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Music and revelry go hand in hand.
Having the greatest drinking songs for an evening of drinking—whether for your next party, the juke at your local watering hole, or the set list of your drinking songs — is just as important as knowing what hors d’oeuvres to serve. At the risk of over-intellectualizing the subject, our list was developed after hours of pseudo-scientific research—the specifics of which we will not reveal—among haphazardly organised focus groups.
But we will say this: the inclusion of a singable chorus as well as a catchy guitar riff undoubtedly helped.
Also read about 10 Heaviest Metal Songs.
So, as the stars of the cult film Fubar would say, “Give’r.” Just remember to drink responsibly, Bukowski. And don’t turn up the amp and roll tape if you’ve had one too many. You’ll regret it.
These are the top 10 drinking songs-
“Hell Raisers & Beer Drinkers,” ZZ Top
How does this Texas trio maintain their beards from becoming frothy? On this tune, Billy Gibbons’ searing blues solos and proto-metal guitar inspire two things: merriment… and wreckin’ shitup. When this one comes on, stay away from the bad drunks.
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Alligator Wine
Lyrics like “Take the blood out of the alligator/Take the left eye of a fish/Take the skin off a frog/And mix it up in a plate” will be hilarious at some point during the evening. Don’t let someone’s inebriation ruin the joke.
Guns N’ Roses’ “Night Train”
When no one present can say anything more profound than “YEEEOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW This is one of the best drinking songs and is strictly for those who can hold their rock ‘n’ roll.
“Cold Gin,” Kiss Gin is the devil’s gasoline
Kiss are Knights in the Service of Satan. Get it? When teetotaler Gene Simmons sings Ace Frehley-penned lines like “It’s cold gin time again/You know it’ll always win,” any intellectuals on board should laugh ironically.
“Boob Scotch,” Bob Log III
Anyone for some party games? This insane Arizona bluesman has concocted a seductive combination of one part Scotch, one part ice, and one part nipple. Try to keep up: the nipple hardens and the scotch takes on a new flavour. In general, this drink is best served after several glasses of normal spirits have been tossed back.
“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” John Lee Hooker
What a ready-made chorus! Of course, cynical twerps refer to it as subliminal advertising, and they may be correct. After all, bartenders love it when drunken customers order by singing the song’s chorus.
“Have a Drink on Me” AC/DC
This one may appear slightly irresponsible because it was written in remembrance of Bon Scott, a man who didn’t know when to cut himself off from the bottle (he choked as a result). Nonetheless, it strengthens the concept of giving. Also, that guitar riff will definitely zing you.
Thin Lizzy’s “Whiskey in a Jar”
The Irish have no shortage of drinking songs, so a revved-up rendition of a folk standard is suitable here. The song is about armed robbery and lust rather than drinking, but it does have one crucial feature of a classic drinking song: a chorus sung in gibberish.
“There’s a Tear in My Beer,” Hank Williams
How does the poor weeping jerk in the corner keep his drink going for so long? Of course, he’s diluting it with salt water! This and other alcoholic medication secrets are revealed in Williams’ classic self-pitying country tune. And it’s not all pathos; perfectly joyful individuals can sing this song in sympathy to the broken-hearted.
The Champs’ “Tequila”
“Dance, sucka, dance!” screams a two-chord riff and a honkin’ sax tune. This 1950s masterpiece has stood the test of time because it exudes mischievousness. Furthermore, not only is the chorus simple to memorise, but it does not need everyone to stay in key!