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The Best Bands Named After Drugs 

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Updated October 13, 2018 959 votes 199 voters 17.3k views 49 items

List Rules Upvote the top bands with references to drugs in their names.

Bands named after drugs or medicines aren’t hard to find in music today. Some of the names are quite straightforward, using “acid” or “cannabis” in them. Others are subtler, and likely have an interesting back story. These are some of the best bands with drugs in their name.

Pearl Jam is one of the more well-known, widely acclaimed bands on this list – yet the origin of their name is debatable. One story involves Pearl Jam getting its name because lead singer Eddie Vedder’s grandmother, Pearl, made jam with peyote in it. It might not be true, but regardless, it earns this band a spot on this drug bands list.

Between the Acid Junkies and Bongzillas of this list lie bands with more subtle nods to drugs. Green Day’s name came about when Billie Joe Armstrong wrote a song about his first experience with pot – and liked the song enough that it became the band’s moniker. Did you know that a “Motorhead” is also a speed addict in British slang? And Dexys Midnight Runners makes it appearance, "dexy" is short for the stimulant dexedrine. It’s a legal drug – but those count too.

Who are the best bands named after a drug? There are plenty of excellent drug band names to choose from, so enjoy voting!

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Morphine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Placebo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Jane's Addiction is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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The Psychedelic Furs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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XTC is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Cannabis Corpse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Queens of the Stone Age ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Dope is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Codeine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Bongwater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Dexys Midnight Runners ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Alien Ant Farm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Stone Sour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Kottonmouth Kings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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The Crystal Method is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Acid Bath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs