It can make you feel on top of the world, and plunge you into the deepest pits of depression. It can be disorienting, maddening, even ruinous; it can satisfy you and quiet your internal demons, but it can also cause you to make terrible decisions and question your very identity. And it's often in woefully short supply when you need it most.
We're talking about love, of course; but all of the above outcomes can easily apply to the mind-altering substance of your choice, as well. Which is why numerous artists and songwriters over the years have penned songs that liken love to drugs, or drugs to love, or both — the Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" being just the latest in a long and intoxicated tradition. Marijuana, cocaine, opiates, ecstacy, acid and alcohol have generally provided the points of comparison in such songs, but who knows — it may not be long until someone writes a song equating love with bath salts.
In honor of "Can't Feel My Face" and its recent conquest of the pop charts, we compiled a list of 20 great narcotic love songs, from the lightly buzzy to the deeply fried.