Country Music The Best Country Songs About Drugs  

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List Rules Upvote your favorite country songs about drug use, from recreational drugs to addiction.

Some might see the country music genre as one filled with songs of drinking, fighting, and gambling – but not drugs. That’s not necessarily true, as this list of country songs about drugs proves. Plenty of country singers have told tales about smoking, snorting, and shooting a number of different kinds of (mostly) illegal substances.

Willie Nelson should come immediately to mind. He’s country music royalty, and he’s also one of the most staunch supporters of legalizing weed ever. He is a legalization activist. He owns a marijuana company, Willie’s Reserve, in Colorado. And he’s written plenty of country drug songs about pot over decades. Gems include “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” and “It’s All Going to Pot” with Merle Haggard. You’ll also find other country musicians singing about the Country Outlaw and his love of marijuana, including Toby Keith (“Weed With Willie”) and Gary Allan (“What Would Willie Do”). Country songs about cocaine, meth, acid, and other drugs besides weed can also be found on this list - including anti-drug country songs, or songs that describe the grey area around drug use. 

Several of these country songs about addiction and drugs are considered controversial, with many radio station programmers expressing reservations about playing them. This includes Kacey Musgraves’ 2013 single “Follow Your Arrow,” which went on to win CMA Song of the Year honors.

If you’re putting together a 4/20 playlist, or any playlist about country drug songs, you’ll find a huge stash of them here. Don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

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Johnny Cash

2
28 9
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Jamey Johnson

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Old Crow Medicine Show

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Hank Williams III

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16 7
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Hank Williams III

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15 9
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16 10
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Merle Haggard

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17 11
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10 5
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John Prine

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10 5
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Hank Williams, Jr.

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14 10
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Pistol Annies

12
14 10
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Cross Canadian Ragweed

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13 9
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Zac Brown Band

14
12 8
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Johnny Cash, David Allan Coe

15
10 7
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Kacey Musgraves

16
8 5
Copperhead Road is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Songs About Drugs
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Shooter Jennings

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11 9
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Darius Rucker

19
8 7
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Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson

20
7 6
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Whiskey Myers

21
6 5
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Todd Snider

22
11 11
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Pistol Annies

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Florida Georgia Line

24
7 7
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Jim Stafford

25
6 6
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8 9
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Hank Williams, Jr.

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12 14
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Eric Church

28
9 11
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Eric Church

29
7 9
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Ashley Monroe

30
7 9
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Cooder Graw

31
5 7
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Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen

32
3 5
Downtown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Country Songs About Drugs
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6 9
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Jason Boland

34
6 9
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Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

35
5 8
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Blake Shelton

36
5 8
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Brandy Clark

37
5 8
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Blackberry Smoke

38
3 6
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Kacey Musgraves

39
1 7
80s Ladies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Country Songs About Drugs
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