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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Nine Inch Nails

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235 71
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Red Hot Chili Peppers

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231 75
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The Velvet Underground

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178 56
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Guns N' Roses

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167 52
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145 46
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Alice in Chains

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151 50
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Jane's Addiction

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172 62
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clash1977 added Lou Reed

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131 39
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Nirvana

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125 41
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The Black Crowes

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115 43
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Sublime

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110 40
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brandon31577 added Lynyrd Skynyrd

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99 33
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Lynyrd Skynyrd

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109 45
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The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed

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94 42
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Jennifer Stone added The Beatles

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81 46
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The Rolling Stones

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61 31
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TheWelshGuy added

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57 29
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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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61 38
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TheWelshGuy added

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clash1977 added Warren Zevon

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Sixpence None the Richer

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52 37
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System of a Down

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52 37
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Everclear

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John Lennon

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saltymamma added Goo Goo Dolls

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René Salewski added Pixies - opening the head....closing the eyes....pure inspiration

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clash1977 added Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers

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Liz Marie Snipes added War

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James Brown

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Time to Pretend is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
punksnotdead added MGMT

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punksnotdead added Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers

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28 34
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Blur

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21 25
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punksnotdead added The Tubes

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24 29
Another Girl, Another Planet is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
punksnotdead added The Only Ones

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26 32
Not If You Were the Last Junki... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
punksnotdead added The Dandy Warhols

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Daniel Kerr added Leftover Crack

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clash1977 added U2

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Gimme Heroin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
Daniel Kerr added Morning Glory

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Shooting up, Breaking Down is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
Daniel Kerr added Chad Hates George

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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 ...

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punksnotdead added Nina Hagen

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17 29
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The Flaming Lips

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13 24
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Rob Dalton added Wolfsheim

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14 27
Heroin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About Heroin & Shooting Up
punksnotdead added Wonk Unit

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Scott Thompson added The Mars Volta

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punksnotdead added Sebadoh