The Most Popular Drugs In Rock Lyrics And The Top Artists Talking About Them

Originally posted on HuffingtonPost.com

We’ve examined the most talked about drugs in hip-hop and the rappers who were talking about them the most, and now Project Know has applied the same to rock ‘n’ roll. Digging through the lyrics of 15,000 songs, alcohol was easily the most discussed substance, followed by weed and cocaine. Separated into the five categories of alcohol, cocaine/crack, meth, prescription painkillers and weed, Tom Waits not only leads in mentions of alcohol, but also leads other artists with over 60 songs mentioning drugs or alcohol, followed by Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan with both over 30 songs each.

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Charli XCX “Break The Rules”

… and zero f#@ks were given. “The song is inspired by a lot of the things I was listening to whilst in Sweden at the end of last year,” Charli told BuzzFeed. “I spent about a month making a punk record and covering songs by Swedish punk bands like Snuffed By The Yakuza and stuff. This song was written when I came out of the other side of that punk phase and translated it into something more pop. Obviously, it’s about not giving a fuck.”

Charli XCX’s sophomore album, Sucker, to be released in October. Listen Below

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This Day in Music History — August 15

1965 : The Beatles play Shea Stadium in New York – home of The Mets. It’s the first time a rock band headlines at a stadium, and is probably The Beatles most famous concert. With Beatlemania in full force, the screaming girls drowned out the band in a less-than-intimate, but very memorable performance.

1991 : Nirvana plays a concert at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, where they invite fans to attend the shoot for their first video, Smells Like Teen Spirit, which they are filming two days later. Response is overwhelming, and hundreds of fans have to be turned away.

1995 : Spanish Latin-pop duo Los del Rio release the single “Macarena” in the US. The song inspires a dance craze and huge cult following, staying at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks in 1996. The Bayside Boys remix of the single alone went 4x Platinum in the US. VH1 would later call it the “Greatest One-Hit Wonder of All Time” in 2002, although Los del Rio had more substantial success in Spain and internationally.

2000 : David Bowie and his wife, the supermodel Iman, become the proud parents to their first child, Alexandria Zahra Jones. “The couple are overjoyed,” said a spokesman for Bowie. “David assisted in the delivery and he cut the umbilical cord.”

2007 : The Osmonds reunite for the first time in over two decades to perform their 50th anniversary concert for PBS.

#TBT Number 1 Hits This Day — August 14

1951- Rosemary Clooney – Come On-a My House

1956- Elvis Presley – Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog

1967- Beatles – All You Need Is Love

1973- Diana Ross – Touch Me In The Morning

1981- Diana Ross and Lionel Richie – Endless Love

1984- Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters

1986- Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach

1989- Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting

1990- Mariah Carey – Vision of Love

1998- Brandy and Monica – The Boy Is Mine

2003- Beyonce feat. Jay-Z – Crazy In Love

2006- Fergie – London Bridge

 

 

 

Foo Fighters Name New Album ‘Sonic Highways,’ Reveal Track List

The group’s eighth record, which it teased with various occurrences of the number “eight,” is due November 10th. The 180-gram vinyl edition features nine covers, including one for each of the eight cities the band recorded in for the record.

“This album is instantly recognizable as a Foo Fighters record, but there’s something deeper and more musical to it,” Grohl said in a statement. “I think that these cities and these people influenced us to stretch out and explore new territory, without losing our ‘sound’.”

Here is the track list for Sonic Highways:

1. “Something From Nothing”
2. “The Feast and the Famine”
3. “Congregation”
4. “What Did I Do?/God as My Witness”
5. “Outside”
6. “In the Clear”
7. “Subterranean”
8. “I Am a River”

This Day in Music History — August 12

1958 : On “compassionate leave” from the Army, Elvis Presley travels to Memphis’ Baptist Memorial hospital to be by the side of his mother, Gladys, who is quickly deteriorating from acute hepatitis.

1966 : The Beatles begin the US leg of their last tour, playing a date at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, IL.

1967 : Fleetwood Mac make their stage debut at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor, England, alongside such acts as Donovan, Cream, The Small Faces, and Chicken Shack, featuring a young Christine Perfect (later known as Christine McVie).


1970
: At Harvard, Janis Joplin performs what would be her final concert, ending with a version of Gershwin’s Summertime.

1994 : Woodstock 2 – officially “Woodstock ’94,” begins in Saugerties, New York with Sheryl Crow, Todd Rundgren and The Violent Femmes performing. The festival is a success, drawing a crowd of about 350,000.

2008 : The man who shot and killed John Lennon, Mark David Chapman, is denied parole for the 5th time.

This Day in Music History — August 11

1966 : At a Beatles press conference in Chicago, they try to explain John Lennon’s remarks that they are “Bigger than Jesus,” which has caused a media uproar. Part of John’s explanation: “I was pointing out that fact in reference to England – that we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion, at that time. I wasn’t knocking it or putting it down, I was just saying it as a fact.”

1972 : The mayor of San Antonio, TX, declares today “Cheech and Chong Day” after the popular comedy duo, although neither was born anywhere near the city.

1976 : Keith Moon trashes a hotel room – no surprise there. But this time The Who drummer is hospitalized after beating up his room at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami.

2004 : Vanessa Williams and her basketball husband Rick Fox get divorced.

2011 : Go-Go’s receive the 2,444th star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. It is located where the legendary punk club, The Masque, used to stand. Go-Go’s frequently played this club during their early years.