Best Beer Album
So, beer and music are such a common partnership it’s hard to really define it, other than SUPER. And while many people enjoy a bottle or draft while at a show, there are a bunch of songs dedicated to drinking itself, in particular beer. Generally the beer ballads are rowdy rockers tinged with Celtic, country, or blues influences.
I actually own an album called the Best Beer Drinking Album Ever. However, I might have to disagree with some of the producers choices. I think it’s actually part one of a three volume set, but I digress. First off, this is an album of pop/rock songs, not to be confused with other drinking music based out of Ireland. So it’s got kind of a kitschy edge to it. Also, for some reason it has a song called “Go For a Soda” by Kim Mitchell. Not that I have anything against Mitchell, but the song is all about NOT DRINKING!!!
Come on, in all the music produced over the last half century, there should be at least 18 songs that rock out to the subject of beer, or at least of a proper, non-redneck attitude towards drinking. So I decided to make a list. At the same time, I don’t know all the best drinking songs out there, so I’m looking for help.
Here’s a list of songs I’ve come up with so far, some of which are on “The Best Beer Drinking Album Ever” because they’re obvious choices:
The Cat Empire – The Wine Song (I know, not beer, but the AWESOMENESS of this song makes up for that)
Street Dogs – Drink Tonight (There’s no online media for that one, sorry)
As I researched this I came to a couple of realizations. First off, I love my Celtic stuff. Ok, that’s not news to me. However, for drinking songs, they really do work. I find that a simple song structure with singable lyrics works really well, along with a strong beat to tap a foot to.
I know there’s a couple of odd ones like “Jamming,” which is not a drinking song at all, but have you been outside with a chill beer? It’s epic, in the most relaxing way. And “The Wine Song” is about wine, but is the right mood and sentiment, just different ingredients. I hold no ill will towards wine or other alcohols. I just madly prefer beer.
There’s plenty of drinking songs to be depressed to. I’ve even included a couple. And there’s a bunch of songs to fight to, with there’s one or two on in this list as well. The overall theme I’m going for though is a group of songs that are fun to drink to without being goofy. Have I succeeded? Probably not, in many people’s opinions, but at the same time maybe a few of you will go and add a couple of songs to your party playlist for next time.
Post-Script – Yes, I know I skipped over some classic country songs that are quite fitting for this list. I just don’t really like country to be honest, and therefore I can’t really tell the difference between good and bad country, and I’m not just going to put every song up that mentions beer in the lyrics.