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The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time 

Robert Wabash
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Updated June 14, 2019 559.9k votes 51.5k voters 1.8M views 204 items

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.

list ordered by
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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Genre: Doom metal, Glam metal & Blues-rock; Nationality: England
2
Sid Vicious is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
repasky.michael added Genre: Rock music and Punk rock; Nationality: United Kingdom
3
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America
4
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Genre: Grunge, Alternative rock & Punk rock; Nationality: United States of America
5
Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Reggae; Nationality: England
6
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Acid rock; Nationality: United States of America
7
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Experimental rock; Nationality: United States of America
8
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Genre: Doo-wop, Pop music & Neo soul; Nationality: England
9
Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Genre: Noise rock, Grunge & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America
10
Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
CoryBrooks added Genre: Glam metal, Rock music & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
MadameLil added Genre: Punk blues, Garage rock & Protopunk; Nationality: United States of America
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Rick James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Bootsdad added Genre: New Wave, Disco & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
13
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Genre: Pop music, Dance-pop & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America
14
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Genre: Skiffle, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: England
15
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
AARGH added Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America
16
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America
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Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America
18
Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Charley Feldman added Genre: Rock music, Grunge & Neo-psychedelia; Nationality: United States of America
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Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
AARGH added Genre: Doom metal, Glam metal & Blues-rock; Nationality: United States of America
20
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
RaecheleLWilson-Doran added Genre: Outlaw country, Americana & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United States of America
21
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
MadameLil added Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Dance-rock; Nationality: United Kingdom
22
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Genre: Glam metal, Nu metal & Electro house; Nationality: United States of America
23
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Charley Feldman added Genre: Christian music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
24
Slash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
JoeHooke added Genre: Glam metal, Blues-rock & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America
25
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
AlexandraRockwell added Genre: Outlaw country, Christian music & Americana; Nationality: United States of America