While it may have been a less-than-stellar year overall, 2021 proved to be monumental in terms of LGBTQ representation in music. Sure, there were a few steps backward (and there is plenty more work to be done), but when it came down to it, LGBTQ artists finally had the opportunity to cash in on the attention that they’ve been waiting on for so long in 2021.
When it came to songwriting in 2021, LGBTQ artists delivered. Throughout a year filled with further confusion and plenty more pain carried over from 2020, queer artists came with songs that could comfort those who were desperately in need — or provide worthy distractions for those who were ready to check out for a minute or two.
Check out Billboard’s picks for the 25 best songs by LGBTQ artists released in 2021 below.