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The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time  

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List Rules Vote 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 that appear on this list include Dusty Springfield, Beth Ditto, Sia, and Tracy Chapman. You will also find country stars Brandy Clark and Chely Wright on this list. 

Which lesbian singer is your favorite? Which women were the best LGBT singers in 2018 and 2019? Who are the best lesbian singer/songwriters? Give your personal picks for best artist a thumbs up to move them up the list, and please add any vocalists who are missing.

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music
Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a ...more

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Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
100332244 added Synthpop, Pop music, Dance music
Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft (born April 3, 1991) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Beginning dance lessons as a child, Kiyoko's interest in entertaining led to her working as a child ...more
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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
ThothDynasty added Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years. Her album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first ...more

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King Princess is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
liv7274 added Pop
Mikaela Straus (born December 19, 1998), known by her stage name King Princess, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Brooklyn, New York. She is signed to ...more

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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
RealKnowledge added Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock
Trish Best, known by her stage name Feloni, is an African-American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Her coming out as lesbian was featured on MTV's LOGO documentary show Coming Out Stories.

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Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became an underground ...more

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Sinéad O'Connor ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
Shuhada' Davitt (born Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor , 8 December 1966) is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. As ...more

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz
Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970), known professionally as Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with ...more

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Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B
Linda Perry (born April 15, 1965) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. She was the lead singer and primary songwriter of 4 Non Blondes, and has since founded two ...more

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American rock, soul, and blues singer-songwriter, and one of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era. After ...more

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Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie
Tegan and Sara are a Canadian indie pop band formed in 1998 in Calgary, Alberta, composed of identical twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin (born September 19, 1980). Both ...more

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock
Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin, September 22, 1958) is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer and occasional actress. Jett is best known for her work as the ...more

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Indigo Girls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Folk rock
Indigo Girls are a folk rock music duo from Atlanta, Georgia, consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. The two met in elementary school and began performing together as high school students in ...more

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Ruby Rose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Ruby Rose Langenheim (born 20 March 1986) is an Australian model, actress, and television presenter. Rose came to attention as a presenter on MTV Australia (2007–2011), followed by several ...more

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Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae
Michelle Lynn Johnson, better known as Meshell Ndegeocello (; born August 29, 1968), is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, and bassist. She has gone by the name Meshell Suhaila Bashir-Shakur ...more

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LP is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
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Laura Pergolizzi (born March 18, 1981) is an American singer and songwriter who performs under the stage name LP. She has released four albums and one EP. She has written songs for other artists ...more
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Mary Lambert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Miya Tiger Halla added Pop music, Neo soul, Spoken word
Mary Danielle Lambert is a Seattle-based singer-songwriter and spoken word artist. She worked with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on a track on their album The Heist. Lambert is the featured singer ...more
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k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music
Kathryn Dawn Lang (born November 2, 1961), known by her stylized stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Lang has won both Juno Awards and ...more

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Brandi Carlile is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock
Brandi M. Carlile (born June 1, 1981) is an American three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and producer whose music spans multiple genres. As of 2018, Carlile has released six studio ...more

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Lynn Gunn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
elmes added
Lyndsey Gunnulfsen (born March 15, 1994), better known as Lynn Gunn, is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the American rock band PVRIS, formerly stylized as Paris. She and fellow PVRIS ...more
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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music
Anne Erin "Annie" Clark (born September 28, 1982), known professionally as St. Vincent, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. St. Vincent began her music career as a ...more

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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music
Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien (16 April 1939 – 2 March 1999), professionally known as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the ...more

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Lesley Gore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Jon Milner added Pop music, Rock music
Lesley Sue Goldstein (May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015), known professionally as Lesley Gore, was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. At the age of 16 (in 1963) she recorded ...more

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Leisha Hailey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Leisha Hailey (born July 11, 1971) is a Japanese-born American actress and musician known for playing Alice Pieszecki in the Showtime Networks series The L Word. Hailey first came to the ...more

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Syd tha Kyd is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Hip Hop
Austin Mittelstadt, known by her stage name as Syd tha Kyd or more recently Syd is a singer, producer and DJ from Crenshaw, Los Angeles, California. She is one of the main producers in Odd ...more

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