From Dylan and the Beatles to Afroman and Snoop – with a little bit of Willie sprinkled on top – the best songs for stoners of all stripes
From Louis Armstrong to Lady Gaga, countless musicians have gone on record about their love for weed. Smoking can help with creativity, aid in relaxation, even expand the mind. But some artists take the practice even further, going out of their way to write musical odes to the sticky green stuff, whether it’s coded as a love interest – see the Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life” or D’Angelo’s “Brown Sugar – or right there in the name, like Afroman’s “Because I Got High.” No matter how you roll it, songs about pot keep the party going in any genre. Here are the 20 best weed-themed songs of all time.
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Top 10 Country Songs About Marijuana
Pot may still be illegal in much of the U.S., but it’s referenced in plenty of country songs. So, for those readers who consider 4/20 a national holiday, The Boot has rounded up a solid playlist of country music tunes.
The following are The Boot’s picks for the Top 10 country songs about marijuana.
“They Call Me Cadillac”
The title track of Houser’s second studio album They Call Me Cadillac was co-written by the singer and Brice Long. Houser’s nickname is Cadillac because he likes everything “real smooth” and laid back — and doesn’t want anyone to mess with his good times. That’s why the lyrics “I’ve been known to giggle on a joke / Mostly when I’m smokin’ on my smoke / And most folks know it’s time for gettin’ down” seem perfectly fitting.
“Ready to Roll”
For some, at the end of a long work week, when you’re completely beat, nothing sounds better than sitting on the couch with your love and, well, getting high. In “Ready to Roll,” Shelton’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics take the cake: “We gonna burn all afternoon like it’s something to smoke” and “I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to roll.” Yeah, we’re pretty sure it’s that type of rolling he’s ready to do. Why? Because he says, “You go grab those tater chips / I’ll whip up some party dip / And well kick back and take a trip.”
First made popular by Old Crow Medicine Show, Rucker turned “Wagon Wheel” into a smash hit with country fans. And even though Rucker’s songs are generally pretty lyrically conservative, even he was able to sneak in a reference to pot on his True Believers record: “I caught a trucker out of Philly / Had a nice long toke,” he sings. The father of three may just have to explain that line to his kids when they get a little older!
One of the songs that should definitely be played on 4/20 is the Pistol Annies’ rockin’ and rousin’ “Hush Hush.” Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe’s lyrics are straightforward, shaking out the issues about dysfunctional families that are so often hidden under the rug. The pot-infused lyrics in this song are, “So I snuck out behind the red barn / And I took myself a toke / Since everybody here hates everybody here / Hell, I might as well be the joke.” The song’s music video takes place at a church potluck, which makes these lyrics even more hilarious.
“Smoke a Little Smoke”
It’s no surprise that Church is on this list, is it? The rocker’s “Smoke a Little Smoke” gets right to the point, as he sings, “Dig down deep, find my stash / Light it up, memory crash.“
“Follow Your Arrow”
Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park sports a song that sparked controversy — and a whole lot of support from the fans. “Follow Your Arrow” encourages listeners to take their own path without worrying about what others think, whether it’s kissing boys or kissing girls, being curvy or stick-thin or smoking a joint or not. Written by Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, the lyrics are masterful and clever. The standout line, “When the straight and narrow / Gets a little too straight / Roll up a joint, or don’t / Just follow your arrow / Wherever it points,” is especially hilarious when Musgraves adds “I would” to that sentiment.
“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”
“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” from Nelson’s 2012 record Heroes, has a slew of great collaborators and guest vocals. It was written by Nelson, Buddy Cannon, Rich Alves, John Colgin and Mike McQuerry and features vocals by Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson. It was fittingly released on 4/20 and was even supposed to be the album’s title track . until it was decided that the title may be too controversial for some sales outlets. The lyrics are exactly what you would imagine: “Roll me up and smoke me when I die / And if anyone don’t like it, just look ’em in the eye / I didn’t come here, and I ain’t leavin’ / So don’t sit around and cry / Just roll me up and smoke me when I die.“
This song doesn’t just reference smoking once or twice; it’s pretty much all about Mary Jane. It’s a song for anyone who’s bored with how mundane life can be — in this case, a mom who hates her husband and her job, but loves her kids. To get through those times when she misses the days of her youth, she sits down at the kitchen table to “roll herself a fat one.” The chorus tells the downtrodden that sometimes the only way to get by is to get high. So, the mom in the song tucks her kids in at night and prays, saying, “Lord, help me accept what I cannot change / But until I learn to do that / Thanks for the Mary Jane.“
“Weed Instead of Roses”
Some girls like a bouquet of a dozen roses, a box of chocolates or a Hallmark card, but according to Monroe, if a lover wants to woo her, he doesn’t need to call up the florist — he needs to go find a stash. This song may be a little . adventurous for country music, with references to teddys, whips and chains to go with a weed-smoking romantic night, but bravo to a girl who can sing “Give me weed instead of roses / Bring me whiskey instead of wine / Every puff, every shot / You’re looking better all the time” with a straight face.
“Weed With Willie”
Shock’n Y’all is Keith’s eighth studio album, and while “I Love This Bar,” “American Soldier” and “Whiskey Girl” were heavy hitters on the album, perhaps the most hilarious song is one of the bonus tracks, “Weed With Willie.” It’s a live track, and Keith’s frequent collaborator Scotty Emerick sings backup. Everyone in country, of course, knows Nelson’s stance on weed, and this song is an ode to the singer and his beloved habit. The song beings, “I always heard that his herb was top shelf / Lord, I just could not wait to find out for myself.” Well, Keith tried it alright — and in the chorus, he vows to “never smoke weed with Willie again” . that is, until the very last line, which goes, “In the fetal position with drool on my chin / We broke down and smoked weed with Willie again.“
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