Eight Albums To Get Really High To

1. Becoming X by Sneaker Pimps

Sneaker Pimps is best known for their ’90s hit “6 Underground” but their entire debut album is actually spectacular. Trip hop, as a genre, isn’t particularly known for being a ray of sunshine but with then-lead singer Kelli Dayton’s bubblegum vocals, the record is injected with a certain kind of lightness and accessibility. It takes sinister beats and doses them in stellar hooks and melodies, making it the perfect accompaniment to any drug experience. Before things ever get too #dark and you risk feeling paranoid, the band delivers a Top 40 vibe that brings you back to the land of happy happy joy joy.

2. Mezzanine by Massive Attack

While we’re on that trip hop tip, I would feel remiss to not mention the seminal album Mezzanine by Massive Attack. It is SUCH a drug album. The opening track “Angel” sounds like it was created by two people in their living room who were just like, “Wanna see how high we can get? Like for fun?” Plus, there are some gorgeous haunting moments on tracks like “Exchange” and “Teardrop” that will feel like a back massage to any stoned person.

3. L.A. Woman by The Doors

Sometimes you just gotta let yourself have a “I’M STONED AND LISTENING TO THE DOORS” moment. Their weird, ambient, sexy rock and roll sound was practically made for it. Sidenote: When I was in high school and a wannabe stoner, “Riders On The Storm” was my ringtone. Sooooo deal with that.

4. The Best Of Jimi Hendrix by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

I’m sorry to take you down this hippy dippy ’60s k-hole but it’s not my fault that all of these musicians were on so many drugs back then! They essentially provided soundtracks to your drug trip that magically made it to the top 40. This was pop music! Anyway, I remember being REALLY high one warm night last summer and laying in bed with my window open playing “Wind Cries Mary” approximately 40,000 times. It sounded so comforting at the time, like a nice hug from your stoner friend who likes to talk about aliens and is annoying but ultimately harmless. There’s something about Jimi Hendrix. His energy manages to radiate through his music and all of a sudden you feel like you’re in the ’60s hanging out in an opium den. (Do they still have those?)

5.The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd

This isn’t my fave drug record but I had to include it because it was so influential… or something. In high school, we used to smoke weed and synch it up with The Wizard Of Oz but I never really thought there was a synchronicity. Let’s face it, when you’re high enough, EVERYTHING will start to feel connected. Besides, I’ve never done hallucinogens before and I’ve heard that’s what you need to do in order to get the “full effect.”

6. Souvlaki by Slowdive

Like trip hop, shoegaze is a fantastic genre of music to get high to. The swirling guitars, the vocals drenched in reverb, and the hazy beat all act as the perfect backdrop to any drug experience. Slowdive is an iconic shoegaze band and their album Souvlaki is a touchstone of the genre. Tracks like “Allison” and “When The Sun Hits” envelop you in a dreamy fog and spit you out in some exotic spa in Eastern Europe. You can even listen to this record sober and feel stoned, which is great and saves brain cells!

7. Soul Rebels by Bob Marley & The Wailers

I’m putting Bob Marley on this list purely for sentimental reasons. The first time I ever smoked pot, I listened to this album in my backyard with my best friend and we pretended like we couldn’t speak. We then decided to have a photo shoot on my front lawn and posted the pictures on our Deadjournals with the caption: WE GOT STONED! Incidentally, my Honors English teacher had spies that checked our online blogs and found about it. She came up to me the following week and said, “I heard you got stoned last weekend. We need to talk.” Then, straight out of Black Swan, she proceeded to give me a lecture on how much I’ve changed and asked me, “Where did my sweet Ryan go?” If the movie had been out already, I would’ve responded curtly, “HE’S GONE!” But since it wasn’t, I just said “Um, he’s still here?!” and had a panic attack.

8. Badlands by Dirty Beaches

(Note: “Lone Runner” isn’t technically on the record but WHATEVER.) Drug music can either be super mellow or sort of tense and edgy, as you’ve probably surmised from this list so far. Dirty Beaches — the new(ish) band that sounds like Roy Oribson writing a suicide note — definitely falls into the latter category. Some of their tracks are actually terrifying but depending on what drug you’re on and what mood you’re in, it could be just the thing you need. TC mark

Ryan O'Connell

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  • Johnny Fakename

    Wow, this was just terrible. Really.

  • Mike


    • http://twitter.com/RonanConway Christopher Conway


    • http://twitter.com/AndyLPJ Andy Johnson

      i saw this article in my FB feed and immediately thought of loveless

      loveless is the correct answer

  • Jpegskies

    the perfect prescription

    • Sesamesnaps

      Yes to this. Or anything by Spacemen 3/Spiritualized, really.

  • http://twitter.com/RonanConway Christopher Conway

    queens of the stone age, primus, kyuss, animal collective. but good call on mezzanine though.

    • http://thefirstchurchofmutterhals.blogspot.com/ mutterhals

      Kyuss, Kyuss, Kyuss.

  • http://twitter.com/alinatrifan Alina Trifan

    Dirty Beaches? Meh. Saw him live, didn’t like it. But then, I wasn’t on drugs. Hmm…

  • Anonymous

    Holy Shit, you put the Souvlaki on this bitch? Good list.

    I haven’t listened to  Sneaker Pimps in a while though.

  • http://twitter.com/tannnyaya Tanya Salyers

    Massive Attack is ALWAYS a trip

  • ryan chang

    would also like to see the list ‘albums that are conducive to suicide in a marijuana-induced coma’

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000564971940 Ian Richard Jones


    • h-m

      You suck at doing drugs.

    • spinflux

      I agree with H-M. You’re doing it wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/karalovesjoaqui Kara

    Sigur Ros!

  • Foobar Jenkins III

    I shall keep these in mind. I feel obliged to add:
    Curren$y – anything really, esp Pilot Talk or Covert Coup
    Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa
    The Flaming Lips – Embryonic

  • http://newhandsweepstakes.com/contributors/brian-mcelmurry/ Brian M

    keepin it real. i like that you were unpretentious on this (not to imply pretention in other articles of yrs :-))

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  • Saudade

    agree wholeheartedly with QTSA…for a few more fairly modern offerings I would also add: Dandy Warhols “13 Tales”, Gorillaz “Demon Days” or Space Monkeys vs. Gorillaz “Laika Come Home”.. I also recall many a night hike through the forest high on mushrooms or 2cii while listening to Modest Mouse on someone’s portable speakers.

    A nice follow up to this article would be one that lists albums that are good to listen to based on the type of drug the user is on.

  • Waicool

    wow, just opened every song mentioned on this blog at the same time and my head exploded!  was that a list?  I asked.

  • a.

    Explosions in the Sky

  • John

    Portishead, The Hawaiian Pups, “Head on the Door” the Cure, “Remain in Light” TH, Second side of The James Gang w/ “The Bomber” on it

  • http://www.facebook.com/arjunaggarwal13 Arjun Aggarwal

    Not Bob Marley! Radiohead instead.

  • chillcosbybro

    Yes! Loveless. Also, way to mainstream it, bro.

  • http://twitter.com/iamsubmerged Jordana Bevan

    “This isn’t my fave drug record but I had to include it because it was so influential… or something.”
    did….. did that really just happen?

  • Maddie

    Under the and Dreaming by Dave Matthews Band & Bon Iver’s self-titled album are both amazing highs. 

    • Maddie

      Correction: Under the Table and Dreaming

  • http://www.theblogthatshouldnotbe.tumblr.com/ Kushagra Udai

    Porcupine Tree’s Voyage 34.

    • Deadwing

      It’s always nice to casually browse the internet and find someone who knows who porcupine tree are.

      • http://www.theblogthatshouldnotbe.tumblr.com/ Kushagra Udai

        Really? I thought they were immensely popular. I got to see them live!
        I’ll put them right up there with Pink Floyd and you really can’t go higher.

  • MikelJason

    Don’t mean to be all drug snob and stuff, but how can you write a list of drug albums, and have never consumed hallucinogens? I think a better description of this list of records is: records that are fun when you smoke weed. And as such not a bad.

  • Me

    First time I ever got stoned I listened to Angel by Massive Attack. Life changing.

  • Meghan

    Washed Out – Within and Without

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