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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? 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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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
RealKnowledge added Feloni 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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Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Sinéad O'Connor Pop music, Rock music, Folk music Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. O'Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 ...more

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Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Melissa Etheridge Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album was released in 1988 and became an underground hit. The album peaked at #22 on ...more

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Queen Latifah Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz Dana Elaine Owens, better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show host. ...more

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", ...more

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Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Linda Perry Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B Linda Perry is an American rock singer-songwriter, and record producer. Once known as the lead singer and primary songwriter of 4 Non Blondes, Perry has founded two record labels, composing and ...more

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Indigo Girls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Indigo Girls Folk rock Indigo Girls are an American folk rock music duo consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. They met in elementary school and began performing together as high school students in Decatur, Georgia, ...more

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Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Meshell Ndegeocello Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae Meshell Ndegeocello is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. ...more

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Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Tegan and Sara Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie Tegan and Sara is a Canadian indie rock/indie pop duo formed in 1995 in Calgary, Alberta, composed of identical twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin. Both musicians are ...more

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as ...more

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Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
1523265807593 added Hayley Kiyoko Synthpop, Pop music, Dance music Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft, known professionally as Hayley Kiyoko, is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! ...more

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k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
k.d. lang Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC, known by her stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Lang has won both Juno Awards and Grammy Awards for her musical ...more

Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Joan Jett Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock Joan Jett is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, including their hit record "I ...more

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Ruby Rose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Ruby Rose Ruby Rose Langenheim, better known as Ruby Rose, is an Australian model, DJ, actress, television presenter, MTV VJ and recording artist. She is the face of Maybelline NY in Australia.

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Leisha Hailey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Leisha Hailey Leisha Hailey is an American actress and musician most widely known for playing Alice Pieszecki in the Showtime Networks production The L Word. Hailey first came to the public's attention as a ...more

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Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, better known mononymously as Sia, is an Australian singer, songwriter and music video director. Musically and artistically precocious from an early age, Sia became ...more

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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
St. Vincent Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music Anne Erin "Annie" Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. She began her music career as a member of ...more

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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Lynn Gunn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
elmes added Lynn Gunn 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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Melissa Ferrick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Melissa Ferrick Melissa Ferrick is an American singer-songwriter.

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Brandi Carlile is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Brandi Carlile Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock Brandi M. Carlile is an American alternative country and folk rock singer-songwriter. She has released several albums including The Story, Give Up the Ghost and Live at Benaroya Hall with the ...more

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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien OBE, known professionally as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. ...more

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LP is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
claudiadziarnowski added LP 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

Famous Transgender Singers Everyone Should Know

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Syd tha Kyd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Syd tha Kyd 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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Lesley Gore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Jon Milner added Lesley Gore Pop music, Rock music Lesley Sue Gore was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. At the age of 16, in 1963, she recorded the pop hit "It's My Party", and followed it up with other hits ...more

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Mary Lambert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Miya Tiger Halla added Mary Lambert 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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Ani DiFranco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Ani DiFranco Indie, Folk rock, Alternative rock Ani DiFranco is an American singer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, poet and songwriter. She has released more than 20 albums and is widely considered a feminist icon. DiFranco has received ...more

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Missy Higgins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Missy Higgins Indie, Pop music, Folk music Melissa "Missy" Morrison Higgins is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician and actress. Her Australian number-one albums are The Sound of White, On a Clear Night and The Ol' Razzle ...more

The Greatest Fictional Singers

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Janis Ian is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Janis Ian Adult contemporary music, Folk music Janis Ian is a singer-songwriter who was mostly active in the 1960s and 1970s; her most successful song "At Seventeen", was released as a single from her 1975 album Between the Lines ...more

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Chely Wright is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Chely Wright Country Richell Rene "Chely" Wright is an American country music singer and gay rights activist. On the strength of her debut album in 1994, the Academy of Country Music named her Top New ...more

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Sophie B. Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Sophie B. Hawkins Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music Sophie Ballantine Hawkins is an American singer, songwriter, musician and painter. Her highest-charting singles are "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," "Right Beside You," and

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Skin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
AniaBania added Deborah Dyer (skin) Indie, Rock music, Alternative rock Deborah Anne Dyer, known by the stage name Skin, is an English singer and occasional model. As Deborah Dyer, Skin studied Interior Design at Teesside University in Middlesbrough and they later ...more

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Carrie Brownstein is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Carrie Brownstein Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock Carrie Brownstein is a musician, writer, and actress.

Singers & Musicians Who Are Bisexual

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Ma Rainey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Ma Rainey Jazz, Blues "Ma" Rainey was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of such singers to record. She was billed as The Mother of the Blues. She ...more

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Courtney Barnett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Courtney Barnett Indie rock, Alternative rock, Grunge Courtney Melba Barnett (born 3 November 1987) is an Australian singer, songwriter, and musician. Known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style, Barnett attracted attention with ...more

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Jennifer Knapp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Jennifer Knapp Christian music, Folk rock, Christian rock Jennifer Lynn Knapp is an American-Australian folk rock, and formerly contemporary Christian musician. She is best known for her first single "Undo Me" from her debut album, Kansas, ...more

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Otep Shamaya is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Otep Shamaya Hip hop music, Nu metal, Heavy metal Otep Shamaya is an American singer-songwriter, actress, poet, writer, and painter. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the metal band Otep.

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Kate Pierson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Kate Pierson New Wave, Rock music Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Pierson is an American vocalist, lyricist, and one of the lead singers and founding members of The B-52's. A multi-instrumentalists, she played guitar, bass ...more

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Beth Ditto is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Beth Ditto Synthpop, Punk blues, Dance-punk Mary Beth Patterson, known by her stage name Beth Ditto, is an American singer-songwriter, most notable for her work with the indie rock band Gossip and whose voice has been compared to Etta ...more

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Laura Jane Grace is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Laura Jane Grace Folk music, Alternative rock, Punk rock Laura Jane Grace is an American musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!. Starting as a solo act in 1997, Against Me! expanded ...more

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Brandy Clark is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Brandy Clark Country Brandy Lynn Clark (born October 9, 1975) is an American country music singer-songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, ...more

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Jill Sobule is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Jill Sobule Rock music, Emo, Folk rock Jill Sobule is an American singer-songwriter best known for the 1995 single "I Kissed a Girl", and "Supermodel" from the soundtrack of the 1995 film Clueless. Her ...more

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Cris Williamson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Cris Williamson Rock music, Folk rock Cris Williamson is an American feminist singer-songwriter, who achieved fame as a recording artist, and who was a pioneer as a visible lesbian political activist, during a time when few who were ...more

The Best Lesbian Rappers

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Carol Pope is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Frédéric Gill added Carol Pope Rock

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Amanda Palmer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Amanda Palmer Dark cabaret, Soft rock, Alternative rock Amanda MacKinnon Gaiman Palmer, sometimes known as Amanda Fucking Palmer, is an American performer who first rose to prominence as the lead singer, pianist, and lyricist/composer of the duo the ...more

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Lady Sovereign is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Lady Sovereign Hip hop music, Electro hop, Electro Louise Amanda Harman, better known by the stage name Lady Sovereign, is an English rapper best known for her song "Love Me or Hate Me". She is noted for her professional success in ...more

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Holly Near is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Holly Near Folk music, Cabaret, Women's music Holly Near is an American singer-songwriter, actor, teacher, and activist.

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Kaki King is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Kaki King Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock Kaki King is an American guitarist and composer. King is known for her percussive and jazz-tinged melodies, energetic live shows, use of multiple tunings on acoustic and lap steel guitar, and ...more

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Mary Gauthier is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Mary Gauthier Americana, Folk music, Alternative country Mary Veronica Gauthier is an American folk singer-songwriter.

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Ferron is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Ferron Folk music, Women's music Ferron, born Deborah Foisy on 1 June 1952, is a Canadian folk singer-songwriter and poet. In addition to being one of Canada's most famous folk musicians, she is one of the most influential ...more

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Romy Madley Croft is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lesbian Singers of All Time
Romy Madley Croft Romy Madley Croft is a member of the musical group The xx.