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Your Love Is a Drug: 20 Great Narcotic Love Songs

In honor of “Can’t Feel My Face,” we run down the best romance-as-addiction anthems

Narcotic Love Songs

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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.


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Eric Burdon and the Animals, “A Girl Named Sandoz” (1967)

One of the finest purveyors of British blues, Eric Burdon took a hard left turn into hippiedom after dropping acid for the first time. The experience resulted in this sublimely over-the-top lysergic love letter from 1967 — "Sandoz" being the name of the Swiss pharmaceutical company that discovered the psychedelic effects of LSD. As guitars shudder and swirl over a dancing xylophone, Burdon describes his trip ("It was hot/But the snow lay on the ground"), proclaims his eternal gratitude to the girl "who taught me love," and insists that "we could all learn something from your world," before letting loose with a "YEEEAAAH BABY!" so primal, it sounds like Austin Powers being catapulted back to the Paleolithic Era.

Weeknd, Rihanna and Billie Holiday

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A$AP Rocky, “L$D” (2015)

While the title of A$AP Rocky's summer smash ostensibly stands for "Love, Sex and Dreams," the song itself contains some notable traces of that other LSD. The blissed-out, spacy lope of the verses is trippy enough — ditto for lines like "My tongue had a loss for words/'Cause my feelings just said it all" — but the unexpected shift to the "Excuse me, Mr. Bill Collector" part brilliantly mimics the way one's thoughts can suddenly warp when they're cruising through the astral plane. "Can you feel it?" he asks his girl, but she's too transfixed by the sight of his melting face to answer back.