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The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians 

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Updated March 24, 2020 18.7k votes 1.6k voters 13.6k views 145 items

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
Genre: New Wave, Disco & Pop music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: The House Collection Volume 2, The Martyr Mantras, Cheapness and Beauty, U Can Never B2 Straight, Sold, + more

Labels: Epic Records, Virgin Records

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
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave & Dance-pop; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1, Careless Whisper, Older, + more

Labels: Sony Music Entertainment, Epic Records, Polydor Records, DreamWorks Records, Columbia, + more

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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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Piano rock; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Madman Across the Water, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, + more

Labels: MCA Records, Universal Records, Island Records, Rocket Records, Geffen Records, + more

Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Rock music, Psychedelic pop & Electronic music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane, "Heroes", + more

Labels: PRT Records, Parlophone, Hansa Records, EMI America Records, Deram Records, + more

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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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Pop, Dance & Electronic; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance, The Edge of Glory, The Fame Monster, + more

Labels: Universal Music Group, Interscope Records, KonLive Distribution, Streamline Records

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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#2 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years #137 of 274 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World The Best Lady Gaga Songs of All Time

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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Disco, Electro & Electro house; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Ho Ho Ho, Foxy Lady, Red Hot, Glamazon, + more

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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Rockabilly; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy, Time, Guide Me Home, + more

Labels: Parlophone, Hollywood Records, EMI, Polydor Records, Columbia, + more

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) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Pop music, Latin American music & Latin pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Life, Vuelve, Ricky Martin, The Best of Ricky Martin, Sound Loaded, + more

Labels: Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Latin, Columbia

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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#331 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #2,697 of 2,828 The Most Influential People of All Time The Best Ricky Martin Albums of All Time

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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
rossmiller19988 added Genre: Hip hop music, Rap music & Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Woman's Revenge

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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#151 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #152 of 498 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #47 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers

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Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Alternative hip hop, Contemporary R&B & Pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Channel Orange, nostalgia, ULTRA., unreleased, MISC., + more

Labels: Def Jam Recordings, Odd Future Records, The Island Def Jam Music Group

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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#90 of 119 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like #560 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time The Best Songs Ft. Frank Ocean

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Tracy Chapman, Crossroads, Fast Car, Where You Live, Matters of the Heart, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Elektra Records

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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#143 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #86 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever The Best Tracy Chapman Albums of All Time

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Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Jangle pop, Indie pop & Rockabilly; Nationality: England

Albums: Your Arsenal, Kill Uncle, Vauxhall and I, You Are the Quarry, Ringleader of the Tormentors, + more

Labels: Decca Records, Sanctuary Records Group, Reprise Records, Attack Records, RCA Records, + more

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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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Pop, R&B & Soul; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Nirvana, Latch, Lay Me Down, In the Lonely Hour, Money on My Mind, + more

Labels: Capitol Records

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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#161 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #361 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #3 of 53 The Best New Male Artists

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Jump blues, Rock music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Here's Little Richard, Tutti Frutti, Brilliant Collection, The Explosive Little Richard, Greatest Hits Collection, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, MCA Records, Peacock Records, RCA Camden, Bell Records, + more

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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Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Dream pop and Electropop; Nationality: Australia

Albums: We're My Otp, The Fault in Our Stars, Dare to Dream, Happy Little Pill, TRXYE

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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Barry Manilow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
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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#135 of 191 The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time #126 of 212 The Best Self-Titled Albums

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Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Electronic music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: For Your Entertainment, Trespassing, Take One, Acoustic Live!, Paramount Sessions, + more

Labels: 19 Entertainment, RCA Records

Adam Mitchel Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 3 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.Lambert rose to fame in ...more

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Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Genre: Pop punk, Pop music & Dance-punk; Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Fueled by Ramen, Decaydance

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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Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Blues-rock, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Melissa Etheridge, Brave and Crazy, I'm the Only One, Lucky, Brother Bear 2, + more

Labels: Island Records

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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#299 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #104 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever The Best Melissa Etheridge Albums of All Time

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, The Essential Janis Joplin, + more

Labels: Columbia

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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Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Emily Alvarado added Genre: Synthpop, Pop music & Dance music; Nationality: United States of America
Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft (born April 3, 1991) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Beginning dance lessons as a child, Kiyoko's interest in entertaining led to her working as a child ...more

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Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Indie pop and Electronica; Nationality: Australia

Albums: Some People Have Real Problems, Don't Bring Me Down E.P, OnlySee, Colour the Small One, We Are Born, + more

Labels: Dance Pool, Astralwerks, Hear Music, Go! Beat Records

Sia Kate Isobelle Furler ( SEE-ə; born 18 December 1975) is an Australian singer, songwriter and music video director. She started her career as a singer in the acid jazz band Crisp in the ...more

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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Pop music & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: Dusty In Memphis Plus, Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty, I Only Want to Be With You, The Look of Love, See All Her Faces, + more

Labels: ABC Records, United Artists Records, Atlantic Records, Parlophone, Phonogram Records, + more

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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Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: In Flight, After Hours

Labels: Custard Records, Kill Rock Stars, Interscope Records

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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The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

Albums: The B-52’s, Wild Planet, Planet Claire, Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation, Love Shack, + more

Labels: Island Records, Go! Discs, Reprise Records, Astralwerks, Warner Bros. Records

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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