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Weed and music go hand in hand.
Listening to music is one of the best activities to do when you’re high, and every good stoner playlist has to have some classic songs about cannabis.
From several decades ago to today, musical artists of various genres have written songs about cannabis, whether they express their love for it, discuss its struggles, or just mention it in passing.
There are hundreds upon hundreds of songs about cannabis out there, but only some were instant classics.
There are so many great songs that mention cannabis, but we’ve come up with ten of the best.
Lyrics: “I smoke two joints in time of peace, and two in time of war
I smoke two joints before I smoke two joints, and then I smoke two more”
You’re probably familiar with Sublime’s rock version of this song released in the early nineties. But many people, depending on generation, aren’t aware of the original reggae version written and performed by The Toyes a decade earlier.
We have to recognize the original band, Jim and Sandy, who wrote this song while smoking on a sandy beach in Hawai’i. Based on the lyrics, they must have known that everything, especially music, is better while you’re high! But Sublime’s version certainly gets an honorable mention.
Lyrics: “Let’s smoke that bowl
Hit the bong
And then take that finger off of that hole
I love you Mary Jane”
With the sound of a bubbling bong playing throughout, this Cypress Hill song is one of the best stoner classics. As the title gives away, the lyrics are a first-person narrative about a person who really likes smoking weed from their bong. It’s a relatable song for any true stoner!
Lyrics: “My life is free now, my life is clear
I love you sweet leaf, though you can’t hear”
The popular English metal band starts this song with audio of their guitarist Tony Iommi coughing on a joint before the frontman, Ozzy Osbourne, spends the rest of the song professing his love for marijuana, even though he understands it is an inanimate object.
Ozzy must have been having some high thoughts!
Lyrics: “Crack the 40 open, homie, and guzzle it
‘Cause I know the weed in my system is getting lonely”
This catchy rap song is about only contributing five bucks to the smoke sesh. It was released in 1995, but twenty-four years later, the song gained a place in the horror community when Jordan Peele made it the main tune of his second horror film, Us.
Lyrics: “Tell your boyfriend
Next time he’s around
To buy his own weed and don’t wear my sh*t down”
If you’ve ever had someone mooch off your stash, you’ll know what Amy Winehouse is talking about in these lyrics. Some sources say she wrote this to her best friend, and others say she wrote it to a roommate, but that boyfriend sounds annoying either way.
Lyrics: “I think I’ll have kaya now (kaya, kaya)
For the rain is falling”
Bob Marley never mentions marijuana by a technical name in this classic, but the title “Kaya” is a Jamaican slang term for it. The term is used several times throughout the song, in which Marley repeats that he has to have it because it is raining and how good it makes him feel.
Lyrics: “So what we get drunk
So what we smoke weed
We’re just having fun
We don’t care who sees”
This carefree anthem is performed by two of the most iconic stoners in modern pop culture, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, featuring Bruno Mars. The message of this song is inspiring yet straightforward; we should enjoy our youth to the fullest extent without worrying about what other people think.
Lyrics: “I always heard that his herb was top shelf
Lord I just could not wait to find out for myself.
Well don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.
And I’ve tried it my friend.
I’ll never smoke weed with Willie again!”
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to smoke with the known weed enthusiast Willie Nelson? Well, Toby Keith made a song about it, and it sounds intense. The story follows the experience of the song’s co-writer, Scotty Emerick, the first time he ever got high with Willie Nelson.
Nelson knew how to get super high as a seasoned stoner, and Emerick overdid it trying to keep up. Even though he says several times, “I’ll never smoke weed with Willie again,” that wasn’t the last time the two got high together.
Lyrics: “I gotta hundred dollar bill, friend
You can keep your pills
‘Cause it’s all going to pot”
As discussed in the last song, Willie Nelson is considered one of the biggest stoners of his generation. Although Nelson smoked weed for the first time in 1954, he didn’t mention it outright in any of his songs until the 2010s, with this song being the second of two. He might’ve written more if he had a high journal!
Lyrics: “… So let’s get to the point, let’s roll another joint
Let’s head on down the road”
Unlike most songs on this list, weed is only mentioned rather than the central topic. But, the mention of weed does kick off the catchy chorus quoted above. About that particular line, Tom Petty said he considered writing, “let’s have another beer,” but he thought that line was overused, so he opted for his protagonist to have a joint instead.
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