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The 20 Biggest Stoner Bands In History


Go to a concert.  Odds are you'll smell marijuana smoke.  (Unless you're at Kingdom Come, the Christian "rock" festival.)  Otherwise, you'll get a hefty dose of reefer.  And even though weed is a staple at most concerts, some bands really take weed consumption to the next level.  Here are the most popular stoner bands out there.  We tried to rank them by the amount of weed is consumed at their shows by both the audience and the band members themselves, and also by popularity.  Don't go complaining about some obscure band only a few people have heard of.  Even if a band doesn't really consider themselves a "stoner" band, some fall into the description anyway.  We decided to pick out the best stoner lyrics too, either they reference weed directly, or just by reading them you'll say "Man they were high as fuck when they wrote that, man!"

 

Kyuss

Stoneriffic lyrics:

Cause we Iike to get on magic mushroom potions

-Allen's Wrench

Why They're A Stoner Band:

They're considered pioneers of the 1990s "Stoner rock" movement.  After breaking up, several members went on to form bands like Fu Manchu and Queens of the Stone Age; both considered stoner bands in their own regard.

Check out the Kyuss band page here.

 

311

Stoneriffic lyrics:

Mother nature supreme step back and dream the hydroponic scene
Found around knocked out of bounds wound into the mind of my stone cloud
Taste the thinnest of oxygen rising higher a stoner cause I can groove something
Wrecking nothing to prove see that's in my nature
So fresh, the vital bud of the chronic taste of something thicker

-Hydroponic

Why They're A Stoner Band:

Their soft melodies and guitar riffs are reminiscent of reggae music.  They have mentioned in interviews their love for weed, and they give off that "chill" vibe that comes with being stoned.

Check out the 311 band page here.

 

High On Fire

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

Damsel in chains
for love the bard reigns, destroyer
skills surpass strength
towers that quake, song of doom

Why They're A Stoner Band:

Take a look at those lyrics, man.  You need to smoke a lot of pot to write lyrics that could easily be found in a JRR Tolkien novel.  And yes, the rest of their stuff is very similar.

Check out the High on Fire band page here

 

Bongzilla

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

Oh say, we love weed by the bong's burning light
We so proudly inhale the bowl's last burning
Born in the USA, an Amerijuanican by the grace of God

-Marijuanican

Why They're A Stoner Band:

The name alone outta give the impression that these fella's are familiar with weed smoking parephenalia.

Check out the Bongzilla band page here.

 

Sleep

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

Drop out of life with bong in hand
Follow the smoke to the uh...smoke filled land

Why They're A Stoner Band:

They're considered by many to be the best stoner metal band of their genre.

Check out the Sleep band page here

 

Kottonmouth Kings

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

And I'm proud to be a stoner, I'm proud to be a stoner, I'm proud to be a stoner.

-Proud To Be A Stoner

Why They're A Stoner Band:

Not only are nearly all of their songs about their love for weed, but so are most of their album titles and not to mention their name refers to that dry mouth feeling you get when you smoke a fattie.

Check out Kottonmouth Kings band page here.

 

Deep Purple

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

Come on, come on, let's go space truckin'

-Space Truckin'

Why They're A Stoner Band:

This is one of those bands that walks the fine line between being a rock band and being a stoner band.  They didn't intend to be a stoner band when they started, but somewhere along the line their music became a staple at stoner parties.  Plus look at those lyrics, "Space truckin'?"  You gotta be high to write/understand what that even means.

Check out the Deep Purple band page here.

 

The Moody Blues

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

Now I know how it feels
To have wings on my heels
To take a stroll among the stars
To get a closer look at planet mars

-Floating

Why They're A Stoner Band:

The Moody Blues experimented with different instruments and subject matter, and are still around today, filling arenas with their music...and weed smoke.

Check out The Moody Blues band page here.

 

Rusted Root

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

I was lifted
For the gift
For the gift I bring

-People Of My Village

Why They're A Stoner Band:

Their soulful lyrics, jamming style and mellow melodies have invited comparisons to the Grateful Dead.

Check out the Rusted Root band page here.

 

String Cheese Incident

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

I wanna go where the skies are sunny
I wanna go where the hay grows so tall
I look at my lady and she smiles kinda funny
And we can sit and do nothin at all
Nothin, just hanging out, sitting on our butts on the beach

-Sunny Skies

Why They're A Stoner Band:

Sunny Skies is the perfect example of a song you should get high to.  Smoke some weed, and then sit around and do nothing all day.  These guys are famous for their jamming roots and awesome lyrics.

Check out the String Cheese Incident band page here.

 

Widespread Panic

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

Two bags, please
For a generous fee
Make your world what you want it to be

-Pusherman

Why They're A Stoner Band:

They're not a particularly famous band, but their devoted fanbase makes sure to follow Widespread Panic around.  They're notable for their long jams and guitar riff heavy music are all important factors of their stoner persona, although they don't identify themselves as such.

Check out the Widespread Panic band page here.

 

Medeski Martin & Wood

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

Their music is all instrumental, but if you listen to it, it's the exact type of stuff you want to hear when you're stoned.

Check out the Medeski, Martin & Wood band page here.

 

Cypress Hill

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

You know, there are times when, you run out of weed
There's no one you can call
But at last there is one person you can call -- Weed Man

-Weed Man

Why They're A Stoner Band:

Cypress Hill has been giving props to weed since they hit the big time in the 90s.  Don't forget the fact that DJ Muggs toked up on Saturday Night Live...on-air while the band was performing.  That's some serious marijuana dedication right there.

Check out the Cypress HIll band page here.

 

Jimi Hendrix

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

Purple haze all in my brain
Lately things just don't seem the same
Actin' funny, but I don't know why
'Scuse me while I kiss the sky

-Purple Haze

Why He's A Stoner Musician:

Jimi loved the drugs.  He probably loved acid and heroin more than he loved weed, but again, the criteria for his music being listened to by pot smokers across the world puts him in the stoner musician category.

We were on the fence about posting "Purple Haze" lyrics since purple haze is considered both a type of acid and a potent strain of weed, but we went with them anyway.  Regardless of what Hendrix meant by the lyrics (he repeatedly said that it's not about drugs) it became a sort of drug anthem for stoners since it seems to depict an insane drug-induced euphoria. 

Check out the Jimi Hendrix band page here.

 

moe.

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

I like getting stoned so hang out
And honey disconnect the phone
Well I've already gone
And smoked the whole damn lawn right out
So honey pack another bong

-Recreational Chemistry

Why They're A Stoner Band:

They're a jam-band, one of the most famous jam bands around today.  If you want to breathe regular air at a moe. concert you should bring a separate oxygen tank...but why would you want that?

Check out the moe. band page here.

 

Sublime

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

I smoke two joints in the morning
I smoke two joints at night
I smoke two joints in the afternoon
It makes me feel alright.

-Smoke Two Joints

Why They're A Stoner Band:

They make numerous references to the ganja in their songs, and have been smoked-to ever since their creation, and past their tragic end.

Check out the Sublime band page here.

 

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

Ev'ry time I plant a seed
He said, "Kill it before it grows."
He said, "Kill them before they grow."

-I Shot The Sheriff

Why They're A Stoner Band:

If you were unaware that Bob Marley was possibly the world's most stone-tastic stoner you're probably a cave-dwelling newborn.

Check out the Bob Marley & The Wailers band page here.

 

Phish

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

Oh marijuana, a gift of God to my brothers and me

-Marijuana

Why They're A Stoner Band:

Thanks to their awesome jamming tendencies, scores of self-described hippies follow Phish across the country in their mini-vans and tie-dye clothing.

Check out the Phish band page here.

 

Pink Floyd

Stoneriffic lyrics:

There is no pain you are receding...

-Comfortably Numb

Why They're A Stoner Band:

People have been expanding their minds with Pink Floyd since the 60's, when their influential tune-age began.  Songs like the aforementioned "Comfortably Numb" and "Fletcher Memorial Home" are simply drug-tastic, and people get high to Floyd to this day.

Check out the Pink Floyd band page here.

 

The Grateful Dead

Easily the most weed lovingest group.

Stoneriffic Lyrics:

It was really tough to pick out the most stoneriffic lyrics from the Grateful Dead, so we went with "Sugar Magnolia."  The song basically makes allusions to a love affair with a woman, but really it's just about their love for weed and getting high as shit.

She's got everything delightful, she's got  everything I need,
Takes the wheel when I'm seeing double, pays my ticket when I speed

She comes skimmin' through rays of violet, she can wade in a drop of dew
She don't come and I don't follow, waits backstage while I sing to you

-Sugar Magnolia

Why They're A Stoner Band: 

Do we REALLY need to explain?

Check out the Grateful Dead band page here.



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"Stash"

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