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List Rules Songs with addicted in the title are fair game, but this list focuses mainly on songs about addiction as a subject.

With so many vices in this world, it's not surprising that many artists have written songs about addiction. Whether it's a song about drug addiction, gambling, or even an obsession with a particular person, music is a great way for musicians to express the struggle they're going through. This is a ranked list of all songs about addiction, as voted on by music fans like you. Some of the songs included below may have the words "addiction" or "addicted" in the lyrics or title, while others are only about addicts as a subject or theme. Since the music lifestyle is sometimes conducive to using drugs, there are a ton of songs about dependency that you might not be aware of. For example, "Under The Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers is about doing heroin.

Music isn't typically categorized by the meaning of the words, so this music list is a great way to find some solid tracks that are thematically similar. Vote for the dependency or addiction songs that you enjoy the most, and downvote ones if you think they're not worthy of being high on the list. If one of your top songs is missing, add it to the list so others can vote for it too. Many genres of music are featured below, including rock, pop, folk, metal, and more. This poll features “Uncle Jonny”, “Heroin Addict Sister” and more.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers

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26 13
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punksnotdead added Neil Young

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28 15
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The Velvet Underground

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22 12
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punksnotdead added Metallica

5
6 4
Cocaine - Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs About Addiction
Quentin Wolff added

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15 14
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Amy Winehouse

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10 9
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punksnotdead added Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, The Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon

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9 8
Heroin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Addiction
punksnotdead added Urban Voodoo Machine (feat. Wilko Johnson)

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15 15
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Amy Winehouse

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2 1
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jtass added Nine Inch Nails

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11 12
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A Perfect Circle

12
9 10
Slow Death is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Addiction
punksnotdead added The Flamin' Groovies

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2 2
The No-No Song ~Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Addiction

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1 1
one toke over is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Addiction
Eryk Gee added

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1 2
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MarkVandersteen added Alter Bridge

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6 8
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punksnotdead added Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers

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5 7
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punksnotdead added Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers

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4 6
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Golden Boy added The Kinks

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8 11
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1 3
one toke over by Brewer and S... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Addiction

21
6 9
Orgasm Addict is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Addiction
punksnotdead added Buzzcocks

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6 9
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Pearl Jam

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9 13
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Staind

24
8 12
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Silverstein

25
12 17
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Robert Palmer

26
7 11
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Simple Plan

27
6 10
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Deftones

28
1 4
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Quentin Wolff added The Rolling Stones

29
5 9
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punksnotdead added David Bowie

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5 9
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punksnotdead added Herman Brood & His Wild Romance

31
4 8
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punksnotdead added Melle Mel & Grandmaster Flash

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4 8
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punksnotdead added Sebadoh

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6 11
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Ministry

34
5 10
Swallowed is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs About Addiction
Bush

35
5 10
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My Chemical Romance

36
5 10
This Addiction is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs About Addiction
Alkaline Trio

37
4 9
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David Bowie

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8 14
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3 8
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punksnotdead added Nina Hagen

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5 11
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Depeche Mode

41
5 11
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Aerosmith

42
6 13
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Kelly Clarkson

43
6 13
Running to Stand Still is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Addiction

44
4 11
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Kenny Chesney

45
3 10
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Alanis Morissette

46
3 10
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Funeral for a Friend

47
3 10
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3 10
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Dream Theater

49
3 10
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Kelly Clarkson

50
3 10
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The Dresden Dolls