The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time

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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 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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  • Hayley Kiyoko
    Synthpop, Pop music, Dance music
    2,826 votes

    Hayley Kiyoko has been a trailblazer in the LGBTQ+ music scene, earning the title "Lesbian Jesus" from her loyal fan base. With her debut album Expectations released in 2018, Kiyoko's emotive and unapologetically queer pop anthems have resonated with countless listeners. Her breakthrough hit "Girls Like Girls" catapulted her to stardom, amassing millions of views on YouTube and cementing her status as a prominent lesbian singer. Alongside her acting career, Hayley uses her platform to advocate for visibility and representation in mainstream media.

  • Tracy Chapman
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music
    1,767 votes

    Tracy Chapman is an iconic singer-songwriter whose tender voice and socially conscious lyrics have captivated audiences for over three decades. Best known for songs like “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason,” Chapman has skillfully woven themes of love, protest, and empowerment throughout her discography. A four-time Grammy winner, she has solidified herself as a legendary lesbian artist who continues to inspire generations of musicians.

  • Melissa Etheridge
    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
    1,489 votes

    Melissa Etheridge is undoubtedly one of the most significant lesbian rock musicians of all time. Bursting onto the scene in 1988 with her self-titled debut album, Etheridge quickly gained a dedicated following thanks to her raw vocal talent and confessional songwriting style. Her career highlights include two Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Song ("I Need To Wake Up"), and the unforgettable anthem "Come To My Window." As an outspoken activist for LGBTQ+ rights, Etheridge's impact on both music history and social progress cannot be overstated.

  • King Princess
    Pop, Indie pop, Pop rock
    1,562 votes

    Emerging as one of today's leading queer artists, King Princess (born Mikaela Straus) brings a fresh perspective to pop music with catchy tunes laced with vulnerability and wit. Her 2019 debut album Cheap Queen garnered critical acclaim, showcasing her unique sound and impressive songwriting capabilities. King Princess has become a symbol of empowerment for young LGBTQ+ fans, demonstrating that self-expression and authenticity can lead to great success.

  • girl in red
    Indie pop, Bedroom pop
    1,495 votes

    Norwegian singer-songwriter Marie Ulven, better known as girl in red, has rapidly gained popularity within the indie pop scene with her candid lyrics and dreamy melodies. Songs such as "we fell in love in october" and "girls" encapsulate the joy and heartache of queer love while resonating with listeners worldwide. With her debut album if i could make it go quiet, girl in red proves she is a vital voice among lesbian artists, unafraid to share her truth through music.

  • Queen Latifah
    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz
    1,285 votes

    Queen Latifah's multifaceted career spans music, television, and film, but her roots lie in hip-hop. As one of the genre's pioneering female figures, she broke barriers with empowering hits like "Ladies First" and "U.N.I.T.Y." Though she has never explicitly labeled herself as a lesbian artist, Queen Latifah has long supported LGBTQ+ rights and even officiated a mass wedding for same-sex couples during the 2014 Grammy Awards ceremony.