When it comes to stoners, one stereotype is that they love reggae. Perhaps that's just because there is nothing better to listen to while high than a good reggae song. The rhythm is enough to pull you into another world filled with beautiful songs—yet all of them are familiar sounding enough to sometimes trick outsiders into thinking they're all cut from the same cloth. All fairly similar.
The truth is that the variety of reggae songs stoners have grown attached to range from the simple to distinct, exciting, and melancholy, but the best stoner reggae songs have in common the ability to put you in a different headspace.
Is This Love? by Bob Marley
Oh, you better believe Bob Marley is on this list. And this isn't the only one of his songs here.
Bob Marley remains the absolute king of reggae for a reason. Everyone else follows in his footsteps, even now. His voice alone is able to relay a sound that reverberates almost to the rhythm of his own music. This song—and its remix—are seriously worth listening. It is easily among the best stoner reggae songs.
Marley in general has more dynamic music than the usual reggae fare. As mentioned, most reggae draws inspiration from Marley, so many are content to just follow in his footsteps. The better groups do... a little more.
Stone Love by Pepper
With a long stretch at the beginning of pure instrumental music, this song sets itself out as sort of a pure reggae song. What I personally enjoy is that guitar riff near the middle. That change of pace from typical reggae fare really makes the song almost have a light-rock edge that makes it just a little distinct.
Wiseman by Slightly Stoopid
Somehow, this song manages to be more minimalistic than most reggae songs. Just a few strums of strings, a few drawn out lyrics... and it all works out very nicely. Somehow, while other songs throw more and more into the sound, with this one, the minimalism really plays to the song's advantage. There are stretches where there is no music that speaks volumes more than other stoner reggae songs.
I especially like the solo at the end that's quite nice.
Lay Me Down by Dirty Heads
What this song does that many other stoner reggae songs do not is change up the rhythm of the song. Many reggae songs keep you going in that easy mindset by keeping the music's rhythm consistent and smooth. But this song changes things up in some abrupt fashions. This keeps you engaged, and thus further immersed in the music in a good way.
Land Down Under by The B Foundation
Now I know some stoners may argue that this song is more rock than reggae, and that would be a fair assessment. However, I would argue that the rhythm and beat of the song is so reggae that it can be distinguished for nothing else but that.
But the harder edge that the rock aesthetic offers this song does manage to distinguish it from other reggae affair, which, naturally, makes it ripe for the picking here.
Santeria by Sublime
This song has such a relaxing, easy feel to it. It's one of those great easy listening songs that puts you at ease as you just lay back and listen to the beat. It's that kind of song that just helps you ease into a molten dreamscape of easiness, of relaxation. You are removed from the troubles of life with this one.
This is one of those stoner reggae songs that really just makes you feel happy. Probably would make you feel happier if you were also high.
Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
One of Marley's more popular songs, it manages to bring a lively energy to reggae while still being soothing and easy to listen to. Marley has that sort of magic he brings to his music. His voice is able to at once sooth and energize.
Any stoner worth his salt should at the very least listen to this song off Spotify.
Bowl for Two by The Expendables
If any stoner asks why this song is for you, just look at that title. It's a song about smoking pot. Pretty clear how any stoner might find a good time with this one.
But, regardless, though the lyrics and song are straight forward in their simplicity, there is a sincerity there that makes you feel almost an endearing sense of kinship upon listening. There's a warmth there.
Ordinary Girl by Rebulation
This sweet little song has a pleasant little rhythm to it that puts you in that pleasing easy trance. It makes you feel like you're on the beach next to your partner (your girl?), hanging off, gazing into someone's beautiful eyes.
It's just a sweet song is all. One of the best stoner reggae songs. It's nice, and, more than the sweet lyrics, it's the sense of sincerity that really makes you feel happy listening to it all.
Dance All Night by Dirty Heads
A combination of rap and reggae, the blend of styles in "Dance All Night" serves to distinguish it in a very noteworthy, powerful manner. While still retaining the beat of the music, it now manages to advance the style of reggae to a new level that leaves the listener engaged and immersed in a new, thorough manner. Another one of the best stoner reggae songs.
Wrong Way by Sublime
The drums in this song really dominates the tune. Whenever I hear it, the beat of the song overwhelms the lyrics and other instruments. Which is, in so many ways, kinda great. The song has layers to it that any stoner can appreciate if you're laying back on the sofa, letting the music carry you off somewhere else.
The song, one of the best stoner reggae songs, carries you on an energetic trip before... going away. Sharp. Abrupt. Sudden.
Time Bomb by Iration
Confession—when I played this song on my computer, the whole office just converged on me to listen to said song.
There is an easy pleasantness to this song that puts you into a trance listening. I can't help but feel pulled into its rhythm. Ideal for any stoner ready for a long night.
Ghost Man by Passafire
What makes this one stand apart, I think, is how the lyrics come fast and quick, one after another in a quick and intense manner. Again, while many reggae songs sound very similar, any distinguishing qualities really set one apart, and this song has a very dynamic song, alternating between fast lyrics, quiet moments, and even just pure instrumental rhythm.
To the stoner, this, one of the best reggae songs, has enough of a dynamic rhythm to set you off to a whole flux of different feelings.
Doin' Time by Submlime
There's that recurring duo of notes that repeats throughout this song. It almost becomes a dreamlike motif throughout the song that carries you off with the tune in a surreal, strange little world. It is at once soothing and a little bit unsettling.
The rest of the song is nice, too. It just is good for any stoner ready to be carried off by reggae that really puts you... somewhere else. Some other scape...
Redemption Song by Bob Marley
There is a solemn melancholy to this song that is pretty distinct from the beginning. While it will put you at ease—in fact, maybe more effectively than many other reggae songs—it may be that kind of sad eases that almost hits too real and hard with its darker lyrical subject matter.
Still, a beautiful song. One of the best stoner reggae songs. Listen to it.