Top 5 Songs About Whiskey

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Whether it's rye or bourbon, straight or blended, Irish, Scotch or Canadian, rock, country or classical, whiskey and warblers go way back. Even Stravinsky was quoted as saying "My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey."

In whiskey-related weird news, Johnny Depp, promoting his newest film, The Rum Diary, based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel, recently told German magazine TV Movie his dying wish: He'd like to be buried in a cask of whiskey that mourners could drink from. "Maybe I could go in a whisky cask and everyone can take a sip..." Well, all right.

This past weekend during a little weekend getaway to Lost Maples, we realized just how well camping and whiskey go together, so we've compiled our top 5 favorite tunes dedicated to the beloved beverage. I'm warning you, it's a little '70s country heavy -- I mean, we're talkin' about whiskey, so grab your glasses, turn up your speakers and enjoy.

5. Whiskey Rock-A-Roller: Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1975


Whiskey Rock-A-Roller is from Nuthin Fancy, the Southern rock band's third studio album and their first to reach the Top 10. The chorus goes "Women, whiskey and miles of travelin' is all I understand." He understands women...impressive.

4. Whiskey River: Willie Nelson, 1973


Originally written in 1972 by country singer and Houston native Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson recorded it a year later for his album Shotgun Willie. Even though it's not his own, its become Nelson's signature tune with which he usually opens his shows.

3. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer: John Lee Hooker, 1966


One Bourdon, One Scotch, One Beer was first recorded in 1953 by blues artist Amos Milburn and has also been covered by George Thorogood. The song tells of a guy who is "in a bar at closing time trying to get enough booze down his neck to forget that his girlfriend's gone AWOL, harassing a tired, bored bartender who simply wants to close up and go home into serving just one more round." It's an age-old story.

2. Whiskey Bent and Hellbound: Hank Williams, Jr., 1979


The album's titular track is about a sad sap who goes to a bar, gets drunk, get's all emo, cheats on his woman. It's almost as sad as ESPN recently pulling Hank's Monday Night Football intro (it had been an MNF staple since 1989!) for comparing the President to Hitler. Tough breaks all around.

1. Whiskey in the Jar: Thin Lizzy, 1972


The traditional Irish ballad telling of a man who is betrayed by his wife or lover, has been recorded by several musicians since the 1950s. The song first gained wide exposure when recorded by folk band The Dubliners. Irish rock band Thin Lizzy hit the pop charts across the pond with the song in the early 1970s and Metallica brought it to a US audience in 1998, winning a Grammy in 2000 for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Honorable Mention: Alabama Song- The Doors 1967


The German ditty originally published for Bertolt Brecht's Hauspostille in 1927 was set to music by Kurt Weill for the 1927 "Songspiel" Mahagonny and used again in the 1930 opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Aside from being covered by The Doors, David Bowie made it his own in 1978.

Can you think of any other whiskey songs that didn't make the list? Let us know in the comments section!



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10 comments
Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

50 dollars and a flask of crown - Bleu Edmundson.Whiskey Lullaby - Brad Paisley & Allison Krauss.TA

MadMac
MadMac

Thanks for the reminder of Thin Lizzy. Phil was incredible. However, I found an error:

"Irish rock band Thin Lizzy hit the pop charts across the pond with the song in the early 1970s and Metallica brought it to a US audience in 1998, winning a Grammy in 2000 for Best Hard Rock Performance."

Correction: and Metallica shit in their collective hats in 1998.

Fixed that right up for you. Your welcome.

Shiv_vasisht
Shiv_vasisht

John Barleycorn Must Die - Traffic (Doesn't contain the word "Whiskey", I know, but it's the original tribute!

Rob
Rob

Where's "Take Your Whiskey Home" by Van Halen?

Daniel Wheeler
Daniel Wheeler

You've left off two GREAT songs....

Tim McGraw - The whiskey and you

Rodney Atkins - Wasted Whiskey

gamma_ray
gamma_ray

Should of used The Dubliners version of Whiskey in the Jar. It's amazing.

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