The Best Songs About Drinking – Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day!
St Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, and I’ll be drinking my face off in Ireland. To celebrate me crossing this off of my bucket list (drinking in Ireland on St Paddy’s Day, not me having beer), I’ve compiled 13 of the best songs about drinking. Why 13? Because I can! Or maybe it’s like those 12 packs of beer with a free one thrown in. Don’t question it – embrace it!
Now, these songs aren’t necessarily Irish, or tied to St. Paddy’s Day, or perhaps not even songs you’ll want to hear when drunk. These are songs about good olde fashioned alcohol. So as you prepare to put on some ridiculous green shirt and party hat, and celebrate the fact that you’re (likely) not Irish and are trying to cop a few cheap kisses by wearing your lame “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirt, listen to these songs and thank whomever for inventing sweet, delicious, brain-cell killing alcohol.
We limited the list to one song per band, so we wouldn’t have an entire list of Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly songs. Instead, we have songs about parties (duh!), alcohol abuse, drunken fights, alcohol abuse, drinking while sad (is there any other time to drink?), and alcohol abuse.
The list is below, and the first song in the 13-track YouTube playlist is embedded. You can skip ahead if you don’t like the song (or skip back and listen to it again, but that’s tricky to do when drunk). The songs are listed below, in no particular order…except by letter of the alphabet, just to prove to my parents that I could do it. Enjoy!
The Best Drinking Songs
AC/DC – Have a Drink on Me. Alcohol Content: Whiskey gin and brandy, With a glass I’m pretty handy; I’m tryin’ to walk a straight line, On sour mash and cheap wine
Amy Winehouse – Rehab. Alcohol Content: I’m gonna, I’m gonna lose my baby; so I always keep a bottle near; He said ‘I just think you’re depressed; this me, yeah baby, and the rest’
The Dead Kennedys – Too Drunk to Fuck (oh, I can relate). Alcohol Content: Went to a party, I danced all night; I drank 16 beers, And I started up a fight
Dropkick Murphys – Barroom Hero. Alcohol Content: He’s a big, strong man with a child’s mind; Don’t you take his booze away, hey; He’s been at it for years, drinkin’ balls and beers; He’s a hero to most he meets, hey, hey, hey
Fiddler’s Green – The Night that Paddy Murphy. Alcohol Content: Oh the night that Paddy Murphy died, is a night I’ll never forget; Some of the boys got loaded drunk, and they ain’t got sober yet
Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies. Alcohol Content: Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess, Singin’ drunken lullabies
Florence + the Machine – Hurricane Drunk. Alcohol Content: I’m going out, I’m going to drink myself to death; And in the crowd I see you with someone else; I brace myself ’cause I know it’s going to hurt; But I like to think at least things can’t get any worse
Gogol Bordello – Alcohol. Alcohol Content (besides being right in the title): And you know that I’ll pick up, Every time you call; Just to thank you one more time, Alcohol
LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls. Alcohol Content: Drunk girls cause a couple of heart attacks; Drunk girls are unusually mild; Drunk boys keep in pace with the pedophiles; Drunk girls are boringly wild
Metallica/Thin Lizzy/The Dubliners/others – Whiskey in the Jar. Alcohol Content: Being drunk and weary I went to Molly’s chamber; Takin’ Molly with me but I never knew the danger
Oasis – Cigarettes & Alcohol. Alcohol Content (besides being right in the title): Is it my imagination, Or have I finally found something worth living for? I was looking for some action, But all I found was cigarettes and alcohol.
Snoop Dogg – Gin & Juice. Alcohol Content: Rollin’ down the street, smokin’ endo; Sippin’ on gin and juice, laid back; With my mind on my money, And my money on my mind.
Spirit of the West – Home for a Rest. Alcohol Content: You’ll have to excuse me, I’m not at my best; I’ve been gone for a month, I’ve been drunk since I left; These so-called vacations will soon be my death; I’m so sick from the drink I need home for a rest.
The Best Songs About Drinking
(click link if the embed doesn’t work in your browser)
How about your thoughts – obviously, there are many more songs we could’ve included, but
we were half drunk when we wrote this list any glaring omissions? How about your own favourite songs about drinking and alcohol abuse? Were you inspired to drink when listening to the songs?