The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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List Criteria: Vote for the rockers who you assume did (or, in some cases, still do) the most drugs. Must be an individual musician - not a full band.

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

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    Paris Jim, Dionysus

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    1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood

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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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    Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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

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

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    Two Sides of the Moon

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    (It) Feels So Good

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    Street Songs, Urban Rapsody, Motown Legends

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

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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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    Transformer, Berlin, New York

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    Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

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    Shaken and Withdrawn, Part 2, Grace/Wastelands

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

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

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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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    Joe Perry, Have Guitar, Will Travel

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

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

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    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, ...

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    Coverdale/Page, Come With Me, Live at the Greek

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    Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B, Stand by Your Man

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    Dirty Love Songs, Murder Junkies, Eat My Fuc

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    So Alone, Hurt Me, Too Much Junkie Business

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    The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy

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    Rock and Roll Highway

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    Live at the Apollo, Star Time, Funky Christmas

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    Sunfighter, Manhole, Welcome to the Wrecking Ball

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    Tha Carter III, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter

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    The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show

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