs include "A Queda," "Leilao," "Vermelho," "Bonekinha," and "Radar."