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The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians 

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Updated February 15, 2020 18.4k votes 1.5k voters 13.1k views 141 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
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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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#663 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #876 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #79 of 381 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s

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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

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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#85 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists #108 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on Famous Left Handed People

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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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#72 of 275 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #9 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists 14 Elton John Stories That Prove He's A Legend

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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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#20 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #544 of 1,148 The Best Actors in Film History The Best David Bowie Songs of All Time

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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Disco, Electro, Electro house

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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#273 of 351 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time #34 of 770 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures The Greatest Drag Race Contestants of All Time, Ranked

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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
rossmiller19988 added Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock

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 969 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #43 of 307 The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time

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Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
MIKEBTM added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

Albums: Actually, Very, Behaviour, West End Girls, Please, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Parlophone, EMI America Records, EMI, Rhino Entertainment, + more

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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#254 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #193 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers The Best Pet Shop Boys Albums of All Time

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Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

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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#330 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #764 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Ricky Martin Albums of All Time

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop, Dance, Electronic

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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#137 of 275 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World The Best Lady Gaga Songs of All Timelisted on Musical Guests of the Jay Leno Show

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Barry Manilow is listed (or ranked) 10 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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#1,135 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #176 of 224 The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time #126 of 212 The Best Self-Titled Albums

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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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#1 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists #866 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time True Stories From Freddie Mercury’s Childhood

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Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alternative hip hop, Contemporary R&B, Pop

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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#560 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #1,011 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Frank Ocean Albums, Ranked

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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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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#64 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #41 of 969 The Best Female Vocalists Ever The Best Dusty Springfield Albums of All Time

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Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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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#60 of 299 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #107 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years A Timeline Of Robert Smith's Beef With Morrissey

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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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#111 of 299 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #143 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time The Best Tracy Chapman Albums of All Time

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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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#50 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time The Tortured, Painful Life of Janis Joplin, The Baddest Woman In Rock Historylisted on Members of The 27 Club

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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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#111 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists #265 of 284 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The Best Little Richard Albums of All Time

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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop, R&B, Soul

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 #1,904 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dream pop, Electropop

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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#238 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #19 of 53 The Best New Male Artists #22 of 76 Who Are the Best Singers Under 25 Right Now?

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
MIKEBTM added Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

Albums: Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979, The Hit List, Joan Jett, + more

Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin, September 22, 1958) is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer and occasional actress. Jett is best known for her work as the ...more

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#51 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists #105 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

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Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Emily Alvarado added Synthpop, Pop music, Dance music
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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Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Pop punk, Pop music, Dance-punk

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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#249 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #290 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Timelisted on Famous Accordionists

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The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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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#241 of 350 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #62 of 381 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s The Best The B-52's Songs

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

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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#305 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #714 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Melissa Etheridge Albums of All Time

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Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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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#58 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #213 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists The Best Adam Lambert Albums of All Time