LGBT The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians  

Ranker Music
2.8k votes 218 voters 3.5k views 89 items

List Rules Vote up the best LGBTQ+ bands and musicians, then and now.

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, Madonna, 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. 

1
79 21
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
60 19
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

3
56 18
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Sam Smith Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

4
55 19
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

5
51 21
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

6
63 31
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

7
48 19
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

8
46 18
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Adam Lambert Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
36 17
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Troye Sivan Dream pop, Electropop

10
38 20
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Ricky Martin Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

11
39 21
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Boy George New Wave, Disco, Pop music

12
57 38
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

13
36 19
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Frank Ocean Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

14
20 8
Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Brendon Urie Pop punk, Pop music, Dance-punk

The Best Songs About the Opposite Sex by Gay Musicians

15
31 20
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Halsey Electropop, Synthpop

16
18 8
Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Emily Alvarado added Hayley Kiyoko Synthpop, Pop music, Dance music

17
28 20
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RuPaul Disco, Electro, Electro house

18
23 15
Tove Lo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

19
23 15
Chris Colfer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

20
24 20
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Melissa Etheridge Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

21
22 19
Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Lance Bass Pop music

The Best Concert Movies Streaming on Hulu

22
22 20
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

23
21 19
Mary Lambert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Mary Lambert Pop music, Neo soul, Spoken word

24
17 16
Mika is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Mika Pop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

25
16 15
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

26
16 15
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Billie Joe Armstrong Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

27
21 21
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
The B-52's New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

28
15 14
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Michael Stipe Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

Singers & Musicians Who Are Bisexual

29
17 17
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Tegan and Sara Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

30
15 15
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

31
18 20
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Little Richard Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

32
12 13
k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
k.d. lang Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

33
11 14
Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Johnny Mathis Pop music, Latin American music, Easy listening

34
11 14
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

35
16 21
Divine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

36
13 19
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Morrissey Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

37
15 22
St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
St. Vincent Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music

38
10 16
Barry Manilow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

39
9 15
Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Cole Porter Film score

40
11 18
Marc Almond is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Marc Almond Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

41
9 16
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

42
7 14
Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Linda Perry Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

Famous Gay Rappers

43
6 13
Arca is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Arca Experimental hip hop, Industrial hip hop

44
8 16
Vanessa Carlton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Vanessa Carlton Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

45
5 12
Jón Þór Birgisson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jónsi World music, Post-rock, Baroque pop

46
7 15
Beth Ditto is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Beth Ditto Synthpop, Punk blues, Dance-punk

47
6 14
Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dead or Alive Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

48
6 15
Alison Goldfrapp is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alison Goldfrapp Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

49
6 15
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Luther Vandross Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

50
8 18
Tyler Glenn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians