2022 has already proven to be a year in which popular, newly-released singles are fewer and further between, especially when it comes to the Billboard Hot 100. But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been plenty of incredible new songs to jam out to this year.
That goes double for LGBTQ artists — even just halfway through the year, dozens of queer and trans stars have already released career-defining songs, with some even upending their entire public personas in favor of releasing something that is honest about their sexualities. Exceptionalism in queer art has also spanned genres; pop, R&B, rock, folk, and even some country has seen major singles by queer artists hit the market in 2022.
So, to celebrate the work these artists put into their songs this year, check out Billboard’s picks below for the 25 best songs by LGBTQ artists released thus far in 2022 below.