Smoking is a major vice of many musicians. Whether cigarettes or marijuana, rock stars love singing about their favorite vices. Let’s listen to the best songs about smoke and smoking.
1. “Because I Got High” by Afroman
Song Year: 2000
Truly one of the most popular songs about smoking, this hit has over 250 million views on Youtube!
Afroman burst onto the hip-hop scene in 2000 with his hit, “Because I Got High.” While it’s his only major hit, it’s a memorable journey through a fun hip-hop- song.
The song tells the story of two friends who were ready to have an ambitious day and get things done. Instead, they smoke weed and don’t accomplish any of their plans. The song paints a fun and comedic take on what happens when you smoke too much weed.
While the song is a fun and lighthearted adventure, you should take Afroman’s warning if you have important plans before getting high.
2. “Smokin’ In the Boys Room” by Motley Crue
Song Year: 1985
Originally a hit in 1973 for Brownsville Station, the Motley Crue version of “Smokin’ In the Boys Room” is an iconic track about smoking and rebellion. The track was the metal group’s first top 40 hit and firmly established the group as one of the biggest metal acts of the 80s.
The song is an edgy reminder to rebel against overbearing norms and rules. The song perfectly captures the anti-establishment pop mentalities of Motley Crue and leaves the audience begging for more throughout the track.
3. “Hits From the Bong” by Cyprus Hill
Song Year: 1993
One of the most memorable marijuana anthems, “Hits From the Bong”, is an ode to Cyprus Hill’s favorite pastime.
The song features a mesmerizing sample of Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” that hooks you right from the start. Over the sample, you’ll enjoy B-Real’s unique lyrical styles and a smooth flow from Sen Dog.
Even if you don’t smoke weed, “Hits From the Bong” is a staple of 90s West Coast Hip-Hop that every fan should own.
4. “Mary Jane” by Rick James
Song Year: 1978
On first listen, you might think “Mary Jane” is about the love of Rick Jame’s life. Of course, if you know slang, “Mary Jane” refers to marijuana.
The song is pure 70s funk with Jame’s typical over-the-top flair. He uses the song to sing about the seductive allure of marijuana and how it has the same intoxicating effects as falling in love.
If there’s a perfect stoner song, “Mary Jane” would be a top candidate.
5. “Have a Cigar” by Pink Floyd
Song Year: 1975
“Have a Cigar” is a deep and dark critique of greed in capitalist society. Roger is quoted as saying, “Have a Cigar” is the follow-up to “Money” and the song is a direct complaint about the record industry.
The cigar lyric directly references a record executive’s attempt at bribing the band. As they arrive for a meeting, the exec tries to seduce the group with promises and rewards. Of course, they know that the record companies will overpromise and underdeliver on the word.
6. “Cigarette Daydreams” by Cage The Elephant
Song Year: 2014
“Cigarette Daydreams” was the third single on the album “Melophobia.” The song was a major hit for the group and peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.
The song features a softer sound than you’d expect from Cage The Elephant but still delivers a powerful and brooding message.
While the song is not directly about smoking, the band uses the metaphor “Cigarette Daydreams” to give their listeners a sense of nostalgia.
7. “Roll Me Up” by Willie Nelson
Song Year: 2012
Willie Nelson has played an important part in marijuana advocacy for over seventy years. The master singer/songwriter wants everyone to know the power and potential of smoking marijuana.
In 2012, Nelson released “Roll Me Up.” The song is an ode to marijuana, and Nelson uses the song to express his love for smoking weed. He’s joined by Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson on the track.
8. “I Get Lifted” by KC & The Sunshine Band
Song Year: 1975
Disco and funk music are no strangers to songs about enjoying life and partying. No one was better at fusing these two genres in the seventies than KC & The Sunshine Band gave us their anthem, “Ï Get Lifted.”
The song is about getting stoned with friends and was a modest success in the 70s. Today, it’s a timeless classic that you’ll hear at nearly every wedding or disco party in town.
9. “Let’s Get Stoned” by Ray Charles
Song Year: 1966
Ray Charles sang about his enjoyment of marijuana in 1966 on “Let’s Get Stoned.”
Charles uses a blend of deep blues and soul music to get his message across on the track. His vocal performance is legendary and fills the track. As for the content, the song delves into complex relationships and how getting stoned gives him temporary relief from the pain and heartache.
At a time when the war on drugs was getting started, Ray Charle’s proved his bravery while singing about taboo subjects like marijuana on this track.
10. ”Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) by Tex Williams
Song Year: 1947
Even before the dangers of cigarette smoke were proven, many people realized the dangers of smoking. “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) is Tex Williams at his best as he dreads his addiction to smoking?
While Williams uses a comedic take on the song, he actively complains about the dangers of smoking too much and how smoking pulls him away from more fruitful activities. The song is an iconic “Don’t Smoke” public service announcement far before anti-smoking ads were real.