The 15 Best Cigarette References in Songs: When Smoking is More Than it Seems

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By Caitlin White

We all know the terrible effects of smoking cigarettes, and yet, in true alignment with the fickleness of human nature, we smoke them anyway. Scientific data can't explain away the extra edge that smoking infuses situations with—something undeniably cool and subversive lies in a habit that assuredly leads to death. Who then, is more likely to praise and pontificate upon the nature of nicotine addiction than the eccentric and unnatural being known as the musician?

Often self-proclaimedly crazy or warped, musical artists are forced to adopt unpredictable touring schedules, deal with fame, battle artistic blocks and changes—the list goes on. Sometimes, though, the cigarette is a marker in songs that conveys a deeper meaning, an exquisite experience or a turn from the mundane. An escape from heartbreak or a further reveling in the glory of love. So here are fifteen significant mentions of the deplorable habit—whether it be for good or ill, cigarettes are an important motif in music.

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  • Guest

    LAME. Protest The Hero has the greatest cigarette reference of all time

    Nautical by Protest the Hero:
    And I’m still a cigarette softly smoking on the edge of a metal ashtray

    I begged this place to let me burn, and it whispered, “burn away”

  • YoColin

    LAME. Protest The Hero has the greatest cigarette reference of all time

    Nautical by Protest the Hero:
    And I’m still a cigarette softly smoking on the edge of a metal ashtray

    I begged this place to let me burn, and it whispered, “burn away”

  • NYChicksters

    um system of a down…

  • Jim Steps

    No Oasis Cigarettes and Alcohol… shame.

  • faulknersaysrelax

    That Tom Waits song is “I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You,” not “Closing Time.”

  • Suave

    Whoever put this list together doesnt follow music too much they only missed some of the most popular songs about cigs