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List Rules 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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Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Keith Richards Talk Is Cheap, Main Offender, Live at the Hollywood Palladium

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2
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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

3
+ - 5,617 1,580
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Jim Morrison Paris Jim, Dionysus

4
+ - 5,752 1,587
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Kurt Cobain 1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood

5
+ - 6,425 2,074
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Amy Winehouse Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures

6
+ - 4,887 1,295
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Jimi Hendrix First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection

7
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Sid Vicious is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Sid Vicious The Vicious White Kids feat. Sid Vicious, Live at the Electric Ballroom, Too Fast to Live...

8
+ - 4,336 1,067
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

9
+ - 4,702 1,417
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

10
+ - 3,980 1,699
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 Love

11
+ - 2,843 1,398
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Jerry Garcia Jerry Garcia / David Grisman, Shady Grove, Cats Under the Stars

12
+ - 2,710 1,086
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Keith Moon Two Sides of the Moon

13
+ - 2,612 1,243
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

14
+ - 2,693 1,380
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Steven Tyler (It) Feels So Good

15
+ - 3,188 1,040
Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Iggy Pop The Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse

17
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Rick James is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Rick James Street Songs, Urban Rapsody, Motown Legends

18
+ - 1,929 609
Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Scott Weiland The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, 12 Bar Blues, Happy in Galoshes

19
+ - 1,758 1,212
Slash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Slash Slash, Apocalyptic Love, Made in Stoke 24/7/11

20
+ - 2,952 1,614
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal

21
+ - 1,840 1,308
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Mick Jagger Wandering Spirit, Goddess in the Doorway, The Very Best of Mick Jagger

22
+ - 1,580 956
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

23
+ - 2,214 1,800
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Michael Jackson Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

24
+ - 1,428 1,006
Pete Doherty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Pete Doherty Shaken and Withdrawn, Part 2, Grace/Wastelands

25
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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Syd Barrett The Madcap Laughs, The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me?, Opel

26
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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Lou Reed Transformer, Berlin, New York

27
+ - 1,141 879
Brian Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Brian Jones Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka

28
+ - 1,831 960
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Willie Nelson Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

29
+ - 1,329 1,277
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

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30
+ - 1,230 1,278
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
John Lennon Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

31
+ - 1,069 1,063
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Boy George The House Collection Volume 2, The Martyr Mantras, Cheapness and Beauty

32
+ - 1,393 1,090
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals, Portrait of an American Family

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

34
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Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Bon Scott The Early Years 1967-1972, With the Spektors and the Valentines, Round and Round: The Forgotten Years

35
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Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Joe Perry Joe Perry, Have Guitar, Will Travel

36
+ - 669 436
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Dee Dee Ramone Standing in the Spotlight, Greatest & Latest, I Hate Freaks Like You

37
+ - 915 469
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

38
+ - 762 466
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
John Bonham Rock and Roll Highway

39
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Dimebag Darrell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

40
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Sly Stone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Sly Stone High on You, Ten Years Too Soon, I'm Back! Family & Friends

41
+ - 580 356
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Jimmy Page Coverdale/Page, Come With Me, Live at the Greek

42
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs

43
+ - 1,090 1,178
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Freddie Mercury The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy

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Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Ian Fraser Kilmister Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B, Stand by Your Man

45
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GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
GG Allin Dirty Love Songs, Murder Junkies, Eat My Fuc

46
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Grace Slick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Grace Slick Sunfighter, Manhole, Welcome to the Wrecking Ball

47
+ - 574 742
Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Johnny Thunders So Alone, Hurt Me, Too Much Junkie Business

48
+ - 383 303
Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Brian Wilson SMiLE, What I Really Want for Christmas, Orange Crate Art

49
+ - 662 571
Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Billy Idol Rebel Yell, Happy Holidays, Idol Songs: 11 of the Best

50
+ - 608 638
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde