15 Best LGBTQ Singers – Male, Female & Queer Artists

The Ultimate List of the Best LGBTQ Singers Has Arrived.

Singers are all around us and come from all walks of life. My favorite singers are singers who challenge the status quo, especially regarding gender and sexuality. Without further ado, here are my picks for the best LGBTQ singers that are amazing.

The Best LGBTQ Singers

Here are some of the best LGBTQ music artists and bands.

We begin with a very unique artist named SOPHIE.

1) SOPHIE

SOPHIE

Sophie is an otherworldly artist with an incredible live show. There were flashing lights, dancers, a stage set and all! I would best describe her stage presence as “emotional and free.”

Her musical catalog is also a driving factor to her placement in this list. It’s full of emotions and synthesizers and blaring bass and makes me feel energized and motivated when I listen to it. 

Her most impactful album on me personally was Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides. I still hear this album getting used on TikTok, and it feels as if she’s been immortalized as a result of it.

Sophie’s work is often cited as being the main driving force behind the rise of hyper-pop music. She belonged to the same record label as Charli XCX, PC Music.

My favorite SOPHIE song: Ponyboy from the Oil Of Every Pearls Un-Insides album (2018). I’ve loved this track since it came out, the bass awakens primal urges within me.

2)  Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean is a talented lyricist. His music features avant-garde styles and offers introspective lyrics with beautiful backing tracks behind them.

Frank Ocean’s music makes me feel bittersweet happiness. The music itself is experimental and soulful. It combines elements from many genres.

This is most notable on the album Blonde (which is my favorite he’s put out) because it is full of soul-inspiring songs. Frank Ocean combined elements from a few different genres in a new way to create his unique sound.

His mark on music was huge, he was even nominated number 190 on the Rolling Stones’ article: The 200 Greatest Singers of All Time.

My favorite Frank Ocean song: Nikes from the Blonde album. It tackles some incredibly hard topics that I wish more musicians would sing about.

3)  Freddie Mercury from Queen

Freddie Mercury of Queen

Queen has had a massive impact on music as a whole. Freddie Mercury’s vocals defined a generation!

Their music makes me feel like I missed out by not seeing them live. All of their works are momentous in their own ways.

I’d say the most memorable is the song Bohemian Rhapsody. Queen was not only one of the biggest rock bands of the 80’s, but among the biggest of all time.

My favorite Queen song: Great King Rat (Remastered 2011) from the Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector’s Box Set.

I love the guitar work so much in this song, but the rest of the song fits it so perfectly that it can only be described as the feeling you get when you finish a puzzle.

4)  Elton John

Elton John is probably one of the most popular gay music artists of all time.

Elton John is a 70’s pop icon and acclaimed pianist. He has lived through many fads and shifts in pop culture but has always stayed true to himself.

Listening to his music makes me feel nostalgic. Most of his earlier work was the most successful, especially the song Rocket Man.

One of my favorite pieces of music trivia is that Elton John was on the stage for John Lennon’s last performance. He was among the most iconic pop singers of the 70’s and his mark on music will never be forgotten.

My favorite Elton John song: I’m Still Standing from the Too Low For Zero album (1983). This song is just Elton John rocking away, showing off what he can do even past his earlier years. It makes me feel happy and nostalgic for a time I didn’t even live in.

5)  Laura Les from 100 Gecs

100 Gecs is a 2020 goldmine of hyper-pop and experimental. They combined elements of many different genres to make their own unique sound. Listening to their music is pure chaos. It makes me feel like flailing around on the floor like a fish. 

Laura Les from 100 Gecs

Their most memorable album so far is 1000 Gecs (2019). 100 Gecs managed to take a niche sub-genre and push it into the mainstream, assisted by the rise of TikTok. They left a deep impression on hyper-pop with their difficult-to-emulate style featuring a fusion of many genres.

My favorite 100 Gecs song: Hollywood Baby from the 10,000 Gecs Album (2023). This song perfectly captures how their sound has evolved from 2019 to 2023.

There is more of Laura’s guitar work featured on this album which happens to take a more nu-metal approach to hyper-pop.

6) Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin was a 60’s rock-n-roll icon famous for her blues-inspired vocals. She was not only among the best LGBTQ singers but a feminist icon too!

Her music makes me feel empowered to become a stronger person. I listen to her nearly daily to start my day.

She rose to fame with her band Big Brother and the Holding Company but released more music post-mortem. She was a pioneer of rock-n-roll as we know it today and left a legacy in rock and roll and punk with her explosive rise and fall.

My favorite Janis Joplin song: Cry Baby from the Pearl album (1971). This song displays her beautiful raspy voice and the blues’ influence on rock-n-roll in full effect. 

7) David Bowie

David Bowie

David Bowie prided himself on visual presentation, and as a result, his stage show was out-of-this-world. His music makes me feel like I have static electricity flowing through me.

His most memorable work, in my opinion, is the album Diamond Dogs (1974). Bowie changed music forever and was also a good actor! He appeared in several movies and was one of the best-selling musicians of all time.

My favorite David Bowie song: Sweet Thing from the Diamond Dogs Album (1974). This song features a lot of experimenting for a 1970’s band and I can see how he’s influenced modern experimental music listening to this song.

8) Rob Halford from Judas Priest

Judas Priest was influential worldwide and left an everlasting impression on metal. Rob Halford’s vocal style was emulated by many bands that came after.

Rob Halford from Judas Priest

Listening to his vocals is astounding with the context of the amount of bands that came after that adopted similar styles. 

Their biggest album was British Steel, but I loved Painkiller from their later work. The effect Judas Priest had on metal, even to this day, is palpable and listening to the original is absolutely breathtaking.

My favorite Judas Priest song: Painkiller from the Painkiller album (1990). This song features a strong double bass drum intro. It is invigorating and refreshing to listen to.

9) Laura Jane Grace from Against Me!

Laura Jane Grace’s vocals and lyrics left a mark on many young transgender people.

Laura Jane Grace

Against Me vocalist Laura Jane Grace tackles some hard-hitting topics that people of all backgrounds can relate to, not just transgender people. 

Laura Jane Grace is an everyday inspiration for many, and listening to her music fills me with fiery passion. Their most memorable album was either The Original Cowboy (2009),or White Crosses (2009). Against Me lives as a staple band for transgender punks.

My favorite Against Me! song: I Was a Teenage Anarchist from the White Crosses album (2009).

This song reminds me of a time when life was much simpler and more black-and-white, likely due to being inexperienced. It’s on heavy rotation in my playlists, and definitely worth a listen.

10)  Prince (fashion)

Prince always had an androgynous fashion sense

To my knowledge, Prince was not bisexual—although I’m sure many thought (or perhaps just hoped) that he was. 

But I think what makes Prince worthy of this list is that he was always willing to buck the establishment when it comes to how he presented himself in the world, especially from a fashion perspective challenging the gender binary

After all, remember when Prince once said in “I Would Die 4 U”: I’m not a woman/I’m not a man/I’m something that you’ll never understand.” 

Prince was never the one of the most overtly flamboyant male singers in the industry, but he possessed enough “flair” to make him cool and alluring enough for everybody—regardless of your sexual identity.

Prince’s music is ethereal and makes me feel completely out of this world. His most memorable work is the Purple Rain album (1984).

It even had a movie that went along with it! (Also amazing, by the way.) Prince changed the face of rock and roll and pop, also helping to normalize the idea that gender is a construct.

My favorite Prince song: Darling Nikki from the Purple Rain album (1984). This song showcases Prince’s vocal prowess to a degree that most people won’t ever achieve in their lives. The whole album, however, is pure, purple, perfection front-to-back!

11)  Kim Petras

Kim Petras

Kim Petras has several viral hits under her belt. She is the first transgender pop star to reach her level of pop stardom. She is also the first openly transgender woman to win a Grammy. 

Although I liked her earlier work better, her newer work only gains more and more traction, specifically Feed The Beast (2023). Kim Petras only moves up. I highly recommend listening in to be a part of the history, if nothing else.

My favorite Kim Petras song: Omen from the Turn Off The Light album (2018). This song is spooky and contains horror-style synths with a happy sounding part on the middle.

This short, 1 minute 39 second song takes you on a roller-coaster and leads right into the next song on the album. 

12)  Tyler, The Creator

Tyler, The Creator

Tyler, The Creator is memorable for so many reasons. Besides winning and being nominated for multiple Grammys, he even has his own carnival/music festival every year! His music makes me want to slow-dance.

I love the use of twinkly synths combined with jazz and R&B from his album Igor (2019). Tyler, The Creator has done a lot for the alternative hip-hop scene and continues to do so through Camp Flog Gnaw, his music festival. 

My favorite Tyler, The Creator song: Yonkers from the Goblin album (2011). This song displays Tyler, The Creators earlier work perfectly as it has the horrorcore elements most notable in his early work and follows some musical trends from the 2010’s.

For this reason it’s perfect for a nostalgia trip!

13)  Emma Grrrl from She/Her/Hers

Emma Grrrl uses music as an outlet to discuss her frustrations and trials she has to go through as a result of coming out as a transgender woman.

Emma Grrrl

She draws heavy influence from folk punk bands and has that same passionate and electrifying punk energy in her own music. 

Her music makes me feel hopeful for the future and helps me cope with my own struggles as a transgender woman.

Her 2015 album Hopeful//Scared documents her coming out as a transgender woman and provides context for the rest of her music. Her beautiful fusion of folk punk and pop make for a beautiful, emotional experience unrivaled by many other musicians.

My favorite She/Her/Hers song: Nvr Pass from the Grrrl Angst album (2018). This song documents the mindset of going from wanting to live in stealth as a trans woman to the complete opposite.

It goes on to explain she wants to live visibly transgender because she doesn’t want to “hide from who she is.” The acoustic version is best!

14)  George Michael from Wham!

Wham were among the most successful pop acts of the 80’s– for good reason! George Michael’s vocals are soulful and funky, combined with the post-disco elements of the music offering a uniquely “1980s” experience. 

The song Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go is one of their most successful songs, and the song alone makes them a strong contender among the best LGBTQ singers. However, they also have many other successful songs– all worth a listen!

Wham was even the first Western pop group to play China, using underhanded techniques to undermine Queen.

My favorite Wham song: Careless Whisper from the Make It Big album (1983). The iconic song has been sampled in so many modern works that listening to the original makes for a breathtaking experience.

15)  Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X combines rap, R&B, and country with pop to create one of the most culture-changing combinations.

Lil Nas X

Listening to his music makes me want to dance! It’s happy, feel-good music. All his music has left a lasting impression, but I’d argue his song Old Town Road (2019) was most important for his career.

His song Old Town Road remained #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 13 weeks. He’s taken a genre typically associated with white conservatism and combined it with rap and pop to create a melting pot of fans from all walks of life. 

My favorite Lil Nas X song: Dolla Sign Slime from the Montero album (2021). This song is so fun and bouncy. The synths are vaporwave-esque while the beat follows a traditional trap pattern. It even has a Megan Thee Stallion verse!

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This article was written by Ella and edited by Michael.

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