Top 10 Rock, Grunge and Metal Singers that Struggled with Addiction

These Rock and Metal singers struggled with some sort of addiction whenever it's drugs or alochol. Now let's count them down.

The Top Ten Rock, Grunge and Metal Singers that Struggled with Addiction

1 Ozzy Osbourne (Drug and Alcohol Addiction) John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

Kurt does know what he's saying neither does Ozzy but what makes Ozzy worse is that he has illusions sees things that aren't real and lost his voice (he does sing very well though)

He heavily abused both drugs and alochol making him lose his voice in the process.

It boggles my mind he survived nearly 40 years of a load of drugs. - Mumbizz01

2 Kurt Cobain (Drug Addiction) Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his more.

Struggled is an under-statement - EliHbk

3 Chester Bennington (Drug Addiction) Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. more.

He has openily admitted about it but this was only with the band's album Meteora ever since then he has never taken drugs since.

4 Bon Scott (Alcohol Addiction) Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, more.

This is what caused his own death unfortunately.

Rock in Peace Bon Scott - christangrant

5 Layne Staley (Drug Addiction) Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. more.

It was his drug obession that killed him RIP.

6 Jim Morrison (Alcohol and Drug Addiction) James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
7 Lemmy Kilmister (Drug Addiction) Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

It eventually took his life RIP.

8 David Bowie (Drug Addiction) David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.

It took awhile for him to get off his drug addiction RIP.

9 Neil Young (Drug Addiction) Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

He even wrote a song about heroin no more needs to be said.

10 Dave Mustaine (Drug Addiction) David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own more.

He did a lot of drugs over the career of Megadeth and has been to rehab many times - christangrant

Metallica fired him for this reason. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Adam Gontier (Drug Addiction) Adam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.

I cried when I heard his addiction story

Mainly with the first album he struggled with drug addiction but he recovered and is now drug- free live.

There is a documentary about his addiction to OxyContin called "Behind The Pain".

12 Keith Moon (Alcohol Addiction) Keith John Moon was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians.

More like addiction to everything

13 Keith Richards (Drug Addiction) Keith Richards is an English musician—primarily a guitarist—singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.
14 Trent Reznor (Drug Addiction) Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.
15 Lou Reed (Alcohol and Drug Addiction) Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. more.
16 Billie Joe Armstrong (Drug and Alcohol Addiction) Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

Both struggled with alochol and drug addiction with years before he got done with both addictions.

17 James Hetfield (Drug and Alcohol Addiction) James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

I took their album for free download on my blog...They had worst impression on my life! (From an Iranian fan)

It reached a boiling point before the recording of St. Anger.

18 John Frusciante (Drug Addiction) John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He was also part of the Mars Volta, Swahili Blonde, Ataxia and more.
19 Anthony Kiedis (Drug Addiction) Anthony Kiedis is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he has fronted since its inception in 1983.

He struggled with heroin but at the same time kept going with everyday practice and swimming and that is why he has been so vital and energetic throughout the years. He stopped and ended using drugs in the late ninetees. His guitarist, Hilel Slovak, died becouse of heroin and that had a big influence on the singer. RHCP have a few songs about drug use itself, like their masterpieces "Otherside", "Under the Bridge" or "Snow" (all written by Anthony).

20 David Lee Roth (Drug Addiction) David Lee Roth is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality.

A quote: “I used to have a drug problem, now I make enough money.” - Metal_Treasure

21 Brian Jones (Drug Addiction) Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.
22 Syd Barrett (Drug Addiction) Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.
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