100 Best Drinking Songs – Part 2 of 10
McDaniel, who married his high school sweetheart, doesn't really have much use for the singles bar scene. This song, originally from his 1982 'Take Me to the Country' album, tells his wife that "a big ole brew, and a little of you" is all this '80s hitmaker and Oklahoma native needs when he gets back to his double-wide trailer after a hard day of work.
When you come up with a title as perfect and lifestyle defining as 'Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer,' you use it for both the album and the single names, as Russell did back in 1973. In fact, Pabst Blue Ribbon has made a huge comeback among young city adults in recent years. We'd be surprised if this wasn't playing at some bar in Brooklyn, N.Y. right now.
Neal McCoy sings about beer-goggling, one of the more humorously dangerous risks of overdoing it at the bar, on this song from his 2005 album 'The Life.' We've all met Billy, and shook our heads as he hits on the whole range of wrong girls -- too pretty, too ugly or too married. Guess who plays Billy in the video?? Rob Schneider from 'Saturday Night Live.'
From 1985's 'Time Stood Still,' Gosdin chronicles the life of a female barfly, who's got no interest in a husband or family, instead finding her home night after night at the nearest dark, loud and smoky pub. Which wouldn't be so bad, if she wasn't 13. Kidding! Family was obviously very important to Vern, the sixth child in a family of nine and a regular church singer.
Davis jokingly laments the difficulties of being alone at the top of the mountain in this sarcastic ode to self-confidence from 1974's 'Stop and Smell the Roses.' It became a novelty hit six years later, and remains a beloved concert and tavern jukebox sing-along. Everybody now: "Oh Lord, it's hard to be humble, when you're perfect in every way ..."
On the title track from their 1979 album, these two singing friends trade tall tales at the local pub. At various points they admit to tripling the speed limit, bootlegging, getting kicked out of bars, throwing their boss out a window, stealing a truck, hawking their wives' wedding rings and beating another guy half to death. But, other than that, they're just 'Good Ol' Boys.'
According to Bobby's 1-10 rating system, as detailed on this single from 1980's 'Down and Dirty,' no woman at the bar rated a perfect score. Instead, they were expected to be happy with an "8" and thrilled with a "9." Soon, though, his own score starts to take a dive as the girls pick apart his out of date suit, beat-up car and beer belly, then leave him all alone.
So far this tops our list of "songs that will never be used in a commercial for Mothers Against Drunk Driving." Waking up with a hangover in the back of his truck somehow parked across the state, Watson pops the top on a cold one, slides behind the wheel, cranks up the radio and heads home on this catchy little ode to reckless endangerment from 1983's 'Little By Little.'
Emmylou Harris took Delbert McClinton's tale of dashed dreams in the City of Angels to the top of the country charts in 1978. In the song, she drives across the country to join her lover in Los Angeles and have a go at big-time success. Instead, they break up, forcing her to take work pushing a broom. But all hope is not lost, because he did leave behind two bottles of wine.
"Faded love and faded memories, how they linger in the mind," notes this nostalgic ode to the neighborly and/or romantic bonds that get built up and torn down at the local watering hole. 'Y'all Come Back Saloon' is the first song and title track from the legendary Oak Ridge Boys' very first album, way back in 1977, and it remains one of their most popular singles ever.