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25 Best Country Drinking Songs Ever Made

December 21, 2023
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I’ve picked out the best country drinking songs ever made, a playlist that perfectly captures the fun and camaraderie of sharing a drink with friends.

This article is a celebration of country music’s ability to turn tales of good times, heartaches, and toasts into unforgettable melodies.

Top country drinking songs ever made

  • “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton
  • “Drink In My Hand” by Eric Church
  • “I Love This Bar” by Toby Keith
  • “Tequila Does” by Miranda Lambert
  • “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink” by Merle Haggard
  • “Whiskey River” by Willie Nelson
  • “Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks
  • “Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin Bullets” by Luke Bryan
  • “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson
  • “Buy My Own Drinks” by Runaway June

1. “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton

Let’s start with a classic country drinking song that’s also one of the best songs about Tennessee.

In “Tennessee Whiskey,” Chris Stapleton is smitten by this one girl and compares her to the smooth Tennessee drink.

Used to drowning his sorrows in liquor, the singer can’t hide his joy after finally finding a soul mate.

2. “Drink In My Hand” by Eric Church

Finally, the workweek is gone, and the weekend’s here.

What a feeling!

Sometimes, you just want to escape the tiresome 40-hour work week and resort to some quiet place for a beer or two with your buddies.

Eric Church shares the same desire in his country drinking song, thinking about the perfect way to unwind after a week’s work.

The up-tempo song has a memorable chorus,All you gotta do is put a drink in my hand!” to bring the pulsating energy.

Yes.

Get one, two, or more drinks, buddy, because it’s Friday.

3. “I Love This Bar” by Toby Keith

The best thing about many country drinking songs is that they bring the feel-good vibes every country music lover needs on a night out with friends.

And that’s the same for Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar,” a mellow tune about celebrating the little things that matter the most in life.

It’s impossible to ignore this song when it has lines as good as “And the girls next door dress up like movie stars.”

4. “Tequila Does” by Miranda Lambert

Surely, there must be something about tequila because every country artist wants to sing about it.

Miranda Lambert follows the trend, singing about the emotional support she gets from tequila.

She honors the liquor, explaining how it gives her comfort more than anything else.

Oh! She even thinks the drink is better than cowboys (Sorry, cowboys).

While Miranda admits that alcohol sometimes causes her problems, she can’t imagine her life without the drink.

5. “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink” by Merle Haggard

Of course, you can’t leave this one out when compiling a list of the best country-drinking songs.

The song dates back to the 80s, but the combination of alcohol and good lyrics makes it one of the best country songs, even by today’s standards.

It’s about finding solace in alcohol after emotional wreckage.

Many people resonate with the refrain, “I think I’ll just stay here and drink.”

6. “Whiskey River” by Willie Nelson

Sipping smooth whiskey by the river while relishing the memories looks like the perfect life.

Sadly for Willie, he’s battling flashbacks from a failed relationship.

And this makes him want the booze even more.

Surely, Willie can’t be the only one finding solace in alcohol after a painful heartbreak.

7. “Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks

A rowdy (or peaceful) night out with your buddies is incomplete without this Garth Brooks masterpiece.

And it shouldn’t be surprising that this is one of the first tracks on the list of the best country drinking songs.

Whether a karaoke bar or the classic honky tonks, Garth Brook’s classic hit puts everyone in the mood.

It’s sure to induce some sing-along as the narration continues, especially the lines, “’Cause I’ve got friends in low places/Where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases my blues away/And I’ll be OK.”

See also: Best Garth Brooks Songs

8. “Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin Bullets” by Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan’s song is perfect for relishing the memories of hunting, drinking, and having a good time.

The singer remembers hunting in the woods and drinking a few beers while waiting for a deer.

Of course, that’s where wasting a few bullets comes in.

You will find the lyrics relatable if you share the same memories.

9. “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson

Drinking is always better with your friends.

This is the best song to get your buddies into the party as you kick off a long evening, night, or afternoon of drinking.

Alan Jackson became more popular with this song in the early 2000s.

And it’s stuck in many people’s minds to date.  

10. “Buy My Own Drinks” by Runaway June

Yep.

It helps to buy your own drink when going out with your friends.

At least, that’s what every self-sufficient, independent lady would say.

This one’s for a ladies’ night out, crooning in unison about their independence.  

“I can buy my own drinks/And I can pay my own tab/And at the end of the night when they cut on all the lights/I can call my own cab.”

11. “Alcohol” by Brad Paisley

It takes another embarrassment before you swear never to drink again.

But isn’t it interesting how this never works, with many going back to their favorite drinking spot the following day?

Brad Paisley’s classic hit is about the complicated relationship with alcohol.

In actual dating terms, we would call it a toxic affair.

You know the dangers of holding on to this person (your favorite drink), but won’t let go.

Brad paisley’s careful choice of words throughout the narration makes it the perfect country drinking song for anyone.

12. “You And Tequila” by Kenny Chesney

It’s impossible to rank Kenny Chesney’s country songs in any particular order.

But now that we’re talking about the best country drinking songs let’s focus on his 2010 hit, “You And Tequila.”

In this song, the Tennessee-born singer discusses drug abuse and breakup.

He tries to get this one person off his mind by drinking his troubles away. 

Some people have also argued that the song is about recovering from addiction.

Interpret the lyrics how you may, but there’s no denying this is one of the best country-drinking songs ever written.

13. “Drinking Alone” by Carrie Underwood

Drinking alone isn’t a bad thing at all.

But drinking alone when you’re heartbroken isn’t easy.

That’s Carrie Underwood’s situation when she finds herself in the company of a lonely man in a bar.

She invites him for a drink as they share the same emotions.

This song portrays Carrie Underwood as a jilted individual, deviating from her customary good-girl persona.

But her desire to numb the pain with alcohol tells us that everything’s not right.

“I’m here at the bar drinking my pain away/You and me can hang out/Why should we both be lamenting over lost love separately?”

14. “Drunk on a Plane” by Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley’s up-tempo song tells the tale of an intoxicated man on a plane after a botched honeymoon.

And before he knows it, every passenger has joined the party.

The lyrics perfectly conceal the man’s underlying loneliness, which makes it one of the most outstanding country-drinking songs on the list.

15. “The More I Drink” by Blake Shelton

This song will make you want to go straight to the bar for your favorite booze.

Blake Shelton released it in 2007 as the second single from his Pure BS album.

In the piano-laden song, the country singer is simply talking about his experiences with alcohol, narrating the good and the bad side and why he can’t stop.

16. “Beer For My Horses” by Toby Keith ft. Willie Nelson

You know beer is an essential element of country music when two of the best singers combine to release a song about it.

Unfortunately, the lyrics express frustration at the law and justice system for failing to address the rampant crimes.

The song peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

17. “Pretty Good at Drinking Beer” by Billy Currington

Are you so good at drinking beer you could brag about it to your friends?

If so, you may share quite a lot with Billy Currington because that’s the only thing he’s good at.

“I wasn’t born for diggin’ deep holes/I’m not made for pavin’ long roads/I ain’t cut out to climb high line poles/But I’m pretty good at drinkin’ beer.”

What an honest confession from the Georgia-born singer!

18. “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith

Toby Keith says “Red Solo Cup” is “the stupidest song I ever heard in my life, but it’s so stupid it’s good.”

It’s a fun, country-drinking song to play anywhere.

And regarding the song’s actual meaning, Toby says, “the song is basically a bunch of frat party people getting hammered, drinking out of a red Solo Cup and all the stupid stuff they do.”

19. “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” by Joe Nichols

You can tell from the title that this song has some innuendo lyrics everybody needs on those naughty outings with their loved ones.

Thankfully, Joe Nichols maintains it at the right level, naughty enough to trigger a minor uproar but good enough for the airwaves.

The lyrics convince us that tequila isn’t bad after all.

Of course, unless you take one too many and can’t control yourself.

20. “Drink a Beer” by Luke Bryan

Is this the “coolest sad song in the history of country music?”

Luke Bryan thinks so.

The country ballad is about the shocking loss of a loved one.

To overcome the pain, the narrator drinks beer while watching the sunset as they’d always do.

21. “Don’t Come Home Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” by Loretta Lynn

Fed up with your partner’s drinking habits?

Loretta Lynn’s #1 country song shares the same sentiments, telling the tale of an angry wife fed up with her husband’s awkward behavior.

The man is always arriving home late and drunk and demands sex.

The song’s lyrics might have been inspired by Lynn’s personal experience, having been married to a heavy drinker.

The song was deemed controversial after its release but became popular with time.

Ultimately, it became one of Lynn’s most popular songs, laying the foundation for her major successes in the 1970s.

22. “Sunday Morning Coming Down” by Johnny Cash

Drinking is only good until the hangover comes in the following morning.

That’s the tale of the man in Johnny Cash’s country song, barely battling to get through the day with the events of last night firmly in his mind.

Looks like this is going to be a long, lonesome day for the guy.

But what’s drinking without the hangovers?

23. “If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me” by George Jones

If you followed George Jones’ career, you might know his three-decade-long addiction problem.

Not one of his generation’s most prolific country singers, George changed his fortunes with a personal piece about his drinking problem.

In “If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me,” the singer describes his bad reputation.

He sings about drinking ten bottles of alcohol, multiple falls, and the nuisance he’s become in the neighborhood.

24. “I Like Beer” by Tom T. Hall

“I Like Beer” is a straightforward narrative about the narrator’s love for the drink.

Beer “makes him a jolly fellow, helps him unwind, and sometimes it makes him mellow.”

Of course, there are a lot of things to like about beer.

And that might have contributed to the song’s success, peaking at #12 on the Canadian Country Singles chart and getting featured in the Super Bowl.

25. “Two More Bottles of Wine” by Emmylou Harris

“Two More Bottles of Wine” is about finding solace in alcohol after Emmylou’s Hollywood dream crushes and her lover leaves her.

It’s a double tragedy for her, and she turns to alcohol to numb her pain while trying to understand the situation.

Best Country Drinking Songs – Final Thoughts

Someone said the perfect country song must include “mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or gettin’ drunk.”

And we can’t argue with that.

Drinking has been an essential part of country music since the days of Merle Haggard.

And the trend isn’t expected to change anytime soon, even with the latest integration of pop-rock elements into country music.

We’ve rounded up the 25 best country drinking songs ever made.

So, throw out that epic party with little to worry about by choosing a perfect country song that suits the mood.

You may also like: Best Songs About Drinking

Will Fenton

Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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