The 10 Best Stoner Rock Albums

Ask any band that’s been called ‘stoner’ over the past three decades exactly what that…

Ask any band that’s been called ‘stoner’ over the past three decades exactly what that term means, and all you’ll get are some blank expressions. Because if ever there was a meaningless genre term, then ‘stoner’ has to be it. And yet…

Well, we all understand what we mean by the term, right? Of course, as usual there may be a number of variations within the genre, but essentially ‘stoner’ defines bands who are heavily influenced by classic hard rock names from the 1970s – Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, Neil Young, Grand Funk – all routed through a love of Cheech & Chong’s ‘up-in-smoke’ lifestyle, and an appreciation for the space rock of Hawkwind. Get the idea?