The following list features ten popular songs that celebrate or reference cannabis culture. These songs span various genres, from reggae to hip-hop and rock. Please note that individual preferences may vary, and this list is not exhaustive:
- “Legalize It” by Peter Tosh (1976) – This reggae classic is a call to legalize cannabis, and it has become an anthem for the cannabis legalization movement worldwide.
- “Because I Got High” by Afroman (2000) – A comedic hip-hop song that humorously lists the various consequences of getting high on cannabis.
- “Smoke Two Joints” by The Toyes (1983) – This reggae-influenced song celebrates the act of smoking cannabis joints and was later popularized by Sublime’s cover version in 1992.
- “Hits from the Bong” by Cypress Hill (1993) – A hip-hop ode to the bong, a popular cannabis-smoking device, by the iconic cannabis-friendly group Cypress Hill.
- “Pass the Dutchie” by Musical Youth (1982) – This reggae-infused pop hit references passing around a “dutchie,” a slang term for a cannabis smoking device.
- “Mary Jane” by Rick James (1978) – A funky tribute to cannabis, which Rick James refers to as “Mary Jane” in this classic song.
- “Ganja Babe” by Michael Franti & Spearhead (2001) – A laid-back, reggae-infused tune that celebrates the love for cannabis.
- “I Got 5 on It” by Luniz (1995) – This hip-hop hit references pooling money together to buy cannabis and has become a staple in cannabis culture.
- “Roll Another Number (For the Road)” by Neil Young (1975) – In this rock song, Neil Young sings about rolling a joint to enjoy while on the road.
- “Sweet Leaf” by Black Sabbath (1971) – Often considered a tribute to cannabis, this heavy metal classic features lyrics that praise the plant’s qualities.
These songs have contributed to the cultural conversation around cannabis, celebrating its use and impact on popular culture. As with any music, preferences will vary, so be sure to explore other cannabis-related songs that may resonate with you personally.