The Top 10 Drinking Songs of All Time
3: “Whiskey in a Jar,” Thin Lizzy
The Irish have no shortage of drinking songs, so it’s appropriate that a revved-up translation of a folk standard be included here. The song actually has less to do with drinking than it does with armed robbery and lust—but it does have one key attribute to a classic drinking song: a chorus written in gibberish.
2: “There’s a Tear in My Beer,” Hank Williams
How does the poor sobbing bastard in the corner make his drink last so long? He’s watering it down with salt water, of course! This and other secrets of alcoholic medication are contained in Williams’ prototypical self-pitying country song. And it’s not all pathos; indeed, perfectly happy people can sing this tune as a sympathetic gesture to the broken-hearted.
1: “Tequila,” The Champs
Who needs words when a two-chord riff and a honkin’ sax melody scream, “Dance, sucka, dance!” This 1950s classic has endured the test of time because it reeks of mischief. Plus, not only is the chorus extremely easy to remember; it doesn’t require that anyone stay in key!