“Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” is a song by David Bowie, off of his 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. This song made the cut for its infamous opening lines: “Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth / You pull on your finger, then another finger, then your cigarette / The wall to wall is calling, it lingers, then you forget / Ohhh, you're a rock 'n' roll suicide.” David Bowie, in his younger years, was often seen with a cigarette in his mouth.
“Soul Kitchen” is a song by The Doors, off of their 1967, self-titled debut album. Supposedly the song is a tribute to a restaurant Jim Morrison would often frequent, and the song appeared in the film, “Forrest Gump.” This track made this list for its poetic second verse, which is the following: “Well, your fingers weave quick minarets / speak in secret alphabets / I light another cigarette / learn to forget.”
“I Hope I Don’t Fall in Love with You” is a song by Tom Waits, off of his 1973 album, Closing Time. This list would not be complete without a song by Mr. Waits, and the following verse is why it made this list: “Well the night does funny things inside a man / these old tom-cat feelings you don’t understand / well I turn around to look at you / you light a cigarette / I wish I had the guts to bum one / but we’ve never met / and I hope that I don’t fall in love with you.”
“Sunday Morning Comin’ Down” is a song by Johnny Cash, off of his 1970 live album, The Johnny Cash Show. Technically the song was written and recorded by Kris Kristofferson, and later would become a hit for Ray Stevens. However, Cash’s version won an award for “Song of the Year” in 1970 and peaked at #1 on the country charts. This track made the cut for the second verse: “I’d smoked my mind the night before / with cigarettes and the songs I’d been pickin’ / but I lit my first and watched a small kid / playing with a can that he was kicking.”
“Cigarettes and Coffee” is a song by Otis Redding, off of his 1966 release, The Soul Album. If you examine the lyrics, you’ll see this is a love song. The track begins with the lines, “It’s early in the morning / about a quarter till three / I’m sittin’ here talkin’ with my baby / over cigarettes and coffee.” The song continues, “I would love to have another drink of coffee, now / and please, darling, help me smoke this one more cigarette, now / I don’t want no cream and sugar / cause I’ve got you now darling / but just let me enjoy / help me to enjoy.” Any smoker knows that cigarettes go especially well with coffee and can surely relate to this song.
“Cigarette Lit” is a song by Dave Matthews, and although it never made it onto an album, it was recorded during the sessions for Dave’s solo album, Some Devil. The song begins, “cigarette lit / my plans to quit / and I know I can but I know I will forget it / stuck here, I need something quick / just to stop me thinking / always out, always in / just come in to me.” The song continues, “what a gift, this short visit / and I know I’ll go just as quick as I came in / night stick, my finger tips / just stop me thinking / always out, always in / oh just come in to me.” This song accurately yet brilliantly describes cigarette addiction. “Always out, always in” is most likely Dave referring to inhaling and exhaling the smoke, while the lyric “let it rain all night” perhaps is his way of saying that he wants to quit, and if it rains, he will have a harder time going outside to smoke. Most of all, the lyric “just stop me thinking” is very relatable to all smokers who smoke to escape their reality- even if just for a few minutes.
“Nicotine Stain” is a song by Siouxsie and the Banshees, off of their 1978 album, The Scream. The song begins, “it’s just a habit / when I reach to the packet / for my last cigarette / until the day breaks / and then my hand shakes / but it’s just driving me insane / when the smoke gets in my brain / I can’t resist it.” The track continues with lines like, “I can feel my lungs collapse / sinking deep into my lap.” The chorus goes, “wallow in that ash bath / soaking up the fumes / and see the nicotine stain / start to spread.” If any song out there would prevent someone from smoking, it would be this one. On the other hand, any nicotine-addicted person can relate to the song’s lyrics.
“Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray” is a song by Patsy Cline, off of her 1957 self-titled album. The lyrics are simple yet compelling. The song starts off with the lines, “two cigarettes in an ashtray / my love and I, in a small café / then a stranger came alone / and everything went wrong / now there’s three cigarettes in the ashtray.” The song continues, “I watched her take him from me / and his love is no longer my own / now they are gone / and I sit alone / and watch one cigarette burn away.”
“Cigarette” is a song by The Smithereens, off of their 1986 album, Especially For You. The song begins, “smoked my last cigarette, sat in bed for a while / thought of your face and that brought me a smile / wanted another one, fell back asleep instead / woke and found you sitting there on the bed.” The second verse begins, “went to the corner store, bought us another pack…” The chorus is the following: “Cigarette, cigarette / burning up time / cigarette, cigarette / watch the smoke climb / cigarette, cigarette / wasting away / just like this cigarette, our time is running down / only one hour ‘til you’re leaving this town.” Clearly this song had to make this list, as the word “cigarette” is mentioned numerous times and, well, it’s a good song.
“I Smoke A Lot” is a song by K’s Choice, off of their 1993 album, The Great Subconscious Club. This deserves to be the number one smoking song as it describes bluntly the general attitude non-smokers have toward smokers and vice versa. The song begins, “I smoke a lot / I’m not talking weed or pot / I smoke the regular stuff / I smoke a lot / and if you’re a smoker too / you are to know sometimes it’s tough / to be in healthy company / people who always say / you smoke a lot / imagine the amount of money you could save if you’d quit / you smoke a lot / by now you’d have a bike, aren’t you concerned about the kids.”