Trippin': 8 Songs That Will Get You High

What song sends you high above without the help of certain illegal substances?

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Don't do drugs, but rock music and illegal substances just go so well hand in hand sometimes. However, there are songs able to give you pretty much the same effect from a mere listen or two. So without any ado, check out the songs that will get you high on their own below.

Note that the list is a bit combined and includes both entire albums and individual songs, because f--k you. Just kiddin', on to the list.

Pink Floyd - "Ummagumma"

Capturing Pink Floyd at the height of their psychedelic prowess, "Ummagumma" is one hell of a trip. "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun," "Careful With That Axe Eugene," "Astronomy Domine," "A Saucerful of Secrets," "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict," this one's piling with trippy tunes.

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Ash Ra Tempel - "Jenseits"

German cosmic rockers Ash Ra Tempel had a few weird gems in their opus, one of them being "Jenseits" off 1973's "Join Inn." It will freak you out, make you sad, and yes - make you trippy.

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King Crimson - "Absent Lovers"

Possibly the greatest live album of all time, King Crimson's "Absent Lovers" caught the Adrian Bellew-fronted lineup of the Crims at its prime, resulting in a both technically proficient and highly mind-boggling effort. Seeing the guys live at the time must've been quite an experience.

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Frank Zappa - "Watermelon in Easter Hay"

For the most part, Frank Zappa's "Joe's Garage" will leave you laughing on the floor, but one time late uncle Frank really lets loose, on a mesmerizing "Watermelon in Easter Hay" instrumental, the effects are quite different.

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Gong - "A Sprinkling of Clouds"

The entire "You" album might as well have been here, but "A Sprinkling of Clouds" tends to stand out a bit. You should still check out the album in full, everything that follows this track is equally trippy.

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Black Sabbath - "Planet Caravan"

They might be the fathers of metal, but Black Sabbath did come from the time when psychedelic rock was at an all-time high, resulting in the band delving into the "weirder" side from time to time. Check out "Planet Caravan" for their softer, "floaty" side.

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Iron Butterfly - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"

The song that in a way marked the beginning of heavy metal still heavily relies on psychedelia, although it doesn't quite deliver the trippy effect with as much impact as some of the other listed tunes. Still, something had to round up an even number, odd-numbered lists give me the creeps.

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Tool - "Wings" (Pt. 1 + 2)

Telling a touching story of Maynard's mother, Tool's "10.000 Days" story is nothing short of a fascinating piece. Without pompous keyboard effects or cheap tricks, the tune will get you high above and beyond.

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Got some other trippy songs or albums to share? Do it in the comments.

93 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Also a lot of The Doors songs (like "Riders On The Storm etc"). But I personally prefer "The End" - real trip...
    This list is pretty incomplete without something by The Doors, and this song is probably the best choice. They were the first band that came to mind.
    Massive Attack - "Mezzanine" No matter it's trip-hop - true dark trip...
    Pink Floyd - Echoes Electric Wizard - Funeralopolis
    I never found anything trippy about echoes, just boringly long. I always found the noise in Fearless to be a trip, along with the obvs like Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast and Several Species
    And some may disagree, but this song is trippy as hell for me - especially with this video: Meshuggah - "Rational Gaze"
    one of my all time favorite songs by Kyuss, next to Space Cadet. And its a cover of a Yawning Man song!
    This one or Tmr Never Knows by the beatles will get you high
    A lot of songs by Can are true psychedelics, especially their early songs. My choice goes to the song "Mushroom":
    Memory In Death
    Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing
    Not exactly Psychedelic, still one of the most epic pieces I've heard in a while.
    Memory In Death
    I have no clue what went wrong with this comment. I attached the video but it isn't showing up. Anyway
    Must listen
    Beatles, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and Strawberry Fields Forever!
    White Noise is amazing.
    Explosions in the Sky... such an amazing band, not necessarily trippy though, but still amazing.
    Apocryphon - The Sword. You need to watch the lyric video for the full effect.
    Portishead is up there though.
    holy shit this post is such a goldmine with tracks for when im stoned
    The whole Loveless album by My Bloody Valentine
    Aryan Death Man
    What about 'Heroin' by Velvet Underground ? I certainly get high when listening to that song
    the rip by portishead, the film clip and song.
    Also it's a shame they are not widely known, but Silver Apples was an amazing psychedelic band from the '60s. Also, they are one of the first bands who implemented electronic sounds in rock - for 1960s it was just groundbreaking:
    velvet acid christ there is no god
    Never done any drugs, but I'm fairly certain this is how it would feel like.
    Any John Frusciante soloist record
    1200 micrograms - acid for nothing, nice incorporation of dire straits there also 1200 micrograms - this is a joint, cause they sample another brick in the wall A lot trippier than lots of this, for me at least
    Memory In Death
    Nice list btw.
    Led Zeppelin - No quarter Acid King - Bad Vision Clutch - Gone Cold Down - Learn from This Mistake Red Fang - Human Remain Human Remains Some great songs to check out too
    You're all forgetting a song that may as well be the soundtrack to an acid trip, I give you: