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Top 25 Best Drinking Songs: Whiskey in the Jar, Salt of the Earth, Alabama Song, Don’t Come Home a Drinkin, Margaritaville

Margaritaville 300x218 Top 25 Best Drinking Songs: Whiskey in the Jar, Salt of the Earth, Alabama Song, Dont Come Home a Drinkin, MargaritavilleBy Carolynn Chapman

Drinking and singing (and singing about drinking) go together like peanut butter and jelly. You could have either of them alone, but when put together they make an inviting combination!  Whiskey Goldmine has compiled 25 of our favorite drinking songs.  From traditional Irish folk songs to rock, rap and of course, country; Grab your favorite drink and have a listen.

1.  Whiskey in the Jar – the Pogues

The song’s exact origin is unknown but folk music historian Alan Lomax suggests that the song originated in the 17th century. Making it the oldest song on the list. It has been covered by many diverse artists including Metallica, the Dubliners and Jerry Garcia. It tells the tale of a thieving highwayman who, after robbing a military official, Captain Farrell, is then betrayed by a woman named Jenny who is either his wife or girlfriend. While the highwayman is sleeping, Jenny takes off with the stolen loot and rats him out to Captain Farrell. Who wouldn’t need a drink of whiskey after having that kind of day?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5WgYoRCs2U

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2.  Salt of the Earth- Rolling Stones

The songs first line goes, “Let’s drink to the hard working people, Lets drink to the lowly of birth. Raise your glass to the good and the evil, Lets drink to the salt of the earth”. In a 1970 interview Jagger said that the lyrics were written as “…total cynicism. I’m saying those people haven’t any power and they never will have.” The song became more poignant after Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performed this at the 2001 “Concert For New York,” which honored the rescue workers, cops, and firefighters in New York City after the World Trade Center disaster. With the economic down turn of the last few years the lyrics seems especially appropriate “to drink to the humble of birth.”

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3.  Alabama Song- The Doors

The song is also known as “Whisky Bar” or “Moon of Alabama”.  It is a cover of a German song written in 1929 by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht for an opera that was called The Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahogany.  Ray Manzarek played this record for the band and they loved it so much they decided to cover it for their first album. The song takes on a more literal meaning when you consider the alcoholic persona of Jim Morrison. Seems like he had a helluva time getting there anyway!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_d_VJbYAfc

4.  Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (with Lovin’ on Your Mind)” – Loretta Lynn

While this song doesn’t advocate drinking, it sure does accurately depict what  can happen when your significant other stumbles in from a night on the town, be it a bachelor party or a cosmopolitan night with the girls. This was Loretta Lynn’s 1st number one hit in 1967. She followed it up with many other numbers one songs where she disses her drunken lout of a husband. You tell ‘em Lorett-ie!

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5.  Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett

This has become more than a song, it has become symbolic of laid-back, beach bum way of life that your average middle-class American dreams of living after they hit the lottery. Most people only get to revel in the warm climate, no worries, alcohol-induced haze when they get a chance to go on vacation in a tropical climate. Or to a lesser degree while attending a Jimmy Buffett concert in the summer months. We know that Jimmy is able to afford this leisurely lifestyle by charging $10 for a red stripe draft in Jamaica. 
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6.  Gin and Juice- Snoop Dog_

7.  1 Bourbon, 1 Scotch, 1 Beer – John Lee Hooker

8.  There’s a Tear in My Beer- Hank Williams 

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9.  I Drink Alone – George Thorogood_

10.  Beer Beer Beer – Flogging Molly

11.  In Heaven There Is No Beer – Soggy Bottom Boys

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12.  Spill The Wine -Eric Burden and War 

13.  Coconut- Harry Nilsson

 

14.  Brass Monkey- Beastie Boys 

15.  Night Train -Guns N’ Roses 

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16.  Have a Drink on Me- AC/DC

17.  It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere- Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett 

18.  Cold Gin- Kiss 

19.  40 Oz to Freedom – Sublime 

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20.  Cracklin’ Rosie- Neil Diamond 

21.  Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time – Mickey Gilley 

22.  Too Drunk to Fuck- The Dead Kennedys 

23.  Why Don’t We Get Drunk- Jimmy Buffett 

24.  Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers – ZZ Top 

25.  Pass The Courvoisier Part II – Busta Rhymes f/ P. Diddy & Pharrell

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