The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time Bands/Musicians
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The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

List Criteria: Must be a musician (not a full band) who has done / is doing / will perhaps continue to do 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 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.
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Amy Winehouse

    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    100
  2. 2
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    95
  3. 3
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    ranked low on reranks
    Ozzy Osbourne

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    93
  4. 4
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    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    91
  5. 5
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    89
  6. 6
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    87
  7. 7
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    84
  8. 8
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    Noise rock, Grunge, Folk rock More
    82
  9. 9
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    79
  10. 10
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    Rock music, Punk rock More
    75
    added by: repasky.michael
  11. 11
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    73
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    New Wave, Disco, Pop music More
    67
    added by: Bootsdad
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    63
    added by: AARGH
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
    61
    added by: AARGH
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    60
    added by: Bogart33
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap More
    60
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    ranked low on reranks
    Keith Moon

    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music More
    60
  18. 18
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    59
    added by: CoryBrooks
    The Lord of Heroine 
  19. 19
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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    55
    added by: MadameLil
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    53
    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    53
    added by: MadameLil
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    New Wave, Disco, Pop music More
    52
    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    ranked low on reranks
    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    51
    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sly Stone

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    51
    added by: MadameLil
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eric Clapton

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    50
    added by: lappa21
    Guitar God
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    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady More
    49
    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    ranked low on reranks
    Guns N' Roses

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    48
    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Garage rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock More
    48
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    48
    added by: MadameLil
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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music More
    46
    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    46
    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Freddie Mercury

    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    46
    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
  33. 33
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    Rock music, Rap rock, Funk metal More
    45
    added by: Werner Brandes
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    Pop music, Teen pop, Contemporary R&B More
    45
    added by: myahmariesaunders
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    ranked low on reranks
    Slash

    45
    added by: JoeHooke
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    ranked low on reranks
    Brian Jones

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    44
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    43
    added by: Cerberus
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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    42
    added by: lappa21
    Toxic Twins
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    41
    added by: hookstyler
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Belinda Carlisle

    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music More
    40
    added by: MadameLil
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Ska punk More
    40
  42. 42
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    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music More
    40
    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    40
    added by: MadameLil
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    38
  45. 45
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    Reggae More
    37
    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    Rock music, Folk music, Grunge More
    37
  47. 47
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    35
    added by: Bootsdad
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    Rock music, Protopunk, Rhythm and blues More
    35
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    Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal More
    35
    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    35
    added by: RaecheleLWilson-Doran
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