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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134 52
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

2
83 40
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

3
72 35
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Boy George New Wave, Disco, Pop music

4
78 50
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

5
76 49
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Sam Smith Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

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111 83
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

7
62 38
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Troye Sivan Dream pop, Electropop

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62 41
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Adam Lambert Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
69 56
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

10
34 23
Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Brendon Urie Pop punk, Pop music, Dance-punk

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47 39
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Frank Ocean Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

12
59 56
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Ricky Martin Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

13
89 90
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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28 22
Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Emily Alvarado added Hayley Kiyoko Synthpop, Pop music, Dance music

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42 38
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Halsey Electropop, Synthpop

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75 76
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

17
34 30
Tove Lo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

18
39 37
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RuPaul Disco, Electro, Electro house

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30 28
Chris Colfer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

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24 21
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Billie Joe Armstrong Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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23 20
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

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29 28
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Melissa Etheridge Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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22 21
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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24 25
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Little Richard Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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22 23
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Michael Stipe Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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25 27
Mary Lambert is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Mary Lambert Pop music, Neo soul, Spoken word

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26 29
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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18 19
Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Johnny Mathis Pop music, Latin American music, Easy listening

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21 23
Mika is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Mika Pop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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24 27
Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Lance Bass Pop music

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21 24
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Tegan and Sara Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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24 28
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
The B-52's New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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16 19
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

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15 19
k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
k.d. lang Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

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20 26
Divine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

36
16 21
Barry Manilow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

37
18 26
St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
St. Vincent Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music

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16 24
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Morrissey Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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12 20
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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8 15
Jón Þór Birgisson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jónsi World music, Post-rock, Baroque pop

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10 18
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Luther Vandross Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

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12 21
Tyler Glenn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

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9 17
Arca is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Arca Experimental hip hop, Industrial hip hop

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9 18
Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dead or Alive Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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10 20
Vanessa Carlton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Vanessa Carlton Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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10 20
Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Cole Porter Film score

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12 23
Marc Almond is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Marc Almond Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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11 22
Brandi Carlile is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Brandi Carlile Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock

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9 19
Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Linda Perry Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

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8 20
Beth Ditto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Beth Ditto Synthpop, Punk blues, Dance-punk