Drug References in Popular Songs

Drug References Songs

When was the last time you really listened to the words in your favorite pop songs? There are more references to drugs and alcohol than you probably realize.

Drugs were once a taboo topic, only spoken of behind closed doors and in dark basements. Of course, drug references in music are nothing new, but they were once reserved for less mainstream music listened to by a select audience. Today though, it’s commonplace to hear nonchalant drug references in some of today’s hottest pop songs.

While alcohol is the most commonly referenced substance in music today, references to 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA – commonly called molly or ecstasy – are on the rise.

For example, Miley Cyrus’ song “We Can’t Stop” created controversy when she used the line “dancing with molly.” Rapper Rick Ross lost his contract with Reebok after rapping about putting “molly all in her champagne,” an allusion to date rape. Madonna’s latest album released in 2012 is titled MDNA, a blatant reference to the drug, and she has also asked concert-goers, “How many people in the crowd have seen molly?”

Marijuana references are also common in pop music. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that marijuana use was down in the mid-2000s but has been on the rise since about 2010.

– From: nomore12step.org.

Drug References in Popular Songs Chart

1. Cocaine – J.J. Cale or Eric Clapton
2. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane (LSD)
3. Rehab – Amy Winehouse
4. Because I Got High – Afroman (marijuana)
5. Lithium – Nirvana
6. We Be Burnin’ – Sean Paul (marijuana)
7. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – The Beatles (LSD)
8. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix (LSD)
9. Heroin – The Velvet Underground
10. We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus (molly)
11. Day Tripper – The Beatles (LSD)
12. Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind (crystal methamphetamine)
13. There She Goes – The La’s (heroin)
14. I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones (tranquilizers)
15. I Get A Kick Out Of You – Cole Porter (cocaine)
16. Mary Jane – Rick James (marijuana)
17. I Want A New Drug – Huey Lewis and the News (love)
18. Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue (cocaine)
19. No No Song – Ringo Starr (alcohol, cocaine, marijuana)
20. All Summer Long – Kid Rock (marijuana)
21. Captain Jack – Billy Joel (heroin)
22. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd (cocaine)
23. Puff The Magic Dragon – Peter, Paul, and Mary (marijuana, or it’s just a kid’s song)
24. Have a Drink on Me – AC/DC (alcohol)
25. The “A” Team – Ed Sheeran (crack cocaine)
26. The Needle and the Damage Done – Neil Young (heroin)
27. Habits (Stay High) – Tove Lo (being high, molly?)
28. Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers (heroin)
29. Fire And Rain – James Taylor (heroin)
30. Kid Charlemagne – Steely Dan (LSD)
31. Diamonds – Rihanna (molly)
32. Insane In The Brain – Cypress Hill (marijuana)
33. White Lines (Don’t Do It) – Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel (cocaine)
34. That Smell – Lynrd Skynrd (marijuana)
35. Lost – Frank Ocean (cocaine)
36. Starry Eyed Surprise – Paul Oakenfold (ecstasy)
37. Your Love Is My Drug – Kesha (love)
38. Sweet Leaf – Black Sabbath (marijuana)
39. Gin and Juice – Snoop Dogg (alcohol)
40. Champagne Supernova – Oasis (not sure)
41. The Crystal Ship – The Doors (LSD)
42. Smuggler’s Blues – Glenn Frey (cocaine)
43. Mr. Brownstone – Guns ‘N’ Roses (heroin)
44. Ridin’ (Dirty) – Chamillionaire featuring Krazie Brown (marijuana)
45. Pass That Dutch – Missy Elliott (marijuana)
46. One Toke Over The Line – Brewer and Shipley (marijuana)
47. Hotel California – Eagles (cocaine)
48. Casey Jones – Grateful Dead (cocaine)
49. I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night – The Electric Prunes (LSD)
50. Eight Miles High – The Byrds (marijuana?, LSD?)
51. White Horse – Laid Back (heroin)
52. Love Is The Drug – Roxy Music (love)
53. Ecstasy – Bone Thugs N Harmony
54. Wildwood Weed – Jim Stafford (marijuana)
55. Kick Out The Jams – MC5 (paint thinner)
56. Tubthumping – Chumbawamba (alcohol)
57. Hole in my Shoe – Traffic (marijuana, LSD)
58. Smokin’ – Boston (marijuana)
59. Cocaine Blues – Johnny Cash (among others)
60. Walk Right In – Rooftop Singers (marijuana)
61. Along Comes Mary – the Association (marijuana)
62. Sunshine Superman – Donovan (LSD?)
63. Drugs – Talking Heads
64. Happiness Is A Warm Gun – The Beatles (heroin)
65. Cocaine – Jackson Browne
66. Let’s Go Get Stoned – Ray Charles (marijuana)
67. Cold Turkey – John Lennon (heroin)
68. I Feel Free – Cream (LSD?)
69. And She Was – Talking Heads (LSD?)
70. Mother’s Little Helper – The Rolling Stones (barbiturates? sedatives?)
71. Snowblind – Styx (cocaine)
72. Mellow Yellow – Donovan (bananas?)
73. White Punks on Dope – The Tubes (heroin)
74. Minnie the Moocher – Cab Calloway (opium)
75. Reefer Madness – Hawkwind (marijuana)
76. Sweat – Tool (LSD)
77. Wacky Dust – Ella Fitzgerald (cocaine)
78. Marrakesh Express – Crosby, Stills & Nash (hashish)
79. Reefer Man – Cab Calloway (marijuana)
80. King Heroin – James Brown
81. Can I Get a Hit – Cypress Hill (marijuana)
82. Tonight’s the Night – Neil Young (heroin)
83. Junkie – Dead Milkmen (heroin)
84. People Who Died – Jim Carroll (overdose)
85. I Took A Pill In Ibiza – Mike Posner
86. Opium – Marcy Playground
87. Bong Song – Sublime (marijuana)
88. Cocaine Decisions – Frank Zappa
89. How To Roll A Blunt – Redman (marijuana)
90. 2,000 Light Years From Home – Rolling Stones (LSD?)
91. Ten Crack Commandments – Notorious B.I.G.
92. The Pusher – Steppenwolf (pro-marijuana, anti-other drugs?)
93. Carmelita – Warren Zevon (heroin)
94. Smoke Two Joints – Sublime (marijuana)
95. Addiction – Kanya West
96. Golden Brown – The Stranglers (heroin)
97. Pusherman – Curtis Mayfield (drug dealers in general)
98. Marijuana – Country Joe and the Fish
99. Don’t Bogart That Joint – Little Feat (marijuana)
100. I Got Stoned and I Missed it – Shel Silverstein (marijuana)