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
345 107
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

2
212 94
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

3
193 92
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

4
226 124
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

5
125 52
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

6
126 55
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

7
238 163
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

8
111 61
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
124 81
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

10
147 116
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dream pop, Electropop

11
76 45
Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

12
98 70
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

13
214 191
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

14
152 129
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

15
63 39
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae

16
135 119
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

17
168 156
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

18
103 85
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

19
94 78
Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Pop punk, Pop music, Dance-punk

20
114 102
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Disco, Electro, Electro house

21
26 4
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
ThothDynasty added Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

22
79 64
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

23
90 81
Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Easy listening

24
84 76
Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Emily Alvarado added Synthpop, Pop music, Dance music

25
194 210
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly