So you have your bowl loaded, the pizza’s on the way and the rest of the day’s all yours. You’ve got your playlist of stoner songs all lined up with the classics. Afroman, Peter Tosh, The Beatles are all represented. But, what if there’s more?
We’re here to tell you, there’s definitely more. Welcome to our list of hand-picked experiences for tokers of all calibers. Some are about weed, some, written by weed lovers—all of them are simply great stoner music.
Enjoy the article listening to the best stoner songs we chose!
20 best stoner songs to listen to when high
1. “Blueberry Yum Yum” Ludacris ft. Sleepy Brown (2004)
Younger fans of stoner music may know him for his acting roles, but early 2000’s Luda released some really catchy club bangers. Of course, each was accompanied by highly entertaining music videos.
Nestled in-between some great skits on 2004’s Red Light District (which included hits like “Number One Spot” and “Get Back”) lays this gem. It’s also worth mentioning that the supremely catchy hook “Get your lighters, roll that sticky, let’s get higher (let’s get higher)/Got that blueberry yum yum and it’s that fire (it’s that fire).” was written by none other than Meathead—the man who’d soon step to the forefront under the name Future.
The music video featured rows upon rows of happy, 9ft+ tall weed crops in what seems to be an underground bunker. Combining the first-person camera work with a highly melodic chorus and it’s definitely an experience to try while stoned.
2. “Smoke Two Joints” Sublime (1992)
From a band that seemingly personified carefree skater life and Cali vibes, this song brought them to the forefront of the scene. Digging deeper, you’ll also find this is a cover of The Toyes’ hit by the same name.
“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.” According to The Toyes website, the song was purely inspired by stoner culture. Written around 1980 when Mawg and Sky were boarding together in Waikiki.
They improvised some lyrics while they entertained some friends at a house party. Before they knew it, they’d landed on the hook that’s so hard to ignore. The next day (we’d like to think straight after a surf and a joint) they sat under a tree and completed the rest of the lyrics to one of the best stoner songs.
3. “Hits From the Bong” Cypress Hill (1993)
This song kicks off with the signature gurgle of a water bong and a lighter being struck. Psychedelic variations in tempo and a rap verse that amounts to a bong-smoking step-by-step made for a weed smoking song bar-none.
Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man,” lent a laid-back guitar sample that set the foundations for this hit. B-real has long since earned his stripes for the smoothness in which he can lay down vocals.
From loading it correctly, how to take a decent hit, and exercising proper care, he’s got you covered. Most rappers might be all about jays and blunts, but this song singlehandedly makes the case for glassware.
4. “Hold It Now, Hit It” Beastie Boys (1986)
White boy rap from the ’80s? That’s right, long before Marshal Matters took his place on the throne as the king of rap, we had the Beastie Boys—three dudes from NYC laying down mad tracks. Each music video was a cute-and-paste VHS masterpiece too.
From running around the streets of Brooklyn, to stage diving and skateboarding, it was like Jackass before Jackass. It’s not hard to tell that these guys enjoyed the 420 life (among a number of other intoxicants) to the fullest.
Private lives aside, they have a stable of hits and collabs which makes their induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame no surprise. While this weed smoking song can definitely stand on its own, you’ll enjoy it with the video that much more!
5. “Addicted” Amy Winehouse (2006)
We all have that friend (or two) that enjoys long smoke sesh’s but never seems to contribute to the stash. Well, with smooth girl-group vibes, thanks to vocals from Salaam Remi, Amy Winehouse does her best to address the issue at hand with the line “Tell your boyfriend next time he around to buy his own weed and don’t wear my s**t down,”
Say what you will about Miss Winehouse, her vocal range and stage presence were near-unmatched. There’s also a strong sense of nostalgia thanks to the brilliant rag-time style instrumentals.
At the end of the day, “I can give mine, and you give yours” are words to live by in general.
6. “Sweet Leaf” Black Sabbath (1971)
It can probably be argued that Black Sabbath collectively tried every drug known to man at one stage or another. A thing they seem to remain unanimous on is that cannabis was, without doubt, their intoxicant of choice.
As the opening track to the album Master of Reality, Sweet Leaf is an ode to weed in full heavy metal swing by the legend Osbourne himself. The track kicks off with guitarist Tony Lommi coughing a very unmistakable type of cough before Ozzy’s vocals take you on a great journey.
As far as being a metalhead goes, you’ll find many opinions about what it’s all about. As Metal icons of the day, Ozzy and his mates knew what the real rebel life was about. Writing great songs to listen to when high was clearly second nature to them.
7. “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” Bob Dylan (1966)
The opening instrumentals on this track teleport you to the heart of New Orleans. The vocals remind you of some rowdy sailors hollering while stumbling down the cobbled streets. Even among the “best stoner songs”, few have you convinced that the performers were under the influence of weed like this one.
While recording at Columbia Records Studios in Nashville, Bob (and the weed) encouraged all his bandmates to exchange their instruments and their joints. They all then did their very best to produce a swing-style instrumental. All things considered, the results were nothing less than masterful.
Unsurprisingly, the song enjoyed bans from both American and British radio stations, as the lines “They’ll stone you….But I would not feel so all alone, everybody must get stoned.” somehow convinced them the song was in fact, about marijuana.
8. “Let’s Go Get Stoned” Ray Charles (1966)
You’d have a pretty tough time looking for a successful act from the ’60s that didn’t enjoy a few tokes in their day. Ray Charles was no different, banding together with Ashford and Simpson turned out a great hit. The smooth backing vocals, paired with Charles’ impeccable vocals and ivory tickling seemingly signed the checks by themselves.
It’s worth mentioning that Joe Cocker did a beautiful job of covering this song at Woodstock. It’s hardly surprising that then Vice-President Agnew condemned the song for promoting the use of cannabis.
10. “Gin & Juice” Snoop Dogg (1994)
“Rollin’ down the street smokin’ Indo, sippin’ on gin and juice.” A line synonymous with cannabis culture, the club scene, and the fun-loving side of hip-hop, timelessly rolled into one. Snoop Dogg can be credited with carrying the G-Funk sound on his shoulders with the smooth and witty delivery it deserves.
It’s no secret that Snoop is an industry legend for a number of reasons, one of which is the sheer amount of weed he manages to smoke each day. It should come as no surprise that this mainstream hit was the result of an ad-lib freestyle/smoke-sesh.
You could even go a step further and say that this song helped to elevate hip-hop into the mainstream. Snoop and Dr. Dre, together with 2Pac were seemingly at their peak during this era and could easily contribute a list of songs to listen to when high between the three of them.
11. “Roll Another Number (For the Road)” Niel Young (1975)
You can’t help but listen to Young’s trademark lyrical drawl and accurate picking of guitar strings without slowing down—although this song isn’t only about smoking weed.
“Think I’ll roll another number for the road, I feel able to get under any load/ Though my feet aren’t on the ground, I been standin’ on the sound/ Of some open-hearted people goin’ down.” is something any hardworking or stressed-out individual can identify with—perfect listening after a tough day, when you’re settling for bed.
12. “How High” Redman and Method Man (1995)
Sharing a name with a stoner movie from the same duo which followed in 2001, it shares their combined quirky style of rap. The accompanying music video reflects their love of skits and tangents, making it a great watch too.
It’s not all jokes though, as the lyrical flow and on-the-number line delivery will force you to give it a second, third and fourth listen to catch all the nuances. The remix with Kelis is also worth a listen but definitely caters to the club scene a bit more.
13. “It’s All Going to Pot” Willie Nelson (2015)
You don’t get to make a list of stoner songs without including the only man credited with out-smoking even Snoop Dogg. With all the trademarks of a well-rounded country song, this is but one in an ocean of Nelson’s “songs about pot”.
A collaboration with Merle Haggard, the single was released on April 20th, 2015, which is entirely appropriate if you’re familiar with 420 culture. They released a video to the song on the same day featuring the duo in a recording studio.
A staunch cannabis activist and the pioneer of outlaw country, Nelson is no stranger to the law (and fighting it for the greater good). Aside from cannabis activism, Willie’s also been doing his best to keep family farming alive in America.
14. “You’re a Viper” Fats Waller (1943)
Also known as The Reefer Song. Fats Waller’s 1943 cover of the original 1927 recording by Rosetta Howard paints the picture of what makes the perfect cannabis plant. He then goes to great lengths to eloquently describe the effects of his ideal strain, exclaiming “The sky is high and so am I”.
With a sprinkling of ad-libs and various exclamations, the song is a comical take from an era gone by. But it’s also a cheeky reminder that grand-pappy probably enjoyed some reefer and had a list of his favorite stoner songs too.
15. “Planet of Weed” Fountains of Wayne (2007)
Named after a shop that sold lawn instruments, the group has enjoyed the better part of two decades producing and performing music all over the world. With their easy beats and songs perfect for light listening, much of their work makes for great listening.
“There’s no hatred and no greed/Here on the Planet of Weed/Everyone gets along/It’s quite pleasant indeed.” A wonderfully chilled song, it really will make you wish there was in fact, a planet of weed that played stoner music 24/7.
16. “Dead Men Don’t Smoke Marijuana” S.E. Rogie (1994)
You could probably make a huge list of purely instrumental music that’s perfect to space out on. This song from Sierra Leone’s own will always find a way to lure you back, though. Unmistakably African guitar lines, perfectly crafted and harmonized, combine into a smorgasbord of sound.
You don’t need to speak Krio to appreciate the delivery of hushed vocals, as the strings are what set the stage here. Will Sierra Leone produce a more loveable guitarist than Rogie? Perhaps, but if this stoner song is the yardstick…we may have to wait a while.
17. “Cali Dro” Birdman and Lil Wayne ft. Daz and Kurupt (2007)
Arguably, the hardest of the stoner rap songs on this list, Cali Dro personifies the instructional style of rap, featuring legends from both rap and 420 circles. Lil Wayne, well known for his punchline raps does what he does best over a bass-heavy beat.
Kurupt lends the song a good measure of gangster cred that’ll leave your trunk dented. If you’re on a sativa-heavy strain, looking to get your whole house cleaned in less than an hour, or on the way to the club, this should be your theme song!
18. “Comfortably Numb” Pink Floyd (1979)
No less than 11 albums deep, Pink Floyd released Comfortably Numb on its album The Wall. Written by Roger Waters, the song features his take on an experience he had after getting tranquilizer shots for stomach cramps.
You could write an entire thesis on all the nuances and alternate interpretations of the song’s lyrics—the two guitar solos will absolutely blow your mind away. Adding cannabis opens an entirely new dimension to this song and goosebumps are inevitable.
If you’ve never heard the track, you might want to line up something more cheerful to follow. The introspection may leave you a bit dreary after a smoke sesh. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
19. “Sun is Shining” Bob Marley & The Wailers (1971)
A wake ‘n bake anthem if there ever was one, this upbeat stoner song will seemingly teleport you to a hammock on the beach. Everything about this song by Bob Marley caters to canna culture perfectly.
Whether you have it playing for ambiance or have invested in high-end audio, this song remains entirely rewarding. The Funkstar De Luxe remix adds a bit of upbeat tempo without costing the original its soul too.
20. “Riders on the Storm” The Doors (1971)
Seven minutes and nine seconds of music production mastery. Far from a stereotypical stoner song. This track deserves a quiet room, a comfy couch, and a quality set of headphones. The rain and thunder intro and the buttery smooth vocal delivery, combined with excellent sound modulation, all make for the epitome of psychedelic 70’s rock.
There’s a tangible element of timelessness that’ll leave you wondering why anyone would ever bother with a remix. At least it featured Snoop-Dogg, right?
Enjoy the high note
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