100 Best Drinking Songs – Part 6 of 10
It's amazing we've gotten this far into our list without encountering the anonymous "old wise man at the bar." Well, Currington fixes that with this single from his 2008 album 'Little Bit of Everything,' in which we get pure life wisdom from an elder: "God is great, beer is good, people are crazy." Great, but where were you before we wasted all that money on college?
Written by Bill Mack and first recorded by Cal Smith back in 1968, this song was brought to full, effervescent and extremely classy life by George Strait on his 1990 album 'Living It Up.' This bubbly little number puts your focus fully on the giddy feeling of a big night with high-prince drinks at a fancy place in your best duds, with only the slightest warning about the morning's pain.
Jennings is traveling across the world without ever leaving his seat at the tavern on this song from his 1985 album 'Turn the Page.' Unhappy with his job and general station in life, Jennings drinks until he's able to mentally shed his suit and tie and dream himself all the way to a more exciting Mexico. Sadly, the trip is destined to last only as long as his temporary buzz.
Judging by the title of this song from the 2001 duets album 'I Finally Found Someone,' it sounds like at least some significant chunk of these two country stars' six-year marriage was one hell of a party. Here, they engage in a little drunken musical role play, as "queen of the trailer park" and the hard-working farmer "senor Jose," and cut loose on a weekend night.
Country music's very own Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney, breaks out the steel drums and drinks to island life on the title track from his 2004 opus 'When the Sun Goes Down.' Apparently, when the sun goes down in the Caribbean, everything just gets hotter. We know that seems to defy science, and yet, he insists that it is true. Guess we'll have to see for ourselves.
Much like Mick Jagger on 'Sympathy for the Devil,' Paisley inhabits a larger-than-life persona on this track from 2005's 'Time Well Wasted.' His character claims to be responsible for everything from the behavior of world leaders and romantic breakups to lost jobs and, of course, those naked pictures of you that have now leaked on the internet. Who is he? Why, alcohol, of course!
Now, Jones, Haggard and Nelson don't want to get drunk, mind you. In fact, it's clear from this rousing collaboration from 1978's 'My Very Special Guests' that they dread inevitably waking up poor and heartbroken. But, as Nelson explains, it's all about long-term survival: "There's more old drunks than there are old doctors, so I guess we better have another round!"
Boy, that winter sure did suck, huh? Well now that it's (hopefully) over, let's get ready for summer with our party planner, Phil Vassar. On this handy guide from his 2000 debut, he tells you everything you need: Suntan lotion, beach blanket, shades and radio are all important, but it turns out all you need is an iced down six-pack and a complete lack of inhibitions.
Chesney's back with a song he reportedly wrote for 2005's 'The Road and the Radio' while celebrating Sammy Hagar's birthday down in Cabo San Lucas. He doesn't have to look too far for inspiration, simply telling the story of a man determined to drink a beer and do his best to waste the day. Don't you wish your days off resulted in big hit singles?
Here's a trend we noticed: When country singers write a great drinking song, they're smart enough to name the whole album after it. That's the case once again with Dierks Bentley's 2005 smash, where he asks the bartender for anything 'Domestic, Light and Cold' to help him get through his most recent breakup. How can a guy so easy to please have such romantic trouble?