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
14,872 3,870
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
15,459 2,805
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
11,932 3,131
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Paris Jim, Dionysus

4
12,486 2,969
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood

5
13,406 3,788
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures

6
10,357 2,537
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
9,927 2,138
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
9,698 2,166
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
9,129 2,666
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
8,013 3,044
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
5,679 2,144
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Two Sides of the Moon

12
5,869 2,570
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
5,967 2,563
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
AARGH added (It) Feels So Good

14
5,325 2,403
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
AARGH added

15
6,700 1,870
Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
CoryBrooks added

16
5,625 1,835
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
6,724 2,875
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal

18
5,400 1,771
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
4,666 1,561
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
4,204 2,443
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
4,602 2,564
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
2,101 1,459
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
ethicole added The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show

23
4,036 2,283
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
4,598 3,315
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Bogart33 added Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

25
2,955 1,962
Pete Doherty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Shaken and Withdrawn, Part 2, Grace/Wastelands

26
4,254 1,888
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
RaecheleLWilson-Doran added Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

27
2,653 1,844
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
kkhflyfish added Transformer, Berlin, New York

28
2,961 2,328
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
lappa21 added 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

29
3,354 2,152
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
RaecheleLWilson-Doran added Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), Smells Like Children, Portrait of an American Family

30
2,992 1,468
Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
DougStephens added The Madcap Laughs, The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me?, Opel

31
2,505 1,980
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
RaecheleLWilson-Doran added The House Collection Volume 2, The Martyr Mantras, Cheapness and Beauty

32
2,269 1,748
Brian Jones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka

33
2,817 2,365
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Cerberus added Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

34
2,000 1,694
Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
lappa21 added Joe Perry, Have Guitar, Will Travel

35
2,501 1,899
Anthony Kiedis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Werner Brandes added

36
1,830 978
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Jimt63 added Standing in the Spotlight, Greatest & Latest, I Hate Freaks Like You

37
1,666 1,178
Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
RaecheleLWilson-Doran added Rebel Yell, Happy Holidays, Idol Songs: 11 of the Best

38
2,099 1,519
Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
hookstyler added The Early Years 1967-1972, With the Spektors and the Valentines, Round and Round: The Forgotten Years

39
2,149 1,033
GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
eatvancity added Dirty Love Songs, Murder Junkies, Eat My Fuc

40
2,598 1,582
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs

41
1,702 1,044
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
christoffer.bouterse added Coverdale/Page, Come With Me, Live at the Greek

42
1,927 345
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Never a Dull Moment, Tommyland: The Ride, Trying to Be Me

43
2,730 1,132
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
AlexandraRockwell added American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

44
1,649 788
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
EveryIdeaStolen added Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La - Album rock, soft rock, can pass small objects through the permanent hole in her nasal septum

45
2,276 1,368
Dimebag Darrell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Bootsdad added

46
1,626 1,566
Sly Stone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
MadameLil added High on You, Ten Years Too Soon, I'm Back! Family & Friends

47
1,646 1,330
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
MadameLil added Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde

48
1,674 1,498
Grace Slick is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
MadameLil added Sunfighter, Manhole, Welcome to the Wrecking Ball

49
2,435 2,136
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
RaecheleLWilson-Doran added The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy

50
1,780 1,015
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
Charley Feldman added Rock and Roll Highway