Musicians The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time  

Robert Wabash
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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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1
16,220 2,923
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

2
15,553 4,047
Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Talk Is Cheap, Main Offender, Live at the Hollywood Palladium

3
13,084 3,099
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood

4
12,579 3,231
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Paris Jim, Dionysus

5
10,885 2,627
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection

6
13,932 3,935
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures

7
10,163 2,228
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

8
10,393 2,208
Sid Vicious is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
repasky.michael added The Vicious White Kids feat. Sid Vicious, Live at the Electric Ballroom, Too Fast to Live...

9
9,564 2,757
Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
America's Sweetheart, 1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie

10
8,438 3,177
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your Love

11
6,159 2,670
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Jerry Garcia / David Grisman, Shady Grove, Cats Under the Stars

12
6,003 2,229
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Two Sides of the Moon

13
6,297 2,658
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
AARGH added (It) Feels So Good

14
6,998 1,929
Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
CoryBrooks added

15
5,583 2,493
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
AARGH added

16
5,902 1,900
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
MadameLil added The Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse

17
5,656 1,819
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Bootsdad added Street Songs, Urban Rapsody, Motown Legends

18
4,468 2,548
Slash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
JoeHooke added Slash, Apocalyptic Love, Made in Stoke 24/7/11

19
7,141 3,014
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal

20
4,899 1,619
Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Charley Feldman added The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, 12 Bar Blues, Happy in Galoshes

21
4,906 2,674
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
MadameLil added Wandering Spirit, Goddess in the Doorway, The Very Best of Mick Jagger

22
4,298 2,418
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Charley Feldman added Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

23
4,845 3,471
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Bogart33 added Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

24
2,795 1,911
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
kkhflyfish added Transformer, Berlin, New York

25
3,134 2,432
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
lappa21 added 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim