To celebrate April 20th, or “every day” as Colorado and Washington call it, Spotify has recruited some of music’s biggest marijuana advocates, Willie Nelson and Method Man, to share their own personal 4/20 playlists on the streaming service.
Nelson is the closest thing marijuana has to a mascot, so to mark this annual holiday dedicated to getting high, the country singer has also unveiled a brand new single called “It’s All Going to Pot,” a duet with Merle Haggard, especially for the event.
“It’s All Going to Pot” features alongside other stoner favorites like Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” Cab Calloway’s “Reefer Man” and Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker” on Nelson’s playlist, which also sports tracks by Ben Harper and John Prine. Of course, Nelson also includes Toby Keith’s “Weed With Willie.”
Method Man’s playlist, equal parts Wu-Tang and its solo offerings’ greatest hits, is more of a weeklong party as the rapper’s massive 175-track mix kicks off, appropriately, with the Wu-Tang Clan’s “Method Man.” The mix is as much Nineties hip-hop anthology as in-depth exploration into rap’s most potent pot anthems, from Eminem’s “Must Be the Ganja” and Redman’s “Smoke Buddah” to 50 Cent’s “High All the Time” to Rick James’ “Mary Jane.”
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In addition to Nelson and Method Man’s weed-infused favorites, Spotify also revealed the service’s 20 most popular songs culled from users’ 4/20-inspired playlists. The list includes songs about smoking up (Sublime’s “Smoke Two Joints,” Afroman’s “Because I Got High”), songs about getting drunk (Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice,” UB40’s “Red Red Wine”) and lots of Bob Marley. However, the honor of the nation’s most popular marijuana song goes to Cypress Hill’s stoned classic “Hits From the Bong,” which edged out Peter Tosh’s plea “Legalize It.”