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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Got Some Beer on Ice: The 100 Greatest Drinking Songs of All-Time

When I published my list of the Top 50 Greatest Drinking Songs of All-Time back in August 2006 it caused a few debates and remains as one of the top viewed entries on Lyke2Drink. With a little help from some friends and suggestions from loyal readers, I've decided to revise and expand the list. After all, music and drinking just kind of go together -- especially in these tunes.

Here are The Top 100 Greatest Drinking Songs of All-Time:

1. Margaritaville -- Jimmy Buffett
2. All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight -- Hank Williams Jr.
3. Beer For My Horses -- Toby Keith/Willie Nelson
4. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer -- George Thorogood/John Lee Hooker
5. Tequila Sunrise -- The Eagles
6. Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye -- Charlie Daniels
7. Whiskey River -- Willie Nelson
8. It's Five O'Clock Somewhere -- Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
9. Double Vision -- Foreigner
10. Beer in Mexico -- Kenny Chesney
11. I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink -- Merle Haggard
12. Friends in Low Places -- Garth Brooks
13. Alabama Song -- The Doors
14. I Love This Bar -- Toby Keith
15. Family Tradition -- Hank Williams Jr.
16. Don't The Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time -- Mickey Gilley
17. There's a Tear in My Beer -- Hank Williams Sr.
18. Party Crowd -- David Lee Murphy
19. Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo -- Tracy Byrd
20. Bama Breeze -- Jimmy Buffett
21. Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off -- Joe Nichols
22. I Like Beer -- Tom T. Hall
23. Two Pina Coladas -- Garth Brooks
24. Closing Time --Semisonic
25. I Drink Alone -- George Thorogood
26. Wasted Days and Wasted Nights -- Freddy Fender
27. Wasn't That a Party? -- Scooter Lee
28. Why Don't We Get Drunk? -- Jimmy Buffett
29. Coming to Your City -- Big & Rich
30. Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof -- Travis Tritt
31. Captain Jack -- Billy Joel
32. Drink Canada Dry -- David Allan Coe
33. Tequila -- The Champs
34. The Last Shot -- Lou Reed
35. Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound -- Hank Williams Jr.
36. Set 'Em Up Joe -- Vern Gosden
37. Get My Drink On -- Toby Keith
38. American Pie -- Don McLean
39. Red, Red Wine -- UB40/Neil Diamond
40. Pop a Top -- Jim Ed Brown/Alan Jackson
41. In Heaven There is No Beer -- Polkaholics
42. Roadhouse Blues -- The Doors
43. Who are You? -- The Who
44. Jose Cuervo -- Shelly West
45. I'm Gonna to Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home -- David Frizzell
46. Let's Go Get Stoned -- Ray Charles
47. Piano Man -- Billy Joel
48. Redneck Yacht Club -- Craig Morgan
49. Honky Tonk Women -- Rolling Stones
50. Tennessee Whiskey -- George Jones
51. Too Many Nights in a Roadhouse -- Junior Brown
52. Empty Glass -- Pete Townshend
53. Dust on the Bottle -- David Lee Murphy
54. Alcohol -- Brad Paisley
55. Sunday Morning Coming Down -- Kris Kristofferson/Johnny Cash
56. Brown Liquor -- John Anderson
57. Drink! -- They Might Be Giants
58. Longneck Bottle -- Garth Brooks
59. Don't Come Home A Drinkin' -- Loretta Lynn
60. Nightrain -- Guns N' Roses
61. Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers -- ZZ Top
62. Streams of Whiskey -- The Pogues
63. Get Drunk and Be Somebody -- Toby Keith
64. Chug-A-Lug -- Roger Miller
65. Straight Tequila Night John Anderson
66. American Honky Tonk Bar Association -- Garth Brooks
67. Guys Do It -- Mindy McCready
68. Gin and Juice -- Snoop Dog
69. 40 oz. to Freedom -- Sublime
70. Watermellon Crawl -- Tracy Bird
71. Beer Run -- George Jones
72. Misery and Gin -- Merle Haggard
73. Beer Thirty -- Brooks & Dunn
74. You, Me and The Bottle Makes Three -- Big Bad Voodo Daddy
75. Whiskey Bottle -- Uncle Tupelo
76. Red Necks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer -- Hank Thompson
77. Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On -- Neal McCoy
78. Hey Bartender -- Floyd Dixon/The Blues Brothers
79. Mexican Cousin -- Phish
80. Dreamin' and Drinkin' -- Waylon Jennings
81. The Piano Has Been Drinking -- Tom Waits
82. Drinking Problem -- Rehab
83. What's the Use of Getting Sober? -- Louis Jordan
84. Country Club -- Travis Tritt
85. Fifteen Beers -- Johnny Paycheck
86. Hurry Up Harry -- Sham 69
87. Alcohaulin's Ass -- Hallyeah
88. Mas Tequila -- Sammy Hagar
89. Seven Drunken Nights -- Dubliners
90. Beer Belly Blues -- Tim Wilson
91. Gimme Three Steps -- Lynyrd Skynyrd
92. Home for a Rest -- Spirit of the West
93. Six Pack -- Black Flag
94. You Never Even Called Me By My Name -- David Allan Coe
95. Ein Prosit -- Die G'Scherten Munchner
96. What Good Can Drinkin' Do? -- Janis Joplin
97. You Ain't Much Fun -- Toby Keith
98. Midnight Chior -- The Gatlin Brothers
99. A Couple of Beers Ago -- Dale Watson
100. Honky Tonkin -- Hank Williams Sr.

Honorable Mention: All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down (Hank Williams Jr.); Barstool Mountain (Johnny Paycheck); Bartender (Dave Matthews Band); Cold Beverage (G. Love & Special Sauce); East Bound and Down (Jerry Reed); Gotta Get Drunk (Eddie Spaghetti); Honky Tonk Masquerade (Joe Ely); Hair of the Dog (Dale Watson); Homemade Wine (Ozark Mountain Daredevils); I Got Drunk (Uncle Tupelo); I Had to Get Drunk Last Night (Gary Stewart); I'm Home Gettin' Hammered While She's Out Gettin' Nailed (Banjo & Sullivan); If You Don't Start Drinking, I'm Going to Leave (George Thorogood); Irish Drinking Song (Flogging Molly); Pass the Courvoisier (Busta Rhymes); Please Operator (Garth Brooks); Rehab (Amy Winehouse); Saturday Night's Alright (Elton John); Since I Started Drinking Again (Dwight Yoakam); Tequila Sheila (Bobby Bare); Tequila Talking (Lone Star); The Blarney Stone (Ween); The Bottle Let Me Down (Merle Haggard); What Made Milwaukee Famous (Jerry Lee Lewis); What's Your Name (Lynyrd Skynyrd); Whiskey and Wine (311); Whiskey, If You Were a Woman (Highway 101); Whiskey in the Jar (Metallica); Whiskey Rock 'n Roller (Lynyrd Skynyrd).


Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a pretty amazing list (you even got They Might Be Giants!). There are a few songs not on there that are a few of my favorites. If you want MP3s, I can arrange that, hit me up via email(joshm [at] flyingdogales [dot] com).

• Captain Jim's Drunken Dream - James Taylor. It's a tune about someone who lives in the tropics having a tough time adjusting to living in the "real world".

• Raleigh and Spencer - an old-timey prohibition-era tune. It's a bluegrass standard these days.

• Ramblin' In The Rambler - Yonder Mountain String Band. This is a fan favorite, and the band shoots a shot when they get to the line about Jagermeister. It's pretty awesome.

There are more, but these are the ones that come to mind right now. A great list, thanks for sharing!


natalie@theliquidmuse.com said...

I have to say "wow" too. What a compilation. You should burn those as a compilation for download! (following all copyright rules, of course...)

blackwaterTM said...

(Married to a waitress) I don't even know her name - Alan Jackson

Water is alright in Tay - Clancy Brothers

Dream of New York - The Pogues (No Pogues on the list!?)

Fiddles and Tin whistles, Shilelagh Law

Rick Lyke said...


I think you're right that Alan Jackson should have made at least the honorable mention for that song and also "Who I Am." They'll be in the running for the next revision!

As for The Pogues, they did get in at #62. They certainly are a fan favorite.



Anonymous said...

Just to remind readers:
WPLJ by Frank Zappa and....
How can a whisky that's five years old whoop a man that's forty-three?

Anonymous said...

You need the Beer Pong Anthem! by Right side of the tree.

Anonymous said...

Let's give Ronnie Milsap a nod here ...
Misery Loves Company is a great song ...
"Break out the bottle ... bring on the crowd ... tell funny stories ... and turn the jukebox up loud ..."
Classic stuff.

Anonymous said...

Tubthumping by Chumbawumba, Sunday Morning After by Amanda Marshall, and Alcohol by the Barenaked Ladies! Come on, there's a lot of Canadian stuff you're missing. And on that note, where's Home For a Rest????? Best drinking song ever!

Anonymous said...

My favorite drinking song is ,
"I'll Never Forget The Night I Can't Remember"
by Lettuce Party.

Educator said...

Great list, but what about Pat Travers "Smokin Whiskey, drinkin cocain" or the country song the lord knows I'm drinkin?

Anonymous said...

No one has mentioned some great JD songs...
Jack Daniels If You Please by David Allan Coe
Jack Daniels by Miranda Lambert
Jack Daniels (Old Number Seven)by Jerry Lee Lewis

Anonymous said...

WTF no way you can not have 'Have a drink' on me by AC/DC at number one but to not even have it anywhere on your page is blasphemous.

The Dude

Anonymous said...

I didn't see:
Jimmy Buffet's Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw,and My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink and I Don't Love Jesus.
Also:Commander Cody's Lost in the Ozone Again
The Clovers: In the Morning Time, Tom Waits: The Piano Has Been Drinking.