The Top 50 Songs To Get High To

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We'd bet Barry O. bumped some of these back in the day...

As you might imagine, combing back numbers of my Listen to This While High column and my own vast library for a reasonable stab at the Fifty Stoniest Songs Ever is a labor and hashish intensive experience. Preliminary fossickings unearthed these half-hundred favorites, many of which may seem unfamiliarly funky if not downright perverse. At long last, here they are: The Top 50 Songs to Get High To.

50. "Pagan Baby," Creedence Clearwater Revival
The opening track off 1970's Pendulum, this is a full-on metallic freakout that will make the listener wish (s)he were high as Hamen's hairpiece.

49. "Shadrach," Beastie Boys
Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. II proved men in their late 40s can only party this hard in Beastie Boys albums, Thorne Smith novels, and (very occasionally) real life. The dankest and best of their joints can still be had in Paul's Boutique, with this Biblically themed yarn kicking the hardest.

48. "We Will Fall," The Stooges
Lester Bangs claimed all kinds of Romilar-inspired virtues for "TV Eye" and "L.A. Blues," but this ferocious dirge from their 1969 debut is Iggy's hands-down MJ champ, if for no better reason than the way it drones in the manner of someone trying to chant through solid brick.

47. "One Born Every Minute (Doc's Theme)," Big Chief
From this early Sub Pop act's 1993 Mack Avenue Skullgame, this is the spliffilated highlight of a brutally sophisticated 1970s soundtrack-funk pastiche still so radically advanced that to find a copy at Amoeba feels like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel.

46. "Hollow Futures," Gary War
Just when you thought the Space Age was over, here comes its repetition as medicated farce.

45. "Raga Bhairav," Charanjit Singh
Off an early-1980s EMI-India album Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, this giddy, proggy dance track is credited by many as an accidental ancestor to house music.

44. "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman," Budgie
1971 gonzo-ass proto metal out of a transatlantically obscure U.K. act known to almost no one outside the deep-metal subcult.

43. "Third Stone from the Sun," The Jimi Hendrix Experience
You can have "The Wind Cries Mary" and "All Along the Watchtower," but for stoned listening, nothing in canonical Hendrix beats this for sustained variation and interest.

42. "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)," The First Edition
Featuring Kenny Rogers, who sings such stuff as Dude Lebowski's dreams are made of.

41. "Fearless," Pink Floyd.
Off Meddle (1971), this is Roger Waters at his dreamiest and most elliptical. The football chant at the end never fails as a WTF?

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19 comments
CrestM
CrestM

Audiograft - "Melody in the Half-Light" album is great.

nostradavid
nostradavid

Bob Marley - Babylon By Bus

Jefferson Airplane / Hot Tuna - White Rabbit / First Pull Up, Then Pull Down

Grateful Dead - Shakedown Street

The Mothers of Invention / Frank Zappa - Freak Out! / Over-Nite Sensation

Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Ya;s Out!

Weather Report - I Sing the Body Electric

Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame

- pick an album from any of the above artists. 

one song is too narrow of a focus when you're stoned.

I was tripping on Invitation To Openness By Les McCann when I heard I'd been drafted.

Andrew
Andrew

So many missing songs...

Moody Blues (headphone songs):   Legend of a Mind - The Best Way to Travel

Klaatu:   Little Neutrino - Calling Occupants (of interplanetary craft)

Beatles: A Day in the Life (the crescendo at the end is perfect for making love while high)

Ozark Mountain Daredevils:  Chicken Train

Swanet
Swanet

Riders on the storm!!:-)

Toby
Toby

where the fuck is Green Onions - booker t & mg

guest
guest

No Stones? Bob  Dylan? (Rainy Day Women???) cmon

SFs 70s Hits
SFs 70s Hits

...should we be excited or bummed that we don't play ANY of these? Thoughts?

Some guy
Some guy

That was a terrible list. Like honestly. You couldn't have done much worse. What about My Morning Jacket? Pretty Lights? Radiohead? And then electronic shit like Wax Tailor, The Avalanches, Emalkay, Rusko? And hip-hop would definitely have to include Outkast, Wu-tang, Biggie, Earl Sweatshirt, Das Racist, and A Tribe Called Quest.   

Tallpaul559
Tallpaul559

Are you kidding me???? Where's Stairway To Heaven? Or is it too obvious...on a funkier side, check out Sexy Mama by The Moments (Long Version) or Jungle Fever by Chukachas. Those songs meanings change from sex to inner exploration. Also, how about Chase by Giorgio Moroder?

Pweverka
Pweverka

First thing that came to my mind was "The Piano Has Been Drinking" by Tom Waits. Don't know how it didn't make the list!

Jillbc15
Jillbc15

I think you forgot "Time" by Pink Floyd.

Jason Berry
Jason Berry

Wow. Not a hip hop song in the bunch. Not even Cypress. It's about 30 years old now people, it's not just a fad.

chris
chris like.author.displayName 1 Like

'can't find my way home' is blind faith, not traffic. 

amateur list -- i doubt this guy gets high or likes music. 

Susan
Susan

you are so right...and 'amateur list'... is being too kind....he's a musical moron...where is  janes addiction..3 days...?

Brad
Brad

really?  gin and juice by snoop dogg isn't on here.

the guy who wrote this list is a jobber.

Guest
Guest

Huh? Seems woefully lacking in electronic music.Chemical Bros Let Forever Be Goldie Inner City Life anything off Roni Size Reprazent (Down, Heroes, Brown Paper Bag)Justice Phantom Pts. 1 & 2Shy FX Feelings or EverydayMassive Attack Unfinished Symphonyetc

Some guy
Some guy like.author.displayName 1 Like

Gotta love that Massive Attack. Portishead is good too

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