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
325 95
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

2
198 89
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

3
184 84
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

4
14 0
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
ThothDynasty added Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

5
119 46
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

6
119 49
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

7
211 119
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

8
109 53
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
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9
222 161
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

10
115 77
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

11
72 38
Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

12
96 62
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

13
60 32
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae

14
142 120
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

15
129 108
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dream pop, Electropop

16
109 89
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Disco, Electro, Electro house

17
161 146
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

18
96 77
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

19
89 71
Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Easy listening

20
193 186
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

21
74 56
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

22
124 111
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

23
80 69
Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Pop punk, Pop music, Dance-punk

24
63 50
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

25
57 50
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

26
179 206
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

27
70 70
Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Emily Alvarado added Synthpop, Pop music, Dance music

28
51 50
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

29
77 87
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Electropop, Synthpop

30
35 31
Indigo Girls is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Folk rock

31
34 33
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

32
39 40
k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

33
98 122
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

34
34 35
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

35
36 38
Nell Carter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Adult contemporary music

36
37 40
Barry Manilow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

37
34 36
Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Film score

38
54 67
Tove Lo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

39
38 48
Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

40
53 72
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

41
43 62
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

42
37 59
Mary Lambert is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Neo soul, Spoken word

43
39 66
Chris Colfer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

44
29 49
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

45
32 55
Mika is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

46
29 51
Divine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

47
31 55
Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music

48
24 46
St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music

49
12 32
Frenchie Davis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Dance music, Rhythm and blues

50
13 37
Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music