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This list contains information about athletes who are also musicians, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous baseball players, boxers, and NBA all-stars are also musicians. Some of these athletes' albums flopped, while others are Grammy-winning musicians. One famous athlete even learned to play guitar from some of the greatest guitarists in the world.

Who is the most famous athlete who is also a musician? Kobe Bryant tops our list. In the late-1990s, NBA player Kobe Bryant released a rap album entitled K.O.B.E. Shaquille O'Neal released four rap albums in the 1990s. His debut Shaq Diesel was certified platinum in the U.S. Besides being a champion boxer, Oscar de la Hoya is also a Grammy-nominated singer for his eponymous 2000 CD.

Tennis player John McEnroe sang and played guitar in The Johnny Smyth Band. He learned to play guitar from Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton. Barry Zito plays guitar, and he co-wrote the song "Butterflies," which was featured in the film A Thousand Words. Chris Webber released the rap album 2 Much Drama, and he also produced two tracks for Nas.

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Athletes Who Are Also Musicians
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In the late-1990s, Kobe Bryant released a rap album entitled K.O.B.E.

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Age: 39

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Lakers

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Athletes Who Are Also Musicians
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Shaquille O'Neal released four rap albums in the 1990s. His debut Shaq Diesel was certified platinum in the U.S.

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Age: age 43

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, + more

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#40 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#3 on The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time

#11 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

#9 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Athletes Who Are Also Musicians
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Manny Pacquiáo is an accomplished vocalist and has released several albums and singles from 2006-2013.

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Age: 39

Nationality: Philippines

Birthplace: Northern Mindanao, Municipalities of the Philippines, Philippines, Bukidnon, Kibawe, + more

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#20 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#26 on Athletes Who Should Get a Reality Show

#1 on The Best Boxers of the 21st Century

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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Athletes Who Are Also Musicians
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Deion Sanders released the rap album Prime Time in 1994.

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Age: 50

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, United States of America

Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, + more

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#12 on The Best Dallas Cowboys of All Time

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#1 on The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time

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