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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37 17
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

2
11 5
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added

3
21 15
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Motörhead Heavy metal, Hard rock

4
12 8
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

5
11 7
XTC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Indie pop, New Wave, Psychedelic pop

6
5 1
Bongwater is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Rock music, Psychedelic rock

7
5 1
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

8
17 14
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

9
15 12
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

10
9 6
Morphine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Alternative rock

11
7 4
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
7 5
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 4
Codeine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Sadcore, Indie rock, Slowcore

14
6 4
Cannabis Corpse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Death metal, Metal

15
4 2
Mushroomhead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added Doom metal, Nu metal, Electro-industrial

16
4 2
Scratch Acid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Noise rock, Punk rock, Indie rock

17
5 4
Jane's Addiction is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

18
4 3
Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental 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
3 2
Gaye Bykers on Acid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Hip hop music, Rock music, Grebo

21
3 2
Filter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added Industrial metal, Rock music, Electronic music

22
4 4
Bongzilla is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

23
2 2
The Psychedelic Furs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added New Wave, Rock music, Alternative 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
Acid Bath is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Doom metal, Grunge, Heavy metal

26
4 5
Kottonmouth Kings is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Psychedelia

27
2 3
China White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
China White Punk rock

28
4 6
Codeine Velvet Club is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Cabaret, Alternative rock, Baroque pop

29
3 5
Acid King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

30
3 5
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

31
2 4
EMF is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Madchester, Dance-rock, Electronic music

32
2 4
Weedeater is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Doom metal, Stoner rock, Sludge metal

33
1 3
Alien Ant Farm is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
DEMONSBootlegs added Nu metal, Rock music, Rapcore

34
1 3
Angeldust is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Electronic rock

35
3 6
Lords of Acid is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Acid house, Electronic body music, Rave music

36
2 5
Dope is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Nu metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

37
1 4
Acid Drinkers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

38
1 4
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The Magic Mushrooms Rock music, Psychedelic rock

39
1 4
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

40
2 6
Life Sex & Death is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Rock music

41
2 6
Prozzak is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Prozzak Pop music

42
1 5
Angel Dust is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Tzo87 added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

43
3 8
The Crystal Method is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Electronic music, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

44
1 6
Chicks on Speed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Synthpop, Musique concrète, Rock music

45
1 6
Rich Kids on LSD is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Thrash metal, Skate punk, Progressive rock

46
1 6
Infected Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Industrial rock, Electronic music, Electro house

47
0 4
Acid Mothers Gong is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Noise rock, Musical improvisation, Space rock

48
0 5
Mary Jane Girls is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Disco, Pop music, Dance-pop

49
0 6
Slaves on Dope is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bands Named After Drugs
Nu metal, Hard rock