bands/musicians Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President  

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List Rules Only people born in the United States qualify for this list. Vote up the political musicians who should run for office.

This is a list of rock stars who would make the best president. Music and politics have been intertwined much like peas and carrots. Since music first became a popular art form, singers have used the medium as a way to tell stories and to rail against their unfair issues. Both rock stars of the past and present aren't afraid to speak up against political issues that they feel are harmful to them and to society. Many musicians come from humble upbringings so their success, while excessive at times, has taught them how to handle large audiences and how to get their opinions and viewpoints to the population. With their passion and outspokenness against perceived wrongs, rock stars are the best candidates of any entertainment entity to make a great president.

So what would make a great rock star president? The ability to communicate and the willingness to do what's best for the people. Several musicians on this list practice what they preach both on their songs but also in public. Artists like Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger have a distinctly populist voice in their music and their voices are popular with different types of people. These singers would be a voice that many would unite around. The same goes for rock stars like John Fogerty, John Mellencamp and Eddie Vedder. That is the common bond between all of the different personalities on this list.Their music may be different, but their leadership skills and willing to do what's best even when it's not popular is what will make them the best president.

Vote for the rock star who you think would make the best president. If you notice that a rock star isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add him or her. Feel free to vote and rerank this list as you deem fit. 
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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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557 557
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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524 524
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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490 490
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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197 259
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
WanSinuzulan added Tom Petty Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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228 313
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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241 337
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

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350 571
Ted Nugent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Ted Nugent Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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193 357
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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256 355
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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224 338
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Jon Bon Jovi Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

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215 331
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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139 205
Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
voting closed at #13 Dave Matthews Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

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157 302
James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
James Hetfield Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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167 261
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
John Mellencamp Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
IanHarvey added Joan Jett Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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60 87
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Mark Lanzarotta added Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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150 272
Sammy Hagar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Sammy Hagar Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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43 74
Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Mark Lanzarotta added Bob Seger Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music

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137 244
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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20 32
Billy Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Billy Gibbons Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

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51 102
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Mark Lanzarotta added Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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35 71
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Mark Lanzarotta added Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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62 87
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Mark Lanzarotta added Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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105 207
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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172 353
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Kid Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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102 235
Dave Mustaine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Dave Mustaine Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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90 184
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Michael Stipe Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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36 71
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Mark Lanzarotta added Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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26 54
Arlo Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
David Sizemore added Arlo Guthrie Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues

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14 30
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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106 240
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Billie Joe Armstrong Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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21 30
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Kasir Radojica added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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120 247
Slash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Slash Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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87 204
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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90 211
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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12 17
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Jim_In_Texas added Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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17 34
Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Paul Stanley Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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11 33
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
GarfunkelGirl added Art Garfunkel Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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82 183
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Jack White Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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127 239
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Rob Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

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110 255
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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100 187
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

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58 159
Warren Zevon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Warren Zevon Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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7 18
Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Jim_In_Texas added Chrissie Hynde New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

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79 193
Joey Ramone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Joey Ramone Punk rock

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11 30
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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79 195
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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59 151
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Patti Smith Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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86 225
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music