The solution to most problems sung about in country music is to drink them away. From complaining about other people’s bad habits to relieving a little stress on their own, these women aren’t afraid to sing about boozin’. Some songs focus on the sad times, while others just celebrate the simple joy of hitting the bar. Surely inspired by legends Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, here are the nine best modern drinking songs from true country girls.
“Follow Your Arrow” – Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves’ major label debut, Same Trailer Different Park, was a hit among mainstream critics and country lovers alike. With tell-it-like-it-is tracks like “Follow Your Arrow,” which offers some “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” advice, it’s easy to see why.
Alcoholyrics: “If you won’t have a drink then you’re a prude/ But they’ll call you a drunk as soon as you down the first one”
“Girls Like Us” – Pistol Annies
This all-female group consisting of veteran songwriter Angaleena Presley, superstar Miranda Lambert and recent breakout artist Ashley Monroe is known for its sassy lyrics and excellent harmonizing. Slow burner “Girls Like Us” is a ballad for strong women who need to take the edge off after a long day.
Alcoholyrics: “At the end of another hell of a day I wouldn’t change a thing/ I kick off my shoes, mix up a drink”
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
Hillary Scott, the female third of Lady Antebellum, steals the show with her raw vocals on this smash hit from 2009. “Need You Now” is a remarkably catchy, very relatable song about drunkenly pining after the one who got away, while contemplating the always-risky drunk dial.
Alcoholyrics: “It’s a quarter after one, I’m a little drunk and I need you now”
“Night Gone Wasted” – The Band Perry
With a choppy guitar riff and an old school feel, “Night Gone Wasted” is classic country with a modern twist. Kimberly Perry (who is backed by her two brothers), belts out this ode to going out and sipping some hooch with your friends.
Alcoholyrics: “It’s the best medication to make the whole wide world go around/ It’s a night gone wasted”
“One of the Boys” – Jana Kramer
An actress (One Tree Hill, Friday Night Lights) turned country singer, Jana Kramer is as confident as they come. Despite having a metaphorical song called “Whiskey,” Kramer’s party jam “One of the Boys” actually references drinking and the fun that comes along with it.
Alcoholyrics: “Put me in a smoky bar with a cold drink in my hand/ Light up a fat cigar ’cause I don’t give a damn / Gimme a ball cap with blue Levi’s I’m hangin’ with Jack and Jim and raisin’ ’em high”
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’” – Miranda Lambert
After a third place finish on the inaugural season of Nashville Star, Miranda Lambert gained a large following and a major record deal. “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” from her most recent release, Platinum, finds Lambert reminiscing about both the good times and the bad with a drink in her hand.
Alcoholyrics: “Smokin’ and drinkin’ on the weekend like we did back in the day/ Smokin’ and drinkin’ gotcha thinkin’ about the one that got away/ So here’s to all those nights all we felt was life smokin’ and drinkin’”
“Teenage Daughters” – Martina McBride
Martina McBride broke onto the scene in 1992, but by 2011, the country mainstay could finally sing one for all of the parents out there about two of her very own kids. From McBride’s eleventh album, “Teenage Daughters” is a simple tune about a basic truth of life: Raising teenagers is very stressful.
Alcoholyrics: “I ain’t complainin’ but I’m tired, so I’m just sayin’ what I think/ And if we’re being honest then honestly I think I need a drink”
“Unlock that Honky Tonk” – Kellie Pickler
After bursting into the country world with a sixth place finish on the fifth season of American Idol, Kellie Pickler has not looked back. This anthem from the bonafide superstar is all about letting loose with some music and a few drinks mixed by your favorite bartender at the local watering hole.
Alcoholyrics: “Unlock that honky tonk / boy turn them neons on / go and get the good stuff out / I’m bringing a party crowd”
“We Oughta Be Drinking” – Sheryl Crow
A country-pop crossover legend, Sheryl Crow went traditional country on her most recent album, Feels Like Home. Crow has always been one to tell it like it is, and “We Oughta Be Drinking” is a Willie Nelson–referencing song that’s dedicated to getting wasted. Hey, she may not be the kind of girl you’d take home, but we love that about her.
Alcoholyrics: “I’m glad I hate my job/ What’s your excuse?/ You got a broken heart or are you just thirsty too?/ Could be anything/ But whatever the case I think we’re all planning on getting shit-faced”