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
15,532 4,037
Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Talk Is Cheap, Main Offender, Live at the Hollywood Palladium

2
16,183 2,919
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

3
12,552 3,228
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Paris Jim, Dionysus

4
13,914 3,930
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures

5
13,059 3,092
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood

6
10,866 2,625
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
10,377 2,205
Sid Vicious is listed (or ranked) 7 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...

8
10,147 2,224
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

9
9,552 2,752
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
8,430 3,172
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
5,997 2,228
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Two Sides of the Moon

12
6,153 2,669
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Jerry Garcia / David Grisman, Shady Grove, Cats Under the Stars

13
6,288 2,656
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
AARGH added (It) Feels So Good

14
5,576 2,492
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
AARGH added

15
6,985 1,929
Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
CoryBrooks added

16
5,895 1,899
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
7,132 3,012
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal

18
5,653 1,819
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Bootsdad added Street Songs, Urban Rapsody, Motown Legends

19
4,896 1,617
Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
4,462 2,547
Slash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
JoeHooke added Slash, Apocalyptic Love, Made in Stoke 24/7/11

21
2,295 1,794
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
ethicole added The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show

22
4,900 2,673
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
MadameLil added Wandering Spirit, Goddess in the Doorway, The Very Best of Mick Jagger

23
4,835 3,467
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
4,291 2,416
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
3,095 2,033
Pete Doherty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Shaken and Withdrawn, Part 2, Grace/Wastelands