Discussion: Favorite Drinking Songs?

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March 17, 2008

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

As someone who is half-Irish, it’s something of a national holiday for me.  Unfortunately, I’m full-”working adult”, so the closest I’ll come to the sauce today is by listening to my favorite drinking songs.

I have some Irish favorites, of course, particularly “Drunken Sailor.”  Kind of a sentimental favorite, with my late father having been a Navy veteran. I’m also partial to “Seven Drunken Nights.”

But I have a few country drinking favorites, too:

  • Cal Smith, “The Lord Knows I’m Drinking”
  • Merle Haggard, “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”
  • Willie Nelson, “Yesterday’s Wine” and “I Gotta Get Drunk”
  • Emmylou Harris, “Two More Bottles of Wine”
  • Alan Jackson, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”
  • Lori McKenna, “Monday Afternoon”
  • Keith Urban, “Nobody Drinks Alone”
  • Todd Snider, “Beer Run”
  • Dixie Chicks, “Tonight the Heartache’s On Me”
  • John Michael Montgomery, “Beer and Bones”
  • Brad Paisley, “Alcohol”
  • Toby Keith, “Get My Drink On”
  • Maria McKee, “Drinkin’ in My Sunday Dress”
  • Roger Miller, “Chug-a-Lug”

So, those are some of mine.   Add yours in the comments!

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  1. CoreyNo Gravatar says:

    Domestic, Light and Cold – Dierks Bentley
    Killin’ Time – Clint Black
    Pop A Top – Jim Ed Brown/Alan Jackson
    White Lightning – George Jones

  2. Paul W DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “There Stands The Glass” by Webb Pierce would be number one with me followed by

    2 “Seven Drunken Nights” – The Dubliners
    3 “A Pub With No Bear” – Slim Dusty
    4 “A Six Pack To Go” – Hank Thompson
    5 “Smoky The Bar” – Hank Thompson
    6 “Set Up Two Glasses Joe” – Ernest Tubb
    7 “Set ‘Em Up Joe (and Play Walking the Floor) – Vern Gosdin
    8 “I See Them Everywhere” – Hank Thompson
    9 “Wine Me Up” – Faron Young
    10 “The Wild Rover” – The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem
    11 “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down” – Merle Haggard
    12 “One For My Baby (and One More For The Road” Frank Sinatra or Johnny Mercer
    13 “Little Ole Winedrinker Me” – Charlie Walker or Dean Martin
    14 “Pop A Top” – Jim Ed Brown
    15 “Red Necks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer” – Johnny Russell
    16 “Bottle, Bottle” – Jim Ed Brown
    17 “Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
    18 “Drinking Champaign” – Cal Smith
    19 “Alcohol” – Brad Paisley
    20 “Red Red Wine” – Neil Diamond

  3. Stephen H.No Gravatar says:

    All Jacked Up — Gretchen Wilson
    Drinkin’ ‘Bout You — Big & Rich
    Thinkin’ Problem — David Ball
    Big Time — Big & Rich
    (not country, but one of my favorites — and it sounds country) It’s Saturday Night — The Proclaimers

  4. LeeannNo Gravatar says:

    My favorite part of St. Patrick’s Day is the color green! However, though I’m not a drinker, I love a good drinkin’ song!

    In no particular order:

    * Sunday Morning Coming Dowm (Johnny Cash)
    * Friends In Low Places (Garth Brooks)
    * One MOre Last Chance (Vince Gill)
    * Straight Tequila Night (John Anderson)  
    * Chug-A-Lug (Roger Miller)
    * Tonight I’m Gonna Cry (Keith Urban)
    * Tonight I’ll just Stay Here And Drink (Merle Haggard)
    * Whiskey Lullaby (Brad Paisley/Allison Krauss)
    * Little Rock (Collin Raye)
    * Ten Rounds (Tracy Byrd)
    * Family Tradition (Hank Williams Jr.)
    * There’s A Tear In My Beer (Hank & Hank)
    * Cheap Whiskey (Martina McBride)
    * Neon Moon (Brooks & Dunn)
    * Beer In Mexico (Kenny Chesney…it’s the horns; I’m a sucker for horns! I feel like I need to justify this one.)
    * I’m Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home (David Frizzell)  
    * Beer Run (Garth Brooks/George Jones)
    * White Lightning (George Jones)
    * You Never Even Called Me By Name (David Allan Coe or Doug Supernaw/David Allan Coe)
    *Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye (Charlie Daniels)

    I know there are many others. I’m sure I’ve forgotten a lot.

  5. LeeannNo Gravatar says:

    Oh yeah, Miranda Lambert’s version of “Dry Town.”

  6. LeeannNo Gravatar says:

    Oh yeah again, “You Ain’t Much Fun” by Toby and “Get Drunk And BeSomebody” (It’s the horns again).

  7. RickNo Gravatar says:

    I prefer the obscure! (As longs as its good “real” country that is….)
    Dave Cox – Alcohol of Fame
    JR and the Roadkill Choir – That’s Why Sometimes Daddy’s Need a Drink
    Lane Turner – Happy Hour
    Jamey Johnson – The Beer Song
    Doug Supernaw – Honky Tonkin’ Fool
    Adam Harvey – Beauty’s In The Eye of the Beerholder (Australian)
    Rebecca Lynn Howard – I’m Not Who You Think I Am
    (See, I told you I like the obscure…..)

  8. Paul W DennisNo Gravatar says:

    How ’bout

    “The Pint of No Return” – Stonewall Jackson

  9. LanibugNo Gravatar says:

    Glad someone else out there likes Cheap Whiskey by Martina and I love Dry Town by Miranda as well but one of my favorites is

    The Bottle by Trent Tomlinson

  10. JarheadDadNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Jamey Johnson, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Martina, et al are all of my favorites covered already. Hmmmmm! That only leaves one left:

    Jimmy Buffet – Let’s Get Drunk and S***w! :-o

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  12. BrodyNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a few more:

    The Derailers – “Cold Beer, Hot Women, & Cool Country Music”
    Dwight Yoakam – “This Drinkin’ Will Kill Me”
    Eleven Hundred Springs – “Thunderbird Will Do Just Fine”
    Gary Allan – “Don’t Tell Mama”
    Gary Allan – “Bourbon Borderline”
    Gary Allan – “Wine Me Up”
    Jason Boland – “Can’t Tell If I Drink”
    Joe Nichols – “Let’s Get Drunk and Fight”
    John Anderson – “Something to Drink About”
    John Anderson – “Brown Liquor”
    Roger Creager – “The Everclear Song”
    Toby Keith – “Get Drunk and Be Somebody”
    Townes Van Zandt – “Talking Thunderbird Blues”

  13. JarheadDadNo Gravatar says:

    Neal McCoy – Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On
    Blake Shelton – The More I Drink
    Toby Keith – I Love This Bar
    Shelly West – Jose Quervo
    Joe Nichols – She Only Smokes When She Drinks

  14. LeeannNo Gravatar says:

    I do enjoy “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On”!

  15. Jill says:

    Hazzard – The Bottle Took the Man

  16. bobbyNo Gravatar says:

    Drinking Bone- Tracy Byrd
    kind of corny, but still enjoyable

  17. Kent says:

    Dear Blank – Hedley

    The first line is “Dear blank / I’m sorry I blanked your blank / But’d you’d understand if you knew how much beer that I drank.”

  18. jamesNo Gravatar says:

    beer thirty –brooks & dunn

  19. CharlieNo Gravatar says:

    Tap the bottle and twist the cap -YBT
    One burbon, one scotch, and one beer- John Lee Hooker
    Irish Drinking Song- flogging Molly
    Cold Beverage- G. Love and Special Sauce
    chuchulian’s theme- various artists
    Big Girl You are Beautiful- Mika

  20. coreyNo Gravatar says:

    i need to add Longneck Bottle – Garth Brooks and Steve Wariner

  21. Cowboy Blue says:

    Nobody Drinks Alone= Keith urban
    Drinkin Bone= Tracy Byrd
    10 Rounds With Jose Cuerve= Tracy Byrd
    Drinkin Me Lonely= Chris Young
    Two Pina Coladas= Garth Brooks
    Drinkin Songs And other logic= Clint Black
    Beer Thiry= brooks and Dunn
    I Love This Bar= Toby Keith

    and oh so many more i could go on and on

  22. My favorites are:

    Pub With No Beer-Irish Rovers
    Seven Drunken Nights-Dubliners

  23. Tim says:

    George Jones:

    “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me”
    ” The King is Gone” (and so are you)
    ” Wine colored Roses”
    and many more……

    How about Waylon and Willie, “If I can Find a Clean Shirt”

    Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound – Hank Jr.
    Dwight Yoakam – Two Doors Down, Since I Started Drinking Again

    Whiskey Lullaby is one of my favotites songs ever, but is really a “drinking song”?

    Great thread!

  24. CF says:

    There’s a lot of great ones listed so far, but I feel that I gotta mention:

    “The Lord Loves the Drinkin’ Man” by Mark Chesnutt (or Kevin Fowler for those who prefer his version).

  25. MattoBNo Gravatar says:

    Billy Yates – “Alcohol Abuse” “Blinded by the Bud Light,” “I’m Just Drinkin’,” “Longneck Connected To The Beer Joint,” “Better Every Beer”
    Aaron Lines/Joe Nichols – “Let’s Get Drunk And Fight”
    Blake Shelton – “The More I Drink”
    John Rich / Gretchen Wilson – One Bud Wiser
    Bob Schneider – Lubricate The Death Machine -
    Aaron Lines – Just Drunk Enough
    Pop A Top – (by any artist)
    Alison Krauss/Brad Paisley or Jon Randall – Whiskey Lullaby
    David Lee Murphy – “Dust On The Bottle”

  26. LeeannNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I’d say that “Whiskey Lullaby” is a drinking song…it’s the drinking that killed them. Not a party drinking song, but I’d argue that it’s a drinking song…a suicide song too.

  27. big matt says:

    get my drink on and five o clock somewhere are my favorites out of that.

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