Musicians Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President  

Daniel Kohn
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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
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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810 809
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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757 757
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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661 661
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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385 385
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
WanSinuzulan added Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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433 433
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

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419 419
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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390 485
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

9
404 438
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

10
238 264
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
IanHarvey added Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

11
307 395
James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

12
345 405
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

13
556 779
Ted Nugent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
166 166
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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129 129
Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music

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95 95
Billy Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

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268 341
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

18
342 457
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

19
248 348
Sammy Hagar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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154 161
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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188 276
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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86 95
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Kasir Radojica added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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118 169
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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73 92
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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70 74
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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202 314
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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205 322
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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287 471
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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73 86
Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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67 87
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
GarfunkelGirl added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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58 62
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Jim_In_Texas added Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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93 136
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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139 205
Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
voting closed at #13 Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

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199 311
Slash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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170 311
Dave Mustaine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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151 255
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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92 132
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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48 56
Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Jim_In_Texas added New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

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164 283
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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68 107
Arlo Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
David Sizemore added Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues

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167 276
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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45 57
Lindsey Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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38 48
Robert Cray is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Jim_In_Texas added Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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51 51
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Mike Sprague added Country

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200 354
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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138 237
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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196 307
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

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137 266
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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63 82
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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147 231
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President
Folk music, Country