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Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists  

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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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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
oldschoolrockisthebest added Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
3
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
adrianalatina1999 added Hip hop
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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
BenjaminLatting added Opera, Classical music
5
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
6
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
mwahahahaha added Opera, Romantic music, Art song
7
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
mwahahahaha added Opera, Ballet, Ballet
8
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae
9
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
mwahahahaha added Ballet, Ballet, Incidental music
10
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
mwahahahaha added Opera, Art song, Chamber music
11
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock
12
Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music
13
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal
14
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
JulianneNowak-Hilligoss added New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
15
Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music
16
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music
17
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge
18
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
mwahahahaha added Opera, Romantic music, Incidental music
19
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Pop, Dance, Electronic
20
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal
21
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal
22
Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Noise rock, Grunge, Folk rock
23
Ronnie Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae
24
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop
25
Kim Gordon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musicians Who Would Make the Best Artists
Noise rock, No wave, Experimental rock