10 Best Songs About Marijuana
You simply can not have a ten best songs about marijuana list without names like Tom Petty and Jimmy Hendrix. Like marijuana itself, the list of songs about getting high spans generations and crosses over into almost all musical styles.
- 1. "Gimme a Pigfoot" by Bessie Smith. Many people don’t expect to see a song from 1933 on a list of the ten best songs about marijuana but here it is. Smith thinly veiled her reefer as “pigfoot” until the very last verse of this pot classic from the 1930's.
- 2. "High ‘till I Die" by Tupac. Looking back on this Tupac song about marijuana, one cannot help but to wonder if it was prophetic. May the poet rest in peace.
- 3. "To Be Young" by Ryan Adams. Adams can make you smile through your sadness as he reminds his listeners of one of the best ways to regain their sense of humor. Oversimplification may be a problem with this one, or is it just part of its charm?
- 4. "Legalize Marijuana" by Bob Marley. Marley was an outspoken advocate of legalizing marijuana and this wouldn’t be a “best songs about marijuana” list without him on it. Marley did not bother with disguising the meaning of this song—it’s all there in the title.
- 5. "Burn One Down" by Ben Harper. “Burn One Down” has the mellow, nostalgic feel that makes you want to light one up on the back porch with your friends.
- 6. "Smoke Two Joints" by The Toyes. When you think about songs about marijuana, this is often one of the first songs thought of. This pot-head anthem was later covered by party band “Sublime”.
- 7. "Go Ask Alice" by Jefferson Airplane. “A hookah smoking caterpillar” is beckoning smokers everywhere to listen to Airplane. Alice would know a thing or two about the best songs about marijuana.
- 8. "Mary Jane’s Last Dance" by Tom Petty. The song tells the story of a new girl in town named Mary Jane but Petty is not fooling anyone. With the name “Mary Jane” in the title and lyrics about killing the pain, rest assured this song is not about dancing.
- 9. "Strawberry Fields Forever" by the Beatles. Some could argue for disqualification, on the grounds that this is not a song about marijuana but rumor is that the Beatles reference an indication of smoke. It does go well with the acid-reveling hit “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”.
- 10. "Purple Haze" by Jimmy Hendrix. Hendrix captures the essence of a good smoke as he asks to be excused so that he may “kiss the sky”. This may be the song most often heard emanating from the strange-smelling clouds of smoke drifting up from your neighbor’s basement.
Posted on: Oct. 14, 2010