LSD is a popular hallucinogenic drug that had a major influence on the music and pop culture of the 1960s. Here are some of the best LSD songs – not only by Fab Four. Read on!

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) used to be the drug of the counterculture, the psychedelic substance that set the stage for the revolution in music, art, and lifestyle of the 1960s. Taking LSD became a spiritual quest or inner journey that enabled people to explore their deepest thoughts and feelings.

The first acid trip was the result of the accidental ingestion of the drug by Swiss chemist Albert Hoffmann in 1943. He tested the effects on himself, and the world was never the same again.

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Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds – Inspired by LSD?

Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds – Inspired by LSD

The Beatles were well known for their experimentation with the drug, beginning with the single “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and the album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Both of these works are considered psychedelic masterpieces and are some of the most iconic LSD songs ever created. Other Beatles songs like “A Day in the Life,” “I am the Walrus,” and the entire 1967 album Magical Mystery Tour are also thought to be influenced by the drug.

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While “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” is considered to be heavily influenced by the acid trip, it’s without a literal reference to the drug. The first letters of the title spell out the acronym LSD, however, Lennon never confirmed the connection between the song and the drug. Either way, it’s still considered as one of the best and most influential LSD songs ever recorded.

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The band’s influence on the world of music is universally acknowledged, and the band’s experimentation with the drug LSD was a major part of their legacy. The lyrics of the band’s songs changed drastically when they began dabbling in the psychedelic realm – the whimsical, dreamy imagery of the LSD songs seemed to come from another world. 

Other LSD Songs Inspired by Acid Trips

Other LSD Songs Inspired by Acid Trips

The Beatles were not the only ones to explore the psychedelic sound of the 1960s. Many other LSD songs from the era are connected with the drug, including the Grateful Dead’s “Black Peter” and Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 classic “White Rabbit.” The white rabbit in the song was inspired by the fantasy imagery in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” written by Lewis Carroll. The song, written by Grace Slick, is about following one’s own curiosity, just like Alice did, on her own. Now it’s considered one of the best LSD songs ever written.

Pink Floyd’s iconic “Comfortably Numb” and the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” are also believed to be LSD songs inspired by this hallucinogen. Other “trippy” songs include:

  • Montreal – “Lysergic Bliss”;
  • The Flaming Lips – “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots”;
  • Jenny Lewis – “Acid Tongue”;
  • David Bowie – “Space Oddity”;
  • The Moody Blues – “Legend of a Mind”;
  • Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”;
  • The Doors – “Strange Days”;
  • Steppenwolf – “Magic Carpet Ride”;
  • CCR – “Lookin’ Out My Backdoor”.

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These are just a few of the many LSD songs that were inspired by the drug, and the influence of the ’60s psychedelic movement is still felt today. From the Beatles to the Grateful Dead, from Pink Floyd to David Bowie – the acid trip has left an indelible mark on music history. The dreamy soundscapes created by these musicians paved the way for generations of psychedelic explorers.

Did You Know…

In the 1970s, research into the effects of LSD was very popular. Studies found that when people listened to music while under the influence of LSD, their experience of the drug was different than it was without the music. In particular, certain types of music seemed to amplify the effects of the drug, leading to a more intense experience. This could mean a more intense feeling of euphoria or a more profound sense of introspection. ☮️

Musical Genres: Acid Rock, Acid Rap and Psychedelic Rock

music genres acid rock, acid rap and psychedelic rock

The music created in the wake of LSD’s influence spawned many sub-genres, including acid rock, acid rap and psychedelic rock. Each style is unique in its own way – some LSD songs focus on instrumental explorations, while others feature intricate lyrical imagery. 

Too Much Sun Will Burn: The British Psychedelic Sounds Of 1967 Vol 2 / Various

Psychedelic rock emerged as a blend of traditional ’60s rock with elements of jazz and Indian music. This genre featured unconventional time signatures, abstract sounds and lyrical themes that often centered around the exploration of inner consciousness. Acid rock, on the other hand, was a heavier form of psychedelic rock, with more focus on driving rhythms and distorted guitar solos. Some of the best LSD songs of that genre include “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream or “Light My Fire” by the Doors.

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Acid rap is a newer style of hip-hop music that draws heavily from the psychedelic influences of the 1960s. This type of rap often features surreal lyrics and samples from classic acid rock songs, and has been popularized by artists such as A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar.

The 1960s was an era of LSD songs, experimentation, and exploration – both musically and chemically. The influence of LSD can be heard in many of the songs from this period, and its impact is still felt today in the many musical genres it has spawned. From classic rock to modern hip-hop – the acid trip continues to inspire artists of all kinds. Looking for more LSD inspirations? Check LSD quotes.

Looking Through A Glass Onion: Beatles Psychedelic Songbook 1966-1972 / Various

Editor’s Note

I know that research has found that music can be used as a tool to help you explore your inner selves, and that it can help you process difficult emotions… and yes, I know that LSD, in combination with music, can be used as a tool for healing and self-exploration. But guys, remember, it is important to note that if you’re unacquainted with the subject, this should only be done under the supervision of a qualified professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Bands Took Acid?

Apparently A$AP Rocky, Ray Charles, Kacey Musgrave, The Beatles, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, Eruc Clapton, Jim Morrison did acid in their lives.

What’s the Best Music for Tripping?

perhaps the 60s and 70s? But in general, everything that tickles your fancy. Some strong suggestions include: “Wings of Love” (Nirvana); “The Rain Song” (Led Zeppelin), Bach’s classical music, “Regulate” (Warren G), all tracks of Ólafur Arnalds and Hania Rani… or our favorite “Good Vibrations” Beach Boys.

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What Drugs Do Rock Stars Use?

Marijuana, cocaine, benzodiazepines, alcohol… snorting and smoking, all of it… It just gives them the excitement and makes their concerts superb…but destroys their lives at the same time. Take a look at Drinking, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll.

Is Led Zeppelin Acid Rock?

Hmm, tricky one! We cannot classify Led Zeppelin as a psychedelic rock band, however there are hints of psychedelia in some of their songs.

Can Songs Get You High?

Listening to music can have the same effect on your brain’s serotonin and dopamine levels as taking certain drugs. We recommend you do an acid simulation with such music (LSD frequency):

Why Is Music Good When High?

Music can be rewarding when experienced while high as it can heighten certain sensory experiences and elevate emotions, making the experience more intense. Furthermore, the sonic changes and rhythms present in music can have a calming effect on the listener, aiding in relaxation and providing distraction from everyday life. Music has also been found to boost dopamine levels, which is associated with pleasure and euphoria.

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