‘I don’t play music when I have sex – maybe I should’: Michelle Visage’s honest playlist

At my 10th birthday party, I got not one but three copies of Andy Gibb’s album Shadow Dancing. He was so hot! So sexy! But since I had three copies, I didn’t need to buy it. The first one that I used my own money to buy was Kenny Rogers’s The Gambler. It was No 1 on the radio, and I wanted that record.

Anything by Pat Benatar: Love Is a Battlefield, We Belong – not Hit Me With Your Best Shot, because that’s too overdone. She’s one of my favourite female vocalists of all time. It’s something that you can really sing.

Skid Marks on My Heart by the Go-Go’s. The Go-Go’s changed my life. I saw them 11 times when I was young. I’m seeing them again in December. They really were the first all-girl band.

Jolene by Dolly Parton. It makes me happy every time I hear Dolly’s voice, and the guitar at the start – I’ll keep it on loop sometimes. Miley’s cover is amazing.

Pony by Ginuwine. It’s predictable: it’s the Magic Mike song. But I don’t play music when I have sex. I’ve been married for 25 年, we’re lucky if we do it. Maybe I should put it on.

There’s one song that gets everybody on the dancefloor at family parties: Celebration by Kool & The Gang. Every wedding, every party, every anything – you put on “Celebrate good times, come on!”, everyone’s on their feet.

I haven’t thought about that, thank God! Elaine Stritch’s version of I’m Still Here, from Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, because I’m going to haunt my family and everybody in my life – I’m never going to leave them alone. I’m going to badger them for ever.

Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’. But I’m a singer, so any song that comes on I’m gonna sing.

Jersey Girl by Bruce Springsteen. I hate Bruce Springsteen because he has no voice. Every person in New Jersey is going to hate me. When I was growing up there, Bruce Springsteen was shoved down my throat and I was like: “This guy cannot sing, I don’t get it.” But when Jersey Girl comes on, I secretly love that.

I do not have a favourite song. There’s no way I could pick. That’s like when people ask me if I have a favourite musical – it’s like gay Sophie’s Choice.

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