Great Songs About Addiction
Please feel free to add more, as I'm sure I'd love to hear them.
- •Amy Winehouse, "Wake Up Alone" [Sex/ Love Addiction; Alcoholism]Best lyrics ever. Ever! The stripped-down version on "Lioness" is almost too vulnerable to listen to.
- •David Bowie, "Ashes to Ashes" [Narcotics Addiction]
- •Beyoncé, "Crazy in Love" [Love Addiction; Codependence]Antony Hegarty did such a brilliant job of bringing out the inherent insanity and obsessiveness of this song that Bey herself ended up imitating his version!
- •Blur, "Beetlebum" [Heroin Addiction; Sex Addiction]
- •Johnny Cash, "Cocaine Blues" [Cocaine Addiction]
- •Portishead, "The Rip" [Heroin Addiction]
- •Rolling Stones, "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" [Heroin Addiction]Why are so many of the best addiction songs about heroin?
- •Notorious BIG, "Suicidal Thoughts"This one doesn't contain specific references to a particular addictive behavior, but in the context of every other Biggie track, it's got to be one of the most chilling "end of the road" addict songs ever recorded.
- •Magnetic Fields, "Infinitely Late at Night" [Alcoholism]
- •George Jones, "Out of Control"/ "A Drunk Can't Be a Man"/ "If Drinking Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)" [Alcoholism]George Jones could pack all the detail of a Raymond Carver short story into a two and a half minute country song. "Out of Control" is particularly terrifying.
- •Elliott Smith, "Pretty (Ugly Before)"/ "Needle in the Hay"/ "The White Lady Loves You More" [Heroin Addiction]And about 100 more.
- •Nilsson, "Can't Live if Living is Without You" [Codependence]The greatest, most explicit codependent anthem of all time. Just laying it all out there in that chorus!
- •Rilo Kiley, "Does He Love You?" [Love Addiction]The definition of a "tearjerker" for me.
- •Metallica, "Master of Puppets" [Heroin Addiction]
- •Lana Del Rey, "Cruel World" [Sex Addiction, Love Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependence, Everything Addiction]The Ascendant Queen of Addiction Songs.
- •Neil Young, "The Needle and the Damage Done" [Heroin]Suggested by @sloan
- •Ray LaMontagne, "Jolene"Kills me.Suggested by @HeatherQuinn
- •Sublime, "Badfish", HerronSuggested by @brodhidharma