music The Best Bands Named After Drugs  

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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
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
My Chemical Romance Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Motörhead Heavy metal, Hard rock

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XTC is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
XTC Indie pop, New Wave, Psychedelic pop

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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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Morphine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Morphine Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Alternative rock

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Codeine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Codeine Sadcore, Indie rock, Slowcore

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Dexys Midnight Runners is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Dexys Midnight Runners New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
The Chemical Brothers Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

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Kottonmouth Kings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Kottonmouth Kings Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Psychedelia

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Cannabis Corpse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Cannabis Corpse Death metal, Metal

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Bongwater is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Bongwater Rock music, Psychedelic rock

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Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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Lords of Acid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Lords of Acid Acid house, Electronic body music, Rave music

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Acid Bath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Acid Bath Doom metal, Grunge, Heavy metal

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Gaye Bykers on Acid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Gaye Bykers on Acid Hip hop music, Rock music, Grebo

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Acid King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Acid King Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Prozzak is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Prozzak Pop music

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Life Sex & Death is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Life Sex & Death Rock music

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The Magic Mushrooms Rock music, Psychedelic rock

The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 40

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Angeldust is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Angeldust Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Electronic rock

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China White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
China White Punk rock

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Angel Dust is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Tzo87 added Angel Dust Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Acid Drinkers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Acid Drinkers Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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Dope is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Dope Nu metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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EMF is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
EMF Madchester, Dance-rock, Electronic music

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Codeine Velvet Club is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Codeine Velvet Club Cabaret, Alternative rock, Baroque pop

The Best Country Songs About Drugs

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The Crystal Method is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
The Crystal Method Electronic music, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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Bongzilla is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Bongzilla Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Rich Kids on LSD is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Rich Kids on LSD Thrash metal, Skate punk, Progressive rock

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Acid Mothers Gong is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Acid Mothers Gong Noise rock, Musical improvisation, Space rock

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Canibus is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Canibus Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Weedeater is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Weedeater Doom metal, Stoner rock, Sludge metal

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Scratch Acid is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Scratch Acid Noise rock, Punk rock, Indie rock

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Chicks on Speed is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Chicks on Speed Synthpop, Musique concrète, Rock music

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Infected Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Infected Mushroom Industrial rock, Electronic music, Electro house

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Slaves on Dope is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Slaves on Dope Nu metal, Hard rock

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Mary Jane Girls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Mary Jane Girls Disco, Pop music, Dance-pop