Nothing duets better with a tall drink quite like some tunes. (Though, eating a hearty meal before a night of drinking is always a great opening act.) For those who are inclined to crack a cold one from time to time, some of the most memorable nights of drinking have probably come with a soundtrack. Maybe it was a hyped up playlist for your first college kegger. Or some moody melodies for that introspective wine night where you spilled out a bit more than you expected (both from the bottle and your mouth).
It makes sense that a substance like alcohol, known for lowering one’s inhibitions and serving as a universal “truth serum,” would serve as a muse for so many songs. The singular lyric “Tequila!” boosts one of the most contagious melodies of all time by The Champs, while Sublime’s “40oz. To Freedom” and UB40’s “Red Red Wine” praise alcohol as an elixir with nearly magical properties for drinking one’s pain away.
Luckily, we’ve got a well-rounded flight of craft-brewed tunes to whet your palate—whether you’re a whiskey or wine drinker. With some upbeat scream-alongs to chase your blues away, cry-into-your-beer ballads, new school songs, and aged-like-fine-wine oldies, these are the best drinking songs of all time.
The only thing missing from this mix is an occasional water. No, seriously: Drink and listen responsibly, please.
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