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
363 116
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

2
232 97
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

3
209 97
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

4
247 127
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

5
139 55
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

6
138 58
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

7
262 165
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

8
124 65
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
142 84
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

10
242 192
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

11
89 49
Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

12
160 120
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dream pop, Electropop

13
106 73
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

14
42 9
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
ThothDynasty added Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

15
73 41
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae

16
164 134
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

17
117 88
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

18
182 157
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

19
143 121
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

20
103 82
Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Pop punk, Pop music, Dance-punk

21
86 65
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

22
120 104
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Disco, Electro, Electro house

23
215 210
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

24
90 81
Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Easy listening

25
70 58
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock