In honor of Aaron Carter getting out of rehab (who, by the way, looks like absolute shit), we wondered, “Hey, just who were the most fucked-up rockers ever?” Yes, there are some very deserving people not here (David Crosby, Station to Station–era Bowie, Iggy Pop, Fleetwood Mac), and the list is very Brit-centric, but if we didn't keep it to a specific number, we'd have to list pretty much anyone who has ever released a song. All of these musicians have blazed a trail in their art, and blazed plenty of other stuff besides.
The only dead artist on the list eventually succumbed to his addictions (maybe; some suspect foul play). In his '70s heyday, New York Dolls guitarist Thunders was called “the Dean Martin of heroin.” He recorded fine Heartbreakers and solo output through the '80s until he passed away at age 38 in 1991. His body was twisted up “like a pretzel,” according to observers.