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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.

Age: 39

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Lakers

Also Ranked

#57 on The Smartest Professional Athletes

#6 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#2 on The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

#19 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

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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.

Age: 45

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

Also Ranked

#37 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#13 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

#11 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#12 on The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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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.

Age: 39

Nationality: Philippines

Birthplace: Kibawe, Philippines

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#23 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#1 on The Best Boxers of the 21st Century

#24 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#49 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

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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.

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

Also Ranked

#11 on The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

#53 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#2 on Famous Athletes Who Could Have Dominated a Second Sport

#35 on The Best Atlanta Braves of All Time

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