It's coming. Medical marijuana is legal in California. Colorado has decriminalized it. It's only a matter of time before marijuana is legal throughout this fine land.
Like any other product for sale, those in charge of slinging weed are going to need commercials to sell their wares. Fortunately, popular music has been singing love songs to marijuana for the last fifty years. Here are ten that are totally ready to be used as ad jingles for that gooey, green ganja.
10. Cypress Hill - "Hits from the Bong"
An instructional lesson on how to effectively get high accompanied with a sample from Dusty Springfield's "Son of A Preacher Man" and genuine hits from a bong. Somehow it never gets tiring to hear Sen Dog's deep echo of whatever words his partner in crime B-Real just nasally rapped.
9. The Pixies - "Gouge Away"
This song might be more about sex than drugs. It's definitely about rock 'n' roll, and no one in the history of that musical artform asks for "some marijuana if you got some" quite as coolly as singer Frank Black does.
8. Afroman - "Because I Got High"
What could be a cautionary tale about marijuana use is more a celebration for getting high.
7. Amy Winehouse - "Addicted"
The big marijuana conglomerates might want to stay away the late, great queen of retro soul because of Amy's untimely death, but this song could sell the reefer to the single ladies.
6. Digable Planets - "Nickel Bags"
For the marijuana smoker on a budget.
5. Tom Petty - "Mary Jane's Last Dance"
Stay away from the video that makes you think this song is about making love to Kim Basinger's corpse (above), and you can use this song to target the smoker who wants "to kill the pain."
4. The Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"
After Bob Dylan introduced John, Paul, George, and Ringo to weed, the boys had to write a song about it.
3. Ray Charles - "Let's Go Get Stoned"
If Ray Charles could sell Pepsi why not weed?
2. Small Faces - "Itchycoo Park"
When you first hear this peppy song you will wonder why it's not being played on Majic 102.7 every hour on the hour. Take my wallet, take my credit cards, just make me as happy as the singer of this song. It's all too beautiful.
1. Sonic Youth & Cypress Hill - "I Love You Mary Jane"
Off of the rap meets rock soundtrack album for the 1993 movie Judgment Night comes a Cypress Hill bookend. Accompanied by Sonic Youth's distortion and the sultry singing of Kim Gordon, Cypress Hill records a straight up love song.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!