best songs to listen to when high

42 Best Songs to Listen to When You’re High

So, you got baked, and now you’re on the prowl for best songs to listen to when high.

It’s needless to say that you’re at the right place, and keeping the sacred 420 numeral close to heart, we’ve gathered 42 mind-blowing tracks to accompany you in your highness.

Music allows us to transcend our everyday mundane reality, but cannabis helps us to take it a step further. 

It’s kind of hard to explain what makes a song good for listening high, but in our humble opinion it should have either a mellow, or a somewhat psychedelic vibe. So, we gathered some stoner-friendly songs to chill out.

We’ll try to mention some of the musical heavyweights, but we also wanted to include some less-known songs and artists, while avoiding complete stoner clichés. Sorry Snoop Dogg and Bob Marley.

While gravitating towards guitar-driven music when high, we wanted to keep this tracklist as versatile as humanly possible, so you can expect a very diverse collection of genres and styles.

We also wanted to include some amazing music videos in this article, so you can expect a bunch of stimulating visuals.

Best Songs to Listen to When You’re High

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1. The Voidz – Human Sadness

This surreal 11-minute rock & roll epic is from the 2014 album “Tyranny”, which is the first collaborative effort between Julian Casablancas of The Strokes and his new bandmates. 

The music of The Voidz is highly experimental but at the same time quite listenable, but most importantly, it goes very well with getting high. 

If you’re feeling “Human Sadness”, you should definitely check out their 2020 crazy life performance for a track titled “Alien Crime Lord”.

2. Grimes – Flesh without Blood / Life in the Vivid Dream

Grimes (Claire Boucher) is an amazingly genre-bending singer/songwriter/producer, and her ethereal soundscape fits perfectly with our list. 

“Flesh without Blood / Life in the Vivid Dream” is a single from her second full-length studio album “Art Angels”, and if you’d like to hear more of Grimes, check out “World Princess Part II” and “REALiTi”.

3. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better

“The Less I Know The Better” comes from Tame Impala’s 2015 album “Currents”, and besides having one of the coolest basslines in the history of the universe, the accompanying music video is truly a majestic piece of art. 

Kevin Parker’s music is very popular within the cannabis community, and if you’re digging this type of vibe, you should also check out “Mind Mischief” and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”.

4. Yung Lean – Red Bottom Sky

Jonatan Leandoer (stage name Yung Lean) is an insanely talented young avantgarde rapper from Sweden, and the beautiful (and slightly melancholic) “Red Bottom Sky” comes from his 2017 album “Stranger”. 

Yung Lean has a very wide and constantly evolving sonic range, and you should probably give “Miami Ultras” and “Trashy” a listen. 

5. Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks

Of Monsters And Men are an Icelandic folk/rock band, and “Little Talks” was the first single off their 2011 debut album “My Head Is an Animal”. 

This song has a powerful emotional effect, and the music video is pretty peculiar and stunningly beautiful. 

6. James Blake – Mile High feat. Travis Scott and Metro Boomin

“Mile High” is a relaxing low-tempo star-studded single by James Blake, who is a brilliant English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

This song is taken from James’ 2019 album “Assume Form”, and while you’re listening to Mr Blake, you should also give “I’ll Come Too” a chance, as it’s just perfect for getting high. 

“I’ll Come Too” has a stunning music video, with excerpts from the 2016 BBC’s nature documentary “Planet Earth II”. 

7. Mastodon – Asleep In The Deep

This particular track is mainly aimed at people who enjoy a heavier sound, since Mastodon is generally classified as a heavy metal band.

Despite being somewhat aggressive, “Asleep in the Deep” is a severely psychedelic tune, and the accompanying music video is a true stoner’s delight.

8. Tinashe – Bet 

“Bet” comes from Tinashe’s 2014 debut album “Aquarius”, and this soothing R&B track is both relaxing and somewhat ominous. 

The music video is pretty conceptual, and it’s quite different from any modern mainstream rhythm and blues release. If you find yourself vibing to Tinashe, you should also check out “Ride of Your Life”. 

9. Tool – The Pot

Tool is beyond any doubt one of the most influential progressive musical acts of the 21st century, and this song (as the name suggests) goes really well with getting stoned.

“The Pot” unfortunately doesn’t have a music video, but if you’re looking for some strange and trippy visuals to accompany your high, give “Schism”, “Vicarious” and “Parabola” a go.

10. Travis Scott – Stargazing

Travis Scott doesn’t really need an introduction, but if you’ve somehow managed to miss his work, Cactus Jack is a very talented Houston-based trapper. 

The song “Stargazing” is off his multi-platinum 2018 release “Astroworld”, and it has a very odd and outlandish atmosphere, which is just perfect for getting baked. 

11. Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

“TBH&C” is the main single from the band’s 2018 album that bares the same name, and this particular release marks the departure from their guitar-dominated sonics.

“Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” is an awesome song, but the music video is just as fantastic. It’s a strange amalgamation of both vintage and futuristic elements, and can be considered very Kubrickesque.

If you end up liking the track, we’d also suggest that you give this album a listen in its entirety, since the lyrical themes and overall atmosphere go wonderfully with THC-induced contemplation. 

12. Frank Ocean – Pyramids

“Pyramids” is a ten-minute epic which will certainly blow your mind if you haven’t had a chance to listen to it prior to this occasion. It’s definitely the most ambitious and fulfilling R&B track that we had the pleasure of listening to.

It covers a wide range of topics ranging from Ancient Egypt to the struggles of a modern-day procurer, and this song also contains a slick uncredited guitar solo from John Mayer.

Frank Ocean is a really talented musician, and it’s a true shame that his contractual constraints have prevented him from releasing new music for a really long time. 

13. Grateful Dead – Ripple

This wouldn’t be a proper list if we failed to pay homage to one of the most influential bands of the counterculture movement, so this track goes out to all of the “Deadheads” out there. 

“Ripple” is a very relaxing tune from their 1970 release titled “American Beauty”, and it’s accompanied by Tarot-inspired visuals that fit beautifully with getting blazed. 

14. Jhené Aiko – Sativa ft. Rae Sremmurd

“Sativa” is a supremely light and very calming R&B track from Jhené’s 2017 album titled “Trip”.

It seems that miss Aiko really enjoys her Sativa flowers, so don’t you dare consume any Indicas or Hybrids while you’re listening to this song. 

All joking aside, “Sativa” is a great song for high leisure-time, and the entire “Trip” album also works very well for this type of activity. 

15. MGMT – Electric Feel 

“Electric Feel” is a beautiful feelgood song off MGMT’s debut album “Oracular Spectacular”, which was released in 2007. 

Their earlier releases bring such a positive feeling that works wonderfully for chilling, and we would also advise you to give “Time to Pretend” a listen while you’re at it.

Both of these music videos are quite trippy, and are undeniably compatible with cannabis. 

16. The Velvet Underground – All Tomorrow’s Parties

The immensely soothing “All Tomorrow’s Parties” comes from the 1967 debut album “The Velvet Underground & Nico”. Even though this album wasn’t received well at the time of its release, the public opinion gradually shifted, as it’s currently viewed as a cult classic, and also as one of the most influential musical works in the history of pop music. 

“All Tomorrow’s Parties” was Andy Warhol’s favorite Velvet song, and he also designed the album cover and played a capital role in the album’s production. 

17. A$AP Rocky – L$D (LOVE x $EX x DREAMS)

Even though Asap Rocky’s 2015 release advocates a different type of substance, both the sonic landscape and the amazingly vivid visuals of this song also go very well with the psychoactive effects of THC.

“L$D” is a super-relaxing song, and parts of this video did a pretty good job of depicting the visual sensations of Lysergic acid diethylamide.

18. David Bowie – Life On Mars?

This would be a very crappy list if we failed to mention one of the coolest guys in the history of music. 

“Life On Mars?” was released in 1971 as a part of the “Hunky Dory” album, and its casual vibe and contemplative lyrics make this Bowie track perfect for listening to when you’re high. 

19. Kanye West and Kid Cudi – Reborn

Kid Cudi’s harmonizing humming is the stuff of legends, and besides being very tranquilizing and downtempo, “Reborn” also has a really amazing message.

This awesome track was released with the rest of the “Kids See Ghosts” album, and if you’re a fan of Mr West and Mr Mescudi, I’d strongly recommend to listen to this release as a whole.

20. Empire of the Sun – We Are The People

“We Are The People” is a single from the Empire of the Sun’s 2008 release “Walking on a Dream”, and it’s truly a beautiful and lighthearted tune.

The experimental imagery featured in the music video also goes remarkably well with getting stoned, and while you’re listening to “We Are The People”, you should also give “Walking On A Dream” a listen. 

21. The Weeknd – Reminder

“Reminder” is one of the seven singles from the widely acclaimed 2016 release “Starboy”, and besides being very soothing and listenable, it also has a really dope vibe. 

Unlike the majority of The Weeknd’s releases, “Reminder” has an uplifting atmosphere, and the impressive qualities of Abel’s voice are quite evident on this track.

If you’d like to continue listening to The Weeknd, we’d suggest “High For This” and “Wicked Games”. 

22. Led Zeppelin – Dazed and Confused

The Zep certainly don’t require any special introductions, and if you’re feeling dazed and confused, treat your ears with this epic 28-minute performance from the legendary 1973 concert at the Madison Square Garden.

23. The Knife – Silent Shout

“Silent Shout” is an amazingly unusual track, released in 2006 by the Swedish electronic duo The Knife. 

Even though it has a somewhat dark and sinister atmosphere, the entire “Silent Shout” album is a true musical masterpiece in our opinion, and you should definitely check out another ghostly track from this release, titled “The Captain”.

24. Fleetwood Mac – Dreams

Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” recently received a fresh wave of appreciation (thanks to Nathan Apodaca’s viral longboarding video), and this beautiful 1977 song definitely deserves it. 

We’ve chosen this amazing live performance so you could enjoy the mastery of Stevie Nicks comforting voice, and the free-flowing style of this track undeniably goes great with cannabis. 

25. The Prodigy – 3 Kilos

Unlike the vast majority of The Prodigy’s fast-paced breakbeat songs, “3 Kilos” is extremely chill, and perfect for getting high. 

This mellow track was originally released as a part of the 1994 “Music For The Jilted Generation” album. Besides having a very suggestive title, “3 Kilos” also features a lot of bubbly-inhalation sounds, and it’s safe to assume that some sort of a bong was utilized during the recording. 

26. Greta Van Fleet – My Way, Soon

Greta Van Fleet is an excellent classic rock-revival band from Michigan, and their recently-released song “My Way, Soon” perfectly encapsulates the carefree vibe of good ol’ rock and roll.

This genre of music is best listened to live, but in the meantime, check out their stellar “Live at the Red Rocks Amphitheater” performance here

27. The Rolling Stones – Hey Negrita

We’ve chosen this Rolling Stones track because it’s just so fun, and the accompanying 1976 video is extremely goofy, and will definitely put a smile on your face.

The Stones were clearly experimenting with reggae influences at the time, and the end result is pure entertainment.

28. Future – Percocet & Stripper Joint

Future is known as the anti-hero of contemporary pop music, since he frequently (and unapologetically) promotes the use of an entire plethora of prescription pharmaceuticals through his art. 

“Percocet & Stripper Joint” is no exception, but if you’re a fan of trap music, the overall vibe of this track definitely goes great with a blunt. 

29. The Strokes – Hard to Explain

The guys from The Strokes undeniably have swagger, and “Hard to Explain” is an energetic low-fi tune with a really cool video.

It’s basically a collage of various random vintage footages that will surely please your visual cortex while you’re high. 

30. The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever

If you’re older, then you certainly already had a chance to fall in love with the psychedelics-inspired part of The Beatles catalogue.

This particular suggestion is mainly aimed at the younger generations, and besides being an immensely important segment of musical history, “Strawberry Field Forever” is also a truly wonderful song. 

While you’re here, you should probably also check out “I Am The Walrus”, since it’s super-trippy.

31. Fever Ray – When I Grow Up

Fever Ray is the solo project of Karin Dreijer from the Swedish electronic duo The Knife (who’ve we already mentioned in this list). “When I Grow Up” was released in 2009. 

This song has a strange and beautiful atmosphere, and the music video is simply enchanting and perfect for getting high. 

32. Gojira – Shooting Star

Gojira is an amazing French metal band, and although the “Shooting Star” is definitely forceful, the overall feel of the song and its psychedelic imagery are very stoner-friendly. 

If you find yourself liking this song, we would suggest that you should listen to the entire “Magma” album, since it’s truly fascinating. You should also check out their music video for “Born in Winter”. 

33. The 1975 – Sincerity Is Scary

The 1975 are a magnificent English pop rock band, and they are probably the most fruitful contemporary musical group of the last decade. They’ve amassed worldwide popularity and critical acclaim for their genre-bending and constantly-evolving sound. 

“Sincerity Is Scary” is very cheerful and upbeat, and the music video is visually pleasing and will surely make you grin. 

34. Queens Of The Stone Age – Make It Wit Chu

“Make It With Chu” is a great record from the desert rock legends Queens of the Stone Age. It was released in 2007, as a part of the “Era Vulgaris” album. 

This track is pretty sensual, but the music video kind of borders on being cringy by today’s standards, especially when everybody starts making out. Be that as it may, it’s still an awesome tune. 

35. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Y Control

“Y Control” is a uniquely beautiful song, released in 2003 with the rest of the “Fever to Tell” album. 

There’s something really emotionally powerful about Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ music, and their indie garage-rock sound. We’ve chosen this track primarily because of the video, which is probably best described as being somewhere between bizarre and wonderful. 

36. Harry Styles – Sunflower

Hearing “Sunflower” for the first time can get you pleasantly surprised, especially when we take into consideration the state of modern pop music.

“Sunflower” is a light rock and roll song with an overtly positive vibe, and if you find yourself digging this track, you should probably give Harry’s entire 2019 “Fine Line” release a listen. 

37. Oasis – Champagne Supernova

“Champagne Supernova” is quite possibly the most pot-friendly song from the undisputed kings of Cool Britannia.

This comforting track was released in 1995 as a part of the legendary “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” album, and it has one of the most memorable Oasis lyrics of all times, which are of course “Where were you while we were getting high?”.

38. Röyksopp – What Else Is There?

This incredible ambiental tune is by the Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp, with a little vocal help from Karin Dreijer from The Knife and Fever Ray, both of whom we’ve already covered in this list.

“What Else Is There” also has a really weird and beautiful music video, but it’s a shame that Röyksopp’s YouTube channel only offers it in measly 480 pixels. 

39. Iggy Pop – Lust For Life

“Lust For Life” is a really badass song, so if you’re feeling like dancing and jumping around, this is the perfect track for you. 

On the other hand, if you’re interested in laughing your face off, you should check out Iggy’s crazy 1977 performance on a national Dutch TV program.

40. The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation  

The Last Shadow Puppets are an English super-group, mainly carried by singer/songwriter Miles Kane, and Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys. 

The thing we love most about this band is that they don’t take themselves too seriously, which is more than evident in their humorous music videos. If you’re a fan of British rock and roll, you should also check out “Miracle Aligner”. 

41. The Japanese House – Something Has to Change

The Japanese House is the stage name of Amber Mary Bain, who’s an English indie rock musician. 

“Something Has to Change” has a really cool and slightly melancholic vibe, and you can easily enjoy this song while high.

42. The Neighborhood – Lost In Translation

“Lost In Translation” is a feelgood funky song by the American rock band The Neighborhood.

This excellent tune was released in 2020, with the rest of their fourth studio album titled “Chip Chrome & the Mono-Tones”. 

The Neighborhood’s singer Jesse Rutherford created an unusual stage persona for this album, which is somewhat reminiscent of David Bowie’s early transformations.

Create an atmosphere, kick your feet up, and if you’re up to it, let us know in the comment section what your favorite tracks are, and help your fellow stoners to find some fresh new music. 

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