Pot Sounds: The 20 Greatest Weed-Themed Songs of All Time

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

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Peter Tosh, "Legalize It" (1976)

"What am I without herb, and what is herb without me?" Peter Tosh asked Rolling Stone in 1981, a rhetorical question if there ever was one. Certainly, marijuana had no greater reggae proponent in the Seventies and Eighties than the former Wailer, who launched his solo career in 1975 with this legalization anthem, which includes the decades-ahead-of-its-time assertion that ganja is "good for tuberculosis." Tosh's 1976 album of the same name had the additional stoner cachet of being bankrolled by a marijuana distributor. "He approached a pot dealer in Miami to invest in the album, and the dealer agreed," reggae historian Roger Steffens told NPR in 2011. "He said, 'So what are you gonna call it?' And Peter said, 'I'm gonna call it Legalize It.' And the dealer got really upset and said, 'No, man, you're gonna put me out of business!' But eventually he changed his mind and gave Peter the money." 

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