4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

10. "Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35"

Bob Dylan

Most Smokin' Lyric: "I would not feel so all alone/ Everybody must get stoned!"

Potency: SEVEN. Dylan was no stranger to philosophical songwriting in the mid-60s, but the opening track to "Blonde on Blonde" remains a particular triumph for marijuana enthusiasts. Backed by a brass band, the folk legend delivers a loopy anthem punctuated by the exclamation, "Everybody must get stoned!" at the end of each verse.

9. "The Next Episode"

Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg

Most Smokin' Lyric: "Hey-ay-ay-ay! Smoke weed every day!"

Potency: EIGHT. On this 2001 West Coast classic, the Doctor recruits his conglomerate, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and Nate Dogg (R.I.P.), to show how the left side lives: namely, sporting greenery of every type.

8. "Pass The Koutchie"

The Mighty Diamonds

Most Smokin' Lyric: "Pass the kutchie pon the left hand side / Pass the kutchie pon the left hand side / It a go bun, it a go dung, Jah know"

Potency: NINE. The Mighty Diamonds' 1982 classic was loved by many in Jamaica, but exploded it in the U.K. and U.S. when Musical Youth covered it as "Pass the Dutchie." Musical Youth interchanged pots, substituting the "kutchie" with a cooking utensil.

7. "I Got 5 on It"

The Luniz'

Most Smokin' Lyric: "I'm gone, beatin my chest like King Kong / It's on, wrap my lips around a 40 / And when it comes to get another stogie / Fools all kick in like Shinobi."

Potency: NINE. Listen closely to Luniz' 1995 "I Got 5 On It," and you'll get a full lesson on the do's and don't's of dope. The Oakland rap duo's 'Operation Stackola' knocked Michael Jackson's "History" of the charts solely off the strength of the platinum certified Indo anthem.

6. "Sweet Leaf"

Black Sabbath

Most Smokin' Lyric: "My life is free now, my life is clear/I love you sweet leaf, though you can't hear."

Potency: NINE. Marijuana, of course, is an inanimate object. But don't tell that to Ozzy Osbourne, who professes his love directly to his "sweet leaf" as though it's his wife, Sharon, or some mythical metal goddess, over grinding guitar riffs. Being pro-weed never sounded so romantic.

5. "Hits from the Bong"

Cypress Hill

Most Smokin' Lyric: "Still it, goes down smooth when I get a clean hit/ Of the skunky, funky, smelly green sh*t/ Sing my song, puff all night long/ As I take hits from the bong..."

Potency: NINE. Complete with bong rip sound effects and a hazy soul sample, Cypress Hill's hip-hop classic could persuade even the straightest of the straight edge to take a walk on the high side.

4. "Smoke Two Joints"


Most Smokin' Lyric: "I smoke two joints a dime a piece, and two the time before / I smoke two joints before I smoke two joints / And then I smoke two more"

Potency: NINE. Anytime, anywhere is the mentality when it comes to the toke on Sublime's 1992 hit, "Smoke Two Joints." Originally by The Toyes, Sublime adds in other samples ('Beyond the Valley of the Dolls' film, Eazy E, Just Ice and Bert Suzanka) and seals it with the sounds of a bubbling bong.

3. "Legalize It"

Peter Tosh

Most Smokin' Lyric: "Singers smoke it, and players of instrument too/Legalize it, yeah yeah, that's the best thing you can do"

Potency: NINE. Whether they call it weed, marijuana, tampee or ganja, smokers have been grooving to Peter Tosh's plea for legalization for over 35 years. Reggae legend Bob Marley later tried his hand at a new version of "Legalize It" after guesting on Tosh's 1976 album of the same name.

2. "Stay High"

Three 6 Mafia

Most Smokin' Lyric: "What's up Mary! Mary Jane!/Since I have met you, girl, you ruined my brain/You stole my heart, right from the start"

Potency: TEN. Before they became Academy Award winners for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," Three 6 Mafia crafted arguably the greatest hip-hop song about smoking weed ever laid to tape. From the syrupy soul sample to Young Buck's wild middle verse to the zonked-out bliss of the chorus, "Stay High" (or its censored counterpart, "Stay Fly") invites the listener to do just that.

1. "Mary Jane"

Rick James

Most Smokin' Lyric: "And when I'm feeling low, she comes as no surprise / Turns me on with her love, takes me to paradise."

Potency: TEN. Rick James' oft-sampled 1978 hit is one of the first songs to define punk-funk. "Mary Jane" opens up strong with strings, then lightens up with female vocals that introduce the star of the show and James' leading "lady." Like Ozzy, James knows how to turn crooning about weed into a potent act of seduction.