Culture The Best Songs About Drugs  

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List Rules Songs with "drugs" in the title are fair game, but this list focuses mainly on songs about drug use and getting high as a subject.

This is a ranked list of many - if not all, as hidden meanings are impossible to fully pin down in lyrics - songs about drugs, as voted on by music fans like you. Some of the songs included below may have the words "drugs" or "needles" in the lyrics or title, while others are only about drugs as a subject or theme. Bands and artists from Bob Marley to System of a Down have been writing drug songs for years, including songs about snorting pills, cocaine and more. This isn't necessarily music to listen to while you're on drugs, but all of these songs involve stories of taking psychedelic mushrooms, acid (LSD), ecstasy (molly), cocaine and much more - best songs about marijuana certainly qualifies as a list of its own . Drug abuse is very prevalent in the music industry, with so many famous artists dying of overdoses or becoming burnt out way too early in life. But many musicians have also stated that the early stages of using drugs open up their creativity (most agree that this period ends and continued heavy drug use becomes a serious problem - indeed there are numerous songs on this list such as "First It Giveth" that address that very issue). 

Music isn't typically categorized by the meaning of the words, so this music list is a great way to find some solid drug tracks that are thematically similar. Vote for the drug 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, country and more. 

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Eric Clapton

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The Rolling Stones

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Nine Inch Nails

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The Velvet Underground

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The Rolling Stones

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Guns N' Roses

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Black Sabbath

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She Talks to Angels is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Drugs
The Black Crowes

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Metallica

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Black Sabbath

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Lynyrd Skynyrd

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clash1977 added The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

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clash1977 added Marilyn Manson

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Steppenwolf

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The Doors