The 10 Best Songs About Cocaine

Disclaimer: I've never actually snorted cocaine, so I'm going to assume that Chuck Klosterman's description of it in Killing Yourself to Live is accurate: "It makes you feel like you're walking down the street — minding your own business — and the smartest, most attractive person you've ever met suddenly jumps out from behind a bush and gives you a compliment."

On the flipside: "Cocaine culture contains the worst of everything: the worst conversations, the worst friendships, and the worst kind of unspeakable joy." I could quote some more, but you really should just buy the book and read it yourself.

So, without further ado, here are 10 songs about cocaine.

Eric Clapton  "Cocaine"

Admit it, when you saw that we were posting a list about cocaine, this chorus immediately popped into your head. I'll give credit where credit is due, and point out that the song was originally written by JJ Cale, and believe it or not, it's an anti-cocaine song.

If you wanna get down, down on the ground, cocaine.

  The Rolling Stones  "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'"

Most of Sticky Fingers is about drug use and it's arguably some of The Stones' greatest work. Coincidence? I think not.

Yeah, you got satin shoes / Yeah, you got plastic boots / Y'all got cocaine eyes / Yeah, you got speed-freak jive

Guns 'n Roses  "My Michelle"

Appetite for Destruction has a similar story to Sticky Fingers. "My Michelle" was written about a friend of the band who has since cleaned up her act, but had quite the, umm, interesting life in the '80s.

So you stay out late at night / And you do your coke for free / Drivin' your friends crazy / With your life's insanity

Buckcherry  "Lit Up"

Drinking game: Take a shot every time Josh Todd says "cocaine" in this video. On second thought, please don't. We don't want to encourage black-outs.

And yes I'm all, lit up again, flying / I love the cocaine, I love the cocaine

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