Smoking cannabis and performing live, many of the stoner rock bands have this similar style. Bands from the 90s like Electric Wizard, or ones from the new generation like White Mystery, are known for their love of weed. Their concerts seemed like a huge smoking sesh where everyone participates in smoking cannabis. However, the mishmash has been a feature in the musical culture, and you can never ignore its importance. We have put together the perfect Vacation playlist featuring the top ten best stoner albums, highlighting tunes from the early 60s to the late 90s.
10. Legend: (The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers)
Legend is an album compiled by Bob Marley and the Wailers, a Jamaican reggae band that formed in the 1960’s. The album was released in 1984 and consisted of ten brilliantly composed tracks, making it one of the most notable albums in reggae culture. This collection is still considered the best-selling reggae album, selling over 33 million copies around the globe. This album is highly favored, pun intended.
You cannot talk about stoner music without mentioning this debut album by The Obsessed. The Obsessed was an American heavy metal band from the 90s. It is of the masterpieces of Scott Weinrich ‘Wino’ where he created heaven with his energetic voice and guitar. It has also been re-released a few times, courtesy of its majestic tracks.
Easily considered a hip-hop classic, Dr. Dre’s “2001” released in 1999 and is stacked with upbeat sounds, beautiful poetry, and quotable lyrics. Songs such as “Let’s Get High”, “Xxplosive”, and “The Next Episode” signify what it’s like to be a West Coast stoner. This album was produced by Dr. Dre himself and received praise by many critics around the world for its brilliant production and composition. The album features artists such as Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, and many other notable MC’s.
You ain’t considered a California Native if you’re not rockin’ with Cypress Hill. The group started in 1988 and are based out of Cypress Park, CA. Within one year, the group signed to Columbia Records and their claim to fame skyrocketed after the release of their second album, Black Sunday. The album was released in 1993 and made it to #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart. Rolling leaves and smoking trees was part of Cypress Hill’s persona and they made it known. The group would often incorporate smoking while performing and never failed to mention their love for cannabis in their lyrics. Cypress Hill’s Black Sunday album birthed one of the most iconic sesh songs, “I Wanna Get High”.
Rubber Soul was the sixth studio album released in 1965 by the legendary English boy-band, The Beatles. It is considered The Beatles’ “pot album”, due to its mood-altering rhythms and nostalgic vibes. The album gained a lot of praise from critics, even though it was considered a “protagonist” for pop music.
Dopethrone is a perfect epitome of brilliant fuzzed-out production. It was released in 2000 by the English doom metal band, Electric Wizard. The album consists of blistering sounds and coherent noise. The bands described it as a lovechild of drugs and the hate in them.
Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” was released in 1973 and quickly became an instant classic. To some, it is considered one of the best albums in the stoner music sphere. The album is jam-packed with psychedelic sounds, trippy lyrics, and is guaranteed to leave you in a trance.
This album by the American heavy metal band, Sleep, is a stoner classic. The album was released in two versions, the other being “Jerusalem”. The album was praised by music critics and was described as a perfect blend of both stoner and doom metal genres.
This album by Black Sabbath was their first self-produced album. It was considered a 70’s classic, full of records that make you feel the obsession with drugs. Ozzy Osbournes’ lyrics give that rage mentality, while making you feel like you are on cloud nine.
When you listen to this masterpiece by The Rolling Stones, there is no debate that cannabis was the band’s muse while recording this album. “Exile on Main Street” made its mark all over the world upon its release in 1972 and it describes them as the runaway crooks, using blues as their weapon against the world.