Songs The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up  

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This list contains information about songs about heroin, ranked by your votes. Over the years, many popular musicians have written songs about shooting heroin. Some of the best songs about heroin only allude to heroin, while others make direct reference to heroin. It goes by different names, including charlie, dope, junk, and more. Many of the top heroin songs were written in the 1990s and sadly, many of the songwriters died of heroin overdoses.

“Under the Bridge” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers was written about Anthony Kiedis' addiction to heroin. Although heroin is never mentioned in Nirvana's “Drain You,” many believe that the song is about Kurt Cobain's heroin addiction. One band who often references heroin is Alice in Chains. Many of the songs off of Dirt are about the drug.

Neil Young wrote about his experience seeing fellow musicians deep in heroin addictions with his song “Needle and the Damage Done.” The Velvet Underground have several of the best heroin songs including one simply entitled “Heroin.”

Which heroin song do you think should be at the top of this list. Vote it to the top and let us know if we forgot any of the top heroin songs in the comments section.

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clash1977 added Comfortably Numb

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Hurt Nine Inch Nails

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Under the Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Heroin The Velvet Underground

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Mr. Brownstone Guns N' Roses

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clash1977 added Perfect Day Lou Reed

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Drain You Nirvana

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Junkhead Alice in Chains

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Jane Says Jane's Addiction

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She Talks to Angels The Black Crowes

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brandon31577 added That Smell Lynyrd Skynyrd

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The Needle and the Spoon Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Badfish Sublime

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I'm Waiting for the Man The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed

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Jennifer Stone added Happiness Is a Warm Gun The Beatles

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René Salewski added Where Is My Mind Pixies - opening the head....closing the eyes....pure inspiration

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Brown Sugar The Rolling Stones

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clash1977 added Dead Flowers The Rolling Stones

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TheWelshGuy added Ashes to Ashes David Bowie

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clash1977 added White Light White Heat The Velvet Underground

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TheWelshGuy added Golden Brown Stranglers

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Needle in the Hay Elliott Smith

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clash1977 added Carmelita Warren Zevon

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There She Goes Sixpence None the Richer

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She’s Like Heroin System of a Down

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Cold Turkey John Lennon

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saltymamma added Black Balloon Goo Goo Dolls

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Heroin Girl Everclear

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clash1977 added Chinese Rocks Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers

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punksnotdead added White Punks On Dope The Tubes

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Time to Pretend is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
punksnotdead added Time to Pretend MGMT

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King Heroin James Brown

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Beetlebum Blur

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Not If You Were the Last Junki... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
punksnotdead added Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth The Dandy Warhols

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punksnotdead added One Track Mind Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers

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Gimme Heroin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
Daniel Kerr added Gimme Heroin Morning Glory

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Daniel Kerr added Heroin or Suicde Leftover Crack

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Shooting up, Breaking Down is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
Daniel Kerr added Shooting up, Breaking Down Chad Hates George

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clash1977 added Bad U2

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Another Girl, Another Planet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
punksnotdead added Another Girl, Another Planet The Only Ones

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Liz Marie Snipes added Slippin' Into Darkness War

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Broke & Hungry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
Daniel Kerr added Broke & Hungry Annoying

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Liz Marie Snipes added Satin in a Coffin Modest Mouse - I personally feel this song is about heroin use because of the imagery of a person laying on the carpet, then the "are you dead or are you sleeping?" the only time I've wondered that is when my friends were using los ...

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Jesus Shootin' Heroin The Flaming Lips

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punksnotdead added Smack Jack Nina Hagen

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Rob Dalton added Heroin, She Said Wolfsheim

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Heroin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
punksnotdead added Heroin Wonk Unit

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punksnotdead added Too Pure Sebadoh

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Scott Thompson added The Widow The Mars Volta