11 Fitting Rock Songs To Include In Your 4/20 Playlist
We all know what day is & there are a TON of great songs to blast out while you celebrate the occasion. So I made a list of some rock songs that I think are perfect for the occasion. *Note: these are rock songs in this list ; these songs are in NO particular order & I know there will be TONS I would miss but I COULDN'T make this list without mentioning Bob Marley, Snoop Dogg, Afroman, Rick James & Willie Nelson.
Jimi Hendrix "Purple Haze": Can't celebrate without a little Hendrix right? Some other great choices I recommend as well are "Castes Made of Sand", "Up From the Skies" & "Third Stone From the Sun". But I think the best choice was "Purple Haze" from the debut album of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Are You Experienced?"
Iron Butterfly "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida": The true way to enjoy this song is NOT with the shortened version that clocks in at under 3 minutes. To FULLY appreciate this song, I recommend the 17 minute version (complete with the drum solo!)
Tom Petty "You Don't Know How It Feels": The video is trippy on its own but I think the lyrics explain much better than I could on why I feel this is a great choice: "So let's get to the point, let's roll another joint"
Rush "A Passage to Bangkok": With songs like The Fountain of Lamneth or By-Tor & The Snow Dog included in their repertoire, is it obvious that Rush used to experiment back in the day? And I think the most obvious proof was "A Passage to Bangkok" back on 2112.
The Beatles "Strawberry Fields Forever": To be honest, you could a NUMBER of Beatles songs for this list like "I Am the Walrus", "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds", "For the Benefit Of Mr Kite"...but I decided to go with "Strawberry Fields Forever" because of the trippy sounds (and it was one of the first music videos released).
Grateful Dead "Truckin'": Just like with the Beatles, there are SEVERAL songs you can include on this list. "Casey Jones", or "Shakedown Street", but I went "Truckin'" because it includes, what I think, is the most fitting line for 4/20: "What a long, strange trip it's been".
Pink Floyd "Comfortably Numb": One of the most iconic bands of the psychedelic movement, Pink Floyd definitely has some fitting songs for 4/20. Songs like "Pow R Toc. H", "Brain Damage" or "Pigs On the Wing" certainly fit that "trippy" bill. But for a day that's all about relaxing, "Comfortably Numb" I feel is the best pick.
Led Zeppelin "Whole Lotta Love": One listen to Whole Lotta Love & you KNOW you're in for an experience. Jimmy Page's guitar, to Robert Plant's vocals, John Bonham's drumming & then the solos... I think it's more than fitting for 4/20 (and the live versions are even longer... MUCH longer).
Black Sabbath "Sweet Leaf": One of the first mentions of drug use in heavy metal, just listening to LITERALLY the first seconds of the song (thanks to Tony Iommi) & you know exactly what this song is talking about.
The Doors "Light My Fire": What better choice for the list than the song that got The Doors BANNED from returning to The Ed Sullivan Show? All because of that one line: "Girl, we couldn't get much higher". I also recommend "The Crystal Ship" or "Riders On the Storm".
Sublime "Smoke Two Joints": We finally get to the band that is absolutely PERFECT for 4/20, Sublime. I could've included their WHOLE DISCOGRAPHY on the list but.... I don't there's a more fitting song for 4/20 than this one.