There’s a ton of old school drinkin’ songs, but what about modern music? We here at HWID are tired of the classic rock staples we are subjected to: “Have a Drink on Me“, “One Bourbon, One Scotch“, etc. With one of our favorite annual events coming up this weekend (Pig and Whiskey: Check out our list from last year), we wanted to share the best contemporary songs about alcohol abuse. Times have changed, but our desire to get shitfaced never will!
“I Need A Dollar” – Aloe Blacc
Soulful and depressing at the same time from Aloe Blacc! A song about desperation and how the relief is getting drunk AF. Great line towards the end – “My good ol buddy whiskey keeps me warmer than sunshine.” Tragic and beautiful at the same time.
“Why’d You Only Call Me When Your High?” – Arctic Monkeys
An anthem for those of us that regret nearly every text we send after 2 a.m. Those beer googles turn into tequila texts once we get kicked out of the bar.
“S.O.B.” – Nathaniel Ratliff and the Night Sweats
Hand-clapping good-time tune. Not very subtle, either. “Son of a bitch! Give me a drink! If I can’t get clean, I’m gonna drink my life away.” Life goals.
“…But I Feel Like a Millionaire” – Queens of the Stone Age
We wouldn’t recommend this while you’re sipping on whiskey, but rather when raging on tequila. A kick in the teeth track with the chorus beginning, “Gimme Toro, gimme some more.” Our thoughts exactly.
“Two Fingers” – Jake Bugg
A super clever song about basically saying “Fuck off” to your past, but also two fingers is a how to measure a pour of whiskey. Well, back when Sinatra was having people killed it was.
“Icky Thump” – The White Stripes
What would a drinking list be without Detroit being properly represented? Well, probably the same as if it wasn’t actually. Also, “Drunk on a wagon to Mexico” is definitely how we imagine our Austin City Limits festival experience ending.
Enjoy the whiskey!