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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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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Disco, Pop music
Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd; 14 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and fashion designer. He is the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club. At the height of the band's ...more

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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop
George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou; 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the ...more

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#21 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #62 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famelisted on Famous Left Handed People

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry ...more

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#19 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #7 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best David Bowie Songs of All Time

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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 4 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.

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have ...more

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop, Dance, Electronic
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

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known as Little Richard, is an American musician, singer and songwriter. An influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades, ...more

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#265 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #152 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Little Richard Albums of All Time

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music
Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a ...more

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#109 of 298 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #117 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Yearsfeaturing The Best Tracy Chapman Albums of All Time

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Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
MIKEBTM added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
Pet Shop Boys are an English synth-pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and are ...more

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#139 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #254 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Pet Shop Boys Albums of All Time

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Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly
Steven Patrick Morrissey (; born 22 May 1959), known mononymously as Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter, and author. He came to prominence as the frontman of the rock band the Smiths, ...more

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#60 of 298 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #107 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Yearsfeaturing A Timeline Of Robert Smith's Beef With Morrissey

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly
Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the ...more

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Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop
Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known as Ricky Martin is a Puerto Rican singer, actor and author who is widely regarded as the "King of Latin Pop". He ...more

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#161 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #764 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Ricky Martin Albums of All Time

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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Disco, Electro, Electro house
RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960) is an American drag queen, actor, model, singer, songwriter, and television personality. Since 2009, he has produced and hosted the reality ...more

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Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B
Linda Perry (born April 15, 1965) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. She was the lead singer and primary songwriter of 4 Non Blondes, and has since founded two ...more

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#343 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #637 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Timefeaturing The Best Linda Perry Albums, Ranked

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Barry Manilow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop, Soft rock
Barry Manilow is the sixth self-titled album released by singer and songwriter Barry Manilow. Manilow released a total of six self-titled albums in his career: Barry Manilow, Barry Manilow II, ...more

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Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alternative hip hop, Contemporary R&B, Pop
Frank Ocean (born Christopher Edwin Cooksey on October 28, 1987) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and photographer. Ocean began his musical career as a ghostwriter, ...more

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#279 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #1,009 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Songs Ft. Frank Ocean

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Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became an underground ...more

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#159 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #250 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famefeaturing The Best Melissa Etheridge Albums of All Time

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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music
Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien (16 April 1939 – 2 March 1999), professionally known as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the ...more

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#401 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #112 of 711 The Best Rock Vocalistsfeaturing The Best Dusty Springfield Albums of All Time

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Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae
Michelle Lynn Johnson, better known as Meshell Ndegeocello (; born August 29, 1968), is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, and bassist. She has gone by the name Meshell Suhaila Bashir-Shakur ...more

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#160 of 193 The All-Time Best Rock Bassists #76 of 307 The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time #29 of 144 The Best Neo Soul Artists

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American rock, soul, and blues singer-songwriter, and one of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era. After ...more

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The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
The B-52s (styled as The B-52's prior to 2008) is an American new wave band formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider (vocals), Kate Pierson (vocals, ...more

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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop, R&B, Soul
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

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#162 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #7 of 55 The Best New Male Artists #1,903 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Pop punk, Pop music, Dance-punk
Brendon Boyd Urie (born April 12, 1987) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead vocalist of Panic! at the Disco, of which he is the only member remaining.

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Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dream pop, Electropop
Troye Sivan Mellet (born 5 June 1995) is a South African-born Australian singer, songwriter, actor, and YouTuber. After gaining popularity as a singer on YouTube and in Australian talent ...more

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Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock
John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter and was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their dissolution in ...more

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#53 of 298 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #118 of 455 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #108 of 711 The Best Rock Vocalists