By the Decade: Songs About Getting High

Aug 08, 2021

Say what you want about cheese and wine, but there’s no pairing better than music and cannabis. No matter what the genre is, there’s something exquisitely pleasurable about listening to music when buzzed. Cannabis heightens the musical experience, to the point that it gets you grooving, creative, and smoking some more. Case in point: just think of the hundreds, possibly the thousands of songs about getting high. 

Smokey’s has compiled a list of the most influential, or at least, the most memorable songs through the decades about getting high for your listening and toking pleasure. But first, make sure to head on over to our shop and replenish your stocks before pressing play! 

Songs About Getting High: The 60s and the 70s 

Songs about getting high have been around longer than any classic you can think of.  Historically speaking, the first song to explicitly discuss smoking cannabis was “The Reefer Man” by Cab Calloway, which was released in 1932. The track opens with a prohibition-era equivalent of a Cheech and Chong skit, in which the band members talk about a man who is “full of reefer.” 

Songs about getting high throughout the years that followed didn’t shy away from talking openly about the wonders of herb. Cannabis consumption at the peak of the hippie movement resulted in countless songs from the most illustrious classic rock bands. It’s no wonder, as cannabis’ effects have proven to jolt up one’s creative juices, and the most legendary rock stars felt no different. 

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Got To Get You Into My Life by The Beatles, 1966 

This track from the band’s psychedelic record, Revolver, has The Beatles’ making everyone think it’s about a woman, but really, it’s about cannabis. Paul McCartney revealed that he wrote the song when he first got introduced to smoking herb and described the experience as “literally mind-expanding.” He explained that toking up didn’t have side effects compared to other substances, as revealed in his 1997 biography. He felt that smoking was a “good idea” and that the song symbolizes his desire to keep it in his life forever. 

Sweet Leaf by Black Sabbath, 1971 

“Straight people don’t know what you’re about/ They put you down and shut you out/ You gave me a new belief/ And soon the world will love you/ sweet leaf,” sang Ozzy Osbourne in this track from their Masters of Reality album, after opening with coughing and choking sounds. Black Sabbath not only immortalized sludge metal with this song’s iconic riffs but also incorporated the overwhelming adoration one feels about consuming cannabis. As the lyrics go, “I love you sweet leaf, though you can’t hear,” now that is true love. 

Songs About Getting High: The 80’s and the 90’s 

For music fans, the ’80s and the ’90s might be equivalent to new wave and grunge, but not for reggae heads. The political turbulence in Jamaica during the late ’70s led to the explosion of dancehall and reggae dub during the ’80s and the ’90s, which became a global movement consisting mostly of tunes about social unrest, and you guessed it, songs about getting high as a solution

Of course, songs about getting high during these decades are not confined to the Rastafarian realm. Everyone knows that the birth of hip-hop in the late ’80s and ’90s also delivered the best cannabis rap anthems of all time. With that being said, Here are our favorites:

Pass the Kutchie by The Mighty Diamonds, 1981 

 

We all know the rule when there’s a joint around: pass it ‘pon the left-hand side, and we all know this because of this track’s memorable chorus line. Possibly one of the most popular songs about getting high, this song actually has a deeper meaning as it implies hunger and economic distress affecting Jamaica. As an answer to that, everyone glorified the act of collectively smoking weed.

Other honourable mentions include “Sensemillia” by Black Uhuru, “Under Mi Sensi” by Barrington Levy, “Legalise It” by Peter Tosh, “Free Up The Weed” by Lee Perry, all released during the ‘80s. 

I Wanna Get High by Cypress Hill, 1993 

Cypress Hill became one of the first mainstream hip hop groups to openly rap about cannabis even during their peak, and this famous track still gets played in every stoner playlist jam that exists today. Hip-hop had, and still has a big impact on the cannabis industry (and vice-versa), and this song played a huge part in emblazoning that fact.

Other notable hip-hop songs about getting high are “The Weed Song” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ice Cube’s “Smoke Some Weed,” all the tracks in Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” album, and the 100+ Snoop Dogg songs about toking up are all testaments to that. 

Smoke Two Joints by Sublime, 1992 

Perhaps it could be too much for some, but the Long Beach-based ska-punk, rock legends suggested this dosage that many were willing to follow. Songs about getting high were also prevalent in rock, with Ben Harper singing “Burn One Down.”

Songs About Getting High: 2000’s and Beyond 

Because I Got High by Afroman, 2000 

Perhaps one of the most famous songs about getting high is this Afroman track. Throughout the song, the singer narrates how he had a list of things, but then he got high. The song gained international acclaim as a true-blue stoner anthem, and all for obvious reasons.

Other songs about getting high with the same vibe and feel are “I’m So Hi” by Three-6-Mafia, and “Doobie Ashtray” by Devin the Dude. 

Sativa by Jhene Aiko ft. Rae Sremmurd, 2017 

This dreamy choice from the R&B star is a smooth track paying homage to the energy-boosting strain type. Other songs about getting high with this kind of soft quality are “Smoke Break” by Chance the Rapper, and “Addicted” by the late Amy Winehouse. 

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Stock Up Before Listening to these Songs About Getting High! 

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