Stop! In the name of Love...
May 26, 2010 8:22 AM   Subscribe

Song Suggestions for a Quitting Smoking Mix

My friend quit smoking cigarettes and I'd like to make her a mix cd of songs on quitting that will help her get through the agonizing moments. Any suggestions? I have been having a hard time finding specific songs on the topic but any song about letting go would work.

Her tastes lean heavily towards guitar driven rock music, pre year 2000. She's an aging Gen-X'er like myself so she's not too familiar with these newer bands.

posted by cazoo to Grab Bag (32 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
It's hardly new, but I like The Ballad of El Goodo on the soundtrack of any new endeavor or journey, physical or otherwise.
posted by willpie at 8:33 AM on May 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

Soundgarden: Rusty Cage ("I'm gonna break this rusty cage and run")
The Rolling Stones: Slave ("Don't wanna be your slave")
posted by spinto at 8:40 AM on May 26, 2010

Most obvious (heck, you may have this): "Stop Smoking," Dar Williams
posted by dlugoczaj at 8:40 AM on May 26, 2010

I Will Survive, by Gloria Gaynor? Sure it's about getting past a breakup, but the spirit of the song might be appropriate...
posted by Sublimity at 8:41 AM on May 26, 2010

"My Last Cigarette" - Billy Walker
"Little Billy" - The Who (written by Pete Townshend for the American Cancer Society)
Any track on k.d. lang's album "Drag"
"Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette" - Tex Williams
"Cigarettes and Alcohol" - Oasis
"Another Puff" - Jerry Reed
"You Light Up my Life" - Debbie Boone
posted by prinado at 8:43 AM on May 26, 2010

"The Show Must Go On" by Queen.

It's amazing.
posted by Cygnet at 8:45 AM on May 26, 2010

Response by poster: Terrific suggestions! Please keep them coming.
posted by cazoo at 8:47 AM on May 26, 2010

It doesn't fit your pre-2000 guitar-driven rock requirement, but Still Smokin' by Andrew Jackson Jihad is the best anti-smoking song ever.
posted by burnmp3s at 8:56 AM on May 26, 2010

Ida Maria -- Oh My God

at least that's what I would want to listen to if I was trying to quit smoking.
posted by threeants at 9:02 AM on May 26, 2010

Cold Turkey.
posted by dirtdirt at 9:14 AM on May 26, 2010

Cigarette by The Smithereens. It's even age-appropriate for a Gen Xer.
posted by workerant at 9:16 AM on May 26, 2010

The Microphones - Don't Smoke

I can't link to a recording because I'm on workplace sandbox internet.
posted by reegmo at 9:27 AM on May 26, 2010

"Don't Smoke," by the Microphones/Mount Eerie

Beaten to the punch! But here's a link on
posted by god hates math at 9:29 AM on May 26, 2010

Try not to use any songs that mention smoking; any reminder might trigger a relapse.
posted by LSK at 9:30 AM on May 26, 2010

Chain Smoking, by Dykehouse!

But better: Cigarettes by X-Ray Spex: "Why not take paper currency and light it up? A lower tar content and a quicker puff!"
posted by RJ Reynolds at 10:01 AM on May 26, 2010

Going in a totally different direction here, but I think that Mary J. Blige's "No More Drama" is the best song in the world when you're trying to psych yourself out to stop doing something that you know is hurting you but you REALLY REALLY don't want to stop doing.
posted by pazazygeek at 10:08 AM on May 26, 2010

Atom & His Package - Friend, Please Stop Smoking Cigarettes [youtube].
posted by ktrey at 10:09 AM on May 26, 2010

The music I was most drawn to when I quit smoking was the blues. It helped to know there were other miserable people out there.

I think Bettye Lavette's version of 'Wish You Were Here' perfectly conveys the hopeless longing felt by a recovering smoker.
posted by Brody's chum at 10:11 AM on May 26, 2010

Dave Van Ronk's Talking Cancer Blues (Lyrics)
posted by Banky_Edwards at 10:16 AM on May 26, 2010

Cornel Hurd: "Seven Cups of Coffee and Fourteen Cigarettes."

If you can survive that song, you've kicked the habit.
posted by fourcheesemac at 10:42 AM on May 26, 2010

Try not to use any songs that mention smoking; any reminder might trigger a relapse.

This. The songs that do mention cigarettes are neat, but if you want to help your friend more than you want to be cute, do not put them in the mix. Any mention of cigarettes, any image of smoking, etc, is like kryptonite for someone attempting to quit.
posted by kitcat at 11:00 AM on May 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

Pink Floyd's Money. Think about all the cash she's saving not buying smokes.
posted by mrsshotglass at 11:00 AM on May 26, 2010

I'm Free by The Who (from Tommy)
Breathe by Pink Floyd
Sugar by Les Respectables ("Givin' it up...")
posted by rocket88 at 11:06 AM on May 26, 2010

Smokers In Love by the Lucksmiths
posted by mmmbacon at 11:14 AM on May 26, 2010

Braces Tower has a mix of one of those subliminal quit-smoking tapes and nice electronica. MeMail me if you want it, they're too obscure for YouTube.
posted by griphus at 11:23 AM on May 26, 2010

Response by poster: Try not to use any songs that mention smoking; any reminder might trigger a relapse.

I think you are absolutely right about triggers. I'll try to avoid that. Thanks.
posted by cazoo at 12:47 PM on May 26, 2010

Listen to the ex-smokers telling you not to include songs with smoking/cigarette lyrics, at all -- even those with anti-smoking sentiments; anything that makes the quitter think of cigarettes is very bad.

I'm about two weeks away from my 6-month anniversary of quitting, and I think a mix tape with a lot of songs about smoking/not smoking would still be very, very difficult for me to deal with. It would make me want to smoke. In fact, this thread is making me want to smoke. (and perhaps your friend is perverse like I am; for some reason, anti-smoking propaganda seems to make me want to smoke harder than anything else)

I would focus on self-empowerment/overcoming/freedom/strength/success sorts of themes. I love the idea of including "I Will Survive" - the lyrics are so perfect for someone quitting!

This thread has some good ideas that might also work for your purposes: What-songs-do-you-recommend-about-survival-against-odds-or-in-the-face-of-adversity
posted by taz at 1:20 PM on May 26, 2010

oops! I missed your comment about avoid triggers! Good choice. :)
posted by taz at 1:22 PM on May 26, 2010

"Straight Edge" by Minor Threat

"I'm Straight" by Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

"The Cigarette State", by Robbie Fulks (yeah, it mentions cigarettes, but it really really doesn't make you want to light one up)

...and "September Gurls" by Big Star (it has nothing whatsoever to do with the topic at hand, but it is a violation of state, federal, and international law to make a mixtape that does not include "September Gurls")
posted by BitterOldPunk at 2:05 PM on May 26, 2010

this might not work since it mentions smoking but, "This Island" by Le Tigre

stop smoking those cigarettes, baby
next time it's your turn to save me!

posted by inertia at 3:39 PM on May 26, 2010

Try not to use any songs that mention smoking; any reminder might trigger a relapse.

Good point. Most of my suggestions would likely result in mass casualties.
posted by prinado at 3:58 PM on May 26, 2010

Apparently Prince dedicated "Nothing Compares 2 U" to his last cigarette. Maybe not the message you want convey though.
posted by backwards guitar at 4:26 PM on May 26, 2010

« Older Sounds like "You will be killed, you will be...   |   Why do academic/business people in certain... Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.