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The Stoniest Albums on Rolling Stone's Top 500 List, Plus Two Egregious Omissions

243. Odessey and Oracle - The Zombies (1967)

The Zombies' second studio album, known as their psychedelic masterpiece, includes the No. 3 hit, "Time of the Season" (listen above). The album made it to No. 95. 

 

340. Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle (1993)

Following the success of The Chronic, Dr. Dre produced this debut effort by Snoop Dogg, which features the hit single "Gin and Juice" ('Rollin' down the street smokin' indo/Sippin' on gin and juice"). The song (listen above) went to No. 8 on the charts and the album hit No. 1, launching Snoop's career.

 

344. Funky Kingston - Toots & the Maytals (1972)

Toots Hibbert, who died last month, was second to Bob Marley in introducing reggae to an international audience. Noted for his R&B style and gruff voice, this album signified a more commerical approach as exemplified by the catchy title track (listen above).

RELATED: Review of Toots & the Maytals' Final Album

 

469. Workingman's Dead  - Grateful Dead (1970)

The first of the Dead's two county-style albums in 1970 features eight classics, from "Uncle John's Band" to "Casey Jones" ("Driving that train/High on cocaine"). It landed at No. 27 on the album charts. Listen to th album above.

RELATED: Grateful Dead Memories: My Long, Strange Trip

 

492. Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde - the Pharcyde (1993)

The debut album by the Cali hip-hop group featuring four MCs and producer J-Swift includes several stony tracks - "Pass the Pipe" (listen above) and "Quinton's on the Way," a skit about their pot dealer. The album went to No. 75 on the charts.

RELATED: CelebStoner Reviews 'Bizarre Ride"

 

Two Glaring Ommisions

 

Legalize It - Peter Tosh (1976)

It's hard to understand how Tosh, one of the greatest reggae artists ever, could be excluded from the list (except for his appearance on Catch a Fire). The title track (listen above) of his debut solo album remains the anthem for marijuana advocates worldwide thanks to its potent lyrics, "You've got to legalize it/And don't criticize it."

RELATED: Tosh's Son Dies After Being Attacked in Jail

 

Black Sunday - Cypress Hill (1993)

Somehow Cypress Hill's best album, their second release, was left off the list as well. It features their only Top 20 single, "Insane in the Membrane" (No. 19), with stony lyrics like, "I'll hit dat bong/And break ya off somethin' soon," "Hits from the Bong" and "I "Wana Get High." The album topped the charts.

Cypress frontman B-Real tells CelebStoner:

"Rolling Stone never gave us props. We met all their critieria and. never got a cover or a major story for whatever reason in spite of all we have done. The goals we reached, what we inspired and pioneered, they turned a blind eye to all of it."

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