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Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1k votes 248 voters 1.5k views

List Rules Vote for the musicians who would make the most interesting art

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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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
oldschoolrockisthebest added Genre: Glam metal, Experimental rock & Shock rock; Nationality: United States of America
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Rock music, Psychedelic pop & Electronic music; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
adrianalatina1999 added Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
BenjaminLatting added Genre: Opera and Classical music; Nationality: Austrian Empire
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: England
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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
mwahahahaha added Genre: Opera, Romantic music & Art song; Nationality: Austrian Empire
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John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Americana, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
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Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
mwahahahaha added Genre: Opera, Ballet & Ballet; Nationality: France
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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Reggae; Nationality: England
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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Glam metal, Nu metal & Industrial metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
mwahahahaha added Genre: Ballet, Ballet & Incidental music; Nationality: France
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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
mwahahahaha added Genre: Opera, Art song & Chamber music; Nationality: United States of America
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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
JulianneNowak-Hilligoss added Genre: New Wave, Rock music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: England
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Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Doom metal, Blues-rock & Power metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Doom metal, Rock music & Grunge; Nationality: United States of America
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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Doom metal, Glam metal & Blues-rock; Nationality: England
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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Outsider music; Nationality: United States of America
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Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
mwahahahaha added Genre: Opera, Romantic music & Incidental music; Nationality: France
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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Pop, Dance & Electronic; Nationality: United States of America
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Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Horror punk, Noise rock & Nu metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Noise rock, Grunge & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America
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Ronnie Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Reggae; Nationality: England
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Joseph Arthur is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Folk rock and Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America
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Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Genre: Pop music, Latin American music & Latin pop; Nationality: United States of America