There’s something special about drinking songs. the kind of tune that makes you stop what you’re doing and start raising your glass with zero hesitation. The greatest songs about drinking aren’t limited. From pop stars to punks, anthems celebrating the joys of bleary eyes and lowered inhibitions know no genre bounds. When the drinking songs on this list pop up, you’ll have no choice but to sing along and make a bad choice or two in their honor. Here are Team Juicefly’s top 10 songs about drinking.
Beer for My Horses - Toby Keith and Willie Nelson
In "Beer for My Horses," two of the biggest names teamed up to sing about a group of guys reminiscing about how they used to catch criminals many years ago, including a clear representation of a lynching. The song was released as the final single from Keith's studio album Unleashed in 2003, and it spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard US Hot Country Songs chart.
Bartender - Lady A
The country music trio's song about a bartender helping Lady A forget about a past love has become a huge hit. The song debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard US Country Airplay chart as the lead single from their studio album 747. "It's something we've all gone through. We've had to break up with people and try to move on. And everyone handles things differently," said Rodney Clawson, one of the songwriters. "Some individuals hide in their homes, while others go out to a bar to be around other people and have a nice time." What do you think?
Whiskey River - Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson finds himself at the mercy of his booze addiction in this melancholy ballad. He requests that the river of booze never runs dry because it is the only thing that can make the ache of a breakup go away. Nelson recorded the song for his 1973 album Shotgun, Willie, with backup vocals from his wife Jessi Colter. Nelson received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male for Whiskey River, which reached No.12 on the country chart.
Willie Nelson - Whiskey River - 1974.10.17
Drink in My Hand - Eric Church
"Drink in My Hand" was written by Church, Luke Laird, and Michael P. Heeney, who claimed that the song was not influenced by drinking. In truth, Heeney is a light drinker, but Laird is a non-drinker. They created the song in 2011 while Church was on tour with Miranda Lambert. "Eric was just pumped up from the shows he had that week. His fans inspired the song." "The song was inspired by his admirers," Heeney stated.
Lilac Wine - Nina Simone
Eartha Kitt, Jeff Buckley, and even Miley Cyrus have recorded "Lilac Wine" which was written for a musical revue in 1950. But only the High Priestess of Soul can provide the drama and chill to this gloomy homage to an infatuation that its words and music demand. Her voice prowls about the song's seductively dark words like a cat in her 1966 rendition, and intoxication is unavoidable for the listener.
Two Pina Coladas - Garth Brooks
In this drinking song, Garth Brooks sings about a man who has "the heartaches that love frequently brings" and walked down to the beach to drown his blues with "Two Pina Coladas." The national drink of Puerto Rico is the Pina Colada, a tropical blend of Rum, thick coconut cream, and a dash of freshly pressed and twisted Pineapple Juice.
I Love This Bar - Toby Keith
Toby Keith probably had no idea how much his drinking ballad "I Love This Bar" would affect his life when it was published as the first single from his 2003 album “Shock'n Y'all” and achieved No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The song launched a new career for the country singer, who launched his restaurant chain, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, in 2005, with the first location in Keith's hometown of Oklahoma.
Pretty Good at Drinking Beer - Billy Currington
Billy Currington claims that he isn't very adept at chores traditionally associated with men, such as digging holes, repairing automobiles, paving roads, or working hard - but he is "pretty good at drinking beer." Currington's song went on to become another number 1 country hit.
If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me - George Jones
George Jones' career was on the rise by 1981. However, the improvement in his work life robbed him of a significant amount of tranquility in his personal life – especially given his nearly three-decade-long drinking habit. Jones subsequently released "If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)" as the third single from his album "I Am What I Am," in which he has sung about his entire neighborhood recognizing him when he returns home drunk.
Alcohol - Brad Paisley
In his song "Alcohol," Brad Paisley personifies the booze. The song, which was released in 2005 as the first single from his album Time Well Wasted, depicts the many effects that alcohol has on different people. This includes assisting bar owners in making money, instilling courage in white people to dance, and even conceiving new children. It quickly became one of the most popular tunes at bars and other facilities that provide alcoholic beverages. It was also a commercial and critical success, charting at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and earning two Grammy nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Male Vocalist.
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