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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Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Nine Inch Nails

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The Velvet Underground

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Guns N' Roses

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clash1977 added Lou Reed

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Alice in Chains

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Nirvana

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Jane's Addiction

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The Black Crowes

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Sublime

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brandon31577 added Lynyrd Skynyrd

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The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed

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Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Jennifer Stone added The Beatles

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The Rolling Stones

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clash1977 added The Rolling Stones

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clash1977 added The Velvet Underground

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Elliott Smith

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Everclear

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Sixpence None the Richer

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clash1977 added Warren Zevon

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René Salewski added Pixies -

opening the head....closing the eyes....pure inspiration

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System of a Down

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John Lennon

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saltymamma added Goo Goo Dolls

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clash1977 added Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers

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Time to Pretend is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
punksnotdead added MGMT

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Daniel Kerr added Leftover Crack

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Liz Marie Snipes added War

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Blur

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James Brown

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Another Girl, Another Planet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
punksnotdead added The Only Ones

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clash1977 added U2

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Shooting up, Breaking Down is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
Daniel Kerr added Chad Hates George

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Gimme Heroin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
Daniel Kerr added Morning Glory

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punksnotdead added Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers

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punksnotdead added The Tubes

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Not If You Were the Last Junki... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
punksnotdead added The Dandy Warhols

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

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Liz Marie Snipes added 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 of H and would nodd off in the middle of their sentences. Also the "disolve into coffe" because a lot of people use coffee to cut their Heroin.

 

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The Flaming Lips

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Rob Dalton added Wolfsheim

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punksnotdead added Nina Hagen

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

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Choose Bad Smack is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
StephenPinfield added TISM

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Scott Thompson added The Mars Volta