Beer has been brewed since prehistoric times. Thanks to this, it shows up a lot in our art, with an excellent example being the mention of the divine alewife Siduri in the Epic of Gilgamesh. Beer remains as important in the present as in the past. As such, people are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing their favorite songs about beer.
10. “Cheap Beer” – FIDLAR
FIDLAR started out in the late 2000s. There are a lot of thoughtful punk bands out there. However, FIDLAR isn’t one of them. Instead, it has earned a reputation for short but energetic songs about either drugs, parties, or a mix of both. “Cheap Beer” is no exception to this rule because it is about exactly what it sounds like it is about.
9. “Happy Hour” – The Housemartins
Meanwhile, Happy Hour was an English indie rock band that was active in the 1980s. Its music contained a fair amount of politics. “Happy Hour” isn’t one of those songs. Still, it is nowhere near as cheerful as it sounds. For proof, look no further than its lyrics, which blasted the drinking culture of a certain segment of the band’s contemporaries.
8. “Beer, Beer, Beer” – The Clancy Brothers
“Beer, Beer, Beer” is a drinking song that came into existence in the British Isles. It is meant to honor the fictional inventor of beer Charlies Mopps, whose name rhymes with “barley” as well as “hops.” There are different versions of the song that reference different places. However, this one was sung by the Clancy Brothers from Ireland.
7. “Beer Never Broke My Heart” – Luke Combs
Chances are good that interested individuals can guess what this song is about. If not, the viewpoint character has just gone through a bad breakup. As a result, he is now seeking solace in beer. That might not be the healthiest of reactions. Still, it is a very common one, meaning that it is easy for people to sympathize.
6. “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” – Johnny Cash
“Sunday Morning’ Coming’ Down” is about the experience of the morning after drinking rather than the experience of drinking itself. Something that makes it a bit unusual because most of its counterparts are more focused on the moment. In any case, the song was a huge success for the songwriter Kris Kristofferson, so much so that he has said that it was what made it possible for him to stop working for a living. There are a lot of artists who have covered it over the years. Despite that, Johnny Cash’s version from 1970 remains the one that should be most familiar to most people.
5. “Lived in Bars” – Cat Power
Cat Power was once the name of the singer’s band but has since become the name of the singer as a solo artist. “Lived in Bars” wouldn’t be the song that it is without her vocals. It stands out by being both positive and negative about its subject in different parts, which might make it truer to life than other songs that lean towards either one or the other.
4. “Drink a Beer” – Luke Bryan
A lot of people use beer as a way to deal with events that are fundamentally difficult to deal with. The lyrics of “Drink a Beer” make it clear that the viewpoint character has received some very bad news about his friend. As a result, he is going to sit a while with a beer in hand in semi-shock. The words are simple, but they nonetheless pack a punch.
3. “No I in Beer” – Brad Paisley
Speaking of which, “No I in Beer” is a much more celebratory song. Essentially, it is all about encouraging people to get together before having a beer. The song was written in 2018. However, it was released in April of 2020, meaning that it took on extra meaning because of the COVID-19 crisis that was building up speed at the time.
2. “Friends in Low Places” – Garth Brooks
This song was written by a couple of songwriters named Earl Bud Lee and Dewayne Blackwell. As the story goes, Lee said that he had “friends in low places” when he realized that he had forgotten his wallet while eating at a popular establishment in Nashville, which was a reference to the fact that he knew the cook. He and Blackwell realized right away that they had a good line. However, they didn’t turn it into a full-fledged song until a few months afterward when they were struck by a moment of inspiration. Subsequently, the song went to Garth Brooks, who was still in the process of breaking through in 1989 and 1990. “Friends in Low Places” went on to become one of his best-known songs ever on one of his best-known releases ever. A song that played a huge part in making Brooks one of the most famous names in country music and beyond.
1. “There’s a Tear in My Beer” – Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams died at the age of 29. Despite that, he was considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Someone who had a particular impact on the genre of country music as a whole. He wrote and recorded this song during a session in the early 1950s but he decided against releasing it at the time. Instead, it was his son Hank Williams Jr. who decided to do a duet with his father through the use of merging technology. Thanks to that, the resulting song came out in 1988 to massive success, so much so that it earned father and a son a Grammy for the Best Country Vocal Collaboration in 1990.