- 1 ‘White Lightning’ by George Jones
- 2 ‘Gin & Juice’ by Snoop Dogg
- 3 ‘Lilac Wine’ by Nina Simone
- 4 ‘Whiskey River’ by Willie Nelson
- 5 ‘Sippin’ on Some Syrup’ by Three 6 Mafia
- 6 ‘Why Don’t We Get Drunk’ by Jimmy Buffet
- 7 ‘Tipsy’ by J-Kwon
- 8 ‘Drunk Girls’ by LCD Soundsystem
- 9 ‘One Mint Julep’ by Louis Prima
- 10 ‘Cheers (Drink to That)’ by Rihanna
‘White Lightning’ by George Jones
There are numerous songs about beer and whiskey, but there aren’t many about moonshine. The only thing I can think of is this. Mountain Dew drinkers may be wearing one-strap overalls and have the same number of teeth as those who don’t. George Jones’ 1959 No. 1 single, ‘White Lightning,’ was written by the Day the Music Died’s The Big Bopper. Eisenhower’s ‘Sippin’ on Some Syrup’ was essentially the same thing.
‘Gin & Juice’ by Snoop Dogg
First rap song to include a recipe for a high-school party drink in the title. Juice, on the other hand, can be pricey. However, ‘Gin & Gatorade’ lacks the same lyrical quality. Also, when was the last time you heard the term “indo” used in reference to marijuana? 1994?
‘Lilac Wine’ by Nina Simone
Eartha Kitt, Jeff Buckley, and, uh, Miley Cyrus have all sung ‘Lilac Wine,’ a song written in 1950 for a theatrical revue. This sultry homage to infatuation calls for drama and coolness, but only the High Priestess of Soul can provide it. Listeners are intoxicated as her voice prowls around the song’s delectably dark lyrics in her 1966 version.
‘Whiskey River’ by Willie Nelson
Phosphorescent’s 2009 rendition of Willie Nelson’s 1970 song “I Gotta Get Drunk” was also considered. However, that was the Willie with the short hair and clean shaved head that said it. For this song, we chose for Shotgun Willie’s early stoner-cowboy period hit. Despite the fact that Johnny Bush wrote the song, Willie considers it to be as integral to his look as his long braids and bandanna.
‘Sippin’ on Some Syrup’ by Three 6 Mafia
Jolly Ranchers, cough medication, and Sprite. What in the world are people doing? Sprite? When you’re broke, you have to think outside the box when it comes to your compulsions. Habits may be formed from anything. ‘We eat so many shrimp, I’ve got iodine poisoning,’ Pimp C said in this song in 2000. So, how did the Memphis hip-hop group ‘It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp’ go on to win an Oscar in 2006? Promethazine and hydrocodone have no rhymes to speak of, not even among pharmacists.
‘Why Don’t We Get Drunk’ by Jimmy Buffet
He shrugged and turned his attention to a different drunken acquaintance at the bar, rather than searching for the salt shaker he’d been seeking for. No less, on a water bed. When it comes to pre-Margaritaville country, Jimmy Buffett isn’t afraid to get down and dirty on the waterbed.
‘Tipsy’ by J-Kwon
Since its release in 2004, the addictive hip-hop anthem “Tipsy” has been kicking off parties all around the world. ‘Everybody in the club gettin’ tipsy’ (followed by a Ying Yang–style whisper of the same lyric, repeated four times) is the song’s basic hook. J-Kwon, a 17-year-old rapper from St. Louis, heeded hip-golden hop’s rule: club + booze = success.
‘Drunk Girls’ by LCD Soundsystem
If so, is it LCD Soundsystem’s greatest achievement? Without a doubt, no. Nonetheless, does it seem like a night of booze-fueled excess in New York City? Absolutely. The song “Stupid” by James Murphy has been called “dumb” by Murphy himself. It’s not the only thing on his mind: “I enjoy stupid, quick stuff.” There must be more to ‘Drunk Girls’ than this. Murphy and the LCD team are brutally abused by pandas in a film co-directed by Spike Jonze. Short and dumb for ever!
‘One Mint Julep’ by Louis Prima
Many songs have trodden this route, but ‘One mint julep/ Was the start of it all’ in the words of this jazz-pop hit. The Clovers had a big hit with this song in the ’50s, and it was first released on Atlantic Records as a single. It relates the story of a guy who steals a woman’s kiss after a minty sweet drink, only to marry her (on her father’s desire) and become the father of six children. This is a fantastic drink. Ray Charles’ 1961 instrumental song was a smash, but there’s no denying that Louis Prima’s version has a more comedic feel.
‘Cheers (Drink to That)’ by Rihanna
My first reggaetón chillaxer from 2010. Thanks to our interns who pointed it up to us. RiRi sings in her own tongue, “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” The more Caribbean-sounding Rihanna is, the better. A sample of Avril Lavigne’s music is prominently promoted over Jameson Irish whiskey, which smacks of commercial placement, but at least it’s not Malibu.