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The Best Bands Named After Drugs

Updated September 23, 2021 1.6k votes 252 voters 22.7k views46 items

List RulesUpvote 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. 

Pearl Jam is one of the more well-known bands with drugs in their name, 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, Doobie Brothers, Jane's Addiction, and the Bongzillas of this list lie bands with more subtle nods/nicknames to chemical and medicinal 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 "dexy" from Dexys Midnight Runners is short for the stimulant dexedrine? It’s a legal drug – but those count too.

What are the best bands named after a drug? Vote for your favorite musicians below, and be sure to vote based on their albums and songs instead of just their fame, name, or popularity.