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The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians  

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List Rules Vote up the best bands and musicians who identify as LGBTQ+.

The LGBTQ+ community has long been celebrated within the music industry, as some of the biggest stars of the late 20th century and beyond have identified themselves as such. While it shouldn't matter whether a singer or band is gay, lesbian, transgender, and so on, there have been plenty throughout music's history that completely shine. In fact, some of the greatest musicians to date were and are openly gay, and their music stands the test of time no less. 

Of all the LGBTQ+ musicians and bands, both old and new, some have taken the music world by storm. Freddie Mercury, and Elton John are just a few gay musicians who've become complete LGBTQ+ icons. Yet, plenty of LGBTQ+ groups are following close behind, making names for themselves in the industry, as well as bringing much-needed attention to the entire community. These names include Tyler Glenn, Baths, and Kevin Abstract, among many others you'll find on the list below. In short, music may be one of the most all-inclusive industries we know—and we should all be happy about that.

So, who do you think are the best LGBTQ+ musicians? Take a look at the list below and vote up your favorites, and feel free to add others to the list. 

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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, widely known by his stage name George Michael, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Michael rose to superstardom during the ...more
2
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...more
3
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Disco, Pop music
Boy George is a British singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, ...more
4
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
Richard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name Little Richard, is an American recording artist, songwriter, and musician. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more ...more
5
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...more
6
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly
Steven Patrick Morrissey, commonly known by his last name, Morrissey, or Moz, is a British singer and lyricist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the rock band ...more
7
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
rossmiller19988 added Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock
Trish Best, known by her stage name Feloni, is an African-American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Her coming out as lesbian was featured on MTV's LOGO documentary show Coming Out Stories.
8
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music
Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", ...more
9
Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B
Linda Perry is an American rock singer-songwriter, and record producer. Once known as the lead singer and primary songwriter of 4 Non Blondes, Perry has founded two record labels, composing and ...more
10
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae
Meshell Ndegeocello is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. ...more
11
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album was released in 1988 and became an underground hit. The album peaked at #22 on ...more
12
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is known for her unconventionality, provocative ...more
13
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B
Christopher Breaux, better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer-songwriter and rapper. Ocean started his career as a ghostwriter for artists such as Justin Bieber, Damienn ...more
14
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo ...more
15
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop
Enrique Martín Morales, commonly known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author. Martin began his career at age twelve with the all-boy pop group Menudo. After five ...more
16
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
The B-52s are an American new wave band, formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Ricky Wilson, and Keith Strickland. ...more
17
Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Pop punk, Pop music, Dance-punk
Brendon Boyd Urie is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and pianist, best known as the lead vocalist of Panic! at the Disco, of which he is the sole remaining original member. ...more
18
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock
John Michael Stipe is an American singer, lyricist, film producer and visual artist. He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their ...more
19
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more
20
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B
Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in demand background vocalist for several different artists including ...more
21
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dream pop, Electropop
Troye Sivan Mellet (born June 5, 1995) is a South African-born Australian singer, songwriter, actor, and YouTube personality. After gaining popularity as a singer on YouTube and in Australian ...more
22
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music
Samuel Frederick "Sam" Smith is an English singer and songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which ...more
23
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie
Tegan and Sara is a Canadian indie rock/indie pop duo formed in 1995 in Calgary, Alberta, composed of identical twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin. Both musicians are ...more
24
Indigo Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Folk rock
Indigo Girls are an American folk rock music duo consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. They met in elementary school and began performing together as high school students in Decatur, Georgia, ...more
25
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music
Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter, and stage actor. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in San Diego, California, he performed in amateur theatrical productions as a ...more