I'm not saying you must listen to these, really, but rather I highly suggest listening to them once before you die. Or 100 times
  1. Sleep - Sleep's Holy Mountain
    This album... Whether or not you smoke weed, this stoner metal album is sick and heavy for anyone. My personal favorite is the first song "Dragonaut." Starts bluesy and rocky, then slows into a sludgy stoner trance. If you want to get into stoner metal (or stoner rock in general) this is where you start.
  2. Radiohead - In Rainbows
    In Rainbows has been my favorite album since freshman year. Every song is perfect (with an exception of "House of Cards", which is still really good). The whole album has a spacey yet dense sound, just like the album art shows. 40 min of good Radiohead.
  3. Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
    Another stoner metal gem by the ancient Black Sabbath, this album is just so heavy and nice. It sounds so ethereal but so earthly. Such a shame this isn't Black Sabbaths most well known album.
  4. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
    Sufjan has always been a musical genius to me, and I find it awesome that he can mix big band music with indie rock. This album is all about Illinois, and while I don't care much for the state, I still think the whole flow and mood of the album is perfect.
  5. Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
    Ironically everybody knows "No One Knows" off this album. Sadly most people don't know the rest of this heavy desert rock epic. Not only are the songs catchy and fast, but it has my favorite concept. The whole album is made to sound as if you're driving through California, listening to radio stations change as you pass through different counties. I highly recommend this one for a road trip.
  6. Slint - Spiderland
    A post-rock essential, this album boasts some creepy tunes. Most of the album isn't even singing, but rather the lead singer telling a story about Nosferatu and a roller coaster. On top of the interesting lyrics, the music itself is perfectly mathematical and irregular, making for some catchy, dark music.