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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

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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Amy Winehouse, “Addicted” (2006)

Look, we’ve all
sneaked a bud or two from a roommate at one time or another – but it’s just
good manners to replace whatever you’ve taken in a timely fashion. “When
you smoke all my weed man/You gots to call the green man,” sang Amy
Winehouse on “Addicted,” a bonus track included on the expanded
versions of 2006’s Back to Black,
making it extremely clear that she wasn’t playing, either. “I used to
smoke a lot of weed,” the late singer told Rolling Stone in 2007. “I suppose if you have an addictive personality then you go from one
poison to the other.” Perhaps she should have stuck with weed; four years
later, Winehouse was found dead in her home – a result of alcohol poisoning, with a blood alcohol content of more than five times the legal driving limit. 

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Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” (2012)

If the trad-honky-tonk sound and lighthearted lyrics (in which Nelson instructs the listener on just what to do with his ashes after he exits this mortal coil) aren’t enough of an indicator that we’re in full-on novelty-song territory here, then the guest verse from Tha Doggfather himself leaves no doubt about it. There are also appearances from country-music royalty both old (Kris Kristofferson) and new (Jamey Johnson), but the show here belongs to longtime pot proselytizers (and marijuana entrepreneurs) Willie and Snoop, the latter of whom delivers lines like “Call my friends and tell ’em/ There’s a party, come on by,” with a genuine faux-country twang. You’d be hard pressed to find a more heartwarming song about cremation. 

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Miley Cyrus, “Dooo It!” (2015)

“I think weed is
the best drug on earth,” Miley Cyrus told Rolling Stone in 2013. “Hollywood is a coke town, but
weed is so much better.” Though she has since quit smoking the stuff, in
part because it was causing her to eat too much and spend too much time at home
playing with her pets,
the former Hannah Montana star blessed
us in 2015 with the stoner anthem “Dooo It!” Recorded with the help of the Flaming Lips
for the album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead
Petz
, “Dooo It!” remains a smoke-filled rallying cry for 21st-century flower children everywhere. “Sing about love/Love is what you
need/Loving what you sing/And loving smoking weed”. Dooo it, indeed! 

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