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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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    Amy Winehouse

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    Ozzy Osbourne

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    Kurt Cobain

    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
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    Jim Morrison

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    Jimi Hendrix

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    Jerry Garcia

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    Sly Stone

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    The Lord of Heroine 
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    Guitar God
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    John Lennon

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Rock music, Rap rock, Funk metal More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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    Etta James

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music More
    41
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    41
    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Bradley Nowell

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Ska punk More
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    Rock music, Protopunk, Rhythm and blues More
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    Rock music, Folk music, Grunge More
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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
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    Toxic Twins
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    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady More
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    New Wave, Disco, Pop music More
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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
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    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music More
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    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word More
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    i disagree with Lou Reeds placement at number 48.  should be in the top five at least.
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    Pop music More
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
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