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
366 118
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

2
236 98
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

3
213 98
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

4
249 128
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

5
141 56
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

6
140 59
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

7
265 166
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

8
126 66
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
rossmiller19988 added Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock

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9
145 85
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

10
246 193
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

11
91 50
Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

12
160 122
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dream pop, Electropop

13
45 10
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
ThothDynasty added Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

14
106 74
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

15
74 42
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae

16
164 135
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

17
118 89
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

18
183 158
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

19
144 122
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

20
104 83
Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Pop punk, Pop music, Dance-punk

21
86 66
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

22
217 211
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

23
121 105
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Disco, Electro, Electro house

24
90 82
Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Easy listening

25
70 59
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock