Kagan had a great blog about drinking songs in Rock and Roll, if you haven't seen it yet, I think you should check it out.
I was reading and it said that the Country version was best left up to me, so I felt obliged to make a Country version after some other users said they wanted to see it, so I'm gonna give it my best shot.
Now, I'm not as creative as Kagan, so this is gonna be in a top 10 format.
Yes, the 10 best drinking songs in the history of Country Music with several honorable mentions and a small story about each song.
I'm a fan of Mark Chesnut, and we may see him in the count down, but I can't put this song in the top 10 of all time, but I think it's a nice lead in song.
And here's a taste of the third generation of Hank Williams before we get started.
Let's get this started.
10. You can't have a list of best drinking songs without having Haggard or Jones in it, so I thought, hell why not put in a song with both of them in it? Willie Nelson had an unpopular original version of the song, but Merle and George perfected it. Here's a song about two long lost friends meeting by chance in a local bar after years of not seeing each other. I present you with...
George Jones with Merle Haggard- Yesterday's Wine
9. This is a drinking songs list, you have to throw in a fun song don't you? Even if you don't, I am. Starts off bringing homeade wine to class, then he discovers a moonshine still, then gets into a night club at age 15. Hell, it might even make you wanna holler Hi-De-Ho.
Roger Miller- Chug-A-Lug
8. Most of you know the Alan Jackson version, but I'm going 50's on you here with some good ole Honky Tonk. He can't leave the bar from just having to have one more.
Jim Ed Brown- Pop-a-Top
7. A song about heartache, but it still keeps up a fast pace, and Charlie's determined to set there and drink til he can't see. He just couldn't handle his woman putting him down all the time, and he decided it was time to go to the bar and drink her. Electric guitar mixed with some fiddle, have fun.
Charlie Daniels- Drinkin My Baby Goodbye
6. I've gotta have one cryin in your beer song on here. And If I'm gonna have one on here, who's better than George Jones to use? His wife left him, and he's hanging out in the bars until day light. He's drinking himself to death if her memory doesn't get him first.
George Jones- If Drinking Don't Kill Me(Her Memory Will)
5. His girl friend's been getting a lot of looks, which normally isn't bad, but she looks like back at them. She's out on the town hanging out with other men. It's enough to break a man's heart. He can't make himself leave her, so if your woman's gonna act single, why not drink doubles?
Gary Stewart- She's Actin Single
4. Not your typical drinking song. This is about a man who notices a girl drinking by herself, and the bartender gives him a warning. If she's drinking white wine, she's good for a dance, but if she's drinking straight tequila, her eyes will turn red and she'll blame you for what boyfriend's past did.
John Anderson- Straight Tequila Night
3. DAC just wants to get drunk and only Jack Daniels will do. His woman is gone because of one of his one night stands, and cigarettes and whiskey are the only friends he has left now.
David Allan Coe- Jack Daniels if you Please
2. Bocephus's wife is at home, and she thinks he does no wrong, but Hank is thinking about his daddy, and he wants some drinks and he wants to listen to some music, and he's with another woman. He doesn't wanna hear Your Cheatin Heart, or I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. He wants to hear some songs about rambling, and he wants to get whiskey bent and hell bound.
Hank Williams Jr- Whiskey bent and Hell Bound
1. To me this is an easy number one. My grandpa was blessed with a great voice for singing, and one of his favorite songs to sing, and my favorite one to hear him sing is the song I'm about to post. The bottle used to be one thing Merle could turn to when he needed to get some bad memories off his mind, but this time the more he drinks, the more he thinks about her.
Merle Haggard- Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down
Here's a couple songs that just missed the cut.
I hope you enjoyed this, and there are so many songs to choose from, feel free to post songs you think should have made the list.
I'll close this out with Tom T Hall.