Brewer & Shipley, "One Toke Over the Line" (1970)
L.A.-based folkies Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley scored a surprise Top 10 hit in the spring of 1971 with this catchy little ditty – often introduced in concert as "our cannabis spiritual" – about waiting for a train while being more than slightly baked. "One day we were pretty much stoned and all," Brewer told Rolling Stone in April 1971, "and Tom says, 'Man, I'm one toke over the line tonight.' I liked the way it sounded and so I wrote a song about it." The song might have risen even higher in the charts if the FCC hadn't suddenly stepped in with a helpful reminder to U.S. radio programmers regarding the actual meaning of "toke" – a term apparently still relatively obscure at the time among non-tokers, given that TV's ultra-wholesome The Lawrence Welk Show didn't think twice about featuring the song on their program.