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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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#2 on The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

#63 on The Smartest Professional Athletes

#6 on The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

#6 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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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: USA, Newark, New Jersey

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

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#3 on The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time

#22 on The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

#8 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#15 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

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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: Philippines, Kibawe

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#1 on The Best Boxers of the 21st Century

#59 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

#24 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#15 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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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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#13 on The Best Dallas Cowboys of All Time

#17 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

#33 on The Best Atlanta Braves of All Time

#12 on The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 26 Athletes Who Are Also Musicians
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Besides being a champion boxer, Oscar de la Hoya is also a Grammy-nominated singer for his eponymous 2000 CD.

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Age: 44

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: East Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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#6 on The Best Boxers of the 21st Century

#6 on The Best Hispanic Athletes

#35 on The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

#19 on The Best Boxers of All Time

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 26 Athletes Who Are Also Musicians
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John McEnroe sang and played guitar in The Johnny Smyth Band. He learned to play guitar from Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton.

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Age: 58

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

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#83 on The Smartest Professional Athletes

#20 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#23 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

#40 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 26 Athletes Who Are Also Musicians
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Wilt Chamberlain was a radio DJ at the University of Kansas in the mid-fifties.

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Age: Died at 63 (1936-1999)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers, + more

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#4 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#3 on The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

#61 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#2 on The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 26 Athletes Who Are Also Musicians
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Boxer Roy Jones, Jr. has released solo albums and rapped with the group Body Head Bangerz.

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Age: 48

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States of America

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#3 on The Best Boxers of the 21st Century

#30 on The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

#21 on The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

#14 on The Best Boxers of All Time

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