The First Lady of ''ladies'' and fierce hostess of the breakout reality hit ''Drag Race'' shares the songs that shaped him


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Song I first dragged to: Donna Summer, ”MacArthur Park”
”I was the lead singer of a band, and lip-synching was not something that I did. But I went to this house party and these rich kids asked if I would do it. It was a smash hit — I actually used it as part of my repertoire when I did start lip-synching in the late ’80s in New York.”

Song that makes me cry: Bruce Springsteen, ”Dancing in the Dark”
”Even saying it right now, I can feel my chest tighten up. Those lyrics, ‘I’m just about starving tonight,’ are so sad. Oh my God, it drives me crazy!”

Song that reminds me of the ’80s: Melba Moore’s ”Underlove”
”She was a Tony-winning Broadway baby. I used to be the go-go dancer at this disco in Atlanta, and when I would drive home, we would go to a diner at the end of the night, and I would play that cassette to death. To death!”

Song that reminds me of the ’90s: RuPaul, ”Supermodel”
”’You betta work!’ But yeah, for me, that’s what I was doing in the ’90s — I was around the world performing that song.”

Song I’d like to be remembered for: ”Jealous of My Boogie”
”I love its cheekiness. I was at the Glendale roller rink a couple weeks ago and the DJ played it. It just made me so happy.”

Song most overused by drag queens: Gloria Gaynor’s ”I Will Survive”
”Obviously, young queens are tearing up Beyoncé and Britney and all that stuff, but I’m going to go old-school.”

Song I want played at my funeral: English nursery rhyme ”Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
”The ‘life is but a dream’ part says it all.”

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