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

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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

1 Ozzy Osbourne (Drug and Alcohol Addiction) 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 ...read more.

He heavily abused both drugs and alochol making him lose his voice in the process. - BoredJeff02

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

2 Bon Scott (Alcohol Addiction) 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, ...read more.

This is what caused his own death unfortunately. - BoredJeff02

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3 Kurt Cobain (Drug Addiction) Kurt Cobain (Drug Addiction) Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. 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 Seattle home in 1994.

Yeah enough said. - BoredJeff02

Struggled is an under-statement - EliHbk

4 Chester Bennington (Drug Addiction) 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 has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

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. - BoredJeff02

5 Lemmy Kilmister (Drug Addiction) 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.

It eventually took his life RIP. - BoredJeff02

6 David Bowie (Drug Addiction) David Bowie (Drug Addiction) David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.

It took awhile for him to get off his drug addiction RIP. - BoredJeff02

7 Layne Staley (Drug Addiction) 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. ...read more.

It was his drug obession that killed him RIP. - BoredJeff02

8 Neil Young (Drug Addiction) 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. - BoredJeff02

9 Jim Morrison (Alcohol and Drug Addiction) 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.
10 Dave Mustaine (Drug Addiction) Dave Mustaine (Drug Addiction) ...read 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

He made a song about his addiction(A Tout Le Monde) - say10

The Contenders

11 Adam Gontier (Drug Addiction) 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.

Mainly with the first album he struggled with drug addiction but he recovered and is now drug- free live. - BoredJeff02

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

12 Billie Joe Armstrong (Drug and Alcohol Addiction) 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. - BoredJeff02

13 Keith Moon (Alcohol Addiction) Keith Moon (Alcohol Addiction)

More like addiction to everything

14 Keith Richards (Drug Addiction) 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.
15 Trent Reznor (Drug Addiction) 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.
16 Lou Reed (Alcohol and Drug Addiction) 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. ...read more.
17 John Frusciante (Drug Addiction) 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.
18 Anthony Kiedis (Drug Addiction) 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).

19 David Lee Roth (Drug Addiction) David Lee Roth (Drug Addiction) David Lee Roth is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality. V 1 Comment
20 James Hetfield (Drug and Alcohol Addiction) 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.

It reached a boiling point before the recording of St. Anger. - SteelCity99

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