The Drugs Don't Work

The Drugs Don't Work by The Verve was a UK number 1 hit on Saturday, September 13, 1997 spending 1 week(s) at the top of the UK charts. There is a very literal interpretation to this song, but that's not the one Verve lead singer Richard Ashcroft prefers. The group took plenty of drugs and other enhancements (mostly amphetamines) as they developed. But the song has a deeper meaning as well, which Ashcroft discussed a bit after the song was released. "I wrote that song out of love for someone and that's the way it came out," he said. "The thought that your love is predestined and if one of you dies you're destined to meet again." This was released in the UK on September 1, 1997, the day after Princess Diana's death. "The Drugs Don't Work" went to #1 in September making the group wildly famous in their home country of England. In America, the band didn't get much attention until January 1998, when Nike started running a commercial that used "Bitter Sweet Symphony." The song was released as a single two months later and climbed to #12, but it proved to be their only American hit - "The Drugs Don't Work" wasn't even released as a single in the US.

The Drugs Don't Work FAQs

Who sang The Drugs Don't Work?

The Drugs Don't Work was performed by The Verve

What year did The Drugs Don't Work get to the UK number 1 spot?

The Drugs Don't Work first became a UK number 1 on Saturday, September 13, 1997

How long was The Drugs Don't Work at number 1 in the UK?

The Drugs Don't Work spent 1 week(s) at number 1 in the UK.