Top 10 Heroin-Inspired Songs
#10 - "Dead Flowers" [1971] The Rolling Stones

Does Keith Richards remember co-writing this tune with Mick Jagger? Probably not. Does "dead flowers" refer to heroin, a relationship gone sour or both? Who knows. Does "little susie" = brown heroin? Very likely. "Dead Flowers" - as performed by the late, great Townes Van Zandt - appears on The Big Lebowski soundtrack. The song also has been recorded by Steve Earle and Poison, among others. "Well when you're sitting back in your rose pink Cadillac/Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day/Ah, I'll be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon/And another girl to take my pain away . . ."

#09 - "Fire and Rain" [1969] James Taylor

According to an urban legend, "Fire and Rain" deals with a girlfriend of Taylor's who died in a plane crash. In actuality, the "Suzanne" of the song was an acquaintance of Taylor's who committed suicide. The rest of "Fire and Rain" focuses on Taylor's efforts to kick his heroin addiction. "Won't you look down upon me, Jesus/You've got to help me make a stand/You've just got to see me through another day/My body's aching and my time is at hand/And I won't make it any other way . . ."

#08 - "Running to Stand Still" [1987] U2

A haunting ballad from The Joshua Tree, "Running to Stand Still" deals with a strung-out chick who lives in the notorious Ballymun Flats area of Dublin. "She runs through the streets/With her eyes painted red/Under black belly of cloud in the rain/In through a doorway she brings me/White gold and pearls stolen from the sea/She is raging/She is raging/And the storm blows up in her eyes/She will . . ./Suffer the needle chill/She's running to stand still . . ."

#07 - "Mr. Brownstone" [1987] Guns N' Roses

Let's face it, most if not all of the members of Guns N' Roses were strung out at one time or another during the band's meteoric rise and fall. Izzy Stradlin, who wrote the lyrics for "Mr. Brownstone," later sobered up and quit the band during the middle of its infamous world tour in 1991. "Now I get up around whenever/I used ta get up on time/But that old man/He's a real muthafucker/Gonna kick him on down the line . . ."

#06 - "Under the Bridge" [1991] Red Hot Chili Peppers

A personal poem by lead singer Anthony Kiedis detailing his battles with drug addiction, "Under the Bridge" evolved into the band's biggest hit - reaching No 2 on the Billboard Charts. The song also served as a lament for original RHCP guitarist, Hillel Slovak, who died of a heroin overdose in 1988. "Under the bridge downtown/Is where I drew some blood/Under the bridge downtown/I could not get enough/Under the bridge downtown/Forgot about my love/Under the bridge downtown/I gave my life away . . ."

#05 - "Sam Stone" [1971] John Prine

"Discovered" by Kris Kristofferson, Prine released his self-titled debut album to critical acclaim in 1971. "Sam Stone" vividly depicts a heroin-addicted Vietnam veteran ("the gold rolled through his veins, like a thousand railroad trains") who ends up a "flag draped casket on a local hero's hill." The John Prine album also contains such classics as "Hello in There" and "Illegal Smile," among others. "There's a hole in daddy's arm where all the money goes/Jesus Christ died for nothin' I suppose . . ."

#04 - "The Needle and the Damage Done" [1972] Neil Young

One of the most famous anti-heroin songs ever, "The Needle and the Damage Done" was directed at original Crazy Horse guitarist, Danny Whitten, who overdosed at the age of 29 several months after the song's release. Young later remarked about the song: "I am not a preacher, but drugs killed a lot of great men." The song appears on Harvest, which was the best-selling album of 1972. "I've seen the needle and the damage done/A little part of it in everyone/But every junkie's like a settin' sun . . ."

#03 - "Hurt" [1995] Nine Inch Nails

One of Trent Reznor's most personal songs of despair, self loathing and addiction, "Hurt" first appeared on The Downward Spiral, which was recorded at the Benedict Canyon home where actress Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson family in 1969. Johnny Cash covered the song to critical acclaim on his 2002 album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. Not only did Cash personalize the song to such an extent (with help from an awesome video) that he turned it into a moving tribute to his entire life and career, but he also changed one of the lines from "I wear this crown of shit" to "I wear this crown of thorns." Bottom line: "Hurt" is one of the most depressing songs of all time. "I hurt myself today/To see if I still feel/I focus on the pain/The only thing that's real/The needle tears a hole/The old familiar sting/Try to kill it all away/But I remember everything . . ."

#02 - "Hotel California" [1977] Eagles

The greatness of "Hotel California" lies in the wide range of interpretations the song has provoked over the years. Is it a metaphor for the music business, the mindless hedonism of California in the 1970s, Satan worship, Christian mysticism, drug addiction or simply excess in general? In an interview, Don Henley said the song was "our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles." Drug references certainly abound throughout "Hotel California," including the word "colitas, which means "little bud" in Spanish. However, some critics say the whole song actually details a descent into heroin addiction. By the way, the image used on the album cover is actually the Beverly Hills Hotel. "There she stood in the doorway/I heard the mission bell/And I was thinking to myself/This could be Heaven or this could be Hell . . ."

#01 - "Heroin" [1967] The Velvet Underground

Many critics at the time "Heroin" was released asserted that the song advocated drug use. However, the lyrics clearly neither condemn nor endorse heroin. "I'm Waiting for the Man" is another classic Velvet Underground song dealing with heroin. Author Denis Johnson took the title of his acclaimed short story collection, Jesus' Son, from "Heroin" (the story itself was later made into a 1999 cult film starring Billy Crudup and Jack Black). "I don't know just where I'm going/But I'm gonna try for the kingdom, if I can/Cause it makes me feel like I'm a man/When I put a spike into my vein/And I'll tell ya, things aren't quite the same/When I'm rushing on my run/And I feel just like Jesus' son . . ."

User Comments - Add a Comment
None - 2007-10-21 23:06:29


What about Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd?



Anonymous - 2007-10-28 18:07:52
Has everyone missed the implications of Simon and Garfunkle's "Bridge Over Troubled Water"?
DW - 2007-11-07 18:06:30
"Signed D.C." by Love?
tourniquetspun - 2007-11-09 13:34:52
how bout Junkie's Promise by Sonic Youth? great song
Anonymous - 2007-11-27 19:34:47
How about "Dancing on Glass" by Motley Crue?
Violetsveil - 2007-12-17 18:33:56
Needle in the Hay By Eliot smith is one.
binarycore - 2007-12-22 01:37:05
skinny puppy - "love in vein"
Dave - 2007-12-24 10:05:43
Ah, how about Cold Turkey by John Lennon?
hawaii bill - 2007-12-29 06:08:58
how about "apple needle kok" by the grapefruit kokpoolers? or "burning lips raisens" by the heroin kokdunkers
Spenny - 2007-12-31 19:53:21
I agree where is Comfortably Numb??
Cat - 2008-01-08 23:50:05
gg allin and the murder junkies "carmelita"
Anonymous - 2008-01-29 17:59:32

She Talks to Angels by the Black Crowes

Joey - 2008-02-08 11:19:11
The Stranglers -"Golden Brown"?
Cheen - 2008-02-10 16:55:27
Yeah the Stranglers 'Golden Brown'.
Paul - 2008-02-12 20:46:58
America - A Horse with No Name 'nuff said.
Frank - 2008-02-25 22:04:16
Yes, I agree, where is Comfortably Numb...?
Einar - 2008-02-26 18:35:27

What about "Perfect day" by Lou Reed

lolo - 2008-03-01 00:30:37
what about poolshark by bradley nowell from sublime
"Jane Says" - 2008-03-03 02:37:54

gonna kick tomorrow

nociv - 2008-03-05 13:46:16
the stranglers - Golden brown should be no 2...
p0op - 2008-03-12 02:10:59

NUTSHELL ALICE IN CHAINS or pretty much their whole catalog could be included

Anonymous - 2008-03-13 00:04:51

What about "Voodoo" by Godsmack

grrl - 2008-03-13 02:51:46
obviously "heroin" by alice in chains. thats an obvious though!
JR - 2008-03-20 04:54:04
"The Abandoned Hospital Ship" or "Spiderbite Song" by The Flaming Lips? "Well it took some time/cause its a lot God, it's a bunch/It's such a big, old, black golden buzz/And yeah it took some help/with lots of machines, the experts could tell/with their equipment pushed to the max... And sure it seems easy now but I tell you what/We were perplexed finding the needle/in the needle's disguise" or "When you got that spider bite on your hand/I thought we would have to break up the band/To lose your arm would surely upset your brain/The poison then could reach your heart from a vein I was glad that it didn’t destroy you/How sad that would be/Cause if it destroyed you/It would destroy me"
Javo - 2008-03-27 01:45:01
fiuk!! all music is made under drugs influence its so hart to choose the top 10
jfh - 2008-03-31 16:03:23
um, happiness is a warm gun- beatles???
someoneelse - 2008-04-06 17:07:31
heroin girl by everclear
JuggsNDrugs - 2008-04-11 00:16:59
"My First Day" by Haystak Since Haystak remains relatively unknown to the MTV/TMZ Generation, then I doubt most people would consider "My First Day" to be one of the Top 10 Heroin-Inspired Songs. Then again, I imagine most of those tossing in nominations have never even tried heroin, much less been addicted to it. So really, what do you expect. Anyway, for those of you who capable of appreciating music that does not conform to Clear Channel Communications/Billboard standards for Top 40 radio play, I suggest you check out this song. Here is a video I found on YouTube. It's not an official video to the song, but rather an individual (and incorrect) interpretation of the song's message. So listen to the song, but pay no attention to the video. Enjoy. JuggsNDrugs "My First Day" by Haystak [ Intro ] Sometimes I write about something, that like something I went through Or something my people went through And I felt like they needed some motivational shit And it usually ends up going something like this... ( Chorus ) My first day, without you in my life Things felt strange, a bit deranged Even so, I hope you're doin okay Take it slow, you just never know... ( just never know, oh!) Yo, you just never know... nooo (just never know, oh!) You just never know... nooo (just never know, oh!) ( Verse 1 ) My systems caught in conniption, stomach in knots Feedin for my medicine, overcoming addiction The first step is quittin, nah the first steps admittin I got a problem, I need help, this is something I can't beat myself I almost felt like I can't be cured Rehab won't take me cuz I ain't insured Layin in the bath tub, shakin like a new born Searchin for the courage it'll take for me to move on I've been livin life like this way too long Beggin God please, bring me home I stopped before, three or four days Always end up back in the same place People call me a junkie, dope fiend How they gonna judge me, they don't even know me Lights off, wanna be left alone, I'm tryin to enjoy the methodone Put a Jimi Hendrix record on, and excuse me while I kiss the sky Dosed off, woke up, sick to my stomach, ran to the bathroom Started to vomit, the methodone wore off and the withdrawal started That first day was the hardest... ( Chorus ) ( Verse 2 ) Stayed strong, endured the rough weather I ain't fully recovered but I'm doin much better I can keep my food down to shakes and calms They lowerin the doses of methodone I eat V's and blow lots of dro It's like chewin gum when you're tryin not to smoke Keep my mind occupied, calm my nerves It's not the same high, deep inside I... Just want one more but I can't turn back this week for it But I done made it, almost a month With just a couple of V's and I blew some blunts But that weed and gonna make me OD That other shit was gonna kill me Six weeks, and everything seem so clear Before I knew it, time flew and I was clean for a year Can't believe something started off socially Something I almost allowed to take over me Days went by and it was sixteen months And I swear to God I didn't fall off once I, feel like a brand new guy and I'm definetly livin a brand new life Some days I still resist the thirst but none's worst than the first (believe that) ( Chorus ) ( Verse 3 ) Two years and I ain't touched it Got a lot done, I been so productive Rebuilt, I was so constructive Can't believe I was so self destructive Got a good job and I make big bucks Went to the lot and got a new pick up Got a brand new crib and a brand new kid I think anybody can quit if I did If you wanna quit, get up and go get the shit Walk straight to the toilet, drop it, flush it, fuck it, fight it Just resist it and if this helps then just keep listenin When you start slippin I'll send you another one Sonny, wasup?, we just saved another one I know it's so hard like there's no God But through him you're able to go so far Hey, I don't wanna sound corny I'm just like you either hungry or horny Seems as though we get hooked so easily Quitting becomes an impossibility I ain't sayin treat your body like a church Just don't let dope put your body in a hearse The streets inside you, you just gotta search And know that no day be harder than the first ( Chorus ) [ Outro ] Yo, all my people, goin through they thing Whatever they thing may be Just know, God got his hands on you And he'll grant you the serenity To change the things you can't And you can change that, aight Hold me down and I'ma hold you down... one
Lottie - 2008-04-25 07:40:51
Beetlebum by Blur
sqrl - 2008-05-03 05:48:18
there she goes by the las
esmith - 2008-05-08 08:09:45
Another Girl, Another Planet by The Only Ones... that's a good one.
feedyourhead - 2008-05-08 16:00:40
Horse With No Name is just a song. The lyrics mean nothing in particular let alone being about heroin. This is what the band members of America said. I always thought that it was about heroin too. It caught my interest when it first came out because I liked to indulge myself. Hotel California isn't about anything either. The Eagles say not to read into the song. As far as Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd: "Roger Waters wrote the lyrics. While many people thought the song is about drugs, Waters claims it is not. The lyrics are about what he felt like as a child when he was sick with a fever. As an adult, he got that feeling again sometimes, entering a state of delirium, where he felt detached from reality."
Anonymous - 2008-05-14 17:49:36
Captain Jack Billy Joel
TJ - 2008-05-17 03:24:11
obviously you have never done drugs if you think that comfortably numb isn't about drugs. watch the movie. they shoot him up while he sings it. And horse with no name refers to a pale white horse... cocaine... they ALWAYS say its not about drugs because back then it wasnt okay
Anna Bodot - 2008-05-30 16:14:14
"Cold Blue Steel & Sweet Fire" - Joni Mitchell. Clearly about H. I lost my darling friend Terri to an overdose - probably suicide. Cuts me to the bone let alone his mom and sister. Terri tried suicide once before. I went to the hospital to see him and the staff treated him like shit. He said, "I'm just tired. Ya know, just tired." 44 year old genius lost.....why?????
Ben - 2008-06-01 00:45:27
This is about materialism and excess. California is used as the setting, but it could relate to anywhere in America. Don Henley in the London Daily Mail November 9, 2007 said: "Some of the wilder interpretations of that song have been amazing. It was really about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew. But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce." On November 25, 2007 Henley appeared on the TV news show 60 Minutes, where he was told, "everyone wants to know what this song means." Henley replied: "I know, it's so boring. It's a song about the dark underbelly of the American Dream, and about excess in America which was something we knew about." (thanks, Emma - Westfield, ME)
dick_fitts - 2008-06-02 00:22:46
I can't believe nobody here has mentioned "China Girl" -- the classic tune written by Iggy Pop and recorded and brought to prominence in 1983 by David Bowie (both of whom had well-documented struggles with heroin). There are so many veiled references to smack and addiction in the song, and they're given life in Bowie's 1983 video for it. Notice the changes in the little China girl's appearance and wardrobe, the way they constantly morph from deathly pale to outright ostentatious and vibrant, in the video. It mirrors the life and psychosomatic viewpoint of the addict caught in the hell of the high brought about by the drug and the subsequent withdrawal sickness after the high has disappeared:
baldy13 - 2008-06-22 02:47:48
can't forget about jane say's-janes addiction..
Dirty Dave Akron Ohio - 2008-07-17 18:53:37
You can tell alot of people arent real junkies. ive been doing the shit for a long time and comfortably numb is deffinatly about dulling the pain with heroin addiction. I know that H is for sure my love affair. one thing that i didnt see was "its been awhile" by stain. that is for sure about the lifestyle of being a through an through junkie. anyone visiting akron ask around for dirty and you can see what it is like around here. someone will find me for sure, especially in Kenmore. K-town.....By the way if I robbed you, sorry... But you obviously need to tighten your game up..Sucker D.D.
Anonymous - 2008-07-19 20:11:20
baltimore love song by 50 cent
Anonymous - 2008-07-20 04:19:22
Rhyme & Reason by Dave Matthews Band is a great one. You can't ignore the guitar melody or the siren-like sax, and Dave's lyrics are incredible.
Michael Henderson - 2008-08-10 06:44:00
Needle of Death, Bert Jansch
hana - 2008-09-06 10:18:07

Just so you know, 'Heroin' was originally by Lou Reed.

Melancholy Rose - 2008-09-07 23:11:16

"The Beast" another Only Ones songs cooks up a perfect recipe for addiction and unlike most of these songs mentioned (notice I said most) the song was written well before PP had bothered with it himself. Only saw what it did to others. Throughout the years the lyrics have gone through a series of changes from this couldn't happen to i thought that this couldn't happen to me, etc... A decent list, but I think if you take the list of a down in the gutter addict and compare it to an occasional "chipper" or someone who hasn't used at all, than naturally they would all be completely different lists. "Heroin is a love in a world shared only with the drug itself" - R. Fraser

Donnie - 2008-09-10 22:12:01

How bout Bush "This Cloud". He actually says Shoot up in the song.

Linda - 2008-10-01 18:16:16

Low (Cracker). Poppies, junkie cosmonauts, low (not "high"), etc. Always seemed obvious to me, but no one ever mentions it on lists like this.

Mari - 2008-10-02 21:28:59

Golden Brown by the stranglers. All the songs her, save Heroin by the VU are about NOT using heroin more then about heroin itself. Not everyone that uses hates it. Everyone might hate paying for it, but then that is just human nature.

eatsleepmusic - 2008-10-10 03:28:48

Perfect Blue Buildings by Counting Crows is about heroine and I did not realize it until just recently

Drone446 - 2008-10-19 15:28:52

"HEAD CREEPS" by Alice in chains

BillyRayValentine - 2008-10-21 01:35:23

Dirt by Alice in Chains!

purplehearts - 2008-10-25 11:47:44

LOVE IN VAIN by the ruts best song about gear ever written i think wen uve been there u think all songs are about heroin cus theres a hell of a lot of a songs about long painful love affairs and thats exactly what ur rship with gear is like

Kelly Lee - 2008-10-28 21:06:47

What i thought Hotel Calforina talked about was sex and how they did it in a hotel. but then i found out that it had to do with drugs....<3

Max - 2008-10-30 01:10:55

think someone already said it but pool shark by sublime deserves some recognition mostly the acoustic version because its about the only way you can tell what hes saying but the original version i think is even more intriguing, because its one of brads most intimate songs and yet he makes it so fast paced and angry, like hes trying to cover up his emotions anyway, very good song

Tim S - 2008-10-30 14:03:13

howzabout Dr. Wu by Steely Dan? or Ride the White Horse by Laidback and agree with Happiness is a Warm Gun by the Beatles

alex - 2008-11-04 05:35:35

Guys, for the record, Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" is not about heroine. I don't feel like explaining it all, so just trust me on that, or do some research. "Come back down" by Bush would look nice on the list though.

Schwafan420 - 2008-11-06 08:50:52

I can't believe noone mentioned The Ballad of Johnny Butt by Sublime. should be number four on the list

boomer - 2008-11-09 06:56:28

no chinese rocks? no johnny thunders?

cindy - 2008-11-29 10:45:50

where is 'golden brown' by the stranglers?!

former H - 2008-12-01 10:05:41

how about "my congressman" by Fifteen

Fat J - 2008-12-10 03:22:26

I can't believe nobody's mentioned Major Tom....

SMOKE WEED420 - 2008-12-18 00:02:00

comfortably numb should be #1. then out of the ones you named neil young for sure.

sixties girl - 2008-12-22 07:53:51

Joni mitchell: Cold blue steel and sweet fire Cold Blue Steel out of money One eye for the beat police Sweet Fire calling "You can't deny me Now you know what you need" Underneath the jungle gym Hollow-grey-fire-escape-thief Looking for Sweet Fire Shadow of Lady Release "Come with me I know the way" she says "It's down, down, down the dark ladder Do you want to contact somebody first Leave someone a letter You can come now Or you can come later" A wristwatch, a ring, a downstairs screamer Edgy-black cracks of the sky "Pin-cushion-prick- Fix this poor bad dreamer!" "Money" cold shadows reply Pawnshops crisscrossed and padlocked Corridors spit on prayers and pleas Sparks fly up from Sweet Fire Black soot of Lady Release "Come with me I know the way" she says "It's down, down, down the dark ladder Do you want to contact somebody first Does it really matter If you come now Or if you come on later?" Red water in the bathroom sink Fever and the scum brown bowl Blue Steel still begging But it's indistinct Someone's Hi-Fi drumming Jelly Roll Concrete concentration camp Bashing in veins for peace Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire Fall into Lady Release "Come with me I know the way" she says "It's down, down, down the dark ladder Do you want to contact somebody first I mean what does it really matter You're going to come now Or you're going to come later"

i dont have a name - 2009-01-05 17:01:00

what bout any song by Sixx AM? or Motley Crue

Nikki - 2009-01-10 20:47:45

A Baltimore Love Thing, by 50 Cent

Krista - from Atlanta- AKA H-town - 2009-01-13 21:53:31

I think you all need to go out and do a shot of dope before you coment on what is and what isant a Heroin song, most of you have never exprienced life as at that level, you would not understand what it does to you and how it makes you feel, and why someone would want to right a song about it. Heroin is a love hate relationship with who ever it gets a hold of. So take a shot and turn up the tunes and you will know what is and what isant a song written about Heroin. You need to hear some old Modist Mouse-its all Heroin music the real junkie kind- :) Have a shot for me!!!

danny - 2009-01-14 07:42:41

krista i agree totally...(battlin' this demon for 6 yrs) but back to music....i think "save me" from shinedown is a great song, but not top ten.........(i know he says "pills" in the song, but i think the song is completely about heroin..cause why would u need a candle and a spoon for pills.)

weeee - 2009-01-28 19:15:45

Banks Of The Deep End....Govt. Mule

RADIO SATAN SISTER HAIRY HYMEN - 2009-02-05 02:16:59

Comfortably Numb I never thought was a song about Heroin use I t5hought it was about a preformer using speed or upper to get him out of his depression so he can preform?

kate - 2009-02-17 02:03:18

'cant stand me now' by the libertines...

beentheredonethatagain - 2009-02-26 14:57:39

I am real surprised none of the druggies added "Black Baloon" by The Goo Goo Dolls.

markkimse - 2009-03-10 15:06:40

Happiness is a Warm Gun by the Beatles is one of my favs....

piotr - 2009-03-13 16:40:29

And where is Golden Brown by The Stranglers ?

muckyfingers20 - 2009-03-15 18:54:42

sister morphine by marianne faithful, an achingly beatifully bruised ballad about addiction

jbl - 2009-03-24 19:26:33

Voodoo by Godsmack?!? really? Godsmack doesn't deserve to be only any top 10 lists, unless that list is of the top 10 shittiest radio rock bands.

warren - 2009-04-12 18:58:58

how about pool shark by sublime?

Anonymous - 2009-05-13 03:47:02

Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing

josh - 2009-05-16 18:25:52

H. by tool. An obvious choice, but one of my favorites.

greyV - 2009-05-21 07:22:02

post blue-placebo

magic_man - 2009-05-21 19:28:12

Down in a Hole - Alice in Chains

BlackQueen - 2009-05-25 02:26:08

Well, there are more songs from Placebo about H. Like "My Sweet Prince" and so on. Btw, the new single "Battle for the Sun" sounds like he has firmly resolved to kick it, LOL! Hope he makes it, I didn't for 20+ years. Placebo aside, there are soooo many songs about our dearly hated stuff, like an old Defunkt one "In the good times" [Get your works for a dollar(!), get water from the fire-hydrant, heat it up with a match, in screw of coke bottle cap, ...... , use the filter of your cigarette for cotton, tie your arm with your shoe string, watch it all disolve in you, and watch yourself disolving in a doorway of a vacant building, listening to the sounds, the cosmic, indifferent to what's going on - dreamin'] Btw, that must have been so long ago if he could get indifferent to what's going on + dreaming for a buck! (Btw, does anyone know how much is a gram of smack in the States now?) Once I got high with Nick Cave after a gig, but can't remember if he ever wrote a song about H. Does anyone know one? Seems like that stuff has eaten half of my brain ... well, since we only use like 20% of it, I can only hope there is enough left, :). Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy/The Mission and some other darkwave (gothic) bands should be looked up, too, but their songs are a lot like "Hotel California" - you can't really be sure what are they singing about. Could be about anything.... Depeche Mode - some implications in Useless (see the video - playing with words Use-less) or Dirt Mike Ness: Dope Fiend Blues falls into this cathegory, too. Let me think of some more ... Wolfsheim: Heroin, she said James Brown: King Heroin, obviously Marilyn Manson also likes to mention it here and there... And many many more... (I have a theory: to make good music - or art in general - you have to be either on drugs or crazy, everything else is commercial shit!) Bye

HELLOOOOOO - 2009-05-26 01:05:33


Me - 2009-06-17 22:58:14

No Nirvana? Disapointment

Smackhead - 2009-07-01 09:17:17

Depech Mode - Enjoy the Silence "everything i wanted, everything i needed is here in my arms.."

David E. - 2009-07-02 11:29:48

Wow...HOW about Marvin Gaye "Flyin High" in the friendly skies

jake - 2009-07-06 17:57:32

what katie did by the libertines

werwer - 2009-07-12 10:54:40

just watch trainspotting

damian - 2009-08-15 19:50:08

blue veins by the racontures

seep - 2009-08-20 21:13:10

Jesus, 200,000 responses and nobody's mentioned Blue Cheer's "Doctor Please". I'm glad someone put up the Beatles' "Happiness..." Everyone forgot to mention "Lust for Life".

Sac - 2009-08-27 05:34:46

China Girl by Bowie??

Anonymous - 2009-08-27 20:00:18

How about one of the many by Monster Magnet? Black Balloon, Needle Freak...

Nick - 2009-08-28 22:39:03

When you talk about heroin music, you mean one of two very different things. You either mean: 1. Music written about heroin (often by people who haven't used it) example- Heroin, Velvet Underground or 2. Music that people listen to when high on heroin. "Typically includes mellow tones and a rhythm that matches an addict's heartbeat." example- Space Needle, Never Lonely Alone

Greg - 2009-09-02 00:49:29

Stooges-loose RHCP - taste the pain Richard Hell an Dee Dee Ramone- Chinese Rocks

FredCro - 2009-09-06 23:35:06

PurpleHeart(up there ^^ ) said it best when he/she said ''Any love song can sound like a heroin relationship with the User'' Don't ya just love the laugh after Lou Reed sings 'it's my wife ' from Heroin. Perfecto! regardless of wether he was an addict

tc - 2009-09-08 02:02:04

Goo Goo Dolls. Black Balloon

Peach37 - 2009-09-15 01:54:31

Ks choice "Not a habit" and Morphine "Cure for Pain" or Blues travelers "The mountains win again". Okay, the last 2 could be about addictions of any kind

Lily - 2009-09-18 18:45:44

I know their not very popular, but Babes In Toyland has quite a few songs "Pearl" "Catatonic" and "Spun" "She found a stick and filled it thick with black sugar shit... burn it black with a candle, all bent at the handle, black sugar shit, is shit" -Pearl "I know the sugar plum fairy Her name is Mary, she's halfway inside my arm, Half way does great half harm.... Silver beads shot out her eyes" - Catatonic "I've blown my recovery, living is nice when you're spun like a kite... now that I know just what your'e all about, I want out" -Spun Spun is sung with such power, it's really cathartic when she bellows "Now I want out!" Great stuff. Also I think Staind's "It's Been a While" is very touching... especially the line about 'I cannot blame this on my father...' I've come to notice most drug addicts have had absent fathers or some real relationship issues with their fathers at least... myself included.

SEXYT68 - 2009-10-04 00:03:14


Anonymous - 2009-10-04 21:19:34

comfortably numb is the ultimate heroin inspired song- "okay just a little pin prick...stand up i do believe its working good, that will keep you going thru the show"

tourniquetwhore - 2009-10-08 06:00:01

"good intentions" by 10 years. "heave the silver/ hollow sliver/ piercing through another victim" all about w/ds

Nobody - 2009-10-24 04:04:17

Can't forget Megadeth..."I seen, the man use the needle, seen the needle use the man" Supposedly that was a reflection of Dave Mustaine's days with Metallica

Anonymous - 2009-10-27 22:21:05

"Blue Water Baboon Farm" by Dave Matthews is another great, but little known song

kitten - 2009-11-30 00:32:52

Skinny Puppy--songs people listen to while doing heroin. Dark, yet strangely soothing. (Still like them, though I no longer do drugs...)

Chemical Halo - 2009-12-09 20:18:02

Just because a song/album/artist title has some drug them in it, doesn't make said song a beautiful peice of music that is going to get you through withdrawls - and I mean heroin withdrawls 'cause fuck everything else, you guys got it easy, so just shut the fuck up. I didn't come here to say what's what, I came here to get some ideas for songs to listen to while I'm detoxing. And in rehab, if they'll let me keep my mp3 player there. But seriously, if you don't have a deep destructive beautiful painful and gloriously agonizing relationship with said drugs, there's no way you'll be able to find the real songs that mean anything. And by that I mean songs that will help you get through fucking withdrawls!!!! AAAAAA!!!!!

james - 2009-12-13 09:09:47

Atmosphere - God's Bathroom Floor

AARON - 2010-01-01 04:31:12


Crunchbucket - 2010-01-05 22:53:34

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - All Around you If you gonna go on a trip, you are going to need some supplies if you know what I mean :P Iron and Wine - Such Great Heights - that has to be about H. Also, can some more people post good ones to listen to when flipping off the wall like Lucile Ball? And to the poster of Space Needle - Never Lonely Alone, thanks!

I'd tell you but it's not important... - 2010-01-07 02:48:27

It was over the holidays, listening to the heroin diaries, and realized just how my baby sister must feel... while I can't say that I truly know what she's going through, I do wish there was someway to help her... This shit is ruining our lives!!!!

Al Dex - 2010-01-08 18:14:17

The Crystal Ship by the Doors

Tina - 2010-01-10 02:51:47

some of the songs put up are whack...not all drug songs refer to dope..and not all songs that are about dope are good some of them suck which is why theyre not in the top ten although i was a little supprised to find that down was no where to be found on the list so i nominate down - theres something on my side I've come so close, it's almost hard to believe When you're up close, it blinds you brilliantly Just one rush can change your life forever Just one push can end it all together Why can't we learn from the plague that surrounds us Learn from my mistakes Learn from this mistake Learn from our mistake Learn from their mistakes There's no shoulder to cry on when you have no shame There's no finger to point when you are to blame Open book, in my eyes shows you rain, then storming I can't look, when covered by the nothing and the suffering Learn from my mistakes Learn from this mistake Learn from our mistake Learn from their mistakes Learn from my mistake Believe me, all my friends, in the ending of the story There's no junkie out there with a happy ending It consumes you, and haunts you like the devil It's the art of the process that kills off all the rebels Learn from this mistake Learn from my mistake Learn from our mistake Learn from my mistake down II is basically a junkies biography

*UFORiA* - 2010-01-11 12:36:15

HeY! wHaT aBoUt ThEsE??? -HEROIN or Suicide by Leftover Crack -We were on HEROIN by Wasted Youth -We must bleed by The Germs -Chinese Rock by The Ramones -Bullet with butterfly wings by Smashing Pumpkins ..... ???

Anonymous - 2010-01-16 01:19:54

this freaks me out. my spouse died from cirrhosis. besides etoh, he told me that heroin use began in his early teens. the lyrics quoted above really hit home. though i never called him a junkie, that's what he was. we had a good life...3 children, a beatiful home, and so much love. i'm a nurse, tried to 'cure' him, help him, never worked. i'd said to him once that lady heroin was the other woman. my grief is so fucked up. don't know how to move on mentally.

brandon cole - 2010-01-17 07:13:08

What about 10 years - Russian Roulette and Wasteland

Josh Grunig - 2010-01-20 22:28:01

Alot of these songs mentioned in here are not necessarly inpired by herion. Some of these songs just relate to shooting needles. If the word heroin or any nick name for the drug are not in the song it could really mean any drug that can be shot up. Me myslef I perfer poping a few opioids.

Ghost - 2010-01-25 06:54:40

@Tina nicley put "Learn from this mistake" and "Ghost along the Mississippi" says it all. But you are right the cd Down II is a story of a junkies battle.

pcz - 2010-01-28 21:15:39

james booker's "junco partner"

Anonymous - 2010-01-31 06:10:06

not an addict by K's Choice

How2SpotAJunkie - 2010-02-21 15:30:34

How about 'Too Many Puppies' by Primus? Apparently it is supposed to have two meanings besides the obvious war slant.

Jacob - 2010-02-22 15:30:42

500 Channels by Choking Victim should be there. And when there is no hope, I'll smoke some crack, I'll shoot some dope!

afgani-Stan - 2010-03-19 08:03:51

Needle and Spoon by Skynard. Come on folks take a trip to the moon

SweenDog67 Recovering - 2010-04-05 18:42:47

The list is uh at best... it's just how do you narrow it down. I often burn My heroin disks to have of reminders of what almost was and wasn't. Today, I'm clean tomorrow is a mystery. The Music Helps.. How about Lennons Cold Turkey.... I love him but ya gotta laugh.. You know he never felt the pain. The hardest thing I ever did was be a junkie.. People say kickings hard. Well, kicking sucks... Staying High is HARD. Good Luck to my Fellow users and recovery bros. Remember, if your using. ya got like a %20 chance!!!! Thats it. Otherwise it's Jail or the box... I remember praying for the box, even trying for it... I'm much happier today. Took my kid fishing yesterday..

Anonymous - 2010-04-07 05:24:57

Ok, a couple of corrections here, kiddies: It's "Come Down" by Bush (fucked that one up TWICE) and "Wasteland" by 10 Years. Come on, people, it's not that hard.

THE_GRUNGER - 2010-04-19 19:18:49

Ever heard of Angry chair or Down in A Hole by Alice in Chains?

Miss Pretty Face - 2010-04-23 18:36:41

Alice In Chains- Junkhead Alice In Chains- Angry Chair Alice In Cahins- Down In A Hole A Perfect Circle- The Package Staind- Its Been Awhile 10 Years- Wasteland Goo Goo Dolls- Black Ballon [[All Of Them Songs Should Of Been Up There]] [[I Know What Its Like To Be On Heroin, I Did Heroin For 5 Years & I Was Strung Out Really Bad, I Finally Got Off Of It In Dec. 09 & Then I Ended Up Relapsing In Feb.2010, But I Can HONESTLY Say Now I've Been Clean Off Heroin Since Then, But Sometimes Here And There I Will Mess Around With Pills, But NOTHING Like How I Did With Heroin] And I noticed somebody said something about the song {Save Me By Shinedown} The reason they said i got a candle & i got a spoon is b/c u can cook certain pills && shoot them up.

Kevin - 2010-04-25 02:09:55

can't believe High and Dry by radiohead isn't on here.

sentemback02 - 2010-04-26 02:10:24

Hello the beatles. 1st of all McCartney's cacophony "fixing a hole". "Im fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering", u dont get more much more heroin inspiration than that. Also Lennon's "everybody's got something to hide except me and my monkey," "the deeper you go the higher you fly the higher you fly the deeper you go", that heroin for sure.

Pete Marsden - 2010-04-27 03:49:11

Wow SweenDog I have to admit, you do sound legit. Good luck bro. And yes, Hotel California is a great song but it's not about H.

alex - 2010-05-01 20:46:29

A distorted reality is now a necessity to be free - elliott smith. there are two versions. one is more straightforward about the heroin than the other. SweenDog67 - that is beautiful..

rb - 2010-05-05 20:28:40

really, My Sweet Prince -Placebo should be on here. it's a really great song. listen.

stan - 2010-05-07 02:45:06

"Pusher Man" Steppenwolf

The Dude - 2010-05-12 21:14:35

If you don't think comfortably numb isnt about heroin try doin a hit while listening to the song, you'll see.

adam - 2010-05-13 16:33:24

hello sublime pool shark lying in my pastic bed thinking how things werent so cool to me tyingg off that dinasoar tonight used t be so cool to now i got the needle and i cant shake but i cant breath i take it away but i want more and more one day im gonna ose the war

Mr M - 2010-05-25 19:15:01

In A Rut by The Ruts is the only song I know that isn't ambiguous or critical. It's just about the reward.

What? - 2010-06-06 00:57:46

Hand of Doom by Black Sabbath s not on this list? It should be at least 4.

Opio Muy Bueno - 2010-06-11 21:07:57

Since the 60s addicts have believed that many of Love's Forever Changes tracks alluded to heroin using. Andmoreagain and the Old Man in particular, with the Red Telephone and Live and Let Live protests against the drug laws.

Opio Muy Bueno - 2010-06-13 20:58:48

And also from Jim Carroll's Catholic Boy album, Wicked Gravity and City Drops Into the Night.

Opio Muy Bueno - 2010-06-15 23:39:48

Remembered two more: Smashing Pumpkins '1979' and Buffy St. Marie "'Poppies'.

jake - 2010-06-22 19:48:54

Heroin by VU is definitely #1. The lyrics are already enough to confirm that, but the music itself is a metaphor for the rush going up and down, coming in waves. Good list!

Boston Jay - 2010-06-29 01:10:23

I rewrite this whole list with Alice in Chains songs. Kicking methadone currently..worse than Heroin and Im livin off the album Dirt.

DollyLaVita - 2010-07-19 20:40:38

I think Slow Cheetah by Red Hot Chili Peppers could be 11 or 12. Also Snow by RHCP - not about coke. It's about H. Should be on some list some where.

junk - 2010-09-01 01:53:35

Good list, Velvet Undergrounds #1 is obligatory on any sort of "top ten", but not necessarily deserved. My contribution to this list would be the songs Shine A Light and Soul On Fire by Spiritualized, Sad Waters as sang by Nick Cave. Thanks for the read!

beatlefloyd222 - 2010-09-04 19:27:31

Happiness Is A Warm Gun - The Beatles how is that not even up there? it should be number 1 or 2

Oxymoron - 2010-09-13 03:27:47

Ummmmmmm. "Me and Mrs.Jones"? Also, what about "Chase the Dragon" by The Beasts of Bourbon? Which was also covered brilliantly by Machinegun Fellatio And by the way. I spent a few weeks on a morphine drip, listening to Pink Floyd among others in hospital and can tell you that Comfortably Numb is definitely about Opiates.

jneighbo - 2010-09-14 15:06:37

The only true meaning behind any song lies with the artist who penned it, what anyone else views as the true meaning is left to their interpretation of the lyrics. It's real easy to take something such as a lyric and spin it into a completely unrelated meaning from what was intended by the artist.

floyd - 2010-09-15 00:45:03

just wanna get this straight, COMFTORABLY NUMB BY PINK FLOYD IS NOT ABOUT HEROIN, it is about Roger Waters suffering from syptoms of Hepatitis B causing his muscles to spasm and in order to perform he needed muscle relaxtant, which is also an intravenous drug (injeced into a vein)

Ghostrunner - 2010-09-15 16:07:01

Currently kicking Oxy.Take Me To The River by The Talking Heads.I know it's not a withdrawl song, but for some reason it makes me think of being washed clean..

Junk Punk - 2010-09-16 05:56:49

I'm glad you put Velvet Underground, but there were so many songs about heroin from NYC and Cleavland in the 1970's, my favorite being "Ain't it Fun" by The Dead Boys (later covered by GnR). "Chinese Rocks" is also a good one, by Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers

Bob - 2010-09-16 17:11:56

you can just fill this list with velvet underground / lou reed songs

AKRON OH..junktown. - 2010-09-19 15:54:21

to the person who said "why would you need a candle and spoon for pills?"...ummm...PROB cuz you can crush them up and bang em, im sure youv heard of people shooting oxys? i love how a bunch of people who have probably never even touched dope, let alone seen it, are commenting on this shit..

natzingzing - 2010-09-23 14:47:12

clean by depeche mode... gives you strength

Snow blind - 2010-09-24 00:19:38

Poor old Keith Richards. Looks like he suffers from Hep-B too. Few more; Waiting on a friend by the Stones. Heroin by the Kings of Infinite Space, believe it or not.China White by Morphine. Sidewalk Sally and Out of This Place by Rose Tattoo. All Them Ladies by MGF. Dirty Degenerate Boy by The Mark of Cain. I also suspect Little Wing by Hendrix.

Anonymous - 2010-09-25 11:39:50

Been reading through the comment all great suggestions... To the fucking morons who made comments belittling some of the suggestions and remarking that there's no way they have done junk and don't know what there talking about. I hope they haven't and never will fell the way "we" feel when we hear these song. As for me and many others it's too late for me I can't be saved maybe those people still have hope.

john - 2010-10-01 16:47:26

what about sublime pool shark...

sarah-C - 2010-10-11 22:38:17

PINK FLOYDS COMFORTABLY NUMB IS NOT IN ANY WAY RELATED TO HERION. People are so nieve to think that JUST because there is a needle present. If you knew anything about the band you would realize it's actually about when he had an STD He went to the doctor and the doc thought it just to be a simple stomach flu, the medicine he injected him with however, made him extremely disoriented. He had a show to play that night but when he looked at his hands they looked as if they were 10x bigger then normal. "My hands felt just like two balloons" But when he got on stage to play the fans still cheered making him feel "comfortably numb" Also, when he was at a very young age his father was killed in war. This caused him to grow up much quicker then your usual child "fading ships on the horizon" is used to symbolize his lost childhood.

BibbysWife - 2010-10-15 18:55:17

I've been an addict for years and music always helped me get high - though I hardly needed it, and helped me when I wanted to "get clean" as if thats ever possible. I'm pregnant now and at least for these 9 months I am clean, its too 140mg of methadone a day (nothing but legal heroin) to do it but its much safer for the baby. Anyway, to the person who asked what you would need a spoon and light for for pills, well in Baltimore when you buy dope off the street its bought either as raw or scramble. I always preferred scramble to shoot and raw to snort but I haven't snorted in years. Regardless the scramble comes in pills, either single or double O, they also come in tester size and 6's or $6 pills. But when you buy them you ask for pills or scramble. So when I talk about getting pills its always heroin. I've done dope in many states and its called so many different things. Baltimore Love Song by 50 though I haven't heard it I read the lyrics and thats a great song. The part about being bi-sexual refers to how here BOY means dope and GIRL means coke or crack. Someone who does girl, may or may not do boy. Get it? Anyways, there are some great songs on here I had completely forgotten about like Wolfsheim and K's Choice. Thanks guys.

LaDollyVita - 2010-10-17 15:40:31

Only a gullible person with zero life experience would say that Comfortably Numb is not about heroin.

Sarah-C - 2010-10-25 02:38:39

No sorry, it's called knowing a little something about the band and songs I listen to. You think it's about heroin because it speaks of being numb and you see someone give him a needle. Try learning something about the music and bands you listen to then try to comment about it.

drewfacekillahhh - 2010-10-29 02:51:04

the ballad of johnny butt sublime are u kiddin noone said that

DollyLaVita - 2010-10-29 13:11:22

@SarahC- Do you think I don't know the whole story? I have heard everything you have heard. About his (Waters) childhood. About getting hepatitis, but it was misdiagnosed. About him getting a sedative before a show. Come on. I don't believe everything I hear. Not many bands will come out and admit a song is about heroin cause it's just not considered cool.

Kim - 2010-11-01 00:53:16

Comfortably Numb isn't about heroine, it is about cold medication. None of the members of Pink Floyd used heroine.

RogerWaters - 2010-11-01 22:41:15

Kim - You are an idiot. Can't even spell heroin.

Dirty Dave - 2010-11-02 00:15:37

Sarah, you are stupid. Kim, Cold medication? You are stupider if that is even a word.

J-Dawg - 2010-11-02 12:42:15

Roger Waters was not a heroin user. I don't see how a person can write about what they don't know. But to say the song is not about drugs is ridiculous. "Just a little pin prick" is a reference to him getting a sedative before a show. Sedatives are drugs. duh

35 Cents - 2010-11-05 15:56:56

Roger Waters was not a junk man. As much as I would like it to be, I do not believe the song was heroin inspired. But I don't really care what the song was intended to be about as far as I am concerned it is all about the H.

Dave - 2010-11-11 20:43:31

ANY song by Spiritualized, as I am pretty sure that almost all of his songs are about heroin. My personal favorite is Medication.

Floyd Fan - 2010-11-18 22:40:54

Roger Waters claims the song Comfortably Numb is about former member Syd Barret who went insane years before, then again it kinda sounds like hes talking about h

TJBurroughs - 2010-11-22 18:29:20

Mutiny in Heaven by The Birthday Party

Sarah-C - 2010-11-24 20:43:28

Wow, I guess you really need to do some research if you're going to imply that this song is about heroin, or ANY of Pink Floyds songs for that matter. Take it however you like, however, the FACTS ARE, that this song IS in fact about a medication being given FROM A DOCTOR to Syd Barret (and considering how you know nothing else about the band by the sounds of it, Syd Barret left the band after loosing his mind FROM AN STD THE SAME ONE HE WAS BEING GIVEN THE WRONG MEDICATION FOR)The doctor thought what he had was a stomach flu (so saying it was a cold medication IS CORRECT) If you're going to try to call me an idiot, you should really do some research on what you're calling me an idiot for. Thus concluding you to be the idiot of this whole thing. I'll give you a tip.. when researching the meaning of a song.. don't look for peoples opinions.. look for the ACTUAL FACTS from the ACTUAL BAND MEMBERS and then maybe next time you wont make yourself look like the idiot you are.

Kat - 2010-11-27 18:58:37

Sarah: I honestly don't know if those are indeed the facts. I honestly don't care to look it up, either. At any rate, I am forced to lean towards that whatever it is about, it isn't Heroin. However, the great thing about songs is that people's opinions do actually matter. In fact, to me this song is about Heroin, despite the fact that it was not the original meaning. It just fits perfect. I'm sure many other Heroin addicts agree with this. The point is a song is whatever it means to you. If one song can speak to so many different people in so many different ways (unlike many one-sided MTV pop songs) the artist has done their job as far as I am concerned.

johnthenothing - 2010-11-30 04:47:16

Silly kids. Take an acid trip and then see if you think "comfortably numb" is about heroin. When he talks about the pin prick to keep him going throughout the show, when in a bad acid trip the hospital has a medication they give you to kick you back into reality. He even talks about how it made him trip as a kid when his fever was too high. Who here can deny that pink Floyd was a tripper? I mean he turned himself into a vegetable for christ sake. 10 years, wasteland. "hollow sliver piercing through another victim" Red hott chill peppers- "under the bridge, is where i drew some blood" elliot smith " a fond farewell" and "needle in a hay sack". actually pretty much all of elliot smiths songs mention it. as someone else commented, if you haven't tried heroin and you havn't been addicted, don't comment. you'll make yourself look stupid. have a good day.

J Schef - 2010-12-03 06:05:46


earlefan - 2010-12-05 00:53:05

Heroin Addict Sister by Elizabeth Cook

Christina - 2010-12-06 01:54:44

THANK YOU!!!! You just helped me win a up at my methadone clinic. I fucking TOLD them Hotel Califorina was about herion!!!

Sarah-C - 2010-12-07 23:25:30

wow, really guys.. yet again wrong on the true meaning of a song. Take it however you will.. but ACTUALLY Hotel California is another song constantly misunderstood. It's actually not really about anything.. It was just about their lives and growing up as middle class kids. Again.. look actual facts up about the band first.. They even say in an interview, " We know a lot of people are taking the lyric meaning of this song to be drug use related but it's actually not at all what it's about, it's about when we were younger, just simple kids growing up as middle class citizens"

Oxymoron - 2010-12-15 00:00:28

This thread looks like it's gonna last forever. While I have you all here; Is Monster Magnet's Bummer supposed to be a dealer singing , then his customer then back to the dealer? BTW. I forget which Eagle, but one of em said in an interview back in the 80's, that the Hotel California was the Betty Ford clinic. It's obviously pointless trying to inform some people that Comfortably Numb is about someone going through withdrawals and needing a whack to get him on stage. The kind of people who don't want to believe this are the same kind who think the Beatles Lucy.... isn't about LSD and that Michael Jackson was straight.

LUX - 2010-12-16 19:33:00


bavlazra - 2010-12-19 09:02:15

Spacemen 3: "Come Down Easy" "Feelin' Just Fine (Head Full of Shit)" "Call the Doctor" "Walkin' with Jesus" Mudhoney: "Revolution" (Spacemen 3 cover. . . sort of. . . funny story, that) Eat: "Mr. & Mrs. Smack" Come: "Brand New Vein" Leonard Cohen: "The Butcher" Fang: "Junky Dare" Butthole Surfers: "Mexican Caravan" Richard Hell: "Blank Generation" The Cramps: "Garbage Man" Gun Club: "She's Like Heroin To Me" John Phillips: "Drum" "Topanga Canyon"

Anonymous - 2010-12-22 01:27:50

what about master of puppets by metallica???

Tricia Deo - 2010-12-29 22:12:59

The entire album of Mars Volta's De-Loused in the Comatorium.

DopeSick - 2010-12-30 21:29:04

Pool Shark by sublime...Shot my weight in dope to this song

Brain - 2011-01-15 05:33:26

NIRAVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHO CAN EVERYBODY FORGET????????

Thomas - 2011-01-17 23:29:35

Um... Medicine by Bobaflex

Anonymous - 2011-01-19 22:55:41

"Hand of Doom" by Black Sabbath

true artisry vs. overproduced comercial garbage - 2011-01-20 20:06:24

Hotel California? Are you fucking serious? Half these songs are so lame... Best fucking heroin song ever hands down - "Chinese Rocks" by Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers. Who writes this drivel?

Mikey - 2011-01-21 09:51:20

More than 50% are really fucking stupid. Just because the word "heroin" is in the song, or they mention a neddle dosen't mean it's about it's about slaming dope. It's obvious that 99% of you have never have never done the drug or let alone seen it. So if you're not entirely sure if the song is about heroin, don't fucking say anything!

........................ - 2011-01-30 00:17:11

Reading through these comments, one question comes to mind... why the fuck did i get clean? maybe, then listening the song suggestions, i should be reminded, but mostly i just think... why the fuck did i get clean?

Chris - 2011-02-02 02:43:23

how the hell has nobody mentioned Stairway to Heaven or Master of Puppets!?!?!

John - augustwest - King - 2011-02-03 01:07:10

Believe it or not - Captain Jack by Billy Joel.

pittsburgh - 2011-02-16 03:37:06

alll of you need to listen to lead you on by machine gun kelly, best song ever

Rita K. - 2011-02-16 04:17:28

Here are 2 more not mentioned:'Bloodstain' performed by Alice Temple on Unkle's 1998 album Psyence Fiction. "Bloodstain on a blue vein, take it with no shame, love tracks on a loose train.." Also Keith Richard's solo effort 'Take It so Hard'"You want a little bit once in a while, Yeah you got a taste for it."

PETER LPOOL - 2011-02-19 08:04:00

The La's - There She Goes

Nik - 2011-02-20 21:01:26

Shinedown in Save me I have a candle I have a spoon I live in a Hallway with no doors and no rooms. How did I get here and what went wrong? No Im far beyonde gone. Also, I disagree with the person typing Comfortably Numb is not about heroin. "come on now it's just a little pin prick, there will be no more Ahhhhhh! but you may feel a little sick." Dude that is opiates. I'm done with them.

Anonymous - 2011-02-21 22:40:07


Micheal kristofferson - 2011-03-05 02:30:25

I personally know Roger Waters and knew Syd Barret born Roger Keith Barret and comfortably numb isn't about heroin or Syd it's about Roger waters when he was 8 he got yellow fever and almost died and he still has effects from it so he takes medication

Sylvia Macdonald - 2011-03-13 16:26:22
I have just lost my son to heroin addiction. He was a smoker and not a needle user, he thought he was not an addict because of this, no matter how I tried i could not save him. Please let this help someone else
chris kristofferson - 2011-03-16 05:44:59
I personally know Ringo, Lemmy, Keith, Mick,Lou, Joe (Walsh and Satriani), Kirk, Yngwie, Dweezil and Elvis'chauffer's grandson's best mate from school and I still reckon C.N. was about opiates. Also, if you wrote a song about something illegal, would you admit that's what it was about when asked?
modernrevolution - 2011-03-16 21:08:47


Will Hickman - 2011-04-09 16:35:06
"Johnny Butt was a man with a real strong will to survive He just kept pushig on even though he was barely alive so shoot it up shoot it up, It just don't matter" Ballad of Johnny Butt - Sublime
Emily - 2011-04-23 14:29:41
okay...what about syringes in the sandbox, by dirty rotten imbeciles
ian - 2011-04-25 02:45:05
alice in chains - shame in you beats every song listed
GoinDowntheStepsOnAwhiteLineStraightToNowhere - 2011-05-01 15:19:11

When it comes to music, anyone can find subliminal references to their drug/religion/political statement if they read into it enough. Music can inspire people to do anything. What about all the great Jazz musicians who wrote amazing songs with little or no lyrics at all...??? Some of them used Heroin and lots of drugs. Junkies want to feel that every song was written for them and their habit. It's the self centered mentality. I personally like Alice in Chains when it comes to songs that deal with my morphine addiction. RIP Layne

hithakar - 2011-05-07 18:32:45
The Pusher Man by Steppenwolf "You know I've seen a lot of people walking 'round With tombstones in their eyes. But the pusher don't care If you live -- or if you die. God Damn! The pusher. God Damn! The pusherman." "But the pusher is a monster Not a natural man. The dealer for a nickel Goin to sell you lots of sweet dreams. Ah...but the pusher will ruin your body; Lord he'll leave your mind to scream. God Damn! The pusher. God Damn! God damn the pusher. I said God Damn! God damn the pusher man"
B - 2011-05-10 14:44:17
Definitely any Alice in Chains song. Or try Mad Season - Wake up, an amazing song with Layne Staley (the singer for Alice in Chains), on vocals.
SteezyFbaby - 2011-05-16 02:48:49

YOU GUYS R SO EFFIN STUPID N NOT TRUE PINK FLOYD FANS IF U SAY COMFORTABLY NUMB IS NOT BOUT KICKIN DRUGS/OPIATES SAW A COMMENT SAYIN ITS BOUT RODGER WATERS... AHAHHA U FUCKIN STUPID HAVE U SEEN THE MOVIE PINK FLOYDS THE WALL ITS ALL BOUT SYD BARRETT YA FUCKIN IDIOT N HE WAS HIGH OFF HIS ASS EVERYDAY STRUGGLIN LIKE A MOTHA FUCKA N UR GONNA SAY ITS NOT BOUT DRUGS DO A SHOT OF HEROIN LISTEN TO THE SONG THEN KILL UR SELF FOR BEIN AN IDIOT N MISTAKIN PINK FLOYDS ENNNNNNTIRE GOD DAMN ALBUM IS FOR SYD YA RETARDS! sorry bout that i hate when people say that songs not bout drugs COMFORTABLY NUMMMMMMB key word of the day NUMB us junkies use that would atLEAST once a day. i been sober 34 days n music is the only thing helpin me right now im drippin sweat as we speak. major props for those of u in recovery im waitin for that day when i can say i feel good. of course i dont feel like shit but i dont feel good. heroin was a huge part of my life 6 years straight never day without it. h is like an abusive relationship just glad i got out alive. NEWAYS some my fav: kickstart my heart- motley crue* H-tool* heroin girl- Everclear* Thrash unreal- against me* opiate- tool.

GeorgiaDawg187 - 2011-05-19 03:04:00

Thrash Unreal - Against Me!

trueto702 - 2011-05-23 03:00:42

Who knew by pink. Very true to the heart lyrically. Song was inspired by a former significant other who O.D.

P. - 2011-05-28 18:13:58

The Stranglers' "Golden Brown"

Sarah - 2011-05-29 00:07:19


MJ - 2011-05-30 17:47:24

Thrash unreal-against me Lua-bright eyes Carmelita-Warren zevon Junky nurse-royal trucks Lua -bright eyes Wasteland-10 years Black balloon-the kills Needle in the hay-Elliot smith Jane says- janes addiction In chemicals- Postdata Not an addict- k's choice Pills-perishers Thrash unreal-against me

your all dumb - 2011-06-05 10:41:43

no one gives a flying fuck if you think or dont think the pink floyd songs about heroin......................if you want a song that is fuckin amazing and cannot be debated for what its about listen to lead you on by machine gun kelly

Rita lavan - 2011-06-10 20:29:12
Josh,ben,brooks,overalls seeking amber in jessin sale at cave of darkness this is why we teach our children to stay way from drugs.
Anonymous - 2011-06-15 21:41:17
i love heroin!!!!!!!!!!!!! i will till the day it takes me to my restin place!!! amen god is good for my new works!!!!!
MJ - 2011-06-18 14:24:40

Weak and powerless A perfect cirlcle

MJ - 2011-06-19 17:15:40


MJ(again) - 2011-06-21 17:18:36

Aneurysm - nirvana.

Amakachi - 2011-06-26 22:22:33
Must be something by Primal Scream
pedro - 2011-06-29 14:27:16
WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW am I really the FIRST one to mention the BEST her0in song of ALL time lol??? The Beatles - I WANT YOU (She's so Heavy) (anyone who doesnt think so, obviously has NEVER nodded out to this song) John Lennon was genius... I love how he made people think it was about a 'human' girl, just to get radio play, but not alot of Beatles fans can catch this underlying subliminal meaning lol... his song "Cold Turkey" is also about H....
Anonymous - 2011-07-02 05:36:49
"dirty blue balloons" and "stuck on you" (and more) by failure. check them out, very talented dope users
One More - 2011-07-02 22:52:23

How about Lou Reed : Perfect day that one is dedicated to heroin !

Comfortably Numb - 2011-07-04 03:04:35

After a brilliant guitar solo, the doctor is back in the second verse with a shot that is supposed to revive Pink from his drug-and-wall induced trance and keep him "going through the show." There has been a lot (a lot!) of debate over just what, exactly, this "pinprick" is. Some suggestions include: Noxolone (aka, Narcan), a drug used to counter the effects of heroin overdose; Thorazine, used to bring people down from acid trips; a mixture of amphetamines (to increase wakefulness) and cotricosteroids (to aide in stress response). Each possible pinprick is entirely based on just what drug one believes Pink is high on in the first place, with suggestions for those ranging from heroin to LSD, ketamine to DXM, all of which are known for the dissociative hallucinations they can cause.

MadHattersTwin - 2011-07-10 20:48:35
whats with "in your room - depeche mode"?! no one said...
Jozlyn - 2011-07-23 00:21:19
injection- rise against
Anonymous - 2011-07-24 15:10:57
What about the stranglers - Golden Brown
imrereurrere - 2011-07-28 07:51:37
So now little man,you've grown tired of grass,l.s.d.,acid,cocaine and hash.And someone pretending to be a true friend,says I will introduce you to 'Miss Heroin'.Well honey before you start fooling with me,just let me inform you of how it will be.For I will seduce you and make you my slave,I've sent men much stronger than you to their grave.You say you can never become a disgrace,and end up addicted to poppy seed waste.So you will start inhaling me one afternoon,you will take me in your arms very soon.For once i have entered deep down in your veins,the craving will nearly drive you insane.You will swindle your mother and just for a buck,you will turn into something vile and corrupt.You will mug and steal for my narcotic charm,and feel contentment when im in your armsThe day that you realize the monster you've grown,you'll solemly promise to leave me alone.The hot chills,cold sweat,withdrawal pains can only be saved by my little white grains.There is no other way there is no need to look for deep down inside you know you are hooked.The vomit,the cramps,your gut is tied in a knot,your jangling nerves screaming just one more shot.Well honey if you think youve got the mystical knack then sweetie just try to get me off your back.
José - 2011-08-19 18:59:23
Master of Puppets - Metallica
Bonecrusher - 2011-08-21 10:02:03

the fuck is wrong with u people? heroin makes u fuckin miserable after a while.its not something to brag about.unless youre rich and can have it whenever u want it until you die, dont fuck with it.bcuz youre in for some real hard times physical mental and spiritual pain that u cant fully describe with words.Withdrawals are a real bitch.makes u want to die. u put loved ones and yourself thru awful shit. whether anyone wants to admit it or not, everything happens for a reason tho. LISTEN TO:Gil Scott Heron - Home Is Where The Hatred Is. 9 months clean motherfucker! Believe that shit.

A. Taser - 2011-09-20 20:56:31

Many of you are oblivious to good music and inspired intellectual expression. You fools are Incapable of interpreting the meaning of the song and the rightful intentions of the artist. Alternative reel also made the numbskull mistake to excluded "Carmelita" by the great Warren Zevon, who is considered a genius by many. Zevon is known for his satirical style and his political, historical, and knowledgable references about the real world through his work. And he has live through it and has seen it all, unlike the many inexperienced artists you internets rubes have suggested to be on the "Heroin-Inspired Songs" list. He unfortunately died early from a rabid form of incurable lung cancer. However, Zevon certainly got his kicks before the whole shithouse went up in flames. "Enjoy Every Sandwich"

Anonymous - 2011-09-22 00:50:01
Maybe Lotti Golden's "Gonna Fay's" from her 1969 Atlantic release, "Motor-Cycle."
kjstj - 2011-09-22 04:32:41

Well first of all, no one here is stupid, perhaps infected with self-obsession. None of the members of Pink Floyd, with exception to Syd, are known as drug addicts. The 60's and the 70's produced drugs Worth doing, it might surprise people to find out who was using... In the music business,more so. Comfortably Numb, why argue about it, take it for what it says to you. I have had a very high fever producing delirium and Roger's words describe it perfectly. Go outside of the Wall,and read more of Rogers lyrics. All of Blind Melon's first album.

roughness3543333 - 2011-09-30 02:26:19
Pool Shark "Now I got the needle and i can shake but i can't breathe i take it away but i want more and more one day i'm gonna lose the war" he called it
Bryan - 2011-10-05 17:38:51
This is BullShit... Pool Shark (acoustic) should be #1 It's beautiful in a sad way :(
Patch - 2011-11-03 16:03:24

Whoever made this list needs to get their shit together cause no heroin music list is complete without Alice in Chains

philosophy for moderns - 2011-11-08 04:17:36

the Mona Lisa was given back to France by Jackie O when it toured our country in 61 the deal resulted in the french connection. The real Mona Lisa was put under glass on its return. Kennedy would have been considered one of our worst presidents if not made a martyr etc. the warren commission isn't opening because caroline's precious ears can't hear about her fathers affairs? doubtful. I'm going with the fact that he didn't know they had been in bed since they blew up that battleship on the docks in NY in WW1, after that big business. Not only did the conflict in Vietnam create massive wealth for the vice president he was not aware, the orange jumpsuit was a Sicilian. a guy named Joe Batters called it in. The war that followed not only created the production path way it created a built in American consumer in the soldiers returning home. you know china white on air-force planes etc. across 112th street by the Delphonics is an artistic result of that problem. all junkies coke or heroin quit, then surround Langley Virginia like cesar surrounded Vercingetorix, how do black budgets get funded? ya that's it w/ rock and roll albums. restore our civil liberties and end the American gestapo, FDR was the mob and labeled the forming CIA just that until concessions were made between the two parties etc. what is it that jewls whinfield says to tim roth in the end of PULP FICTION "you're the weak and I am the tyranny of evil men but I'm trying real hard to be the shepherd" ya that pretty much sums up CIA and the theme of that picture. that's probably why it won canne. W gave out ambassadorships to his highest contributors. so, do ambassadorships conduct foreign relations? or do all CIA desks have that gig well in hand. do the math on this one and we can get fractal, stop it or mark my words NSA CIA and the FBI will all become one security force. When the lie is the truth and the truth a lie it's time to cover your ass not keep polluting it

philosophy for moderns - 2011-11-08 05:50:09

also, while your conflicted and dealing w/ all this false pride from chasing the dragon, i beg of any of you who have, "really dealt w/ the struggles of heroin addiction" to go down to Cardinal Glendon. find one of these young people coming back from the war. look for the ones who have been blown apart by an IUD, you know... just look for the kid missing his face, genitals, and all four limbs, tell him about how hard it was to recover from heroin addiction. see if he has any sympathy or is impressed. If you have recovered, go donate some blood cause the kid i just mentioned needs it to survive. in the meantime- while Charlie Darwin's natural selection and survival of the fittest is in play; get well, stay well, and be well. and sure as hell don't glorify heroin use. that scene died in the art community along w/ some 3,000 other people on September 11th

Dylan - 2011-11-09 16:37:02
Most any song from "Dirt" by Alice in Chains
jm - 2011-11-10 19:04:51

Gosh you good stoned just reading the list. One that possibly should be here is Space Oddity by Bowie, which may be out getting high. Certainly Bowie hinted at this in Ashes to Ashes saying "Major Tom's a junkie, strung out in heavens high, hitting an all-time low"

Old Stoner - 2011-11-17 15:37:32
God Smack was a str8 edge band that never messed with drugs. Hence the big triple X tattoo sully has.
Nick - 2011-11-20 07:37:25
I would lean more towards that smell than needle & the spoon if you're gonna pick a skynard tune. Just personal taste. Comfortably numb more than likely wasn't written about dope, but it still hits the nail on the head regardless of intent. No one mentioned dj screw? Codeine may have been the drug, but there's still nothing better to nod out to.
the Savage Hippie - 2011-11-23 22:43:09
What about "Free Country" by Witchfinder General? Lines of speed on a mirror face/Sniff it up through a biro case/Heroin is for the hero/It's a killer, you gotta say no/Look out for me/Let's trip on L.S.D./Look out for me/D.S. look out for me. Or the classic "Sweet Leaf" by Black Sabbath? Or "Killing Yourself To Live" by Black Sabbath? +100s of more Great list though.
anonymous - 2011-11-24 10:34:29

comfortably numb isn't about heroin.

Derp - 2011-11-26 19:13:52

How about "Friday" by Rebecca Black?

Gaucho - 2011-11-28 00:48:35
A big irony here is that there's only been one small mention of Needle of Death by the late Bert Jansch. It's from 1965, which makes it pretty much the earliest song mentioned, and it's got enough warning of what H does that it makes you shake your head that that all these other songs needed to be written, and that so many lives have been wasted.'s a great song. Neil's Needle and the Damage Done certainly wouldn't exist if he hadn't heard Bert.
Blix - 2011-12-01 14:42:36
Drain you - Nirvana "with eyes so dilated I've become your pupil, you taught me everything about the poison apple, the water is so yellow I'm a happy student ..." Happiness is a warm gun - Beatles And about 70% of Mark Lanegan's back catelogue (I.e: Driving death valley blues - "well I'm so tired of driving but here comes the highway, don't wanna go cold turkey".
richie - 2011-12-10 04:17:19
I agree with the guy who mentioned chinese rocks, can't believe that one isn't getting more love. I mean, I think the degree to which the songwriters/performers were degenerate junkies should definitely count for something - it lends the song an air of legitimacy. And who were bigger honest to goodness street rat dopeheads than Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Thunders? Not to mention Richard Hell or Jerry Nolan (or Walter Lure for that matter). Plus its a sweet ass song.
bob boats - 2011-12-17 10:50:10

champagne supernova by oasis

JT - 2011-12-18 03:03:24

Where is Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Stabbing Westward, Tool?

ed - 2012-01-04 23:07:15

How about golden brown by "The Stranglers".

Recovery - 2012-01-16 12:10:49
yea for all the people who have commented or voted for HURT by nine inch nails! EVERYONE ONE OF U SHOULD BURN IN HELL! Johnny Cash is the original artist and it should have stayed that way, what a fucking disgrace. Yea im a hurt fan but there are just somethings better left alone!
sarah - 2012-01-16 14:00:56
Golden brown???
Danielle - 2012-01-17 04:33:44
What about "VOODOO" or "JANE SAYS"
dogblood - 2012-01-18 16:33:15
What?!?! No Debbie Boone - You Light Up My Life??? What kinda light do you think she was talking about???
David67 - 2012-01-19 00:50:21
An Australian song - James Reyne's "Hammerhead". Hammer is short for Hammer and Tack, which is Australian rhyming slang for smack, which is a nickname for heroin.
grouchyoldman - 2012-01-19 15:42:45
I agree that Jonny Cash's version is amazing,and so many of these people comenting have no idea how mean and big this monkey is, it's more like a big silverback gorilla,or an attacking blue assed baboon, i'm cripled and suffer horrible pain from a degenerative bone disease,i use pharm. morphine injections [legal rx] until run out before next rx then have to uses what ever i can till next rx, can be got. will be on it till i die,[ shitty way to have to live] if you never done it DON'T take some advice from someone who had and has no choice dope sick is a mother scratcher, being an addict legal or not sucks not cool or glamerous ,and to all my brothers and sisters out there with this same type of primate, try to take care , eat and stay hydrated if you can and use clean works get to an exchange if you can't get them at pharmacy God Bless
grouchyoldman - 2012-01-22 14:39:46
Marianne Faithful sister morphine AMAZING
adickt21 - 2012-01-24 18:08:38
She's like heroin by System of A Down. Its not about heroin but it's about whoring yourself off for it.
Dave - 2012-01-25 21:51:28

Blue Oyster Cult: Flaming Telepaths.... "Well I've opened up my veins too many times And the poison's in my heart and in my mind Poison's in my bloodstream Poison's in my pride I'm after rebellion I'll settle for lies"

cait - 2012-02-04 17:11:17
king's crossing by elliott smith
Blixicat - 2012-02-07 13:04:30

Any non Australian Alt-Rock aficionado won't know this, but 'Something to lean on' by the Beasts of Bourbon sums up heroin dependency perfectly ... In my own personal opinion.

Kristen Hubbard - 2012-02-13 21:12:33
How about "My Heroine"-Silverstein
xh9o - 2012-02-18 00:08:39
well no, never. 1.) golden brown (stranglers) 2.) summer day (slowdive) 3.) my little brown book (ellington/coltrane) 4.) under my thumb (stones) i don´t care about the rest.
Anonymous - 2012-02-20 05:29:52
"Pepper" by Butthole Surfer is one that hasn't been mentioned yet.
Anonymous - 2012-02-21 05:32:58
John Prine - clocks and spoons shoot the moon right between the eyes
Buck Satan - 2012-02-26 01:14:40
No.1 should of course be Ministrys hit from the 1992 album "Psalm 69:The way to succeed or the way to suck eggs": JUST ONE FIX!
Tulu"WE'd Have a Riot Doing Heroin" - 2012-03-07 05:17:46
I Can easily recall a circa78 song by the Stranglers called "Bring On THe Nubiles" & also two that I wrote,which were on the 1st &2nd Queers Ep's "We'd Have a Riot doing Heroin" & "iWant Cunt".Written with humor as the catalist'we were from N.H.afterall.
deep space - 2012-03-07 05:23:55
On whether "Comfortable Numb" is about heroin. I tripped to the song in high school. I'm now 40 and did the heroin thing, the oxy thing, the methadone thing...and I never thought of Pink Floyd as a dope band, or any of their songs. But one day I listened to Comfortable Numb and it struck me: the song is mellow like a dope buzz, and it seems to describe the agony of withdrawal and the relief that the drug can then secure. Ever had to go to work, and were sick, hoping to cop to get well for your job? Well the song seems to describe that, the person's job of course being rock star.
DopeHat - 2012-03-14 03:56:08
What about "heart shaped box" from nirvana (is thought to be about kurts {not so} personal addiction to heroin)
dollparts - 2012-03-20 14:14:42
i have been a heroin addict for ten years and im only 25, so this is close to my heart,,,Nutshell by Alice In Chains is a really profound one to me, listened to it everyday while living on the streets. But one of the less known ones that is really good is Scarling- Black Horse Riding Star..she mentions heroin specifically in the song and its been known that her and Twiggy of Marilyn Manson used to date and got into heroin together. Also, I've always thought "Fell On Black Days" by Soundgarden was one of them too..but i could go on for DAYS about heroin songs, i've lived it for so long now.
Anonymous - 2012-04-17 21:28:20

Weak and Powerless by A Perfect Circle, Aneurysm by Nirvana, Strawberry by Everclear Many songs can be interpreted as dope songs. The feeling of misery, hoplessness, and carefreeness that comes from its can be translated to many songs. I think H by tool is a heroin song but there are many interpretations.

MattNotSmacked - 2012-04-20 22:32:55
I dont know how people can say perfect circle - weak and powerless because thats got to do with the first step in Narcotics Anonymous about addicts trying to "fill the whole" they feel inside.
cristin - 2012-05-01 05:12:19

Try listening to some Deftones yo :D you'll be able to depict any songs that relate to heroin, its totally a love hate relationship for sure.

chillinchillin - 2012-05-05 01:17:17

To whomever put this list together: You should add "down in a hole" by Alice in Chains.

Jackrabbit - 2012-05-12 17:23:32

Ian Moore's "Lie" & "Train Tracks" Also, how about the very obvious "Jesus Shootin Heroin" by the Flaming Lips.

Rmc - 2012-06-04 19:57:46

Bad fish

Anonymous - 2012-06-07 14:48:01

Never let me down again DepecheMode,my personal favorite song,about H...

Elliot Bradley - 2012-06-17 14:32:28

"Poppies" by Marcy Playground - "When soon his majesty sent soldiers and thieves to India searching for gold. Instead from the ground some magic they found of something far better I'm told"

CarBot - 2012-06-18 09:53:14

Been Smoking too Long- Nick Drake/Well I go to find me some breakfast /But I ain't got no food/ Take me a shower/But the water don't feel no good.// I've got opium in my chimney/No other life to choose/Nightmare made of hash dreams./Got the devil in my shoes// New house of the Pope- Frank Black and the Catholics (pixies) Not if you were the Last Junkie on Earth-Dandy Warhols Anything Could Happen-The Clean //Went to a doctor, said I look so hard And with a smile on his face pointed to a junkyard/Look for an answer in empty doorways/Talk to a dancer, said it's out on the highways//Well come on doctor, won't you gimme a shot/I'm feeling cold boy, feeling hot/Doctor said no boy you gotta learn/First I'll shoot up and then it's your turn// Boss Dj- Sublime Black Betty-Ram Jam Blister in the Sun-Violent Femmes Handshake drugs-Wilco ....and the best have already been mentioned...pool shark, needle and the damage done, hurt- they kill me to listen to for i have been a junkie 5years now I hope i dont lose the war

EdwardG - 2012-06-23 00:11:30

How about the Stranglers "Let me down easy"? Let Me Down Easy When I rest my weary head After all my words are said When my eyelids close with the weight of a hundred years Please Let Me Down Easy Let Me Down Easy My boat can slip away into a calmer sea Let Me Down Easy I know there'll be nothing to fear Let Me Down Easy My body slips away out into weightlessness Let Me Down Easy Now I know that there's nothing to fear Let Me Down Easy

Fuzzia wrabay - 2012-06-23 22:37:36

Clapton,have u ever luvd a women,thats the song2 change ur view

john Braswell - 2012-07-03 08:25:50

Ebay about hey Jude/happiness its a warm gun/tomorrow never knows/king heroin/and strawberry fields forever = / by Beatles and James brown

detroitcandy - 2012-07-18 23:09:54

i just wanna say-james taylor's Junkies Lament. and i miss the 70's-does anyone else?

M - 2012-07-26 10:47:28

That Smell by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Ought to be No. 1

Lisa - 2012-08-08 19:13:28

Don't forget " my sweet prince" by placebo. Awesome song

Dillon - 2012-08-16 04:46:22

How about pretty much any one of Kurts songs

King Wil - 2012-09-10 07:10:18

What about Beck - Loser.

daemon - 2012-10-25 21:48:32

nobody has mentioned tim buckley's - song to the siren

Meh - 2012-11-01 16:55:41

Comfortably numb should be on this list instead of the rhcp.

ChazDomingeaux - 2012-11-14 00:33:42

Who s the tard who thinks Johnny Cash wrote hurt? LMMFAO

staggerlee - 2012-11-17 03:59:42

nobody mention the epic "sister morphine" by marianne faithful,40 years old and stills beats most of these songs,well worth a listen

Anonymous - 2012-11-25 15:52:24

How about ANYTHING by Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Screaming Trees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Temple of the Dog??

Dade - 2012-12-02 18:33:59

Failure's "Dirty Blue Balloons" is the definitive heroin inspirde song. There's even a suble audio sample of ken lighting a match and cooking it during the buildup to the spacey atonal solo.

breakherlegs - 2012-12-11 19:07:22

Love, love, love 'Heroin' by The Velvet Underground. It makes me want to marry the sky. Some of my personal favorite heroin songs: Glycerine - Bush Chine White - Dog Fashion Disco Post Blue - Placebo Sugarman - Rodriguez H. - Tool Space Needle - El-Creepo! Junkie's Promise - Sonic Youth Golden Brown - The Stranglers On A Plain - Nirvana Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Jane Says - Jane's Addiction Hurt - Nine Inch Nails Rehab - Mary Magdalan Scream of the Butterfly - Acid Bath All Them Ladies - Machine Gun Fellatio Whether or not the artists actually had heroin in mind when they wrote these songs (though most of them definitely did) they sound like heroin to me and they are beautiful. No, I'm not a veteran junkie or anything, but I've had my share and I'd probably know better then most people on this site about what heroin songs sound like. Haha.

Captain Jack - 2012-12-30 02:20:16

BillY Joel: " captain jack" from the Piano Man Album Among other lyrics that discribed a user: "captain jack will get you high tonight, just a little push and you'll be smiling" Jack, jake , jones= old street talk for junk or heroin. Signed an x 15yr vet. User.

RD - 2013-01-30 14:41:39

Bad by U2 Moment of Surrender by U2

Junkstar - 2013-02-11 20:26:09

Hard monkeys- Ten years after. And of course Junkie man-Rancid

anon - 2013-02-24 22:25:59

Needle and the spoon - skynyrd. Maybe not top ten but i like the song. Anyeurism - nirvana. I probably didnt spell that right

D - 2013-02-27 04:22:15

BEETHOVEN. dragons breath

perceivingkink - 2013-03-05 23:55:35

yall are fuckind dumb man, voodoo is not about heroin, happiness is a warm gun is not about heroin sure it says i need a fix but its not about heroin read a fucking book you ignorant fucks are just shoot up some heroin

Anonymous - 2013-03-14 07:02:40

Lead You On- Machine Gun Kelly

MANGE - 2013-03-14 14:43:17


Dan O - 2013-03-19 21:07:05

How about Justin Bieber "Baby"?

Anonymous - 2013-03-22 09:33:15

Deftones - Knife Party

Bree - 2013-03-26 02:38:21

Lover Dearest by Marianas Trench

Anonymous - 2013-03-27 17:42:47

whiter shade of pale

not a user - 2013-03-30 16:56:43

Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth - Dandy Warhols.

NobodyUKnow - 2013-04-05 06:18:47

Great songs, every one. I'd like to add one I don't think was mentioned yet -- tho, strictly speaking, I think it's about opium, not H per se (still a great song): Steely Dan's "Time Out of Mind." But for me, the very best of them all was mentioned a couple of times, way up-thread: Lou Reed's "Perfect Day." For everyone hurting, everyone feeling no pain, everyone in between: God be with you. "You're going to reap just what you sow."

Jenny - 2013-04-10 03:23:28


taylor howard - 2013-04-11 16:06:57

Where the hell is alice in chains?? Non druggie rockersat all lol

goldi - 2013-04-25 04:56:40

Jane's Addiction...Jane Saysv& Comin Down the Mountain. Lynard Skynard...Needle and a Spoon....10 Years....Wasteland. Godsmack...Voodoo. Led Zeppelin....Stairway to Heaven.

Lead you on - 2013-04-26 19:57:15

Lead you on by MGK is a really good song and it talks about heroin addiction and it even brought tears to my eyes its really serious...

Nikita - 2013-04-28 16:45:22

I've seen AiC mentioned a lot, but not specifically Sludge Factory. "You insult me in my home, you're forgiven this time. Things go well, you're eyes dilate, you shake and I'm high..." "Once again you'll see it in discolored skin gives you away. So afraid you'll kindly gurgle out a day for me..." Story of my life. If you've never been there, you cannot say what is or isn't a song about brown. Also, the person who parallels Comfortably Numb to detox, spot on man. It IS how that hit makes you feel after being sick a while.

connor cox - 2013-05-09 19:27:32

i hate to see people that do herion

tantrum - 2013-05-10 22:09:08

what about "space lord" by monster magnet, no negative sh*t in that song

Really one said... - 2013-05-22 11:59:45

Strawberry Gashes- Jack Off Jill.

terumo - 2013-05-24 07:03:15

Australia spy vs spy harrys reasons up there, with the best heroin songs iv seen the needle in a 100 haystacks/career in ruins it doesnt matter.rose tatoo astra wally about the bondi astra hotel real life character (i knew him) gets around with caps in his hat go on wally kill another friend.james raine aussie crawl hammerhead cold chisel had a friend heard she died on the needle she was crucified cheap wine.bobby womack across 110th street grace slick white rabbit all of rock n roll animal lou all of the usual not comfortably numb/hotel california

davey - 2013-05-28 12:44:09

" Come as you are" written by Kurt Cobain.

addickt - 2013-06-15 03:58:31


pete - 2013-06-29 09:01:09

Heroin she said - Wolfsheim

JREED - 2013-07-04 04:36:18

Odd that I don't see "Its been awhile" by STAIND. That song has HEROIN writing all over it

Patricia tolman - 2013-07-26 13:53:14

Jane said

Teri - 2013-08-17 03:28:03

All great songs and so many missed... i didn't go through all the comments but what about Heroin Girl by Everclear... so sad and true... and Low by Cracker

Anonymous - 2013-08-25 02:34:54

Sarah mclaxlans arms of the angels is about someone that overdoses

ddfun36 - 2013-09-23 04:32:46

As a recovering heroin addict I see Staind's "It's Been Awhile" as a heroin based song. Velvet Revolver's "Slither" as well. But the junkie in me can see drugs in all songs!

Egg Boy - 2013-09-25 10:43:33

The Main - Grant Hart Pink Turns to Blue - Husker Du (Hart again)

RaHa - 2013-10-16 21:22:57

Breaking the Habit by Lyncin Park. " Clutching my cure, i tightly lock the door, i try to catch my breathe again,"

db cooper - 2013-10-29 14:04:52

At least a few glaring omissions: pink floyd-comfortably numb, lou reed -perfect day, warren zevon -carmelita. Check em out, you wont be sorry.

dickie - 2013-10-29 20:43:47

"cop shoot cop" by spiritualized. amazing song from great band/album. enjoy

Addict - 2013-11-05 06:56:16

Comfortably numb is about Thorazine you fucking fucks not heroine !sid list his fucking mind and David Gilmore took his spot the song was about him .

Methadont1979 - 2013-11-06 03:51:32

Anyone in Philly?? Love some of these comments...Feel like people may "get" me here..."Heroin" RIP Lou Reed is my #1. If you are a junkie like me, then you get why these songs mean so much to us...If not, don't even try to figure us out...Too fking complicated.

white train - 2013-11-11 04:35:08

What about Paul kelly (from Australia) especially his early songs. White Train, incident on South Darling (about being so stoned your girlfriend ods and you can't move to help her), blues for skip, luck - all off one record.

Henry Frederick - 2013-11-14 07:23:02

The Cure's "Love Song," with Robert Smith's lyrics: Whenever I'm alone with you, You make me feel like I am free again; Whenever I'm alone with you, You make me feel like I am clean again…

rad - 2013-12-03 15:33:29

Has anyone mentiomed the worldwide hit, "Not an Addict" by good 'ol K's Choice?

BabyG - 2013-12-13 12:06:41

My First Day - Haystack

sabrinaparadise - 2013-12-24 11:49:47

gimme heroin by morning glory.

teleman - 2013-12-30 08:32:50

Chicago-25 or 6 to 4 - I'm not a fan of Chicago or this song but I dont think I have heard such blatant references to Heroin use in a syrupy pop song-Everbody!!! Sing along!!!

rachel - 2014-01-10 11:46:04

Cold Iron - Buffy Saint-Marie 'and it's real, and it's real..'

ferndogg - 2014-01-17 19:37:51

this is really very educational and I love to read all these comments but seriously some of you really have to get a life

Tiffany_29930h - 2014-01-29 06:32:02

I think hurt by Johnny cash, or the original version by nine inch nails is a good one.

Locode - 2014-02-03 15:11:49

Ummm....Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Needle and the Spoon anyone?

MM - 2014-02-04 04:16:52

lol ...stumbled on this ..great list esp.since across all yrs/genres.

Anonymous - 2014-02-05 07:26:38

There are no words to describe what it's like To become addicted to heroin. But I must say the dardest very Close. I got the meaning when I heard the songs. but I think it had a little different for everyone and scary part is most people get lost on that path and never find your way out. God be with them.

Guy Hodgson - 2014-02-07 20:33:52

Ministry.s Just One Fix or The Jesus And Mary Chain's My Little Underground (I fact the whole Psychocandy album)

Anonymous - 2014-03-02 08:57:58

I am VERY DIDAPPOINTED THAT "NUTSHELL" by Alice in Chains was not on this list!I'm a recovering heroin addict and that song says it all for me!

Junkhead75 - 2014-03-26 14:00:05

Godsmacks voodoo is not about heroin. It's about an old school movie called the serpent and the rainbow with bill Pullman. My favorite song..... Junkhead by Alice N Chains.

nikki mindcrime - 2014-04-05 07:00:06

space oddity - david bowie lust for life - iggy pop I could think of 10,000 more but noone would know who the groups were

Anonymous - 2014-04-30 22:16:03

Everybody forgot "walking the dog" "she broke her needle so she can't sew" By Rufus Thomas back in the 50s or 60s But the list goes on, up on the roof, in my room, I want to be sedated,etc. etc.

Constantinos - 2014-05-13 13:45:17

...and a Greek classic of the genre. Artist: Pavlos Sidiropoulos Song: I ora tu stuff (stuff's time)

James Albert - 2014-05-18 13:39:03

Heroin and other's rock or alternative rock called COMING HOME by a band called Christopher Scott and the imposters. It's subtle not in your face theme, but there.

rammer - 2014-06-14 17:24:13

25 or, 6 to 4-chicago

"A Little Heroin Song" by: Blood On The Saddle - 2014-06-16 18:42:06 Well I wish I had some Heroin to make me feel so good I'd go downtown to the dealer man and buy some if I could And hang out with my junkie friends like the loser that I am If I only had some Heroin, I'd be a happy man. Well when I was a baby sucking my mother's breast I said MMMMM... This is mighty nice, snuggled against her chest Now that I'm a full-grown man with no one to hold me tight, I need a little Heroin to help me through the night. Well I never get no kisses and I sure don't get no hugs, I just sit around with my buddies and we all do lot's of drugs. And talk about the good old days when we were fine young men... Hear my cry, I wanna get high, I want some Heroin! Well I was raised in a Babtist church where everything's a sin If I had it all to do over, I'd do it all again. I know that Jesus loves me and I know that he's my friend, But he can't help me near as much as a boot of Heroin. Well I wish I had some Heroin to make me feel so good I'd go downtown to the dealer man and buy some if I could And hang out with my junkie friends like the loser that I am If I only had some Heroin, I'd be a happy man.

Anonymous - 2014-06-17 21:20:42

Fuck heroin and the bastards who CHOOSE to use it cause they think it makes them cool. Cool is someone who does good for the world, not evil. I especially hate those druggies who stole from families, little old ladies, startup companies, welfare women and kids, their so-called friends and 'girlfriends'. Fuck them for spreading Hepatitis C and giving heroin to their teen-aged girlfriends as a replacement for sex cause they couldn't get it up. Fuck those heroin addicts who tried to hook their girlfriend so she would stay with him. (Didn't work.) I hate heroin addicts and have ZERO sympathy for those privileged white males who CHOSE to do it. What mindless wimps who thought life owed them something because of their looks, way of talking, facade. The only song I like about heroin is 'The Needle and The Damage Done'. Fuck you Stingray, Rainmaker, Rain, Ray. You are a total loser, deadbeat dad, heroin addict and armed robber, who robbed, lied and manipulated long before you started using heroin. All your 'skills' made you a better drug addict. I hope you burn in hell.

addicted - 2014-06-21 16:17:19

Lead you on By:MGK

FRANKY girl - 2014-06-22 03:35:18

Rancid I think it was or NOFX DOPE SICK GIRL and leatherface little white god and how about was it less than jake dope dealer but DEFINIYLY there was a rancid one. ????

Angie - 2014-06-22 08:23:40

Follow me- Uncle Kracker is a good one I'm trying to kick it now (7 days Clean) and personally for me since I am addicted to H. I would say comfortably numb by pink Floyd relates to H. That may or may not be the case but for me I consider it to be.

Hey - 2014-06-28 00:41:36

#1 heroin song ever written is "down in a hole" by Alice in chains.

Anonymous - 2014-06-29 11:04:01

Battling a heroin addiction for the past 14 years,almost a year clean, but have been 2 year clean and previously and relapsed, so touch wood this time.Only way to beat heroin is to nullify your life, sadly that means cutting off contact with certain individuals who you may have grown up with from childhood, but anyhow Comfortably Numb will relate to anybody who has erver touched H........just read the lyrics...its everything about heroin that one feels while loaded. To anybody that has never done heroin but thought about trying it ...DNT EVER TRY IT..THIS SHIT WILL DESTROY YOUR LIFE .....ITS THE DEVIL

Heather - 2014-07-12 05:40:00

What about lead you on by machine gun Kelly that whole song is about heroin addiction and may I say it is an amazing song

R - 2014-07-19 05:23:07

Just to set things straight. COMFORTABLY NUMB IS NOT ABOUT HEROIN. It is about roger waters having to have painkillers backstage because a terrible stomach pain so he could keep performing.

mahituna - 2014-08-06 19:30:05

John Lennon - Cold Turkey

Ellen - 2014-08-08 02:35:59

Shinedowns song save me is all about H the lead singer was a massaive coke and H addict. He wrote the song when he wanted to get clean. He did oxcy wich is a man made H in pill form. The singer used for 7 years he got clean in 08.

Anonymous - 2014-08-16 02:04:31


Anonymous - 2014-08-17 08:23:53

Hey jude..

tinmy6365 - 2014-08-21 03:19:23


braydo - 2014-08-21 04:26:08

Dude I can't believe this hasn't been abt the needle and the spoon by lynyrd skynyrd from there second helping album

AEB - 2014-09-18 15:26:07

What about James Brown's King Heroine?

Memories Are Made Of This - 2014-09-24 07:30:12

Hello! 'Needle And Spoon' was a Savoy Brown original, not a Lynyrd Skynyrd original. Hello!

Dis here girl. - 2014-10-05 00:19:01

Brown Sugar by D'Angelo is about Heroin Very, very clever song.

ACS - 2014-10-14 21:56:06

All songs by Ministry between 1983-2003.. Alien was on Heroin and Crack daily for 22years, read his Biography, it´s called: "Ministry: Lost Gospels of Al Jourgensen". He gave Alice in Chains singer Stayley his first dose, he also played at The Viper Club when River Phoenix died from an O.D(and was even supposed to play WITH River, had the stage been larger), he introduced Heroin to "Skinny Puppy" and Trent Reznor and even lived with William Burroughs and Dr.Timothy Leary. Alien is the real deal, Motleys little drugtests are nothing.. A couple of examples: "Shove" "Golden Dawn" "Dream Song" "Piss" "Supermanic Soul" "Crumbs" "Filth Pig" "Lava" And also this fantastic song, maybe the most obvious: "Just One Fix" with textlines(live version) like "Looking for a highway in Vein", "Monkey is the only solution" and of course the Chorus "Just One Fix".

Shaun - 2014-10-16 05:51:56

Best song of all of them is Aerosmith seasons of wither!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tideman - 2014-10-27 14:02:02

A person here bragged about getting high with a great musician backstage,wich I`ll not mention by name.But if you havent found any texts about heroin in his music,I find that very strange.He even talked about lyrics in interwiews.Hmmm!

Anonymous - 2014-10-29 02:39:03

Buffy St Marie - Cod'ine As good as Velvet Undergroun's Heroin

Jesse walker - 2014-11-07 12:48:51

Nirvana: Lithium

JD - 2014-11-08 00:31:11

No surprise it's not on here but Elliott Smith's "King's Crossing" I felt should be mentioned

Anonymous - 2014-11-15 14:28:07

I'm waiting for the Man, by the Velvet Underground (and yes, I know, Lou (RIP) sings, "i'm waiting for my man") & It's been awhile, by Staind

phisher1631 - 2014-11-28 12:10:24

Boy I sure think Skynyrd's needle and spoon and carmelita belong on a list like this. Somebody credited Carmelita to I forget what band but its Warren Zevon's song, and if I was assigned ordering this list itd finish in the top 5, maybe even top slot. And I guess one might ask what qualifications for the list were. I mean what scores a tune higher? That its just an uberclassic great song or the story it tells about the drug? Cuz Im in agreement with the masses clamoring for Comfortably Numb, while its lyrically strong for me theres lotsa tunes that tell a better story bout smack, but cmon its Comfortably Numb, its in the neighborhood of Baba O'Riley, or Black Dog, or Watchtower.

Vengeful66 - 2014-12-11 19:55:03

Golden brown by the stranglers

Whipped Brain - 2014-12-16 06:19:33

Steely Dan "Time Out of Mind" Tonight when I chase the dragon The water will change to cherry wine And the silver will turn to gold Time out of mind

rachel - 2014-12-17 05:57:14

How about this song by godsmack voodoo? I'm not the one who's so far away when I feel the snake bite enter my veins, never did I want to be here again and I don't remember why I came

OL' 55 - 2014-12-21 15:49:43

I looked, didn't see it...the song I always related to was "Spoonful"; Written by Willie Dixon, first recorded by Howlin' Wolf and first relayed to me by Mr's. Bruce, Clapton and Baker - Cream.

OL' 55 - 2014-12-22 18:47:22

Not trying to prove anything just giving credit due the writers...Savoy Brown has always been a personal favorite:) 'Memories Are Made Of This' they are actually two different original songs: Savoy Brown recorded a song titled that on 'Raw Sienna' (Youlden)(1970), and then Skynard delivered another one on 'Second Helping' (Collins/Van Zant)(1974).

Anonymous - 2014-12-22 21:25:56

Def any alice in chains.. But 'Dirt'to be specific :)

Mary J - 2015-01-06 23:29:55

I would agree with "Anonymous" who previously posted about Lotti Golden's "Gonna Fays" from her 1969 LP "Motor-Cycle." Golden puts it right out here.

Otter - 2015-01-14 06:12:00

jesus loves me was inspired by what they call "speedball". Heroin and cocaine. Amen

pronightowl - 2015-01-23 07:59:54

To clarify for Memories are Made of this ( comment on 2014-09-24 03:30:12), Savoy Brown wrote a song titled "Needle and Spoon" and Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote a song titled "The Needle and The Spoon". They are two very different songs with the very similar titles. Happens all the time in music.

Scotland #1 - 2015-01-25 23:39:24

The view skag trendy,Blur beetle bum,the La,s there she goes and it was adrenaline the doc gave pinky in the comfortably numb hence that will keep you going for the show come on its time to go!!!!

How could you forget... - 2015-01-26 22:16:14

Golden Brown - The Stranglers

Anonymous - 2015-02-23 15:30:30

Chinese Rocks -Ramones Too Much Junkie Business -Johnny Thunders? Cold Turkey -John Lennon?

Mike - 2015-03-04 05:29:00

Godsmack- voodoo

Anonymous - 2015-03-12 08:54:41

Hey Franky Girl! "Dope Sick Girl" is a Rancid song off of the album Let's Go. How about giving a shout out to GG Allin, not for Carmelita, but for "Sitting in this Room"... "sitting in this room with my needle and my spoon and my Jim Beam too, I'm making love to myself inside this room... I'm sick I'm sick, I'm sick I'm sick I'm sick and all things must pass away" And how's about a little song called "Chiva" by the punk rock band D.i. "I'm the reason you would steal from your brother I'm the demon whispering in the darkness, come with me and leave your world behind. Chiva Chiva how may I please ya pick me up slam down never ever ever gonna feel the same" I suppose we could also mention " Bikeage" by the Descendants "when you're on the street with a needle in your arm, selling your body for another fix, who's gonna pick you up and use you for tonight? Not me!" Also, I was watching a DVD with Maynard from A Perfect Circle talking about the song "Sleeping Beauty" being about this girl he was spending time with who was loaded to the gills on heroin... "I just thought she was tired" he joked... This, I think, was already said but re-listen to Perfect Blue Buildings by Counting Crows. That is all for now. Oh, and come on list... Alice in Chains. Duh. I totally like to joke that "Spoonman" by Soundgarden is about riding the H-train even though I know it's not! Lol Also subtle sublime lyrics "I'm funky not a junkie but I know where to get it" ..."someone said she stole my Freddie, and if she made of with my last clean rig, I'm going to kill that fucking ditch pig!"..."all the DJ's do it, all the DJ's use it, I would run I would switch but I wanna be the same"... And the all-famous pool shark.

krillstuck - 2015-03-19 13:21:29

Convenient Parking - Modest Mouse

Wolfe - 2015-03-19 22:21:41

Any list about smack inspired songs that doesn't have a minimum of 3 Alice in Chains tiles is automatically bogus. Oh, about Comfortably Numb, it's not specifically about heroine. It's primary motivation is numbing the hell of schizophrenia with whatever. Anyway, my pink cloud turned to grey but now black is giving way to blue. It was a long tough climb to the bottom but I'm glad to be here. Suboxone saves lives.

Anonymous - 2015-03-21 09:41:32

Chinese Rock, Ramones.

Anonymous - 2015-04-01 01:44:58

Take me to church - hozier

Shannon - 2015-04-04 22:36:50

What about Jane says

Bein dopes much better than vein beautiful - 2015-04-08 12:21:14


ashtreeley - 2015-04-22 18:01:35

No one has mentioned Eminem.... he has come out as an addict. In many of his raps he talks about his addictions and struggles with relapsing... and like others have said if you haven't struggled with heroin addiction then shut the fuck up bc you have no idea...And to the guy above against me -thrash unreal is an awesome song wish I thought of it first!

aking - 2015-04-24 00:08:10

I'm surprised that Lynyrd Skynyrd ' s needle and a spoon didn't get put up... seriously?!! Or that smell.. also I cannot listen to NIN or Alice in chains.. too depressing. It reminds me of my struggle with heroin and what it has taken from me. I've become everything I hated..I see my kids 1 X a week for 2 hours. I used to have full custody. Wtf I wish I never ever got hooked.. I'm in withdrawals again. "No mother ever dreams that her daughter is going to grow up to be a junkie.""-- When people see the track marks on her arms she knows what they're thinking. THEY DON'T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT REDEMPTION THEY DON'T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT RECOVERY. SOME PEOPLE JUST AREN'T THE TYPE FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY..."" <3 THAT SONG BY AGAINST ME!

Velevetine - 2015-05-09 03:24:03

Oh sweet jesus on a cracker what is up with this? The two most glaring omissions—other than the ones people listed already and excuse me if I missed these—are the following: — DOWN IN A HOLE - Alice in Chains — RIDE THE TIGER - Jefferson Airplane — ANGEL - Sarah McLachlan (yes folks, it is about H. She wrote it about the OD death of the Smashing Pumpkins' keyboardist. go ahead. ask her.) — PERFECT DAY - Lou Reed ***— JUST ONE FIX - Ministry (SHOULD HAVE BEEN AT THE TOP OF THE LIST. Or at least right after NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE, anyway)***

[Editor's Note: Well done, I say well done!]

Lori - 2015-06-01 18:03:01

About Comfortably Numb: According to Rolling Stone, the lyrics came from Roger Waters' experience when he was injected with tranquilizers for stomach cramps by a doctor prior to playing a Pink Floyd show in Philadelphia on the band's 1977 In the Flesh tour.

truly mental - 2015-06-01 18:48:43

is that heroin users or can anyone join in

bossdjrmrwdm - 2015-07-15 03:58:53

Because ballad of Johnny butt was actually a remake by sublime

nate a. - 2015-07-31 13:43:22

Pool shark by sublime, and use the man by megadeth. BTW, comfortably numb by pink floyd is about coke, not heroin.

lostproc - 2015-08-02 03:26:14

Wake Up by Mad Season. Ultimate confession of a heroin addict from Layne himself....

Kj - 2015-09-22 00:58:22

Johnny cash made a song about his heroin addiction in his song "hurt"

Anonymous - 2015-10-01 16:21:29

I was shocked comportably numb didnt make the list....really?

Horse rider ! - 2015-10-24 13:45:08

to be honest i dont have time to think about smack tunes that much as half my time is taken up with getting the cash to/scoring and the rest i spend drooling, sleeping in the chair with my forehead on the floor and constantly dropping things and picking them up ! and u guy stressing over songs being or not being about smack and which bands took it or didnt need to sit down, cook up a large one and smash it in and if u dont shoot the dark one maybe u should consider starting coz your far to stressed about this shit and just one more thing please no more C.N. and floyd talk as you've worn the back out of it

Horse rider ! - 2015-10-25 20:43:12

someone said a while back that those of us on here who have been or are addicts are dicks and are bragging about being scag heads but honestly that's not whats happening on here. not trying to /sound like a nob head its very hard to understand unless you've been there, i guarantee that deep down we all love a lot of the things that heroin does for you and it is a love/hate kinda deal, after all,were not totally fuckin stupid, we started taking it because the short term effects of true heroin are truly beautiful but that's the important word, short term ! i dont even know my own mind anymore and i really mean that the drug totally owns me and i doubt that ill ever be able to stop. its robbed the best 25yrs of my life which i cant come close to making up for, I've shot up for that 25yrs which made me nearly lose my leg a couple of years back, i cant run anymore.another bad side is the 12 or so friends i've lost since 2000 to murder,overdose and suicide which fucks you up in all kind of ways you didn't know existed !i lost my house,women job and every penny i've had to it as has left me a worn out empty shell of the person i use to be but what you'll probably find worse than all of this is the fact that in my own sick kinda way i still love this drug ! believe me i wish i didn't but u literally cant help yourself. i really do hope you havent and wont ever try this as i wouldnt wish it on my worst enemy, it may sound a bit like bragging but its not, its just the nature of the beast !

Hoot - 2015-12-19 19:46:03

I think Kid Dakota's "So Pretty" is a sleeper that nails the angst and dreadful longing that is addiction. The Smart lyrics are amazing but the real strength of the song is that the music hinges so powerfully on the words that every time I hear it, when Darren Jackson sings "ready to be friendly, once. again..." it still makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. It's worth a listen to:

Musicsjunkie - 2016-01-02 15:40:31

Don't break the needle by j. roddy walston, I mean the songs name is don't break the needle

sockittome - 2016-01-19 21:59:42

Destruction of a Person - Superjoint Ritual

jinxxxd - 2016-02-07 02:36:21

Ummm... Huge waste of time arguing about comfortably numb over and over... (In my humble opinion) Anyway, more to the point... Pun intended.. I'm not gonna waste time mentioning whats already been said by others (kudos fr tho on 10 years, k's choice, SUBLIME, perfect circle, hozier, tool) but honestly guys, a little shocked at the ones no one thought of... Lots of nine inch nails, the wretched, sunspots, love is not enough- {The more that we take The paler we get I can't remember what it is We tried to forget The towel on the floor So cold it can sting In your eyes is a place Worth remembering For you to go and take this And smash it apart I've gone all this fucking way To wind up back at, back at the start Well it hides in the dark Like the withering vein We didn't give it a mouth So it cannot complain You never really had a chance We'll never really make it through And everything I believe I believed I could get better with you Hey the closer we think we are Well it never got us so far Now you've got anything left to show? No, no, no, no I didn't think so Hey the sooner we realize We cover ourselves with lies But underneath we're not so tough And love is not enough}, even deeper, [my own personal fav when I'd do a big blast] PLEASE-{This is how it begins Push it away but it all comes back again All the flesh, all the sin There was a time when it used to mean just about everything Just like now, just like now Breathe, echoing the sound Time starts slowing down Sink until I drown I don't ever want to make it stop And it keeps repeating Will you please complete me? Never be enough, to fill me up Watch the white turn to red It fills up the hole but it grows somewhere else instead All my life, yeah, but it just left me dead The world is over and I realize it was all in my head Now everything is clear I erase the fear I can disappear Please I don't ever want to make it stop} ACID BATH- dope fiend {Kill me...I'm a dope fiend Do not touch me for I am unclean Yeah motherfucker, I'm high. And I'm thankful just to be alive..},Plus the most other acid bath songs... Also, check out jimmy eats world- pain, yes its about oxy but I can attest that oxy addiction is the exact same as h, I've been hooked on both for years at different times. Anyway, they've got a few good songs about it, and I always felt it in chevelles lyrics too but maybe that's just me. Xoxo ~ shoot for the stars!

regina - 2016-02-15 18:36:19

For teenagers like me during the 80's, the perils of heroin addiction stared at us from huge "public-service" posters at bus stops and tube platforms, towering up the walls, still visible above the top ends of carriages as they pulled in. Gritty, edgy imagery accompanied these massive posters, side-by-side with AiDs posters featuring titanic, menacing icebergs and a certain, slow death from sex, drugs and rock n' roll. Take their word for it. Fear-mongering was the rule at Saatchi & Saatchi, et al, during our generation. The message was simply, "just don't do it - it really screws you up." No explanations, just blunt mantras that might sink in. There wasn't such a thing as a URL at the bottom for you to look up so that you could inform yourself thoroughly, specifically, of how opiate addiction actually controls people. This was the 80's. The American Government, for one, was pumping crack and skag through its own borders, privatising and expanding its prison system to accommodate those to whom it stuck, and telling the rest of the Public to "Just Say No". The impression I got from such public service messaging was that the high from heroin was so good, you would reduce yourself to destitution in order to pursue it, so don't go thinking you can afford such a thing. Thus, the viewer would put it down to the pursuit of a large carrot. It didn't come across that addicts are more compelled by the far larger stick of withdrawal, nor did it come across exactly how that stick of withdrawal exactly operates. Since I didn't know anyone personally who suffered from this, it seemed somewhat removed from everyday life. This is because, for most people, back then anyway, it was. I never traipsed over to a library to check out a book on opiates - it was already difficult enough to return videos in time to avoid charges, and we all had better things to do anyway, like head down pub. Besides which, it wouldn't have been in the interests of the British government for a true understanding of opiates to be easily accessed in libraries, as this would have allowed your average person to then fully understand the enormity of the crimes of the British Empire against China, and how criminally the wealth from those days was acquired, visible everywhere in all the magnificent areas of London to this day. There isn't enough comprehensive information available online now, as it is, let alone in some local library during the 1980's. There have been many famous songs written about heroin, often by people who tended to look a lot like the people in the posters. They even had a word for it: "heroin chic". Their lives were perceived to be just as far-removed from ours as those poster childrens'. We admired and emulated them all the same. They were our music, after all. Between these platforms of communication you were still left with the mystery of what the hell heroin was about. Plenty was left to the imagination. By our twenties, some of the more wayward and curious amongst us had played with it, and a minority succumbed; one or two overdosed and died. London seemed suddenly saturated with heroin during the 90's, possibly because of the dissolution of the borders with the former Soviet Union. It was pounded into us that marijuana was the nefarious stepping-stone substance, when everyone knows that, in all likelihood, most people probably did their first line of coke in the back bathroom of a bar or a club where alcohol, the celebrated disabler of inhibition and judgement, reigns high. My point is, the particular dynamics of how heroin actually entraps people are never properly articulated in most songs that have dealt with heroin, perhaps because the artists already feel like they're pushing it too much already, as it were. Or maybe it wouldn't have made for enough melody and succinct, catchy lyrics. Either way, that absolutely key angle about heroin's workings seldom comes across. I am not blaming the absence of fully informative lyrics for all the addiction out there, but when young people experience an overwhelming cascade of hypocritical and contradictory messages growing up, they don't know what to think, except to rebel, which is their reason for being at that age. Master of Puppets, The Needle and the Damage Done...the message is clear: people get hurt. However, only when you're older and wiser does the meaning of "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" resonate fully.

Anonymous - 2016-02-21 06:14:59

Pray For Me Sixx A.M.

Beezus - 2016-03-01 15:15:34

Heroin takes lives it doesn't inspire shit. Fuck glorifying some over processed black death, smoke a joint n create something worth living for

Tommy - 2016-04-09 10:02:18

Jolene by Ray LaMontagne

Hitler Loves you - 2016-05-05 04:14:50

What about: Paper Cuts? By Nirvana.

fv333 - 2016-05-15 14:30:32

'Try It Now' by Pictures Of Innocence

Cali - 2016-05-21 16:41:39

I would say my top ten would have included "H." By "tool" and "voodoo" By "disturbed". This list is a pretty good one though!

Nick photoGnick Arran - 2016-05-25 17:53:08

Bobby McGhee t.v... Janis Joplin :-)

Anonymous - 2016-05-30 04:25:07

Ummm. The Beatles? Happiness is a warm gun bang bang. How warm it feels. The Beatles Monkey on my back. The deeper you go the higher you fly The higher you fly the deeper you go so come on Wow. Can't beloved they missed that and that the the Beatles were this pussy boy band. Yeah. From 1959-64 5 years raised holy hell. 165/66. It came unglued. It was drugs from there on out. In fact was just watching a new show. They said something like the world is gone. Her response? What. The jfk assassination. Man on the moon. The Beatles.

cait - 2016-06-02 19:20:46

fire & rain isn't about heroin you goddamn idiots.

Anonymous - 2016-06-30 20:24:45

What about James Brown's "King Herion"?

Antidentity - 2016-07-17 02:31:14

"Jane Says" by Jane's Addiction hits home pretty hard, Comfortably Numb and quite a few others should be at least Mentioned here. I realize it's a top ten, but c'mon

Steve Field - 2016-08-05 23:09:08

Damn, that's a very long thread. I came here looking for a song I heard back in the 80's, all I remember is:"another street kid strung out on smack, I only did it just for the crack. Another street kid [something] on speed, I never really feel the need... " But anyway, favourite opiate/opioid tune for me has to be Love in vain; by the Ruts.

harry harrison - 2016-10-12 15:25:03

Band PUSHERMAN & the songs of FLOORED the album go listen

Anonymous - 2017-01-07 12:03:32

Motley Crue "Dr FeelGood"

Big Mike 150 - 2017-04-27 14:42:34

What about Hey Jude.Hey Jude don't be afraid take a sad song and make it better.REMEMBER TO LET IT UNDER YOUR SKIN AND THEN YOU BECOME BETTER.

Anonymous - 2017-08-30 00:39:58
Radiohead spinning plates,without a doubt
Anonymous - 2017-10-11 01:03:40
What about happiness is a warm gun by The Beatles
Larni Gryphon - 2017-10-17 02:44:23
I always think that Lady of the Flowers by Placebo reminds me of doing smack.
Bob Nottinghill - 2017-12-15 16:47:55
Junkies Lament - by James Taylor
nikki70first and last and forever - 2017-12-16 09:09:25
"Sister MORPHINE", when are you coming round again??? This song should be definitely mentioned, even if not converted into HEROIN, YET ;))) (hey, this is really not any big deal...). This is really hard to find any other lyrics so straightforward and uncompromising that deals with the subject without being around the bushes (excepting maybe "Heroin"). I'm not trying to decide whether it's good or not for the tale/narration, just saying. "I can't crawl across the frosty floor/Can't you see, Sister Morphine/ I'm just trying to score?" Even if there's kinda vague, ambigous and unconsequences in some parts, that might imply that's not about junk in the common meaning. Oh, and how about "Waiting for the man"?
Anonymous - 2018-02-28 09:12:55
2x4 Blind Melon needle in the fetal pouring warm gravy all over me
DR Davey Ravey Stewbend - 2018-03-07 23:22:35
you cant beat The La's "There she goes" for the pure joy of letting go a decent hit down the line !
Landis - 2018-03-09 02:11:12
what about Jim Carroll's 'People Who Died'? It might be more 'AIDs' related.. not sure.