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First of all: musicians ARE artists in their own right, but this list seeks to determine which musicians would make the best artists. In addition to the better known musicians turned artists like Marilyn Manson and John Lennon, there are musicians who went to art school (David Bowie, Kim Gordon), gallery owners (Ronnie Wood, Joseph Arthur), and those who simply paint as a hobby (John Mellencamp). 

Ranker asked a group of musicians and artists to give their input on this particular question at the Rock Against MS Benefit at Village Studios in Los Angeles in October 2014. The event - featuring collaborative art by Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison and artist Joey Feldman - welcomed the likes of Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, reality star Gretchen Bonaduce, Dave Navarro, The Sex Pistols's Steve Jones, and more to raise money to fund MS research in search of a cure. 

If you're wondering what the hard-rocking, star-studded attendees of the night had to say about the musicians whose paintings they'd like to see on the walls of their houses, check out the Ranker Asks video from the red carpet to find out more.

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Rob Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

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Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Ronnie James Dio Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Ozzy Osbourne Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Claude Debussy Ballet, Ballet, Incidental music

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Joseph Arthur is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Joseph Arthur Folk rock, Alternative rock

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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

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Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Maurice Ravel Opera, Ballet, Ballet

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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

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Ronnie Wood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Ronnie Wood Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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Kim Gordon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Kim Gordon Noise rock, No wave, Experimental rock

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Dave Matthews Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

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Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Ricky Martin Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

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Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Gabriel Fauré Opera, Romantic music, Incidental music

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Courtney Love Noise rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
John Mellencamp Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Billy Morrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists