Mixological Mixtape?
July 6, 2009 3:36 PM   Subscribe

I'm giving a friend a copy of Everyday Drinking (an excellent book, belongs in everyone's library) for his birthday and would like to include a mixtape ... Give to me your finest songs about boozes, parties and/or hangovers!

I found this thread helpful, but am looking for songs with a happier vibe. Pretty well any era, any genre.

posted by doublesix to Media & Arts (57 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Home for a Rest! Originally by Great Big Sea, but covered by lots of bands if you want a different sound.
posted by carmen at 3:46 PM on July 6, 2009

Well, the first to come to mind for me is Snoop's "Gin and Juice."
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 3:47 PM on July 6, 2009

(erm, screwed up the link there, that's to a Spirit of the West cover...)
posted by carmen at 3:48 PM on July 6, 2009

posted by OmieWise at 3:48 PM on July 6, 2009

A Drinking Song - The Divine Comedy
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 3:49 PM on July 6, 2009

If you don't mind a little twang:
It Won't Hurt, Dwight Yoakam
If You've Got the Money, Lefty Frizzell
Sangria Wine, Jerry Jeff Walker

There Stands the Glass, by Webb Pierce isn't really a happy song on the face of it, but for some reason it makes me very happy to hear it.
posted by Killick at 3:52 PM on July 6, 2009

Just off the top of my head:

Red Red Wine
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

But whatever you do, the last track on the CD has to be Closing Time.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:53 PM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]

the Irish Drinking Song by the Dropkick Murphys.
posted by gursky at 3:56 PM on July 6, 2009

I Got Drunk by Uncle Tupelo
posted by gaspode at 3:58 PM on July 6, 2009

Ween has a one-two punch of drinking songs (Not Safe for Work):

The Blarney Stone

Booze Me Up and Get Me High
posted by Bookhouse at 4:00 PM on July 6, 2009

Jockey Full of Bourbon by Tom Waits
posted by Rangeboy at 4:02 PM on July 6, 2009

Ye Mariners All by Fairport Convention.
posted by Daily Alice at 4:03 PM on July 6, 2009

more twang, but Alcohol by Brad Paisley, Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off by Joe Nichols, Family Tradition by Hank Jr., Don't Come Home A drinkin' by Loretta Lynn. Funny, I don't listen to a lot of country...
posted by lalalana at 4:06 PM on July 6, 2009

Hey Bartender. Blues Brothers is the most fun but there are a myriad of versions.
posted by elendil71 at 4:13 PM on July 6, 2009

Gin-Soaked Boy, The Divine Comedy
There's No Drinking After You're Dead, Paul Weller
posted by scody at 4:14 PM on July 6, 2009

The ultimate hangover song is "Sunday Morning Comin' Down", of course.

One of the happiest songs about drinking that I cam think of is "Drinking with the Legends" by the Bughouse 5.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 4:22 PM on July 6, 2009

Reverend Horton Heat, It's Martini Time and Baby I'm Drunk. The Reverend has a pretty good selection of drinking-related songs, but those are the two that come to mind first.

Andy M. Stewart & Manus Lunny, The Humours of Whiskey. There are many other bands that do this song, but accept no imitations. Go with the real Andy M.

Mostly on theme, the Asylum Street Spankers, Beer.
posted by immlass at 4:24 PM on July 6, 2009

You didn't say what kind of music, so some shotgun guesses while trying to avoid anti-drinking songs...

Tequila Sunrise, The Eagles
Cigarettes & Alcohol, Oasis
Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett
The Pina Colada Song, Rupert Holmes
It's 5:00 Somewhere, Jimmy Buffett
Black Velvet, Alannah Myles
Beer Goggles, Smashmouth
10 Rounds with Jose Cuervo, Tracy Byrd
Drinking Again, Rod Stewart
Gin & Juice, Snoop Dog
The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me), Tom Waits

Come to think of it, you might as well just make a Tom Waits mixtape.
posted by rokusan at 4:25 PM on July 6, 2009

Underrated hangover song: "Afterparty," by Method Man & Ghostface Killah
posted by the NATURAL at 4:34 PM on July 6, 2009

A bookend to the tape could be Archers of Loaf's "After the Last Laugh". It ends with a sing-a-long.

"After the last laugh has swollen and shut, when all that's left are the true beer-hall drunks!"
posted by rabbitsnake at 4:42 PM on July 6, 2009

Seven Drunken Nights, The Dubliners
Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off, Joe Nichols
posted by katopotato at 4:43 PM on July 6, 2009

The Wine Song! - The Cat Empire
posted by arha at 4:44 PM on July 6, 2009

The Victors' "Beer Bust Blues" (here) and Three Aces and a Joker's "Booze Party" (here, with even more hooch-soaked rock) are musts.
posted by ryanshepard at 4:50 PM on July 6, 2009

"Body of an American" - The Pogues
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:51 PM on July 6, 2009

Alcohol by the Barenaked Ladies
Drink! by They Might Be Giants
posted by LolaGeek at 4:54 PM on July 6, 2009

Hymn for the Alcohol by Hefner
Whiskey Lullaby by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss
The Good That Won't Come Outand After Hours, both by Rilo Kiley
Knock Loud by Neko Case
Drunk Kid Catholic and One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels, both by Bright Eyes
I Need Some Fine Wine, and You Need to Be Nicer by The Cardigans
Working Poor by Horse Feathers
Whiskey River by Willie Nelson
posted by zoomorphic at 4:57 PM on July 6, 2009

Treat Her Right - King of Beers
Bloodhound Gang - You're Pretty When I'm Drunk <> Art Brut - Alcoholics Unanimous
Butthole Surfers - Who Was in My Room Last Night?
Black Flag - TV Party

Those are some of my favorites, along with the previously mentioned Rev. Horton Heat. Good call, immlass.
posted by ashabanapal at 5:12 PM on July 6, 2009

D.R.I.N.K by Jazz Butcher Conspiracy
Good Rats by Dropkick Murphys
Beer by Reel Big Fish
posted by kjars at 5:18 PM on July 6, 2009

Katopotato beat me to the Dubliners, so my suggestion is Streams of Whiskey by the Pogues. Also the one with the chorus "I'm a free born man of the USA" (which I think is called "Body of an American") has some good drinking references.
posted by man down under at 5:20 PM on July 6, 2009

Response by poster: You guys rule! Thanks & keep 'em coming!
posted by doublesix at 5:23 PM on July 6, 2009

One Last Drink - Enter the Haggis.
posted by Lemurrhea at 5:24 PM on July 6, 2009

Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn theme song always makes me want to drink martinis.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 5:27 PM on July 6, 2009

Someone already got "Margaritaville," so I'll come in with Jimmy Buffet's "Boat Drinks" and "Why Don't We Get Drunk And Screw."

I actually also like the Gourds' cover of "Gin And Juice" better than Snoop's version. It's more upbeat, for one.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:29 PM on July 6, 2009

I offer two little-known suggestions that reflect my wandering taste in music:

Wine With Dinner - Loudon Wainwright III
The Old Purple Tin - A3
posted by megatherium at 5:51 PM on July 6, 2009

Drinkin' Bone!
posted by wemayfreeze at 5:51 PM on July 6, 2009

This is a very twangy, alt-country kind of a list:

Give Him One More as He Goes The Carter Family
Old Blue Sow/Johnny Don't Get Drunk The Crooked Jades
My Old Drunk Friend Freakwater
Arrow To My Drunken Eye The Geraldine Fibbers
If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me The Geraldine Fibbers
Whiskey Girl Gillian Welch
Drunk By Noon The Handsome Family
Honky Tonk Blues Hank Williams
This One's On Me Jim & Jennie And The Pinetops
Old Fashioned Morphine Jolie Holland
Cryin' But My Tears Are Far Away The Knitters
Portland Oregon Loretta Lynn & Jack White
Honky Tonkin' Maddox Brothers & Rose
Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down Maddox Brothers & Rose
Hangover Blues Maddox Brothers & Rose
WIFE Old 97's
Drying Out Pinetop Seven
Our First Drunk Dream Pinetop Seven
The Girl Behind the Bar The Stanley Brothers
The Little Glass of Wine The Stanley Brothers
Let's Have A Party Wanda Jackson
My Baby Left Me Wanda Jackson
There's a Party Over There Wanda Jackson
posted by gingerbeer at 6:02 PM on July 6, 2009

Swords and Tequila - Riot
posted by medeine at 6:17 PM on July 6, 2009

posted by tke248 at 6:23 PM on July 6, 2009

pretty much any song by Tha Alkaholiks, including all time classics like"Only When I'm Drunk", "Last Call" and "Hip Hop Drunkies".
posted by jedrek at 6:31 PM on July 6, 2009

The Kinks - Alcohol
posted by Bigfoot Mandala at 6:39 PM on July 6, 2009

And the Murder City Devils did a really good cover, too.
posted by Bigfoot Mandala at 6:41 PM on July 6, 2009

Chumbawumba, Tubthumping. I'm sorry.
posted by Beardman at 6:41 PM on July 6, 2009

Slow Descent into Alcoholism - The New Pornographers
posted by moonroof at 7:18 PM on July 6, 2009

Soul Happy Hour by The Jazz Butcher
posted by cali59 at 7:22 PM on July 6, 2009

This one makes me smile and cry: Keg On My Coffin by Chris Trapper/Push Stars

Brass Monkey by Beastie Boys
posted by knile at 7:25 PM on July 6, 2009

Tweet - Drunk (kinda melancholy, but pretty..)
T-PAIN - Bartender, Buy u a drink (ok most T-Pain songs are about getting drunk.. love him)
Jamie Foxx + T-PAIN - Blame It on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol
Ludacris +... T-PAIN One more drink
Busta Rhymes + Pharrell - Pass the Courvoisier
Lil Scrappy + Lil Jon - Money in the Bank (rhymes with: shorty what you drink)
Jagged Edge - Where the Party At (rhymes with: where the Bacardi at..)

Replacements - BEER FOR BREAKFAST, could not find the whole song on Youtubes so here is a great clip with a kid dressed like Darth Vader that actually plays the song at the end

Afghan Whigs - Miles Iz Ded (chorus: "DON'T FORGET THE ALCOHOL".. dudes usually seem to dig this, right. god bless the Whigs but all their videos are awful.)

Serge Gainsbourg - Intoxicated Man (there is a Mick Harvey cover of this in English, which is pretty decent too)
posted by citron at 7:30 PM on July 6, 2009

Birdman/Wayne Pop Bottles

that godawful Pop Champagne song that was everywhere a few months ago, though if it makes you feel better there's the Pop Champagne for Obama remix
posted by citron at 7:35 PM on July 6, 2009

Gin House Blues, Nina Simone
Wang Dang Doodle, Koko Taylor (I also prefer her Hey Bartender).
If the River Was Whiskey, Buddy Guy

Drunk and Disorderly, The Mighty Sparrow


Was I, Madeleine Peyroux
Lush Life, Sarah Vaugh

Rock or Rock-ish, anyway:

Lived in Bars, Cat Power
Too Drunk to Fuck, The Dead Kennedys or, Nouvelle Vauge
Lilac Wine, Jeff Buckley
Strangers on a Train, Nathanial Merriweather Presents....Lovage
Friday Night Saturday Morning, The Specials
Let's Get Fucked Up, The Cramps
The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism, The New Pornographers
Nightclubbing, Iggy Pop
Maggie Mae, The Pietasters
Ding Dong, Nellie McKay (Only the first two lines, really, but they fit damnably well.)
My Alcoholic Friends, The Dresden Dolls

Tom Waits:
Warm Beer and Cold Women
The Piano Has Been Drinking
I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You
Closing Time

Fairy Tale of New York, The Pogues w. Kirsty MacColl
posted by Diablevert at 7:36 PM on July 6, 2009

Oh, duh. the mighty JESUS LIZARD -> BOILERMAKER
posted by citron at 7:36 PM on July 6, 2009

Hangover by Max Webster is great. We used to blast it "the morning after".
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 7:54 PM on July 6, 2009

Jack vs. Jose by Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (lyrics), from Real to Reel (live) or Honky Tonk Union (studio).
posted by lakeroon at 9:02 PM on July 6, 2009

OK, I can't believe no one has mentioned the tiny, perfect Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You - John Prine (cover)

Oh I get drunk most every night
Seems like all we do is fight
The more I drink
The less I feel blue
Sometimes I feel like an awful fool
Spendin' my life on an old bar stool
And yes I guess they oughta name a drink after you

If this date were to be our last
I'd never sit down this glass
It'd take all the booze in the world
To forget you
You've left my heart a vacant lot
I'll fill it with another shot

And yes I guess they oughta name a drink after you

Looks like I had my fill
Guess I better pay my bill
When I started out I only meant to have a few
Someone just said that you left town
I better get a double round
And yes I guess they oughta name a drink after you
posted by Rumple at 10:14 PM on July 6, 2009

The Kleptones - Drunk Machine (samples Tha Alkaholiks - Only When I'm Drunk)
posted by transporter accident amy at 1:54 AM on July 7, 2009

Roger Miller - Chug a Lug
George Jones - White Lightning
Minutemen - Corona
Minutemen - Jesus and Tequila
Modest Mouse - Polar Opposites
Hank Williams - There's a Tear in my Beer
Waylon Jennings - Drinkin' and Dreamin'
posted by saladin at 5:19 AM on July 7, 2009

Response by poster: Thanks again, peeps. Lots to work with here: excellent mixtape to follow!
posted by doublesix at 7:31 AM on July 7, 2009

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