Since Hayley Kiyoko’s “#20GAYTEEN” hashtag went viral on New Year’s Day, 2018 has been an impressive year for LGBTQ musicians, with Troye Sivan, Janelle Monáe, Halsey and Kiyoko herself all highlighting the rainbow hues in pop culture. But not every queer musician got the attention they deserved: Across genres -- from hip-hop to K-pop, from folk to house -- queer artists released some of the coolest, most forward-thinking music without due fanfare.
That’s where we come in. Before we move on to 2019, here are 50 great songs you might have missed by LGBTQ artists that deserve your full attention. If there’s any justice, maybe some of these standout tracks will see a delayed (but overdue) surge in the new year. See them all in alphabetical order by artist below, and find a Spotify playlist with all 50 of them at the end of the post.