Top weed songs
Whether you’re growing a farm or baking edibles, a star on the show High Maintenance or just getting stoned in your bedroom, weed has always been a part of everyday life for countless people around the world. However, before medical marijuana was legalized in numerous states across America, big-time stoners were usually only able to find refuge in music, and (after a huge come up in reggae) nowhere more so than hip-hop.
Love for marijuana – alias ganja, cannabis, grass, pot, weed, kaya – helped shape the hip-hop industry as we know it today, inspiring some of the wildest rap verses ever recorded and the special kind of stoned visuals that Hype Williams popularized back in the ‘90s.
So in honor of 4/20, join us as we mellow out over our mutual love of the magical plant and round up 10 of the most essential rap songs about weed in hip-hop history.
Method Man & Redman – “How High”
Best Lyric: “Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane/ It’s the Funk Doctor spot smoking Buddha on a train/ How high? So high so I can kiss the sky/ How sick, so sick that you can suck my dick”
Plenty of rappers are vocal about their love for weed, but few can match the passion that Redman and Method Man feel for the ganja. Not only was their first rap collaboration called “How High”, but the song itself soon inspired a feature film starring the two cannabis connoisseurs. Now, 17 years later, there’s still talk of developing a sequel. If they do end up pulling it together, we just hope that How High 2 can match the sick flow of these lyrics taken from the track that first inspired it all.
Ludacris – “Blueberry Yum Yum” ft. Sleepy Brown
Best Lyric: “Yes fire fire got me so tired, I’mma stop drop and rollllllll/ Put a wet towel under the doooooooooooor/ Don’t pass it I can’t take it no moooooooooooore/ Somebody take a trip down to the stoooooooore”
With a hook written by Future before he found fame, “Blueberry Yum Yum” is often overlooked when compared to other tracks like “Get Back” and “Number One Spot”, but all these years later, this ode to weed still remains a highlight on The Red Light District. The song is full of killer lines, but the moment when even Ludacris himself is overcome by smoking too much is the funniest and, arguably, the most memorable too.
Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg – “Young, Wild and Free” ft. Bruno Mars
Best Lyric: “Roll joints bigger than King Kong’s fingers/ And smoke them hoes down until they’re stingers”
Throw together two of hip-hop’s biggest stoners and what do you get? Astonishing boasts about smoking giant joints that could actually be true. After all, both Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg love rapping about marijuana even more than they love money and women, to the point where the magical muse even inspired them to develop their very own stoner movie called Mac and Devin Go To Highschool. If only the film’s script writing matched the lyrical prowess that Wiz Khalifa demonstrates on the track.
50 Cent – “High All The Time”
Best Lyric: “Give me some dro, purple haze and some chocolate/ Give me a dutch and a lighter, I’ll spark shit”
While the lyrics in this track taken from Fiddy’s debut album aren’t particularly wild themselves, the fact that 50 Cent later admitted he doesn’t smoke weed makes this cannabis anthem a surprising addition to his back catalog. It’s entirely possible that the Aftermath star simply wrote verses like this to resonate with his fan base, although Fiddy’s description of smoking blunts is a little bit too accurate for someone who supposedly doesn’t like getting high.
Nas – “It Ain’t Hard To Tell”
Best Lyric: “My mic check is life or death, breathing a sniper’s breath/ I exhale the yellow smoke of Buddha through righteous steps”
Widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, Illmatic showcases Nas and his unique brand of street poetry better than any other record of the ‘90s, cementing his position as an almost messianic figure in hip-hop. On this final track from the album, Nas weaves allusions to religion with slang for weed, all while rapping alongside a sample of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” which helps conveys his religious reverence for the magical plant.
Run the Jewels – “Lie, Cheat, Steal”
Best Lyric: “Good pussy, good marijuana, that be my medicine”
EL-P and Killer Mike begin this song by bragging about their various talents both on and off the mic, glorifying their gangster lifestyles with memorable lyrics about Batman and dragons. It’s not until the second verse drops that Killer Mike lays out what he really needs to keep himself going, and we doubt that a doctor gave him a prescription for this. Nonetheless, we’re sure that Killer Mike could afford plenty more “good marijuana” once this song was chosen as the intro theme for the Netflix documentary, Dirty Money.
OutKast – “Crumblin’ Erb”
Best Lyric: “Jane is rolled up, no gangs be throwed up/ But still Andre got action, they Sweat like Keith, all on my teeth”
As the trippiest duo in hip-hop, OutKast incorporated countless references to weed throughout their funkadelic discography, but the most memorable can be found on their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, which remains one of the hardest names to pronounce while baked. On the song “Crumblin’ Erb”, André 3000 waxed lyrical about the benefits of escaping real life through the smoky haze of cannabis, dropping a reference to R&B artist Keith Sweat along the way that also doubles as a reference to ‘kief’ for good measure.
Afroman – “Because I Got High”
Best Lyric: “I was gonna make love to you but then I got high/ I was gonna eat yo’ pussy too but then I got high/ Now I’m jacking off and I know why”
It’s rather ironic that this mainstream stoner anthem actually serves as a warning to those who smoke cannabis in excess. Things start off easy breezy for Afroman and his love of weed, but by the end of the song, the verses take a dark turn as the one-hit wonder becomes paralyzed in a car accident and loses both his wife and his job. Confusing messages aside, you’ve got to love an international chart hit that bemoans what cannabis can do to your sex drive. Is it any wonder that Afroman’s fictional wife left him?
Redman – “How To Roll a Blunt”
Best Lyric: “Purchase a Phillie/ not the city of Philly, silly punk, I’m talking ‘bout the shit called the Phillie blunt/ lick the blunt and then the Phillie blunt middle you split/ don’t have a razor blade, use your fuckin’ fingertips”
Redman is many things to many people, but on this track taken from his debut album Whut? Thee Album, Reggie Noble is first and foremost a teacher in the art of blunt rolling. Released back in 1992, this song serves as a streetwise instruction manual that changed the game for newbies who were curious about smoking pot. Just remember: It’s all about the Philly blunts.
Cypress Hill – “I Wanna Get High”
Best Lyric: “Forward motion make you sway like the ocean/the herb is more than just a powerful potion”
It’s impossible to talk about the impact of weed on rap culture without referring to Cypress Hill. From “Smoke Weed” to “Roll It Up, Light It Up, Smoke It Up”, the multi-platinum selling group seemed to live 24/7 in a cannabis-fueled haze, which also meant that their lyrics on the topic were more insightful than most. Not only is “I Wanna Get High” one of their most timely songs about getting baked, but it also appeared in the film Half Baked, Dave Chapelle’s quintessential stoner comedy.
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In honor of 4/20, join us as we mellow out over our mutual love of the magical plant and round up 10 of the best rap songs about weed.
10 Best Stoner Songs
There’s nothing like smoking a blunt and turning up the speakers to chill out with some friends.
Getting high is a mainstay in various subcultures, whether after a concert, at a house party in Venice Beach, or just with some hippie friends.
10 Best Stoner Songs
- Classic Rock
- Indie Pop
- Dream Pop
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Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”
A song from the 1960s that’s largely associated with both psychedelic and stoner culture, Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” can mean many things. One of its most popular associations is the cannabis strain purple haze, a sativa that’s known for its sweetness and almost dreamy quality.
Hendrix himself was a big supporter of legalization. Plus, the fun, meandering guitar riffs and dreamy, yet hard-hitting lyrics are perfect for relaxing in the backyard with friends and passing around a joint.
Sublime – “Smoke Two Joints”
Another song that’s almost too on the nose, this song is a mainstay in weed culture because it’s right in the name. Sublime is known for its humorous, irreverent identity steeped in stoner culture, reggae, and rock.
The song perfectly captures the ethos of letting life’s worries drift away and enjoying the pleasures of smoking weed. When you’re high, you don’t always want to listen to music that’s very fast; that’s why the slow beat of “Smoke Two Joints” is perfect.
Tom Petty – “You Don’t Know How It Feels”
Being one of the more ‘out there’ stoner songs, ‘You Don’t Know How It Feels’ by Tom Petty is for those who like their songs heavy with references. The lyrical genius of Tom Petty combined with the easy-to-vibe music is the reason why the song finds itself being played time and again.
The comfort, laid-back and relaxing vibe of this song makes it the perfect musical companion for a smoke, regardless of the location and situation. Whether one is blazing out in a park or simply in their bedroom, the song is one of the most versatile options out there.
Weezer – “Island in the Sun”
First of all, the lyrics and easygoing tune of Weezer’s “Island in the Sun” captures the laid back vibes of smoking weed and relaxing.
Indeed, being “on a golden sea” and “drift[ing] into the zone” are lines with rich imagery that seem just like being stoned. Not only that, but both versions of the music video are reminiscent of your imagination while high.
Bandmates play with animals in the baked summer sun in the minimalist, yet trippy Spike Jonze version, and sing at a random wedding in another version.
Modest Mouse- “Float On”
Lighting up to “Modest Mouse” is a particularly great choice for the kind of stoner who enjoys nihilism, existential crises, and a little dose of positivity.
Isaac Brock sings in an angsty voice about some pretty bad scenarios, like backing his car into a cop car and falling subject to tourist scams.
However, the ultimate message is to float on – a message that’s driven home by the happy resolution of somewhat melancholy guitar chords. The idea of floating is the perfect vibe for stoners.
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Grimes – “Realiti”
While many people associate stoner music with pseudo-reggae pop songs from the ‘90s, there’s a lot of great songs for weed enthusiast arising from the experimental pop scene today. In contrast to the archetypal carefree, laid-back stoner, there’s also the archetype of the hyper-imaginative creative stoner.
Grimes’s expansive, ethereal synth beats will take you to another realm. The idea of an alternative reality persists throughout the song, further lifting your creative spirits that might emerge when you’re getting high.
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Lana del Rey – “High by the Beach”
A tune for the pensive smoker, “High by the Beach” contains Lana del Rey’s signature whispery voice and soft, sensual melodies.
Conveying the images of stoned Venice surfers, faded afternoons lying on the sand, and watching the beach transform into a surreal landscape, her song is an ambient song for social smokers with contemplative lyrics about peace and starting over.
Tinashe “2 On”
An upbeat song with club vibes, Tinashe celebrates getting faded, hotboxing her car, and smoking trees. Some stoner songs like this one are less about creating a pensive space and more about creating a catchy rhythm for dancing at a crowded party. It’s carefree and fun, but smokier and edgier than some of the other songs on this list.
Dizzy Fae – “Indica”
Indica strains have been known to have more sedative effects than sativa, and that’s clear with the dreamy repetition of the line, “All I wanted to do was feel wanted.”
Adhering to the floaty feel of the song, soft synth sounds and wayward percussive beats persist throughout the song. This experimental, yet soothing tune is perfect for any stoner occasion.
Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg feat, Bruno Mars – “Young, Wild & Free”
This is perhaps the modern stoner’s anthem. The 2011 song, ‘Young, Wild & Free’ has definitely made it onto the millennial playlist of songs to smoke up to.
From fat joints to sagging jeans, the song has what everyone wants to listen to, a mix of upbeat and smooth music to roll with and the names associated with the song have helped it reach a new high in charts all across the globe.
Peter Tosh – “Legalize It”
Written after Peter Tosh parted ways from Bob Marley and The Wailers, the song addresses the biggest issue faced by stoners.
Through this song, Tosh conveys the history of pot, the harsh realities of today’s world. He puts forth an argument that everyone partakes weed, from professionals like doctors to stoners all over the globe, so why should it be illegal?
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Frequently Asked Questions about Stoner Songs
What are good songs to listen to when you’re high?
Here is our list: “Comfortably Numb” By Pink Floyd, “Strawberry Fields Forever” By The Beatles, “The Other Side Of Paradise” By Glass Animals, “Do You Realize??” By The Flaming Lips, “Yes I’m Changing” By Tame Impala
What is considered stoner music?
A rock music fusion that combines elements of heavy metal and/or doom metal with psychedelic rock and acid rock can be considered as stoner music.
Why is music feel so good when high?
Weed makes music sound so good because of the drug’s effects on the pleasure centers of the brain.
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