Every country around the world and every culture has had drinking songs dating all the way back to 11th century Germany, when they were called Trinklieder. In Sweden, they’re called Dryckesvisor. And, right here, in the good old US of A, have you ever noticed that just about everybody you know has their very own favorite drinking song? Yes, all over the country, imbibers have bar song preferences, so we’ve put together a list of 10 awesome songs about drinking for you to check out.
1. “Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks
Garth’s 1990 hit album entitled “No Fences” made “Friends” become widely recognized as the “Number One Drinking Song for Drunken Sailors”. And, the fact is that more than 30 years later, the song is still a bar hopper’s favorite. It’s definitely the ultimate country tune among all of the well-known drinking songs and when combined with enough booze, is almost always guaranteed to spark a major sing-along. And, I guess by today’s standards, it might actually be called a “classic” but the most important thing about this Garth hit is that everybody can relate to the lyrics that include “when the beer chases our blues away”.
2. “I Love This Bar” by Toby Keith
This one may seem to be a bit more mellow than some other songs on this list, but it’s still a big hit because it has a “feel-good vibe”. It’s also a celebration of all of the good and bad things that can be found in bar culture (especially country bars). And, let’s face it, Toby will always be one of those legendary country music stars who is continuing to entertain fans worldwide who keep requesting and toasting his songs because they simply put a smile on everybody’s face. So, put one on yours by checking it out at:
3. “As Good as I Once Was” by Toby Keith
This is one of those brilliant play-on-words songs that’s become uber-popular in bars and was released back in May of 2005. It was featured on his 2005 album entitled “Honkytonk University” and is actually Toby’s own personal favorite. With so many amazing hit songs, it’s hard to fathom how he could ever pick a favorite. Right? But, we know that it’s definitely one of our favorites. Sputnik Music dubbed the song “a testament to how much old age sucks”.
4. “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
Whether this catchy line became popular because of the hit song, or if it actually prompted the song, nobody really knows for sure. And, if you were to try to convince us that you’ve never ever uttered those famous words, we would never believe you. Released in 2003, since then, this song has had bar patrons saying “pour me something tall & strong…… like a Hurricane before I go insane”.
5. “Day Drinking” by Little Big Town
This is another of LBT’s many great drinking songs as well as a country music fans’ happy hour favorite. In addition, it’s the perfect sing-along song for when you get off work early. And, the fact is that most of us do it way more often than we would ever admit. So, if you’re into day-drinking, crank up the volume instead of waiting ‘til the sun’s sinking. Check it out at:
6. “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” by Jimmy Buffet
Of course, we all know what comes next in this song and you’d probably be hard-pressed to find any self-respecting bar patron who hasn’t broken into loud boisterous singing when they heard it on the jukebox. To this day, It’s unforgettable and will definitely be going down in history as barhoppers’ favorite drinking song of all time. Find out how unforgettable it is at:
7. “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith
What fan of adult beverages hasn’t had a tall one from a red solo cup? Every self-respecting drinker that you know would probably be forced to admit that they have. And, Toby’s smash hit country song about that iconic red cup is the perfect vehicle for paying homage to our fave American pastime, which is of course drinking. This tune is one that’ll always be remembered as being a big part of it. Remember it properly by going to:
8. “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet
Who could possibly ever forget that exact moment in 1977 when they first listened to Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” on the radio. It was from his amazing album entitled “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”. Frankly, it’s a truly unforgettable album as well as a hit single. But, did you know that, according to the official Margaritaville website, there really is a Margaritaville? It’s located at Universal City Walk in the Universal Orlando Resort in, of course, Orlando, FL, (the land of theme parks). And, they serve everything from margaritas to cheeseburgers in paradise.!
9. “Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin Bullets” by Luke Bryan
This is a true crowd-pleaser, as it literally kills it with country music fans. Who hasn’t been incredibly bored and had to pass the time drinking beer and trying to shoot at stuff? If you’ve done it yourself, always remember that it ain’t your fault the cans keep movin’.
10. “Raise Your Glass” by Pink
Another truly unforgettable drinking anthem is Pink’s “Raise Your Glass”. It’s the best sing-along song for folks in all stages of inebriation. And, in case you don’t know the words, it doesn’t matter. When this drinking song gets to the chorus, everybody will probably be raising their glasses and singing along anyway. So come on, raise your glass to Pink!