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Top 42 Greatest Stoner Songs When Smoking Weed 1932-2016

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February 17, 2020
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What’s better than chilling and relaxing? Chilling and relaxing with music. These songs talk about weed in wildly different ways, some subtle, some blatant, some in-between. These anti-prohibition and 420-friendly songs are all classics in their own right (at least, we think so). At any rate, they are great to listen to when enjoying a few tokes of homegrown herb. Have fun!

The Best Stoner Songs from 1932 to 2016

Spanning some seven decades, these are some seriously pleasurable weed-themed songs to listen to while toking. The choice of 42, of course, is deliberate and dedicated to the 420 community.

These songs are sorted according to the year of release.

1. Reefer Man

  • Artist: Cab Calloway
  • Release Date: 1932
  • Genre: Jazz

Take a stroll down memory lane with this upbeat jazz classic performed by Cab Calloway. Nearly 90 years after the release of this song, he still asks the same question, “Have you ever met that funny reefer man?”

2. If You’re a Viper

  • Artist: Stuff Smith and His Onyx Club Boys
  • Release Date: 1936
  • Genre: Jazz

Before the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, this song was released as a b-side. No one knew at that time that it would turn out to be a huge hit and the most covered song about smoking weed. Viper, referenced in the song, was the slang referring to pot smokers. Even in the old days, they also “Dreamed about a reefer five feet long.”

3. Got to Get You Into My Life

  • Artist: The Beatles
  • Release Date: 1966
  • Genre: Rock

The Beatles are arguably the most influential rock band of all time. For a long time, fans thought the song alluded to a girl with whom a man fell in love with. It was not until 1998 when lead singer Paul McCartney revealed in a book Many Years from Now that the object of desire was not a person. “I’d been a rather straight working-class lad,” he explained.”But when we started to get into pot, it seemed to me to be quite uplifting.”

4. Rainy Day Women #12 and 35

  • Artist: Bob Dylan
  • Release Date: 1966
  • Genre: Rock

Listen to this song, and you can’t believe how many times Dylan repeated the word ‘stone.’ The artist, though, explained that it had nothing to do with weed. “I have never and never will write a drug song,” he insisted. It doesn’t matter anyway. This line, “Everybody must get stoned,” sounds divine.

5. One Toke Over the Line

  • Artist: Shipley & Brewer
  • Release Date: 1970
  • Genre: Pop

So much has been said on weed and its ability to boost creativity. While waiting for a train, Tom Shipley said he’s “one toke over the line tonight.” Mike Brewer liked the way it sounded and went on to write a song about it. You can only imagine how many other songs had landed on Billboard’s Top 10 – songs inspired by weed.

6. Sweet Leaf

  • Artist: Black Sabbath
  • Release Date: 1971
  • Genre: Heavy Metal

“I love you, sweet leaf,” Ozzy Osbourne sings, “though you can’t hear.” Black Sabbath is one of the most iconic heavy metal bands in history, and this particular song could very well be the origin of the Stoner Rock genre. In one tape loop, the band’s guitarist Tony Lommi coughed from a joint he was smoking with Osbourne. This ‘riff’ later appeared in other songs, including Rhymin’ and Stealin (Beastie Boys) and Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

7. Roll Another Number (For the Road)

  • Artist: Neil Young
  • Release Date: 1975
  • Genre: Rock

Stoner songs are not always loud. Neil Young, who had declared himself “a million miles away” from the hippie days – you know, Woodstock, recorded this song following the deaths of two friends from drug abuse. “Think I’ll roll another number for the road,” he sang. “I feel able to get under any load.”

8. Legalize It

  • Artist: Peter Tosh
  • Release Date: 1976
  • Genre: Reggae

Would Bob Marley be who he is, were it not for the reggae legend Peter Tosh, who not only taught him to play the guitar but also wrote many of the hit songs? This song was recorded and released not too long after Tosh left the Wailers and lamented being ‘victimized’ by the police. It is also a highly political song pushing for marijuana legalization in Jamaica.

9. Two Hits and the Joint Turned Brown

  • Artist: Dillard-Hartford-Dillard
  • Release Date: 1977
  • Genre: Bluegrass

Is this reggae, or a gospel song? “Now, you’re tryin’ to light your roach while you’re drivin’ down the street.” If that does not make sense, then “Two hits and the joint turned brown” repeated again and again should.

10. Don’t Bogart that Joint, My Friend

  • Artist: Little Feat
  • Release Date: 1978
  • Genre: Blues Rock, Classic Rock

Humphrey Bogart, a film and theater actor, is a cultural icon who shot to fame in the 30s to 40s. One of his classic images is the omnipresent cigarette in his mouth, pulling without puckering his lips, speaking with the cigarette bobbing. Although there was no evidence that the actor smoked pot, his name has since become a lingo spoken by stoners. Remember, puff puff pass and don’t bogart that joint.

11. Kaya

  • Artist: Bob Marley and the Wailers
  • Release Date: 1978
  • Genre: Reggae

The legendary Bob Marley professes his love for weed in this beautifully sung reggae song. Cannabis has been called by hundreds of names, and ‘Kaya’ is one of them. Do you know what kind of weed is popular in Jamaica? Yes, the ones that make you go, “I’m so high, I even touch the sky,” and “Feelin’ irie (good).”

12. Mary Jane

  • Artist: Rick James
  • Release Date: 1978
  • Genre: Funk

At a time when radio programmers either hesitate or refuse to play songs with a ‘blatant message,’ Mary Jane only reached 41 on the pop chart. It did hit 3 in R&B. Rick James, who had admitted to buying weed by the pounds – not ounces – personifies marijuana and would often perform this song flanked by two large fake joints.

13. Pass the Kouchie

  • Artist: The Mighty Diamonds
  • Release Date: 1981
  • Genre: Dancehall, Reggae

If you can’t remember which side to pass the joint to, then listen to this 80s classic performed by a trio of British teens of Jamaican descent – where else? “Pass the kutchie pon the lef’ hand side.” Get it?

14. Smoke Two Joints

  • Artist: The Toyes
  • Release Date: 1983
  • Genre: Reggae

Smoke a couple of joints in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Smoke some more – maybe – when at peace or troubled. The jumbled message, though, is all about chilling at the end of a hard day at work.

15. Under Me Sleng Teng

  • Artist: Wayne Smith
  • Release Date: 1986
  • Genre: Dancehall

Reggae is synonymous with Jamaica, but Wayne Smith pushed the boundaries, bringing this genre closer to Hip-hop. In this song, he rejects cocaine but fully embraces weed. Sleng Teng, incidentally, is – as you guessed it – slang for marijuana.

16. Gin and Juice

  • Artist: Snoop Dogg
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

The second single from Snoop Dogg popularized a cocktail of gin and juice, whom he believes go well with weed. It may very well be the first of weed-themed songs to combine alcohol and marijuana – and oh, a lot of sex too. “I got bitches in the livin’ room gettin’ it on,” he sings. “And they ain’t leavin’ till six in the mornin’. So what you wanna do?”

17. Hits From the Bong

  • Artist: Cypress Hill
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Forget joints or blunts. Did you hear the sound of bubbles before Cypress Hill went on preaching how his bong gets him stoned?

18. I Wanna Get High

  • Artist: Cypress Hill
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Among artists advocating marijuana, Snoop Dogg has to be on top of the list along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Cypress Hill is, for sure, deserving of being mentioned in the same sentence. Sit back, chill, and just get high. By the way, “Tell Bill Clinton to go and inhale,” he sings. Do you think he is alluding to you-know-what scandal?

19. Dead Men Don’t Smoke Marijuana

  • Artist: S.E. Rogie
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Genre: Highlife

If you just wanna sit back or lie on the couch pondering the mysteries of the universe, let this beautifully composed music run in the background. You are never going to understand a few words uttered, but damn, that guitar is something else.

20. Take a Toke

  • Artist: C+C Music Factory
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Weed melts away stress. Some can energize you, others lock you to the couch. And then there are the ones that fuel the passion, the desire. Lit up, ignite the romance, and listen to Clivilles and Cole, “You ignite me, and I’ll ignite you. And once all the sheets burn, baby, I’ve got some more bambu.” In case you didn’t know, bambu refers to bamboo – a gigantic ‘grass,’ get it?

21. You Don’t Know How It Feels

  • Artist: Tom Petty
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Genre: Rock

So she doesn’t give you a damn, huh? Tom Petty might have something to say – or sing – about that. In this hit song that reached no. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, he seeks empathy from others as he copes with his sadness, loneliness, and frustrations of a lost relationship. “But let me get to the point, let’s roll another joint,” maybe he is right.

22. Brown Sugar

  • Artist: D’Angelo
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Genre: Soul, Contemporary R&B

What kind of girl can you play sweet music with, that gets your eyes red? D’Angelo, for sure, was not referring to a female human being, singing, “Brown Sugar babe, I gets high off your love.” The title does not allude to a dark-skinned woman but a blunt. You’ve heard this song before and never knew? Not many did.

23. Burn One Down

  • Artist: Ben Harper
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Genre: Rock

You know it. Those self-righteous people who have nothing else to do but to mess with your business. “If you don’t like my fire,” Ben Harper sings. “Then don’t come around ’cause I’m gonna burn one down. Yes, I’m gonna burn one down.”

24. How High

  • Artist: Method Man and Redman
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Genre: Alternative Hip-Hop

Blunt or spliff, anyone? Whatever. Six years before the film of the same name, Method Man and Redman were rapping about smoking pot and getting high. Incidentally, they are now starting a new brand in the cannabis industry.

25. I Got 5 on It

  • Artist: The Luniz
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Some people simply have no manners. Here, the duo of rappers is saying they got five dollars on the weed. “Hoochies can hit, but they know they got to pitch in,” as the song goes. “Then I roll a joint that’s longer than your extension, ’cause I’ll be damned if you get high off me for free.”

26. Dopesmoker

  • Artist: Sleep
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Genre: Stoner Rock

It took four years to create this 63-minute song that would pave the way for Stoner Metal and Doom Metal. Get high and listen to this track once your senses are on overdrive – and you’ll know why this is one of the greatest ever stoner songs for weed lovers.

27. Because I Got High

  • Artist: Afroman
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Released in 2001, the original version insinuated how weed had disrupted productivity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8AuMOGx_KY

Apparently, Afroman had a change of heart. In 2004, he released a remix singing about the positive benefits of marijuana, supporting its legalization.

28. Pass that Dutch

  • Artist: Missy Elliott
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Notice how most of the artists who produced and sang weed-inspired songs are males? Missy Elliott, in that regard, is one of a kind. Produced by Timbaland, this song reached no. 9 on the Billboard Hip-hop/Rap chart. “Pass that dutch (ah), pass that dutch (ooh).” Enough said. Now, puff and pass.

29. Weed with Willie

  • Artist: Toby Keith
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Genre: Country

Gotta appreciate the humor in this song. What happens when you smoke more than you could handle? Apparently, that may be precisely what happened, which is why “‘ll never smoke weed with Willie again,” Toby Keith sings. It seemed that many came before him, left Willie proclaiming that very same thing.

30. Stay High

  • Artist: Three 6 Mafia
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Before Three 6 Mafia became academy award winners, they released what many consider to be the best song about weed. Regardless if you agree or not, there is no doubt it is the dopiest.

31. We Be Burnin’

  • Artist: Sean Paul
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Genre: R&B/Soul

The message is clear. “Legalize it, time to recognize it.” In reality, half the states in the USA have already eased up on the restrictions. Not only is medical marijuana allowed, but some also lifted the prohibitions on recreational use. Of course, weed remains illegal at the federal level.

32. Addicted

  • Artist: Amy Winehouse
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Genre: R&B/Soul

Notwithstanding the sad story surrounding the circumstances of her death, Amy Winehouse – in this song – is empathic on how a person feels when already ‘addicted’ to weed. If you want to take some of mine, then you gotta give some too. How attached to weed? “Its got me addicted, does more than any dick did.”

33. Cali Dro

  • Artist: Lil Wayne and Birdman
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

While most, if not all canna-songs before mostly talked about weed in general, Lil Wayne and Birdman are more specific here. With the number of strains mentioned in this stoner song, it might as well be the theme song of a dispensary or seed bank.

34. Planet of Weed

  • Artist: Fountains of Wayne
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Genre: Rock, Pop

You know what they say, once high, it is none of anyone else’s business ’cause you are not bothering anyone. This song embodies how weed-lovers feel after smoking pot. “There’s no hatred and no greed, here on the Planet of Weed.”

35. Marijuana

  • Artist: Kid Cudi
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Sick and tired of being labeled a stoner and linked to drug use, Kid Cudi stopped using marijuana. Two years later, he released this song. In his words, it is his best smoking song. Notice how the length of this song is exactly 4 minutes 20 seconds?

36. Vaporize

  • Artist: Broken Bells
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Genre: Alternative

Not once was there a mention of weed in this song. Still, many cannabis enthusiasts find the title catchy – a reference to the use of a vaporizer, a healthier alternative to smoking joints. And, if you listen to the song, that is almost like losing self in oblivion (or introspection).

37. The Next Episode

  • Artist: Dr. Dre (ft. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, and Nate Dogg)
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

No doubt, this is cool to play after taking a toke. Once you get your head high up in the sky, and ready for provoking thoughts, then think about the message of this song. “With my jeans on, and my team strong; Get my drink on and my smoke on; Then go home with somethin’ to poke on (‘Sup bitch?).” A catchy line, but the underlying message is life on the other side of the fence, and new aspirations.

38. Young, Wild & Free

  • Artist: Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa (ft. Bruno Mars)
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Remember those times – young, wild, and definitely free? Smoke some pot and not have a care in the world. Oh, Wiz Khalifa – he does not hold back here.

39. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die

  • Artist: Willie Nelson (ft. Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson)
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Genre: Country

If this was recorded and sung a couple of decades or so, you’d think it is too rebellious. The perception of marijuana has changed a lot, yet there remains the cynics. What do they have to say about that? “Roll me up and smoke me when I die; And if anyone don’t like it, just look ’em in the eye.”

40. Habits (Stay High)

  • Artist: Tove Lo
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Genre: Alternative

It is hard not to feel for Tove Lo. Her honesty on how she feels, you can’t get any purer than that. Coping with the heartbreak, filling the gap with alcohol, drugs, casual sex, that sucks. But the song is terrific, and one of the most meaningful.

41. Dooo It!

  • Artist: Miley Cyrus
  • Release Date: 2015
  • Genre: Psychedelic Rock

In one word – the best way to describe this song is ‘declaration.’ Miley Cyrus here rejects the stereotyping, passionately saying that she is no hippy. It is her assertion that everyone has a right to individuality, to be who they want to be, and not what society wants or dictates them to be.

42. James Joint

  • Artist: Rihanna
  • Release Date: 2016
  • Genre: R&B/Soul, Pop

Whoever she is singing about here, he sure has a bad rep. Why is it so many girls are attracted to that ‘bad boy’ image? On second thought, James Joint could actually be a pot, too. Regardless, she draws a comparison between a lover and weed, that both she desires, and she doesn’t know why – alluding to intense want.

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