The announcement was made Monday via Billboard.com, and saw the song being voted to number three ahead of 20 songs endorsing marijuana.
The song was released in 1976 and was featured on Tosh’s album, Legalize It. The then-controversial effort was written in response to Peter Tosh’s victimisation by the Jamaican police and as a social- commentary piece pushing for the legalisation of marijuana.
After rating the song 9/10, Billboard.com posted the caption. “Whether they call it weed, marijuana, tampee or ganja, smokers have been grooving to Peter Tosh’s plea for legalisation for over 35 years. Reggae legend Bob Marley later tried his hand at a new version of Legalize It after guesting on Tosh’s 1976 album.”
Grammy award-winning dancehall artiste Sean Paul also made the list at number 14 with his effort, We Be Burnin. The Delano-produced single was rated 6/10 , with Billboard highlighting that We Be Burnin is usually regarded as a party song. However, Sean Paul’s support of marijuana is quite obvious with close inspection of the lyrics.
Holding the number-one spot was controversial American pop star, Rick James, for his effort, Mary Jane.
Other artistes who made the list include Wiz Khalifa, Three 6 Mafia, Sublime, Cypress Hill, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan, Afro Man, Red Man and Method Man, among others.
Coincidentally, Monday was celebrated by the Peter Tosh Estate as the inaugural International Peter Tosh Day.