You’ve got high-end spirits, top-of-the-line mixers and even jumbo ice cubes; you’re all set for a great night, right? Well, before you start drinking, you need to think about the perfect music to listen to.
Whether your beverage of choice is whiskey neat, fruity cocktails or beer, music is an essential element to imbibing. And to help you put together the ideal playlist, we asked our nearly 400,000 Facebook fans to name their all-time favorite drinking songs. The response was overwhelming, but we diligently weeded through all 760 answers and put together a soundtrack of 15 popular (and foot-tappingly good) tracks.
From Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” and Snoop Doggy Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” there’s something for everybody on our list, so check it out now. And be sure to tell us about your favorite drinking song in the comments below.
We’re not ashamed to admit we know all the words to this Garth Brooks classic. The 1990 country sensation is also one of our Facebook fans’ most beloved drinking songs. And it has a habit of always coming on whenever we’re at a dive bar or a honky tonk, places “where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases my blues away.”
“Snoop Lion” may be a reggae artist now, but in 1993, his debut album Doggystyle was pure hip-hop gold. It inspired drinkers around the world to fix themselves the simple combo of gin and juice—perhaps even some Tanqueray like Dr. Dre? And every time we hear the lyric “with my mind on my money and my money on my mind,” we’re hit with a bit of ‘90s nostalgia. Watch the video and travel back in time!
For tequila lovers, this may just be the ultimate drinking song. Since its release in 1977, Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” has managed to remain one of the most popular boozy tunes of all time. It has even inspired Buffet’s eponymous restaurant chain and a line of frozen Margarita machines. So, of course, fix yourself a Margarita and be transported to a tropical locale by the now-famous lyrics.
This recent country tribute to everyone’s favorite disposable drinking vessel was a giant hit for Toby Keith and is certainly easy enough to sing along to—especially after you’ve had a few refills of your Solo cup. The song (especially the video) certainly brings back memories of college parties!
Dropping liquor brand names in songs isn’t a new phenomenon, but Busta Rhymes took it to a whole new level with his single “Pass the Courvoisier, Part II”. This version of the song is a remix, but it has become even more popular than the original. You’ll probably be thirsty for a glass of cognac after this one ends.
You don’t have to be from Alabama or a big Lynyrd Skynyrd fan to sing along to this 1974 classic when it comes on the jukebox. But be careful; once you listen to it you may have the chorus stuck in your head for the rest of the evening.
Few things pair better with stiff drinks than the Man in Black. While his “Sunday Morning Coming Down” may not get you pumped up for going out, it’s perfect morning-after music. We’re with you Johnny: Sunday mornings are always hard.
If you’re having a long night at the bar, there’s no better tune to put on than George Thorogood’s epic 1977 version of “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, which is more than eight minutes long. And if you’re going up to the bar to order, we’ll take one of each, too, please!
When you’re ready for the weekend, it’s time to pour yourself a Jameson and listen to Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That)”. It’s catchy, easy to sing along to and it even cribs a (slightly altered) line from Snoop’s “Gin and Juice”: “I’ve got a drink on my mind and my mind on my money.” We will drink to that!
Just hearing this catchy classic tune makes us thirsty, and it’s practically a necessity to play at least once a night. (Don’t be shy; we know you know all the words.) The Steve Miller Band released this feel-good single back in 1973.
Just like with ordering a round of shots, there’s a proper time and place for playing this song. LMFAO released the track in 2009, and you can still hear it blasting in bars and clubs today. (Shots, shots, shots!) It even mentions a bunch of drinks by name—and the video displays actual recipes—including the Kamikaze and Jello Shots.
Mixing your cocktail