Steppenwolf recorded the most popular version of this song in 1970 on their Steppenwolf 7
album. In 1968, they covered another anti-drug song written by Hoyt Axton, "The Pusher
," on their debut album. Axton's songs weren't all doom and gloom: He wrote the song "Joy To The World
," which Steppenwolf passed on, choosing "Snowblind Friend" instead.
In a Songfacts interview with the group's lead singer, John Kay
, he explained: "That song spoke to me because I knew the person that the song was written about. That's why I decided, as a tribute to this young man, that we would do a version of it on the Steppenwolf 7
"Joy To The World" ended up going to Three Dog Night, which had a #1 hit with it.