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Reader’s Poll: The 50 Most Important LGBT Musicians

Reader's Poll: The 50 Most Important LGBT Musicians

June is Pride Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots and asking all of us to remember how we got where we are today. So in our second annual Pride Month poll here at /bent, we asked our readers to tell us the films, television shows, songs and people (both fictional and real) that have been important to them in the past 46 years. 

Check out all the results for every poll here.

127 people responded, and we’ll be sharing the results over the next few weeks, with the fifth list out today: The most important LGBT musicians of the last 46 years. Now, before we get to the results: We do realize doing this kind of thing is highly subjective, which is why we’re going with “most important” and not “best.” We hoped that what resulted was eclectic mix of folks that have helped shape the queer cultural landscape. And we think it really is. So without further ado, we present the 50 most important musicians, according to you. Definitely use the comments section to discuss your thoughts and/or your own choices, but remember – these were your picks – do don’t blame us if your offended about their quality or lack of diversity through the LGBT spectrum.

1. Freddie Mercury 
2. Elton John 

3. Melissa Etheridge
4. Morrissey 

5. kd lang 

6. George Michael

7. Frank Ocean


8. Rufus Wainwright 

9. David Bowie 

10 (tie). Pet Shop Boys 

10. (tie). Sam Smith

12. Antony Hegarty 

13. Boy George

14. Jobriath

15 (tie). Beth Ditto

15 (tie). Michael Stipe

17. Tegan & Sara

18. Peaches

19. Scissor Sisters

20 (tie). Lady Gaga

20 (tie). Sylvester


22. RuPaul

23. Ani diFranco

24. Lou Reed

25 (tie). Azealia Banks

25 (tie). Ricky Martin

27. Conchita Wurst


28. Tracy Chapman

29 (tie). Indigo Girls

29 (tie). Sia

31. Mykki Blanco

32. Meshell Ndegeocello

33. Bob Mould

34 (tie). The B-52s
34 (tie). Linda Perry

36. Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu)

37. Owen Pallett

38 (tie). Alison Goldfrapp

38 (tie). Jonsi

38 (tie). Mika

41. Justin Vivien Bond

42. Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear)

43. Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields)

44 (tie). Mary Lambert

44 (tie). Perfume Genius

46. St. Vincent

47. Kele Okereke (Bloc Party)

48. Patrick Wolf
49 (tie). Bradford Cox (Deerhunter)

49 (tie). The Hidden Cameras

49 (tie). Rae Spoon

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