It's no secret that marijuana and music have always gone together like a pot and its lid. Weed smoking has acted as both an inspiration and subject matter across all music genres to create great tunes for over half a century.
So in the spirit of 4/20, better known as International Weed Smoking Day, here's a look at the 25 best songs about weed ranging from Snoop, Cypress Hill and Steve Miller Band to Willie Nelson, Ray Charles And Bob Marley.
25. Rick James – Mary Jane
Rick James was an artist that liked to sing about pot as if it were a fine, fine lady. In “Mary Jane,” James sings "when I'm feeling low, she comes as no surprise, turns me on with her love, takes me to paradise." It sounds sensual until you realize he's seductively singing about his weed stash.
24. 50 Cent – High All the Time
50 Cent once said that he feels like a bunch of his fans just want to pump his music and get high. “High All the Time” must be his homage to them. “Give me a Dutch and a lighter I'll spark shit.” Who says Fiddy isn’t a man of his people?
23. Dr Dre ft. Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg – The Next Episode
"Hey-ay-ay-ay! Smoke weed every day!" With proclamations like that, it’s not rocket science trying to figure out what fueled Dre, Snoop and Nate Dogg on “The Next Episode.”
22. Sublime – Smoke Two Joints
California stoner beach bums don’t need breakfast, lunch or dinner. They just need to smoke pot. At least that’s how Sublime makes it sounds in their weed-inspired Toyes cover song “Smoke Two Joints.” “I smoke two joints in the morning, I smoke two joints at night. I smoke two joints in the afternoon, it makes me feel alright.” Slow day.
21. Broken Bells – Vaporize
Although James Mercer doesn’t spell it out in “Vaporize,” what he’s singing about sure sounds a heck of a lot like drug paranoia from smoking too much reefer. Maybe he has one of those mini vaporizers. James, you’re tripping dude.
20. Peter, Paul and Mary – Puff the Magic Dragon
A kid’s song? Yeah right. It was the 60s people. Everyone was “draggin’” and taking a “puff” of the ol’ ganja. Peter, Paul and Mary have so many weed smoking references in this song that it isn’t funny. “Little Jackie Paper,” “puff” “autumn mist” …it’s all there.
19. Outkast – Crumblin’ Erb
On their debut album "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik," Andre 3000 and Big Boi sing about the world being a pretty crazy place. You’ll never guess how they deal with the madness…yup, the good ol’ reefer. They tell us that they best way to escape this crazy world is by “crumbling erb.” And then smoking it we assume.
18. Bone Thugs N Harmony – Weed Song
On “Weed Song” Bone Thugs N Harmony are so high that they think that smoking weed is the answer to all of our problems. They sing “If everybody smoked a blunt, relieved the mind, the world could be a better place, if everybody took a break and we all just get wasted.”
17. Gang Starr – Take Two and Pass
It’s nice to know that in a music world full of songs about pot at least one group of artists wrote a song about weed etiquette and sharing. Gang Starr’s “Take Two and Pass” talks about the importance of passing that joint so it lasts.
16. Wiz Khalifa – I Roll Up
Wiz Khalifa is the modern hip hop poster boy for weed smoking. He loves it. Snoop Dogg is his best friend too! One of Khalifa’s many pro-weed anthems is “I Roll Up.” If you’re confused about whether he means rolling a joint or pulling up in his car, look no further than the title of the album that this song is on. It’s called "Rolling Papers."
15. Ray Charles – Let’s Go Get Stoned
Who would have thought Ray Charles was a big weed guy? We knew he liked Pepsi and had a 16 year heroine addiction, but Ray and the ganja? Technically Charles didn’t write “Let’s Go Get Stoned” but he sure celebrated it back in 1966, singing lines like “I'm gonna call my buddy on the telephone and say let's go get stoned.”
14. Neil Young -- "Roll Another Number (For the Road)
On the chorus to this track, Neil Young sings "Think I'll roll another number for the road, I feel able to get under any load.” In true stoner hippie fashion, Young takes the attitude that if he has his pot, he’ll just go with the flow and everything will be all right. Most righteous thinking, dude.
13. Black Sabbath – Sweet Leaf
The boys from Black Sabbath sure enjoyed their cannabis. In “Sweet Leaf” Ozzy sings about weed like it’s some sort of sultry herbal siren. "My life is free now, my life is clear. I love you sweet leaf, though you can't hear." If only the pot could say “I love you too Ozzy.”
12. Tom Petty - "You Don't Know How It Feels"
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers stand by the fact that their song “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” isn’t about kicking a pot habit, but rather about a girl. But they don’t deny that "You Don't Know How It Feels" isn’t a stoner song. In the chorus Tom Sings "Let's get to the point. Let's roll another joint.” Petty feels the weed is important to just getting by.
11. Cypress Hill – Hits from the Bong
“Pick it, pack it, fire it up, come along and take hits from the bong.” Who needs to sing about women, life problems, pain or joy when the inspiration for a song is right in front of you on your weed filled coffee table?
10. Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"
It’s hard to believe that “Pass the Dutchie” was originally meant to be a g-rated version of the Mighty Diamonds’ "Pass The Koutchie" an explicit tune about smoking weed with your friends. Ironically, the g-rated Musical Youth version turned into a major feel-good stoner song, and “Dutchie” became slang for weed. D’oh!
9. Peter Tosh – Legalize It
Peter Tosh was a major weed advocate and used music as a plea to try to get his precious ganja legalized. In 1976 he sang “Singers smoke it and players of instrument too. Legalize it, yeah yeah, that's the best thing you can do." Not surprisingly Bob Marley also appeared on his album.
8. Ben Harper – Burn One Down
Ben Harper loves his weed and he really doesn’t care what you think about it. “Burn One Down” is his pro-weed anthem. If you’re with him for the cause, he wants you to pull up a chair and take a hit. But if you think weed is illegal and awful, don’t bother coming over to Ben’s house you narc.
7. Method Man and Red Man – How High
Method Man and Red Man were the 90’s hip hop equivalent of Cheech and Chong. Those guys loved their weed and it influenced pretty much everything they did. A prime example of their love for pot is their stoner anthem “How High” where they sing "How high? So high that I can kiss the sky." Not exactly straight edge lyrics.
6. Kid Cudi – Marijuana
Kid Cudi loves weed so much that he actually wrote a love song about it. Mary Jane is the object of his affection in his not so discreet song “Marijuana.” Cudi describes weed as both a loyal lover and something almost delicious on the track. The song’s music video also features the rapper travelling to Amsterdam to judge the Cannabis Cup from a of couple years ago. Talk about commitment.
5. Bob Dylan – Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35
It’s not a secret that Bob Dylan has used marijuana as a driving inspiration for his music for decades. He even wrote an anthem about how much he loves with in “Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35.” Dylan declares “everybody must get stoned” at the end of every verse. His audience didn’t have a problem with that.
4. Afro Man - Because I got High
Afro Man really takes the cake with this one. Not only is his song all about weed, it sounds like the ganja dictates his whole life too. It’s the reason for a whole lot of his unproductivity like why he didn’t clean his room, why he didn’t pleasure his wife and why he missed his court date. It’s also apparently the reason he’s now a paraplegic? Clearly he was stoned during the writing process. Truly a strange track.
3. Willie Nelson – Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
In “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” Willie Nelson tells us that he enjoys weed so much that when he dies, it would be the ultimate tribute for someone to roll him up and smoke him like one of the thousands of joints he’s consumed in his lifetime. And there’s a pretty good chance that if you smoked Willie you’d get one hell of a buzz on.
2. The Steve Miller Band – The Joker
When you call yourself ‘The Space Cowboy’ or the ‘The Gangster of Love’ like Steve Miller does in “The Joker,” you know that there’s got to be some weed involved in the equation. He also declares that he’s also a “midnight toker,” so it’s not exactly a top-secret. “The Joker” is one of the most popular weed inspired songs of all time.
1. Bob Marley – Kaya
When it comes to songs about by marijuana, the obvious artist who comes to mind is the godfather of ganja, Bob Marley. Marley was a big time weed advocate and one of his best known songs about the sticky green stuff is “Kaya” in which he declares his incredible outlook on life thanks to being completely baked out of his mind.