When you think of songs about marijuana, the names Snoop Dogg, OutKast, and 50 Cent probably come first to mind. We know and love hits like “High All The Time” and “Because I Got High” (hello, Afroman!) that take us back to our stoner college days. But what about the other music genres? Do they tout weed the same as rap culture? These are the best non-rap songs about marijuana.
25 (Non-Rap) Songs from the 1990s-2022 to “Burn One Down To”
This playlist doesn’t “exclude” rap because of hating it–in fact, the total opposite is true–but merely for the sake of breaking the archaic stereotype that the only musical genres that really appreciate, glorify, and make good music weed are “rap” and “reggae.” While some of these might be obvious choices and artists, hopefully, some of them are either unexpected or completely new to you.
Sublime “Smoke Two Joints” (1992)
“I smoke two joints in the morning,
I smoke two joints at night,
I smoke two joints in the afternoon,
It makes me feel all right.
I smoke two joints in time of peace,
And two in time of war.
I smoke two joints before I smoke two joints,
And then I smoke two more.”
The only question being, is there any point in the day in which Sublime did not smoke two joints before smoking two more?
Tom Petty “You Don’t Know How it Feels” (1994)
With a line like “But let me get to the point, let’s roll another joint” Tom Petty made his point clear.
Ben Harper “Burn One Down” (1995)
If this song doesn’t make you want to burn one down, I’m not sure what else will. And Ben was so right when he sang “If you don’t like my fire, then don’t come around, ’cause I’m gonna burn one down,” which in today’s speak is called “stay in your own lane.”
Clutch “Spacegrass” (1995)
A spacey trippy song about getting high in a 1973 Dodge Swinger and driving it through space. Not surprisingly, a strain called “Space Grass” appeared on the scene a few years later.
Dave Matthews Band “Crush” (1998)
When Dave sings: “Sitting smoking feeling high, And at this moment it feels so right…” anyone who has done the same, knows exactly what he means.
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Queen of the Stone Age “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” (2000)
Seeing as the lyrics are essentially a “shopping list” of various drugs, including marijuana, one does not need to question what this song is an ode to.
Weezer “Hash Pipe” (2001)
Rivers Cuomo, the lead singer/lyricist of Weezer, made sure everyone in 2001 knew that he had his hash pipe.
Gorillaz “Clint Eastwood” (2001)
While the Gorillaz never come out and say that they have a bag of weed, they do sing: “I ain’t happy, I’m feeling glad I got sunshine in a bag, I’m useless but not for long”
Hank Williams III “Whiskey, Weed & Women” (2002)
Even if you have never ever listened to the song, just by reading the title you know what this honky tonk song is about.
Amy Winehouse “Addicted” (2006)
A brilliant talent. A powerhouse vocalist. All things considered, this song that once as one fan said “made weed sound classy,” has something of a more bittersweet sound to it nowadays.
Band of Horses “Weed Party” (2006)
Like Hank Williams III’s song above, the title won’t leave you guessing what one of the themes of this song is about.
M.I.A. “Paper Planes” (2007)
While this song is about a very serious topic of the oppression and hardships that refugees face, it’s also worth noting that MTV censored its lyrics of: “Sticks and stones and weed and bongs” when it was released in 2007.
Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” (2012)
Willie Nelson AND Snoop Dogg collaborated on a song. Even if it had been titled something like “Rain Boots,” you know what it would really be about.
Kacey Musgraves “Follow Your Arrow” (2013)
Like Willie Nelson, this country singer has never been one to hide her love of smokin’ a J, and with lines like “Roll up a joint, I would,” it’s pretty safe to say she is a proud “celeb stoner.”
Tove Lo “Habits (Stay High)” (2014)
Despite the dark lyrics like “High all the time To keep you off my mind…” and “Spend my days locked in a haze,” this song will have you singing along with Tove Lo’s “I got the munchies” as you dance about your kitchen. Not surprisingly she teamed up with a drink maker in 2021 to release a caffeinated THC drink.
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Ed Sheeran “Sweet Mary Jane” (2015)
Only Ed Sheeran could release a song about weed that feels like a touching and romantic love ballad.
Lana Del Ray “High by the Beach” (2015)
Breakups are hard, but sometimes just getting high by the beach is what a broken heart needs.
Miley Cyrus “Dooo It” (2015)
Is it really a surprise that a song by Miley is on this list?
Amos Lee “Vaporize” (2016)
Just a man soulfully singing about escaping through vaping.
The Devil Makes Three “Champagne and Reefer” (2016)
This bluegrass, folk, ragtime, jug band trio has long been public about being pro-legalization of marijuana. Oh, and if you’ve still not seen the video for this song, make sure to check it out as it mocks the ridiculousness of the sensationalist 1936 film Reefer Madness by repurposing footage from it.
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Rihanna “James Joint” (2016)
A song about both weed and a violently-dangerous love whose identity is not difficult to speculate the National Treasure of Barbados is referring to.
Jenny Lewis “Red Bull & Hennessy” (2019)
This song will make you want to get your hands on some of her Rabbit Hole, Sour Diesel prerolls as you wait for her to release her long-awaited personal strain.
Maroon 5 “Nobody’s Love” (2021)
Fighting for love and an end to the war on marijuana, the video of this song ends with a statement attributed to the ACLU that calls for the decriminalization of marijuana.
Justin Bieber “Peaches” (2021)
While Justin may like to get his peaches from Georgia, California is where he gets his weed.
XYLØ “aliens” (2022)
Even if you’re not high, watching the video for this one will likely make you feel like you are and like you need to be. The only question will be if you’ll be looking at your friends thinking: “All my friends are aliens, They smoke the same weed but we don’t look the same.”
Out of these songs about marijuana, which ones have you heard before? Which ones can you sing along to on the radio? Tell us in the comment section below!
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5 thoughts on “What Are the Best Non-Rap Songs About Marijuana?”
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Scott Emery says:
Fire up the weed
Peter Tosh’s “Bush Doctor “ and “ Legalize It” are two of my faves. 😊
Every Friday at 5 pm the San Francisco radio station KFOG would play Smoke Two Joints for your end of the week, beginning of your weekend, commute home. Needless to say after joyfully hearing it for 10+ years I can sing along, knowing every single word. I miss those days.
Alan Hutchison says:
Wildwood Weed, no no song