Top 10 Drug Songs
Drug songs are inevitable in the music business, as many of our favorite stars have done a bit of dabbling and engaged in illicit behaviors from time to time. Drugs are a habit just like love, so it only makes sense that song would be written about 'em. Here, we present the Top 10 Drug Songs pop culture has to offer.
‘Viva la White Girl’
“White Girl,” in the vernacular of those who take drugs, translates to cocaine. So now you know that, and the title 'Viva la White Girl' makes a little more sense — you know, aside from the blatant “we'll get high” lyrics in this drug song.
These proteges of Eminem crafted a catchy hip-hop track with a dirty beat that paints a whimsical picture of taking multi-colored drugs — namely, pills. Eminem features on the track, which became the group's only hit… Maybe they should have cooled it with all those pills.
‘There She Goes’
This alterna-pop hit from the '90s seems like a song about being infatuated with a girl, but if you listen closely the lyrics are about a “girl” that makes everything feel okay as she courses through your veins. Love song or a deceptive ode to heroin? You decide.
‘Hits From the Bong’
Here's an obvious one: Cypress Hill, famous for their raucous hip-hop style, has many, many drug songs about smoking marijuana, but none quite as awesome as 'Hits From the Bong,' a song that's just as much a description of smoking a particular green substance as it is a love letter to “Mary Jane.”
‘The A Team’
Here's a melancholy pop song about a girl who's peaked early thanks to drug use, courtesy of British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. The lyrics begin with, “White lips, pale face/ Breathing in snowflakes.” Sheeran uses beautiful imagery as metaphor for crack cocaine addiction, which is referred to as the “class A” drug, hence this drug song's title.
‘Gin and Juice’
Snoop Dogg's classic '90s rap track finds Snoop rolling down the street, smoking “endo” (read: marijuana) and sipping on the tasty combo of gin and juice. He says he's laid back, but he's also got his mind on his money, so at least his procrastination is productive?
‘Everyone’s At It’
A more thoughtful song about drug use, Lily Allen's 'Everyone's At It' bemoans staying up past the sun rise and feeling that something isn't quite right anymore after a night of “putting s— up our noses.” She goes on to lash out at those who criticize her choices and hide behind doctor's prescriptions. It's a dark drug song hidden underneath Allen's signature twee style.
One of the biggest hits of the '90s, Third Eye Blind's 'Semi-Charmed Life' is a hyper-kinetic pop tune with energy that matches its ruminations on the despairs of meth addiction and the feeling of needing more — whether that “more” is drugs or a better life.
‘Ten Crack Commandments’
Notorious B.I.G.'s, well, notorious hit about the rules of the crack game is more than just a great rap song from the deceased legend — it's a commentary about society as Biggie, who used to sell dope to make ends meet, knew and experienced it. Remember kids: just say no!
Quite possibly the defining song about addiction for our current generation, Amy Winehouse's 'Rehab' is a song about an addict in denial: “They tried to make me go to rehab but I said 'no, no, no.'” This drug song now carries a regretful tone since the passing of the soulful singer in 2011.