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The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time 

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Updated April 30, 2020 31.3k votes 7k voters 335.7k views 69 items

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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Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
100332244 added Genre: Synthpop, Pop music & Dance music; Nationality: United States of America
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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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Tracy Chapman, Crossroads, Fast Car, Where You Live, Matters of the Heart, + more

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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The Best Tracy Chapman Songs #19 of 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #313 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Melissa Etheridge, Brave and Crazy, I'm the Only One, Lucky, Brother Bear 2, + more

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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The Best Melissa Etheridge Albums of All Time #186 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #269 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
RealKnowledge added Genre: Hip hop music, Rap music & Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Woman's Revenge

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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Sinéad O'Connor ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: Ireland

Albums: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, The Lion and the Cobra, Fire on Babylon, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, Faith and Courage, + more

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) 6 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Genre: Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: All Hail the Queen, Black Reign, Trav'lin' Light, The Dana Owens Album, Order in the Court, + more

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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King Princess is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
liv7274 added Genre: Pop; Nationality: American
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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Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Genre: Indie pop, Synthpop & Indie; Nationality: Canada

Albums: So Jealous, This Business of Art, The Con, If It Was You, Sainthood, + more

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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The Best Tegan And Sara Songs #1,513 of 2,044 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #74 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, The Essential Janis Joplin, + more

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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Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: In Flight, After Hours

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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The Best Linda Perry Albums, Ranked #364 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #222 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Ruby Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
ThothDynasty added Genre: Adult contemporary music, New Wave & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Merry Christmas... Have a Nice Life!, A Night to Remember, + more

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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The Best Cyndi Lauper Albums of All Time #170 of 419 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #94 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Genre: Glam punk, Rock and roll & Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979, The Hit List, Joan Jett, + more

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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k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Folk music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Drag, Hymns of the 49th Parallel, Watershed, A Wonderful World, Invincible Summer, + more

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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The Best K.d. Lang Albums of All Time #121 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #621 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Indigo Girls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time

Albums: Rites of Passage, Indigo Girls, Nomads - Indians - Saints, Despite Our Differences, Come On Now Social, + more

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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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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Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Genre: Hip hop music, Rock music & Reggae; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape, The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams, Bitter, Plantation Lullabies, Comfort Woman, + more

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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Brandi Carlile is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Genre: Pop music, Folk music & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Story, Brandi Carlile, Give Up the Ghost, Bear Creek, We're Growing Up, + more

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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girl in red is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
laramp2000 added Genre: Indie pop; Nationality: Norway
Marie Ulven Ringheim (born 16 February 1999), known professionally as Girl in Red (often stylized in all lowercase as girl in red), is a Norwegian indie pop singer-songwriter. Her single "I ...more

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Mary Lambert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Miya Tiger Halla added Genre: Pop music, Neo soul & Spoken word; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Letters Don’t Talk, Early., Welcome to the Age of My Body, Pros: God, Crying, + more

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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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Genre: Indie pop, Downtempo & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Strange Mercy, Actor, Marry Me, Love This Giant, St. Vincent, + more

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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The Best St. Vincent Albums, Ranked #492 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #748 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Lynn Gunn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
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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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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Pop music & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United Kingdom

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

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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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
Genre: Hip Hop; Nationality: United States of America
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