LGBT 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
304 93
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

2
184 85
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

3
168 81
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

4
106 42
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

5
108 46
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

6
192 116
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

7
99 49
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
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8
104 70
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

9
89 56
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

10
87 59
Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Easy listening

11
187 159
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

12
62 35
Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

13
51 28
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae

14
116 100
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dream pop, Electropop

15
70 51
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

16
100 85
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Disco, Electro, Electro house

17
125 115
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

18
116 106
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

19
85 74
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

20
144 142
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

21
174 183
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

22
56 46
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

23
48 44
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

24
48 45
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

25
62 65
Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Pop punk, Pop music, Dance-punk

26
165 199
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

27
32 27
Indigo Girls is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Folk rock

28
37 34
k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

29
34 31
Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Film score

30
33 30
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

31
32 29
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

32
36 35
Barry Manilow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

33
35 34
Nell Carter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Adult contemporary music

34
53 61
Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Emily Alvarado added Synthpop, Pop music, Dance music

35
93 119
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

36
64 79
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Electropop, Synthpop

37
37 42
Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

38
52 68
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

39
48 64
Tove Lo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

40
39 55
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

41
33 53
Mary Lambert is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Neo soul, Spoken word

42
37 61
Chris Colfer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

43
28 47
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

44
30 51
Mika is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

45
30 53
Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music

46
27 49
Divine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

47
22 44
St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music

48
12 30
Frenchie Davis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Dance music, Rhythm and blues

49
11 34
Angel Haze is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Hip Hop

50
10 34
Jón Þór Birgisson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
World music, Post-rock, Baroque pop