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The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time

Updated April 27, 2021 37.6k votes 8.5k voters 411.6k views66 items

List RulesVote up the greatest lesbian singers and vocalists.

They're talented musicians, gifted singers, and proudly gay. These are the most notable lesbian singers, as ranked by music fans like you. The best lesbian singers have made their mark in different ways. Some talented openly gay female singers are solo artists, while other famous lesbian singers front popular bands. Many of the best lesbian singers have won Grammy Awards for their work.

Who will you vote to the top of this list of the best lesbian singers? Maybe you'll move Melissa Etheridge to number one. She came out publicly in 1993, the same year that she released her smash hit album, Yes I Am. “Come to My Window,” “I'm the Only One” and “If I Wanted To” are just a few of the hits off the release. k.d. Lang is another iconic lesbian singer featured on this list. Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, hasn't come out publicly, but has dated women. Other dynamic artists from rock and alternative to folk and pop who appear on this list include Dusty Springfield, Beth Ditto, and Tracy Chapman. You will also find country stars Brandy Clark and Chely Wright on this list. 

Vote up the best and your favorite lesbian singers and musicians. 

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    Tracy Chapman

    Blues-rock, Pop music

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    girl in red

    Indie pop, Bedroom pop

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    Hayley Kiyoko

    Synthpop, Pop music
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    Queen Latifah

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Melissa Etheridge

    Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Feloni

    Hip hop music, Rap music

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    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Tegan and Sara

    Indie pop, Synthpop

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    Sinéad O'Connor

    Pop music, Rock music

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    Linda Perry

    Pop music, Rock music

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    Joan Jett

    Glam punk, Rock and roll

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    Brandi Carlile

    Pop music, Folk music

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    Mary Lambert

    Pop music, Neo soul
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    Indigo Girls

    Folk rock

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    k.d. lang

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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    Dusty Springfield

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    St. Vincent

    Indie pop, Downtempo

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    Meshell Ndegeocello

    Hip hop music, Rock music

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    Lesley Gore

    Pop music, Rock music

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