Sweet Leaf – Black Sabbath
Before Sabbath’s 1971 album Master of Reality, few had openly celebrated marijuana and getting high. Then listeners checked out “Sweet Leaf” and learned how Ozzy, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Tony Iommi enjoyed firing up the fatties. It’s an open celebration of weed with Butler’s lyrics personifying marijuana as a new love. The coughing at the start of the song is courtesy of Iommi after a huge bong hit.
Amsterdam – Van Halen
Everybody’s favourite party band released “Amsterdam” on the hugely underratedBalance album in 1995. Essentially a song about the the famous Dutch city, it was unusual for Van Halen to openly talk about drugs on any previous songs. To that end, Eddie and Alex Van Halen were apparently not in favour of Sammy Hagar’s lyrics since they thought it did their birthplace a disservice, but the Red Rocker refused to change the lyrics. Interestingly, a video was shot for the song, but MTV sent it back because of the “score me some Panama Red” reference. It was edited out, but MTV never did play the video. And because it’s 4/20, do as Hagar says and “Light ’em up!”
Get Ready – Sublime
From a great band with a short legacy, “Get Ready” is more or less a cover of a reggae song by Frankie Paul from 1987. Paul wrote it as a love song and Sublime changed it into a song about getting high and ratted on for doing so. But you gotta love Bradley Nowell singing “Roll out the bong, crank up the song, let the informa call 911”. It’s a great song you probably won’t find on many lists dedicated to Mary Jane.