A playlist for all your tripping needs. Music that can give you the buzz you need to fly through another day at work. For those that think we’re being extremely politically incorrect, music is our drug of choice. Obsessive compulsive music remember?
NOTE: We are not encouraging substance abuse (because it’s bad for you, you naughty children and gives you tummy ache!) and this is a list for music you can get high on. Some of them have not-so-subtle references to the forbidden, and I should add illegal, but hey I bet your teachers in school didn’t mention where Percy Shelley or Coleridge got their inspiration from.
There are just so many songs that are perfecto for this list but I could only add 10. Hence I’ve stuck to a couple of genres but added the slight deviants anyway because they’re so fun. Happy listening!
10. Because I Got High- Afroman
This song was an internet sensation before becoming a huge hit worldwide. Did I mention I added fun? This is definitely it. Check out the Homer Simpson video version of it if you need something to spark the laughing trip. But fair warning, you’re not going to stop.
9. Ganja Babe- Michael Franti & Spearhead
Just the something you need to help you chill and take it all in, slow and sweet. Besides making great music, Franti is a political activist fighting in his own way for peace in the Middle East. He also is a vegan and walks barefoot everywhere. There I’ve given you all the justification, if you needed it, for loving the man and the song.
8. Natural Mystic- Bob Marley
You can’t have such a list without Bob Marley on it and most of his songs more than qualify. I picked Natural Mystic because I love the lyrics, something about it that makes you reflective. Marley used cannabis for spiritual purposes being an exponent of the Rastafari movement. Considering conversion anyone? Jah rule!
7. Clint Eastwood- Gorillaz
The first ever single of the Gorillaz and there’s been no stopping them since. The lyrics of the song go:
I ain’t happy, I’m feeling glad
I got sunshine in a bag
I’m useless but not for long
The future is coming on
I think we all know what you got in the bag sonny. We love the track and if the sunshine helped, oh well you’re following tradition.
6. Dumb- Nirvana
Choosing between Dumb and The Man Who Sold The World was like choosing between chocolate tiramisu and chocolate souffle, simply impossible. But I bravely have done because In Utero is my favourite Nirvana album and The Man Who Sold The World is a cover. (Check out David Bowie’s original here). Play the song, lie on your back and rest assured, you’re happy.
5. Purple Haze- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Hendrix says it all. Many prefer All Along The Watchtower and that is a-m-a-z-i-n-g too but Purple Haze helps me settle in slow and takes me with the flow better somehow. The one thing I hold against it- its short length. Fun fact: Chas Chandler, the band’s producer and Hendrix too denied that the lyrics of the song had any drug metaphors, claiming it was a love song.
4. Light My Fire- The Doors
The list would have been so conspicuously incomplete without The Doors that I had to add them though I’ve nearly pulled all my hair out trying to decide on the one song that should be here. Break On Through (To The Other Side) is my favourite yet Light My Fire has so many variations and the long organ music interlude that makes it so trip-perfect.
3. Dazed And Confused- Led Zeppelin
The song originally Jake Holmes’, covered by The Yardbirds and later reworked again by Jimmy Page for Led Zep, was well pretty much stolen by Page from Holmes. Page altered enough of the lyrics and melody to escape a lawsuit initially but was sued later anyway. But boy am I glad he did steal it! What a track. This is again one of those songs that have been denied any drug references. Sigh own up already people, you did belong to the psychedelic 60’s!
2. Comfortably Numb- Pink Floyd
Put two geniuses together- Roger Waters and David Gilmour- and this is what you get. Music and lyrics to die for. The guitar solo gets me high everytime with absolutely no external aid. If I hadn’t added it well I know for a fact the Score team would have stoned me (pun so not intended).
1. I Am The Walrus- The Beatles
I confess, I am a Beatlemaniac. But who isn’t? So I saved the best for last. Though Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Across The Universe and Strawberry Fields Forever are just as trip-worthy, I Am The Walrus has so many references and back stories, it’s perfect to end the list. The walrus refers to Lewis Carrol’s The Walrus and the Carpenter (yep, the dude who wrote Alice in Wonderland and we all know what connotations that has). John Lennon is supposed to have written the first two lines on different acid trips and the whole song was put together by combining three different songs he was working on. When he got to know school students were analyzing his lyrics, he added a nonsense verse.
Now that we’ve reached the end, happy tripping!