Five Star Fridays: Songs About Drinking

Friday, June 8th, 2012

For the last couple summers, we’ve gone with theme-based Five Star Fridays. This year: songs about drinking. Feel free to leave your favorites in the comments.

I’ll kick it off with this obscure, Tom Waits-inspired gem, “Liar’s Bar,” by The Beautiful South.


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67 Responses to “Five Star Fridays: Songs About Drinking”

  1. #1 |  Furpo | 

    Dropkick Murphys, “Kiss Me I’m Shitfaced”

    Dead Kennedys-Too Drunk to Fuck

    Black Flag – Six Pack


  2. #2 |  rob | 

    not a huge dropkick murphys fan, but i do love this song

  3. #3 |  Mike Williams | 

    Dwight Yoakam, “This Drinkin’ Will Kill Me”

  4. #4 |  Todd | 

    Fuck You Im Drunk

  5. #5 |  Ginna | 

    Ooh – Spirit of the West, “Home For A Rest”

  6. #6 |  Ben | 

    “Don’t Go for the One” Gaelic Storm

  7. #7 |  andyinsdca | 

    My Drinking Problem (Left Today) by Hank III (there are no good videos of this track)

  8. #8 |  mark | 

    Los Lobos “I Got Loaded” or “Whiskey Train”

  9. #9 |  Some Call Me Tim | 

    How about a George Thorogood classic – One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer? (Hmmm, I may have a plan for this evening now…)

  10. #10 |  Tom | 

    Let’s not forget the great classic of this genre. Merle – Tonight the bottle let me down.

  11. #11 |  Erik | 

    How about a new-old-time song.
    Pokey Lafarge – Drinking Whiskey Tonight

  12. #12 |  Solomon | 

    I’ve always liked The Sickbed of Cuchulainn by The Pogues:

    And then there is Body of an American off the same album for all the fans of The Wire.

  13. #13 |  Zack | 

    Gotta have a Drive-By Truckers tune. Several fit the bill, but I have to go with the Cooley classic, “Women Without Whiskey” []. Runner-up would be the decidely more light-hearted “Three Dimes Down” [].

  14. #14 |  PermaLurker | 

    Couldn’t find a video, but Turlough O’Carolan’s “Ode to Whiskey” is one of my favorite tunes to play on my mandolin.

  15. #15 |  Ted S. | 

    Pick your favorite version of Johnny Mercer’s “One For My Baby and One More For the Road”.

  16. #16 |  Chicagojon | 

    I Drink Beer by Dan Reeder:

  17. #17 |  Anonymous | 

    Cazual Drinking
    Classified ft. Tash

  18. #18 |  Chris in AL | 

    Buck-o-nine’s Drink and Fight is a fun one

    I am a Murphy’s fan and The Dirty Glass (with Stephanie Dougherty) is a great song about drinking, and it kicking your ass.

  19. #19 |  Anonymous | 

    Drunken Nights
    Statik Selektah ft. REKS, Joe Scudda and JFK

  20. #20 |  Anonymous | 

    I’m On Everything
    Bad Meets Evil

  21. #21 |  Burque | 

    “Martini Time” by Reverend Horton Heat.

  22. #22 |  Ghost | 

    I’ve always been a fan of Paul Revere by the Beastie Boys when I’m tipping one back.

  23. #23 |  Ghost | 

    Let’s Get F**ked Up And Die, by Motion City Soundtrack

    Seriously, YouTube that one. It’s a happy little ditty.

  24. #24 |  Ammyth | 

    Ween – Booze Me Up and Get Me High

  25. #25 |  Mairead | 

    “Wild Rover”, author unkn, sung by the Dubliners and others

    “The Overlanders”, author unkn, sung by the Cobbers and others. A song about cattle drovers rather than drinking, but they tend to like beer (“and the whole damn cheque / rolls down the neck / of many an Overlander”).

    “The Potin (pron. poh-CHEEN) Maker” (aka Moonshiner), author unkn, sung by the Clancies, Dubs, and others. Very popular drinking song in pubs

    “Finnegan’s Wake”, author unkn. Irish music hall song about a rowdy, boozy wake for a hod-carrier who had “a tippling way”.

    “I’ll never get drunk any more”, by the late Frank Proffitt (I think).

    “The Parting Glass”, author unkn. Uses the metaphor of having to leave a boozy party early, but is actually about dying.

  26. #26 |  William Berry | 

    “I Drink Alone” by George Thorogood.

    “Closing Time” by Leonard Cohen.

  27. #27 |  yonemoto | 

    Give it to me nice and sloe (gin), by glenn crytzer and his syncopators. It’s about drinking, I swear.

  28. #28 |  jmcross | 

    The Georgia Satellites – Six Years Gone

  29. #29 |  LawDragon | 

    David Allen Coe “How Do You Spell Relief – D-R-U-N-K” Great outlaw country drinking song

  30. #30 |  marfdrat | 

    Merle Haggard – “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”

    Jimmy Buffet – “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw”

    Hank Williams, Jr. – “Family Tradition”

  31. #31 |  Howlin' Hobbit | 

    I mostly try not to blow my own horn in too excessive a manner, but this is just too tempting to resist.

    here is my original tune, “I Like Bourbon,” featuring a bottle of Evan Williams and a brief appearance by my own sweet Fallen Angel.

    do please bear in mind that this is the 3rd or 4th take, and the shot I’m drinking in each is not tea, but actual bourbon. it still came out OK I think.

  32. #32 |  bbartlog | 

    Vaguely on-topic: is there an organization or agency that tries to discourage radio stations from playing songs that promote drinking? I remember that ‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer’ (George Thorogood and the Destroyers) used to get a lot of airplay, but it’s been years since I heard it. ‘Margaritaville’ likewise.

  33. #33 |  Brian | 

    George Thorogood, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”
    (also see Amos Milburn & John Lee Hooker)

    Guns N’ Roses, “Nightrain”

    Beastie Boys, “Brass Monkey”

  34. #34 |  Brian | 

    Oh yeah, and this: “What’s This? A Beer?”

    “A parody of the Nightmare Before Christmas song “Whats this?” (Originally by Danny Elfman). A young adult discovers world of drinking on his 21st birthday.”

  35. #35 |  Andrew Roth | 

    “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” by Billy Currington:

    I don’t think I’ll ever be able to mentally dissociate this song from Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World,” which can be summarized as, “Yeah, I totally bombed all these subjects, so infer from that what you like about my marriageability, but I still think it would be really cool if you’d be my girlfriend.” The musical styles are different, but the themes are surprisingly similar.

  36. #36 |  xenia onatopp | 

    “Drinks Before Dinner” by Loudon Wainwright III (can’t shake my lifelong love for this one, in spite of the man’s much later ode to Paul Krugman)

    Merle Haggard’s “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down”, his version or Gram Parsons’ version, either way.

    Snoop Dogg’s “Gin And Juice”

    “Another Drinkin’ Song” by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones

    Shit, I could do this all day, but there’s the first four I thought of.

  37. #37 |  CyniCAl | 

    Brian beat me to Nightrain by GnR.

    Bbartlog, I have heard 1 Bourbon 1 Scotch 1 Beer many times in recent memory … 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles

  38. #38 |  CyniCAl | 

    Brian beat me to Nightrain by GnR.

    Bbartlog, I have heard 1 Bourbon 1 Scotch 1 Beer many times in recent memory … 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles

  39. #39 |  CyniCAl | 

    Brian beat me to Nightrain by GnR.

    Bbartlog, I have heard 1 Bourbon 1 Scotch 1 Beer many times in recent memory … 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles

  40. #40 |  Jerry | 

    Dr. Duke Tumatoe – You’ve Got The Problem

  41. #41 |  Will | 

    B- double E- double R- u – n. BEER RUN! by Todd Snider. You have to get the beer before you can drink the beer.

  42. #42 |  xenia onatopp | 

    Also, forgot to add a huge THANK YOU to Radley for starting my weekend off with The Beautiful South, a long, long time favorite band of mine; so nice to know of another person who won’t simply give me a blank stare when I mention them.

  43. #43 |  Sean | 

    Just post songs by The Pogues for the rest of the year.
    This “Liar’s Bar” is a bit too cutesy for me.

  44. #44 |  BBCC | 

    Jimmy Buffet – Wastin’ Away again in Margaritaville

  45. #45 |  xenia onatopp | 

    #26 Sean– I was coming back to say exactly what you did; face it, if Shane McGowan’s singing it, it involves booze.

  46. #46 |  Satori | 

    “Sunday Morning Coming Down” by Johnny Cash

  47. #47 |  Poinsonboy | 

    I created a “Whiskey and Beer” playlist on rdio earlier this year. My favorites…
    The Lord Knows I’m Drinking – Cal Smith
    Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer) – Nina Simone
    Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman – Nazareth

  48. #48 |  Gordon | 

    I can’t believe I’m the first to submit this classic drinking song:

    “The Philosophers Song”; Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl


  49. #49 |  doomboy | 

    Replacements — Here Comes a Regular

  50. #50 |  Gonzo | 

    I’m with Sean. Loop “Rum Sodomy and the Lash” and call it a day.

    Or go with the original. “The Piano Has Been Drinking”:

  51. #51 |  that guy | 

    Spiritualized – Lay Back in the Sun (good dope, good fun)

  52. #52 |  Cappy | 

    Radley, you mention Tom Waits and leave out one of the best…The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)

  53. #53 |  Robert Evans | 

    Everyone’s mentioned One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer, which I associate more with John Lee Hooker than George Thorogood. Thorogood covers nearly the whole gamut of American liquors with his I Drink Alone:

  54. #54 |  KathyK | 

    Drink! by They Might be Giants:

  55. #55 |  Ted S. | 

    @Xenia Onatopp

    So what you’re saying is you love Radley, but he’s boring? :-)

  56. #56 |  dave | 

    Waiting for My Gin to Hit Me, Ronnie Self:

  57. #57 |  Gonzo | 



  58. #58 |  Pi Guy | 

    Wasabi Brothers: I’m NOT Drunk, I’m STILL Drinking

  59. #59 |  winston smith | 

    Jimmy Buffett-God’s Own Drunk

  60. #60 |  Jon | 

    The 90s were the golden years of Canadian Drinking Songs.

    Spirit of the West – Home for a Rest

    Moxy Fruvous – The Drinking Song

    Great Big Sea – The Night Pat Murphy Died

  61. #61 |  perlhaqr | 

    Ozzy Osbourne: Demon Alcohol.

  62. #62 |  Darth Cuddly | 

    #5 nails it. My favorite song about drinking by far.

  63. #63 |  Putnam | 

    Webb Pierce’s There Stands the Glass

  64. #64 |  Mark | 

    What One Bottle Can Do – Dolorean

  65. #65 |  Bulucanagria | 

    Late to the game but…

    Mary Gauthier – I Drink

    The best ever song about generational alcoholism. A perfect song.

  66. #66 |  CAshane | 

    Even later to the game but had to mention these two. They may be silly drinking tunes but they sure are fun to sing along with while sitting around the campfire.

    Andy Prieboy – Hearty Drinking Men
    Beat Farmers – Are You Drinking with Me Jesus

  67. #67 |  CAshane | 

    Just a few more.

    Youth of Britan – Beer, Beer, Beer

    And another from The Beat Farmers – Gettin’ Drunk