Names 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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1
40 18
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

2
24 16
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Motörhead Heavy metal, Hard rock

3
7 1
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

4
13 7
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added

5
13 8
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

6
19 15
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

7
17 13
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

8
12 8
XTC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Indie pop, New Wave, Psychedelic pop

9
8 4
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

10
5 2
Bongwater is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Rock music, Psychedelic rock

11
9 7
Morphine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Alternative rock

12
7 6
Dexys Midnight Runners is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

13
6 5
Codeine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Sadcore, Indie rock, Slowcore

14
5 4
Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

15
4 3
Scratch Acid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Noise rock, Punk rock, Indie rock

16
3 2
Gaye Bykers on Acid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Hip hop music, Rock music, Grebo

17
3 2
Filter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added Industrial metal, Rock music, Electronic music

18
3 2
The Psychedelic Furs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

19
3 2
Stone Sour is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
6 6
Cannabis Corpse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Death metal, Metal

21
5 5
Jane's Addiction is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

22
4 4
Mushroomhead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added Doom metal, Nu metal, Electro-industrial

23
4 4
Bongzilla is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

24
5 6
The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

25
4 5
Kottonmouth Kings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Psychedelia