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The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time

Updated February 9, 2021 38.9k votes 8.2k voters 393.0k views70 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 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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    Blues-rock, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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