The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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

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 in the world of rock and roll, musicians being whacked out on drugs and alcohol can be pretty entertaining (right up until they 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 are 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.
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    Talk Is Cheap, Main Offender, Live at the Hollywood Palladium

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    Paris Jim, Dionysus

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    Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

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    Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures

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    First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi ...

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    The Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse

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    (It) Feels So Good

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    The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, 12 Bar Blues, Happy in Galoshes

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    Exodus, Rastaman Vibration, Catch a Fire

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    Transformer, Berlin, New York

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    Shaken and Withdrawn, Part 2, Grace/Wastelands

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    Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential ...

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    Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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    Wandering Spirit, Goddess in the Doorway, The Very Best of Mick Jagger

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    American Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa

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    Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

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    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

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    Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka

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    Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

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    High on You, Ten Years Too Soon, I'm Back! Family & Friends

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    Joe Perry, Have Guitar, Will Travel

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    Standing in the Spotlight, Greatest & Latest, I Hate Freaks Like You ...

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    The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy

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    So Alone, Hurt Me, Too Much Junkie Business

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    Live at the Apollo, Star Time, Funky Christmas

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