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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    the people's #1
    Talk Is Cheap, Main Offender, Live at the Hollywood Palladium

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    Paris Jim, Dionysus

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    Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time


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

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    most listed & ranked high on reranks
    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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    1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood

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    The Vicious White Kids feat. Sid Vicious, Live at the Electric Ballroom, ...

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    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time


    Janis Joplin Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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    Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time


    Courtney Love America's Sweetheart, 1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie ...

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    Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time


    Whitney Houston The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your ...

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    Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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    Jerry Garcia Jerry Garcia / David Grisman, Shady Grove, Cats Under the Stars

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    Two Sides of the Moon

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    Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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    Iggy Pop The Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse

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    (It) Feels So Good

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    Street Songs, Urban Rapsody, Motown Legends

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    Slash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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    Slash Slash, Apocalyptic Love, Made in Stoke 24/7/11

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    added by RaecheleLWilson-Doran
    Girls Girls Girls, Shout at the Devil, Dr. Feelgood

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    Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

    added by RaecheleLWilson-Doran
    Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

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    Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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

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    Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal

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    added by RaecheleLWilson-Doran
    Exodus, Rastaman Vibration, Catch a Fire

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    Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

    often listed & added by kkhflyfish
    Lou Reed Transformer, Berlin, New York

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    The Madcap Laughs, The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me?, Opel ...

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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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    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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    Michael Jackson Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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    Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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    Mick Jagger 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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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

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    Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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    Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals, Portrait of an American Family ...

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    Brian Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time


    Brian Jones Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka

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    Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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    Ian Fraser Kilmister Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B, Stand by Your Man

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    Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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    Bon Scott The Early Years 1967-1972, With the Spektors and the Valentines, Round and ...

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    Boy George is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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    Boy George The House Collection Volume 2, The Martyr Mantras, Cheapness and Beauty ...

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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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    American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At ...

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    Joe Perry, Have Guitar, Will Travel

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    Sunfighter, Manhole, Welcome to the Wrecking Ball

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

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    If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, Deliver, The Mamas & the Papas ...

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    Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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    Freddie Mercury The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy

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    Live at the Apollo, Star Time, Funky Christmas

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    So Alone, Hurt Me, Too Much Junkie Business

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    GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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    GG Allin Dirty Love Songs, Murder Junkies, Eat My Fuc

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