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The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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Rock stars and drugs go together like football and beer: you could have one without the other and it would still be fun, but you would sense that something was missing and it just wouldn't feel quite right. And in the world of rock and roll, musicians being whacked out on drugs and alcohol can be pretty entertaining (right up until the OD, of course. RIP).

This list of rock stars who used drugs was inspired by an article in the OC Weekly that chronicled the six druggiest rock stars of all time, but since we go big at Ranker, we added a few more to the mix. Because honestly, one thing the music world isn't lacking is train wrecks who drink and do drugs. If you can think of other rock stars that deserve to be on the list that didn't make it in the first wave of qualifications (which basically consist of the ability to frighten one of the nurses at Promises upon checking into rehab), add them. But heed the criteria that your rock star must have a splendid past with drugs.

If you're looking for inspiration in the drugs and rock & roll arena (we'll assume the rest of the internet can cover the "sex" part), the list of rock stars who have aged the worst is an excellent way to make you feel better about those gray hairs you've been denying. And if you're wondering what's to come of these miscreants of the mic after the drugs have run their course, there's the list of celebrity ODs we should have seen coming.

List Criteria: Must be a musician (not a full band) who has done / is doing / will perhaps continue to do drugs

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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Amy Winehouse

    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
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    Jim Morrison

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    94
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jerry Garcia

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    89
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    Rock music, Punk rock More
    85
    added by: repasky.michael
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    Whitney Houston

    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
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    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
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    Courtney Love

    Noise rock, Grunge, Folk rock More
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    New Wave, Disco, Pop music More
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    added by: Bootsdad
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    Layne Staley

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
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    added by: AARGH
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    Keith Moon

    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Snoop Dogg

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap More
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    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
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    added by: Bogart33
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    Nikki Sixx

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    The Lord of Heroine 
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    Iggy Pop

    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk More
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    added by: MadameLil
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    Steven Tyler

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
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    added by: AARGH
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    Pete Doherty

    Garage rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock More
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    Mötley Crüe

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Sly Stone

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
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    added by: MadameLil
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    Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady More
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    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
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    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
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    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Freddie Mercury

    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
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    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Anthony Kiedis

    Rock music, Rap rock, Funk metal More
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    added by: Werner Brandes
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    Eric Clapton

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
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    added by: lappa21
    Guitar God
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    Joe Perry

    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    51
    added by: lappa21
    Toxic Twins
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    Guns N' Roses

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    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Pop music, Teen pop, Contemporary R&B More
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    added by: myahmariesaunders
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    Brian Jones

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music More
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    Bradley Nowell

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Ska punk More
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    Etta James

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
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    added by: MadameLil
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    Peter, Paul and Mary

    Folk music, Folk rock More
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    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Bon Scott

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
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    Willie Nelson

    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music More
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    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Shannon Hoon

    Rock music, Folk music, Grunge More
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    Grace Slick

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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    added by: MadameLil
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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
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    Boy George

    New Wave, Disco, Pop music More
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    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Rock music, Protopunk, Rhythm and blues More
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    Reggae More
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    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    John Lennon

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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    added by: Cerberus
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    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Psychedelic rock More
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    Shuggie Otis

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    38
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    Jason Pierce

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