LGBTQ+ The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians  

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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. 

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1
396 124
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music
2
266 103
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop
3
240 105
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Disco, Pop music
4
279 133
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
5
168 63
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
6
166 62
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly
7
297 170
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
8
76 14
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
ThothDynasty added Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music
9
149 72
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
rossmiller19988 added Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock

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10
162 90
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music
11
271 197
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music
12
107 54
Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B
13
126 75
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
14
91 45
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae
15
140 92
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B
16
206 161
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop
17
164 128
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dream pop, Electropop
18
171 140
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music
19
100 69
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
20
233 216
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly
21
112 87
Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Pop punk, Pop music, Dance-punk
22
148 126
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music
23
83 59
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
24
128 111
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Disco, Electro, Electro house
25
83 62
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock