6. ‘The No No Song’
From: ‘Goodnight Vienna’ (1974)
Written by songwriter Hoyt Axton, ‘The No No Song’ is very much of its time. Fresh from writing massive hits like ‘Joy To The World’ and ‘Never Been To Spain’ for Three Dog Night, Axton turned his pen to the subject of stimulants. In the sanitized-for-children, PC world of 2013, it might seem odd, or even irresponsible, that a major artist like Ringo would release a record that talks about marijuana, cocaine and alcohol, but in 1974, the public snorted it up, sending it to No. 3. Despite the fact that the hero of the song actually rejects all these substances, that didn’t stop the stoners listening from enjoying the ride.