offbeat 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.

list ordered by

1
13,886 3,558
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

2
14,389 2,572
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
11,154 2,946
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Jim Morrison Paris Jim, Dionysus

4
11,661 2,777
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
12,624 3,576
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
9,701 2,392
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
9,316 1,985
Sid Vicious is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
repasky.michael added Sid Vicious The Vicious White Kids feat. Sid Vicious, Live at the Electric Ballroom, Too Fast to Live...

8
9,079 2,020
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
8,602 2,491
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
7,433 2,860
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
5,314 1,996
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Keith Moon Two Sides of the Moon

12
5,464 2,425
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Jerry Garcia Jerry Garcia / David Grisman, Shady Grove, Cats Under the Stars

13
5,496 2,405
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
AARGH added Steven Tyler (It) Feels So Good

14
4,983 2,268
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
AARGH added Layne Staley

The Worst Place to Get a Tattoo

15
6,288 1,760
Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
CoryBrooks added Nikki Sixx

16
5,285 1,724
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
MadameLil added Iggy Pop The Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse

17
5,070 1,659
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Bootsdad added Rick James Street Songs, Urban Rapsody, Motown Legends

18
4,337 1,432
Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Charley Feldman added Scott Weiland The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, 12 Bar Blues, Happy in Galoshes

19
3,885 2,285
Slash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
JoeHooke added Slash Slash, Apocalyptic Love, Made in Stoke 24/7/11

20
6,151 2,710
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
4,252 2,397
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
MadameLil added Mick Jagger Wandering Spirit, Goddess in the Doorway, The Very Best of Mick Jagger

Celebrities Who Fell Into Homelessness

22
3,692 2,084
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Charley Feldman added Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

23
4,291 3,089
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Bogart33 added Michael Jackson Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

24
2,775 1,842
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
2,488 1,717
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
kkhflyfish added Lou Reed Transformer, Berlin, New York

26
3,931 1,759
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
RaecheleLWilson-Doran added Willie Nelson Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

27
2,766 2,178
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
lappa21 added Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

28
2,767 1,367
Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
DougStephens added Syd Barrett The Madcap Laughs, The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me?, Opel

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

29
3,105 1,983
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
RaecheleLWilson-Doran added Marilyn Manson Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), Smells Like Children, Portrait of an American Family

30
2,334 1,843
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
RaecheleLWilson-Doran added Boy George The House Collection Volume 2, The Martyr Mantras, Cheapness and Beauty

31
2,135 1,628
Brian Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Brian Jones Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka

32
2,608 2,209
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Cerberus added John Lennon Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

33
1,856 1,576
Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
lappa21 added Joe Perry Joe Perry, Have Guitar, Will Travel

34
2,304 1,778
Anthony Kiedis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Werner Brandes added Anthony Kiedis

35
1,670 897
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Jimt63 added Dee Dee Ramone Standing in the Spotlight, Greatest & Latest, I Hate Freaks Like You

14 Celebrities Caught Getting High on Camera

36
1,956 1,431
Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
hookstyler added Bon Scott The Early Years 1967-1972, With the Spektors and the Valentines, Round and Round: The Forgotten Years

37
1,549 939
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
christoffer.bouterse added Jimmy Page Coverdale/Page, Come With Me, Live at the Greek

38
2,413 1,475
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
2,495 1,031
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
AlexandraRockwell added Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

40
2,085 1,266
Dimebag Darrell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Bootsdad added Dimebag Darrell

41
1,501 1,489
Sly Stone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
MadameLil added Sly Stone High on You, Ten Years Too Soon, I'm Back! Family & Friends

42
2,250 1,945
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
RaecheleLWilson-Doran added Freddie Mercury The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy

Whatever Happened to Aubrey O'Day?

43
1,566 1,399
Grace Slick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
MadameLil added Grace Slick Sunfighter, Manhole, Welcome to the Wrecking Ball

44
1,487 1,224
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
MadameLil added Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde

45
1,542 1,068
Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
RaecheleLWilson-Doran added Billy Idol Rebel Yell, Happy Holidays, Idol Songs: 11 of the Best

46
1,642 940
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Charley Feldman added John Bonham Rock and Roll Highway

47
1,130 819
Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Brian Wilson SMiLE, What I Really Want for Christmas, Orange Crate Art

48
1,046 1,062
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Lim_Zero added Ian Fraser Kilmister Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B, Stand by Your Man

49
1,967 968
GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
eatvancity added GG Allin Dirty Love Songs, Murder Junkies, Eat My Fuc

50
1,475 691
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
EveryIdeaStolen added Stevie Nicks Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La - Album rock, soft rock, can pass small objects through the permanent hole in her nasal septum