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
312 93
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

2
188 85
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

3
172 81
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

4
109 42
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

5
110 46
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

6
198 117
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

7
102 49
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
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8
204 160
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

9
107 73
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

10
90 59
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

11
65 35
Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

12
54 28
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae

13
89 64
Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Easy listening

14
123 101
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dream pop, Electropop

15
133 115
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

16
103 85
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Disco, Electro, Electro house

17
71 51
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

18
119 107
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

19
151 143
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

20
88 74
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

21
181 185
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

22
57 46
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

23
71 65
Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Pop punk, Pop music, Dance-punk

24
51 44
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

25
62 61
Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Emily Alvarado added Synthpop, Pop music, Dance music

26
49 45
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

27
171 200
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

28
33 27
Indigo Girls is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Folk rock

29
38 34
k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

30
33 29
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B

31
37 35
Barry Manilow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

32
34 31
Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Film score

33
70 81
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Electropop, Synthpop

34
33 31
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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

36
96 120
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

37
38 44
Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

38
51 64
Tove Lo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

39
52 69
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

40
42 55
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

41
35 53
Mary Lambert is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Neo soul, Spoken word

42
38 61
Chris Colfer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

43
29 47
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

44
29 49
Divine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

45
30 51
Mika is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

46
31 53
Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music

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
13 36
Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

50
11 34
Angel Haze is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Hip Hop