It’s a well-known fact that weed and music go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whether you’re jamming out in your apartment or writing a song for a loved one, cannabis knows how to get the creative juices flowing.
Since the dawn of cannabis culture, artists from all over the world have used cannabis to inspire their lyrics and have even centered songs around the plant. While there are hundreds, nay thousands, of songs written about our favorite plant, Wikileaf has narrowed down our top 20 cannabis songs of all time.
Sam Cooke, “Smoke Rings” (1963)
While you might say this song could be about any kind of smoke, we know what Sam was puffing on to make all his worries go away. In this sweet song devoted to smoking, Sam Cooke paints an entire picture of what it must be like to be a smoke ring. If that’s not some high lamenting, we don’t know what is.
Booker T. & The M.G.’s, “Let’s Go Get Stoned” (1968)
Known for their influential sounds in Southern Soul, Booker T. & The M.G.’s released the classic jam, “Let’s Go Get Stoned” long before it was cool to get stoned. This sleepy tune will have you vibing and head-bobbing as you pass the joint — its slow tempo and melodic tones will get you in the perfect smoking mood.
Linval Thompson, “I Love Marijuana” (1978)
In 1978, Linval Thompson released his first self-produced LP affectionately dubbed, “I Love Marijuana”. This funky reggae record became an instant classic for pot-lovers everywhere. Its groovy reggae vibes and unabashed love for cannabis drew a wide array of listeners and still does — you’d be hard-pressed to find a true stoner that can’t sing along to this classic chorus.
Bob Marley, “Kaya” (1977)
What kind of list of weed songs would this be without a Bob Marley song? While Bob Marley is the poster child of cannabis for many and has written unlimited songs about the plant, Kaya is one of our personal favorites.
The upbeat, smoking-friendly song features the funky vibe you would expect from a reggae track, but also Bob’s unmistakable style. Add this to your list smoke sesh playlist ASAP.
Rick James, “Mary Jane” (1978)
Guaranteed to get the party started, this Rick James hit is a favorite amongst stoners and funk-lovers alike. This soulful love song to Mary Jane has everything you need in a pot-smokers anthem: a funky beat, some subtle and some not-so-subtle references to weed, and Rick James flair.
Aerosmith, “Reefer Head Woman” (1979)
Rock ‘n’ Roll music was influenced by cannabis culture in more ways than one. When Aerosmith released this track in 1979, “reefer” had solidified its spot as the go-to spark of inspiration for rockstars all over the world. While controversial to some, weed found a home in Aerosmith’s collection of 420-friendly songs.
Cypress Hill, “I Wanna Get High” (1993)
Straight from sunny California, Cypress Hill has never shied away from talking about cannabis. The iconic hip-hop group released “I Wanna Get High” in 1993 and it quickly became an instant classic. It calls on stoners all over the world to come get high, over a smooth beat and slick lyricism.
Luniz, “I Got 5 On It” (1994)
Perhaps one of the most well-known songs out of this whole list, Luniz’s “I Got 5 On It” is every stoner’s anthem. While it has been sampled, re-mixed, and re-imagined over and over, the original track is untouchable greatness.
Not only is this song catchy, classic, and legendary, it also teaches good stoner etiquette — throw in some cash or split an eighth with your friends and you can smoke all you want.
Three 6 Mafia, “Where’s Da Bud” (1996)
A favorite amongst weed-lovers, Three 6 Mafia always delivers what you need for your smoke sesh. With their signature Memphis sound and lyrical prowess, this classic song from 1996 simply asks the question we’re all wondering: Where is the bud?
Afroman, “Because I Got High” (2000)
We’ve all had that moment: we got too high and decided to avoid all plans and responsibilities. Afroman perfectly describes this phenomenon with an upbeat attitude, sleepy beat, and a dash of humor. Add this to your smoking playlist and you’ll be giggling and grooving in no time.
Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg, “The Next Episode” (2000)
Featuring the dream team, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, this song gave us the gift that is “smoke weed everyday”. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’ve been living under a rock or have smoked one too many. Listen to this song all the way through to for a special surprise at the end.
Styles P, “Good Times” (2002)
For many of us, good times and good smokes go hand-in-hand — and Styles P agrees. Perfectly encapsulating early 2000’s hip hop vibes, this is the ideal throwback track for your next smoke session.
Missy Elliott, “Pass That Dutch” (2003)
In a male-dominated landscape, Missy Elliot comes through with rump-shaking ear candy on “Pass That Dutch”. In this song, Missy Elliot politely asks you to pass the dutch (a popular blunt wrap) over an upbeat sound and creative lyrics.
Wiz Khalifa, Still Blazin’ (2010)
A proud stoner and gifted artist, Wiz Khalifa has an array of smoking songs. “Still Blazin’” is a favorite amongst many for its classic reggae sound mixed with smooth hip-hop. It’s the perfect song to lay back in the sun and puff on your favorite flower.
Kid Cudi, “Marijuana” (2010)
Completely unique in his sound, Kid Cudi has been making music for pot-lovers since the beginning of his career. “Marijuana” is an artfully crafted song that defies genre dedicated to the pretty green plant we all know and love.
Freddie Gibbs, “Natural High” (2011)
A hip-hop love ballad to cannabis, Freddie Gibbs delivers a smooth, fast-talking smoking jam fit for any circle. “Natural High” has a nostalgic vibe that will have you singing along in a few puffs time.
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, “That Good” (2011)
When Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa come together, you know it’s going to be cannabis music gold — and if you’ve been paying attention to cannabis culture, you know exactly what “That Good” means. So roll up some of that good-good, and listen to this essential stoner song.
Willie Nelson, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” (2012)
Ahhhh, Willie Nelson. The crowd-pleasing, weed-smoking legend has been a proud proponent of cannabis for years. In “Roll Me Up”, Willie brings his signature country twang to a lively beat, with a cannabis twist.
Curren$y, “Mary” (2013)
The ultimate stoner’s favorite underground rapper, Curren$y can out-rap and out-smoke nearly anyone on this list — he even has his own strain, Andretti OG. With a host of songs to choose from about our favorite subject, “Mary” is the quintessential Curren$y track. Cue this up at your next party to be able to spot the real cannabis-lovers.
Rihanna, “James Joint” (2016)
For a sultry, slinky weed song, Rihanna gives us “James Joint” off of her latest album. With appeal across genders and across genres, this song is short and sweet — and exactly what we need to take our high to the next level.
There you have it: Wikileaf’s compiled list of Top 20 Weed Songs. Now you are ready to roll yourself up something nice, kick back, and feel the good vibes. Think we missed something? Let us know in the comments!