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The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

Updated September 21, 2020 26.5k votes 2.0k voters 17.7k views145 items

List RulesVote up the best bands and musicians who identify as LGBTQ+.

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, 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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  • Boy George1
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    Boy George

    New Wave, Disco

    AlbumsThe House Collection Volume 2, The Martyr Mantras, Cheapness and Beauty, U Can Never B2 Straight, Sold

    Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd; 14 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and...  more
  • George Michael2
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    George Michael

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsFaith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1, Careless Whisper, Older

    George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou; 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016) was an...  more
  • Elton John3
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    392

    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsGoodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Madman Across the Water, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

    Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and...  more

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  • Freddie Mercury4
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    Freddie Mercury

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsThe Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy, Time, Guide Me Home

    Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British...  more

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  • David Bowie5
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    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    AlbumsThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane, "Heroes"

    David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (,...  more

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  • Ricky Martin6
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    Ricky Martin

    Pop music, Latin American music

    AlbumsLife, Vuelve, Ricky Martin, The Best of Ricky Martin, Sound Loaded

    Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known as Ricky Martin is a Puerto...  more
  • Lady Gaga7
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    Lady Gaga

    Pop, Dance

    AlbumsThe Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance, The Edge of Glory, The Fame Monster

    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga,...  more

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  • Feloni8
    476
    357

    Feloni

    Hip hop music, Rap music

    AlbumsA Woman's Revenge

    Trish Best, known by her stage name Feloni, is an African-American rapper from Detroit,...  more
  • Frank Ocean9
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    Frank Ocean

    Alternative hip hop, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsChannel Orange, nostalgia, ULTRA., unreleased, MISC.

    Frank Ocean (born October 28, 1987) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record...  more

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  • RuPaul10
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    294

    RuPaul

    Disco, Electro

    AlbumsDon't Go Breaking My Heart, Ho Ho Ho, Foxy Lady, Red Hot, Glamazon

    RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960) is an American drag queen, actor, model, singer,...  more

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  • Janelle Monáe11
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    70

    Janelle Monáe

    Contemporary R&B, Hip hop

    AlbumsThe ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady, Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase, The Audition

    Janelle Monáe Robinson (; born December 1, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper,...  more

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  • Pet Shop Boys12
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    79

    Pet Shop Boys

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsActually, Very, Behaviour, West End Girls, Please

    Pet Shop Boys are an English synth-pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil...  more

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  • Hayley Kiyoko13
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    Hayley Kiyoko

    Synthpop, Pop music
    Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft (born April 3, 1991) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress....  more

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  • Barry Manilow14
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    Barry Manilow

    Pop, Soft rock
    Barry Manilow (born June 17, 1943) is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, musician,...  more

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  • Dusty Springfield15
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    109

    Dusty Springfield

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

    AlbumsDusty In Memphis Plus, Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty, I Only Want to Be With You, The Look of Love, See All Her Faces

    Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien (16 April 1939 – 2 March 1999), professionally known...  more

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  • Sam Smith16
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    Sam Smith

    Pop, R&B

    AlbumsNirvana, Latch, Lay Me Down, In the Lonely Hour, Money on My Mind

    Samuel Frederick Smith (born 19 May 1992) is an English singer and songwriter. They rose to...  more
  • Troye Sivan17
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    Troye Sivan

    Dream pop, Electropop

    AlbumsWe're My Otp, The Fault in Our Stars, Dare to Dream, Happy Little Pill, TRXYE

    Troye Sivan Mellet (born 5 June 1995) is a South African-born Australian singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Adam Lambert18
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    Adam Lambert

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsFor Your Entertainment, Trespassing, Take One, Acoustic Live!, Paramount Sessions

    Adam Mitchel Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. ...  more
  • Janis Joplin19
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    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsPearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, The Essential Janis Joplin

    Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American rock, soul, and blues...  more

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  • Billie Joe Armstrong20
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    Billie Joe Armstrong

    Pop punk, New Wave

    AlbumsForeverly, Look for Love

    Billie Joe Armstrong (born February 17, 1972) is an American singer, songwriter, musician,...  more

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  • Tracy Chapman21
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    Tracy Chapman

    Blues-rock, Pop music

    AlbumsTracy Chapman, Crossroads, Fast Car, Where You Live, Matters of the Heart

    Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast...  more

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  • Tegan and Sara22
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    Tegan and Sara

    Indie pop, Synthpop

    AlbumsSo Jealous, This Business of Art, The Con, If It Was You, Sainthood

    Tegan and Sara are a Canadian indie pop band formed in 1998 in Calgary, Alberta, composed of...  more

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  • Brendon Urie23
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    Brendon Urie

    Pop punk, Pop music
    Brendon Boyd Urie (born April 12, 1987) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician, best...  more

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  • Halsey24
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    Halsey

    Electropop, Synthpop
    Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (born September 29, 1994), known professionally as Halsey, is an...  more

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  • Sia Furler25
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    Sia Furler

    Indie pop, Electronica

    AlbumsSome People Have Real Problems, Don't Bring Me Down E.P, OnlySee, Colour the Small One, We Are Born

    Sia Kate Isobelle Furler ( SEE-ə; born 18 December 1975) is an Australian singer, songwriter...  more

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