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
282 87
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

2
163 81
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

3
149 76
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

4
87 39
Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

5
90 44
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

6
170 116
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

7
87 53
Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Easy listening

8
80 47
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
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9
81 54
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

10
95 68
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

11
56 32
Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

12
168 159
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

13
110 97
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Dream pop, Electropop

14
45 28
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae

15
65 51
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

16
113 105
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

17
120 113
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

18
90 84
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Disco, Electro, Electro house

19
78 73
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

20
134 142
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

21
164 181
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

22
50 45
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

23
47 44
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

24
46 44
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

25
32 27
Indigo Girls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Folk rock

26
37 34
k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

27
160 199
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

28
34 31
Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Film score

29
33 30
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

30
32 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
36 35
Barry Manilow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

32
35 34
Nell Carter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Adult contemporary music

33
57 64
Brendon Urie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
RaresnowgirlAj added Pop punk, Pop music, Dance-punk

34
37 41
Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

35
91 119
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

36
48 61
Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Emily Alvarado added Synthpop, Pop music, Dance music

37
52 67
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

38
59 79
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Electropop, Synthpop

39
46 64
Tove Lo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

40
37 55
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

41
32 53
Mary Lambert is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Neo soul, Spoken word

42
29 50
Mika is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

43
27 47
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

44
35 61
Chris Colfer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

45
30 53
Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music

46
25 48
Divine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

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
10 34
Jón Þór Birgisson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
World music, Post-rock, Baroque pop

50
13 41
Brandi Carlile is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians
Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock