They loved to rock. And while some loved the drugs and alcohol, others burned guitars on stage. Get ready to wag your tongue and bob your head to the greatest rock stars of all time.

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Bruce Springsteen is the third highest-grossing musical act in the world, after U2 and the rolling Stones.
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Michael Philip Jagger, or Mick, and the Rolling Stones are one of the most influential bands in music history. The 67-year-old "Satisfaction" singer still kills it on-stage. The Stones' two-year tour for their 2005 album A Bigger Bang earned more than $500 million world wide. Not too shabby, Sir Jagger. (He was knighted a few years ago.)
Debbie Harry's iconic punk sneer took her to the top of the charts with Blondie, which formed in 1977. With her signature two-tone bleached blonde hair, the "Heart of Glass" singer was a regular at New York City hotspots Studio 54 and CBGB. Between Blondie, a solo career and a jazz band, Harry has also appeared in more than thirty films, including the 1988 John Waters adaptation of Hairspray, and became one of the faces of MAC Cosmetics' Viva Glam campaign.
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Jimi Hendrix wasn't the only face of psychedelic rock. Grace Slick's inimitable belt landed her lead singing duties in the Jefferson Airplane, where she turned thinly veiled drug references into a hit with "White Rabbit."
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor is arguably most famous for tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live in 1992. She often expressed strong views on organized religion, women's rights and war. These days, the "Nothing Compares 2 U" rocker is publicly battling more personal problems. She made headlines in December 2011 with a whirlwind on-again, off-again new marriage and in January 2012 with her very personal tweets. She later admitted she was seeking mental health treatment.
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Keith Richards is the mastermind behind the riff that begins hit Rolling Stones song "Start Me Up." The musical partnership between Richards and bandmate Mick Jagger produced a slew of hits for the band and led to the formation of its own record label in the '70s.
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R.E.M.'s lead singer Michael Stipe had dropped out of the University of Georgia in 1980 to form the band, which earned a huge following over the next two decades thanks to his unique voice and unclear vocals. Michael Stipe sported long, curly hair when he performed with R.E.M. at the Beacon Theatre in 1984, but before long his baldness became a trademark. The alt-rock icons were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
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Paul McCartney and the Beatles changed music forever. In this photo, he tells newsmen of his plans to marry American divorcee Linda Eastman, as a young fan looks on outside his home in London on March 11, 1969. How's Paul looking these days? Forty years, 60 gold discs and over 100 million albums sold later, Paul still rocks out at Citi Field in New York. Guinness World Records lists him as the "most successful composer and recording artist of all time." That's one serious title!
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Patti Smith led the punk rock movement in New York City with her poetic lyrics, eye for visual art and 1975 album Horses. She also collaborated with Bruce Springsteen for the Billboard-bound song "Because the Night," released in 1978.
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Before becoming a bleeping reality TV star on MTV's The Osbournes, Ozzy Osbourne ruled the English heavy metal scene with Black Sabbath in the '70s and '80s. They had the quadruple-platinum album Paranoid. The "Prince of Darkness" has come a long way since his days of battling drugs and alcohol. Osbourne released his 10th studio solo album, "Scream," in 2010. The inspiration for the album? "It's called my wife Sharon's left boot," he said.
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Vincent Damon Furnier, better known as Alice Cooper, provided the theme song to schoolchildren all over the world every summer when "School's Out" was released in 1972.
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Billy Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock band Generation X but hit rock star status after embarking on his solo career, releasing mega hits like "Dancing with Myself," "Mony Mony" and "White Wedding," aided by a series of sexy music videos, which made him one of the first MTV stars.
During the success of gems like "Dream On" and "Walk This Way," Steven Tyler quickly fell into the rock-and-roll drug scene. Tyler and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry were known as the "Toxic Twins" for their heavy use of stimulants and heroin.
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As the lead singer of Poison, Bret Michaels had it all: the fame, the spotlight and the girl. That is, until his girlfriend Tracy Lewis left him. The breakup led to Michaels writing the power ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," which was released in 1988.
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Before he was Iggy Pop, James Newell Osterberg was a drummer for his high school band, The Iguanas. The often bare-chested performer went on to perform with The Stooges, memorable for their hard-hitting stage shows, complete with stage dives.
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He made the harmonica look cool, and the American song would never be the same again. The Minnesota native began his career playing in Greenwich Village before changing his name from Robert Allen Zimmerman to Bob Dylan.
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Pat Benatar taught us that "Love Is a Battlefield" in the MTV-filled days of the '80s, and went on to win four consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Female Rock Performance.
The oh-so-raspy Rod Stewart formed the Jeff Beck Group in 1967, along with Jeff Beck and Ron Wood. Two years later, Stewart joined Faces and went on to release four studio albums before he caught the solo bug.
David Robert Hayward Jones, better known as David Bowie, first graced the glam rock scene with his unique voice (and hair) with "Space Oddity," before producing hits like "Let's Dance" and "China Girl." In 2006, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Robert Plant was in a band called Hobbstweedle when Jimmy Page approached him about Led Zeppelin. Good thing he chose the latter. While his elaborate stage days are behind him (farewell bare chest), his long blond hair is still there. Plant won the 2009 Grammy for Album of the Year, and in '11 took the top honor from a Rolling Stone readers' pick of "Best Lead Singer of All Time."
In between her work with Fleetwood Mac (and hits like "Landslide"), Stevie Nicks pursued a solo career with her album "Bella Donna." Five million album sales later, the "Dreams" singer has churned out more solo albums (seven to date). Nicks was named "The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll" by Rolling Stone magazine in 1981.
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As one of the founding members of Motley Crue, drummer Tommy Lee first rose to rock star fame with the band's debut album "Too Fast For Love" in 1981, and his signature drum solos. Later, he married Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson, with whom he costarred in a much-discussed sex tape. Following side projects like Methods of Mayhem and DJ gigs, Lee has given television a try. The 49-year-old has guest starred on "Californication" and voiced a character in "Family Guy."
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Meat Loaf became a household name early, thanks to his high notes. He also appeared in stage productions of "Hair" and "The Rocky Horror Show," which led to a role in the 1975 film. For a rock star, the Grammy Award winner has had a lengthy film resume, appearing in movies including "Wayne's World," "Fight Club," and yes, even "Spiceworld: The Movie."
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Axl Rose burst onto the music scene in 1985 as the frontman for Guns N' Roses with his electric voice howling through high-energy anthems like "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City." Rose fought with bandmates, girlfriends and even cops before striking out on his own in 1995. His solo album, "Chinese Democracy," took nearly 15 years to complete.
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Joan Jett won hearts back in the '80s with her band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. But the "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" singer from Philly is perhaps best known for being a founding member of all-girl teenage rock band The Runaways. Later, Jett served as executive producer of the film "The Runaways," with Kristen Stewart playing the singer.
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Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth had one of the most public love/hate relationships in music history. The band was famous for their no-limits stage performances, with Van Halen's acrobatic moves leading the way. Over the years, the "Eruption" guitarist has survived everything from hip replacement surgery to a divorce with actress Valerie Bertinelli. Van Halen and his band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
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Tom Petty and his Rickenbacker guitar made it out of Gainesville, Fla., forming the Heartbreakers in 1976. They had some early success, but the 1979 album "Damn the Torpedoes" made Petty a superstar. Over the years, Petty has racked up the hits, including "Refugee," "Don't Do Me Like That" and "Runnin' Down a Dream." In 2002, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Hailing from the West Coast and introducing the world to the Seattle music scene, Heart sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson experienced early success with "Dreamboat Annie" and "Barracuda." Each album sold more than one million copies for the sisters in the '70s.
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Ted Nugent was a blindingly fast guitar whiz back in 1970, with a teenage stint in the Amboy Dukes ("Journey to the Center of Your Mind") behind him and a long career ahead.
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As the bass player for Motley Crue, Nikki Sixx, seen here in 1983, was the prototypical hair band rocker.
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James Hetfield started playing guitar after listening to Aerosmith, and formed Metallica in 1981 when he was 18.
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Steve Perry was already a huge star at age 31 when the leftmost photo was taken. As the singer for megaband Journey, he hit high notes with ease, belting out rockers like "Wheel in the Sky" and ballads like "Lights." Perry's tenure in Journey was derailed by hip problems. By the time he turned 63, he had hip replacement surgery and hasn't reunited with the band.
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Cherie Currie was a bad girl when she fronted the groundbreaking girl band The Runaways back in 1976. She was just 15 when she auditioned for the band and "Cherry Bomb" was written. Currie isn't just a musician, but is also a wood carver who works with a chainsaw.
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Cue the guitar intro. With Sting belting out the familiar lines to hits like "Every Breath You Take" and "Roxanne," The Police were an instant success story. Since forming in 1977, the group has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Sting has enjoyed an impressive solo career, and has produced songs for film and television. The 61-year-old has been a major supporter for international aid events, including Live 8, Live Earth and more recently the Hope for Haiti Now telethon.
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Crosby, Stills & Nash first hit the FM radio airwaves in 1969, with their self-titled debut album. For David Crosby and his folk rock group, this meant appearing at major music festivals like Woodstock, Monterey Pop and the Altamont Free Concert. Aside from the color of his hair and mustache, not much has changed for Crosby and his band. The trio recently released "Demos," a new album containing unreleased tracks that were recorded between 1968 and 1971.
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Bruce Dickinson was already familiar with the hard rock scene when he joined Iron Maiden as their new singer in 1981. The British musician had previously performed with local bands like Styx (not the American one), Speed and Shots in the '70s. Before reuniting with Iron Maiden in 1999, Dickinson experimented with other careers: airline pilot, fencer and author, to name a few. But the 54-year-old has not ventured too far from the music world. In 2010, the band released an album called "The Final Frontier."
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Following the breakup of Deep Purple, singer David Coverdale formed Whitesnake, and broke into North American charts in 1987 with their self-titled album. To date, the "Here I Go Again" singer remains the only original member of Whitesnake. Coverdale is still going strong with Whitesnake. The band released its first album in a decade, called "Good to Be Bad," which was followed by a tour with fellow English rockers Judas Priest. Their next album will be called "Forevermore," they say.
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The left photo was taken not too long after a 24-year-old Neil Young joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. The addition brought an infamous Woodstock argument, a lifelong quarrel between Young and Stephen Stills, and plenty of folk rock hits. Young has directed numerous films under the name Bernard Shakey, including a concert movie, "Rust Never Sleeps." The "Heart of Gold" singer currently resides on a 1,500-acre ranch in California.
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Before his days of international activism, Paul David Hewson, or Bono, and his band went through some name changes (Feedback, The Hype) before they settled on U2 in 1976. The Grammy award-winning group has sold more than 150 million records world wide. Bono has been a lifelong humanitarian, with projects like Product Red (for AIDS awareness) and DATA (for world debt relief). The Irish musician, who has written as a guest columnist for The New York Times, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash took the electric guitar to new levels, and was often seen on stage with a handmade Gibson Les Paul copy. The band hit No. 1 in 1988, with "Sweet Child o' Mine" and Slash's famous guitar riff and solo. In 2009, he was ranked by "TIME" as the second best electric guitar player of all-time (behind Jimi Hendrix). Slash was also on the cover of the "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" video game, which has the guitar player as a character in "battle mode."
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Over the years, the New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi has appeared on an episode of "Sex and the City," released two solo albums and was nominated for an Academy Award for "Blaze of Glory." Bon Jovi and his band have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide.
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Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott first rose to fame with their 1983 hit "Photograph," which was followed by "Rock of Ages." The band's album was only second to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" that year, but gave Def Leppard a huge spotlight in the music scene.
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Like the few lucky guitarists of the '80s, Richie Sambora was blessed with custom-made Les Paul models after bursting onto the rock scene with Bon Jovi's third release "Slippery When Wet."
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What didn't Gene Simmons do on stage? "The Demon" and fellow KISS frontman Paul Stanley were famous for wagging their tongues, setting guitars on fire and the elaborate pyrotechnics at their shows. In April 2012, Simmons endorsed Mitt Romney for President.
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Known as the "First Lady of Rock," Linda Ronstadt first captured attention with a cover of Mike Nesmith's "Different Drum" with the folk rock band The Stone Poneys. Her versatile voice made her one of the most successful female singers of her time.
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Scottish singer Annie Lennox formed the two-person band Eurythmics with Dave Stewart in 1980, when she was 26. Her wistfully powerful voice and Stewart's pulsating synthesizer made "Sweet Dreams (are Made of This") a massive hit in 1984.
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