With myriads of country songs about whiskey, it’s easy to tell what cowboys like to drink.
This magical liquor has apparently been the star of several country ballads – from country drinking songs, love songs, breakup songs, and everything in between. Well, that’s no surprise, as a good glass of whiskey can often be enough to wash away any painful memories. But sometimes, it can also simply be the force of bad decisions.
So, without further ado, let us share with you our favorite whiskey-related songs, from hangover odes to heartbreaking ballads. Keep on scrolling below to find out.
1. “Whiskey Lullaby” by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss
This chart-topping and award-winning song exposed the sorrow and misery caused by a breakup. “Whiskey Lullaby” tells the story of a man who drank himself to death over a broken heart. But then the unexpected happened when his former lover started drinking herself to death as well, after feeling guilty of his passing.
2. “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton
“Tennessee Whiskey” is about a man who admits that he regularly enjoys a good drink definitely keeps taking country music by storm – from the time David Allan Coe originally recorded it to George Jones making it iconic until Chris Stapleton recently made it a chart-topping hit again.
3. “Jack Daniel’s, If You Please” by David Allan Coe
David Allan Coe touched a common theme in country music – and that’s the power of whiskey to diminish misery and offer friendship when everybody else has fallen by the edge.
4. “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound” by Hank Williams Jr.
Meanwhile, Williams’ barroom ballad “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound” tells the tale of a man who finds it difficult to remain faithful to his “sweet girl at home” after a few shots of whiskey. Well, talk about the many effects of whiskey!
5. “Whiskey River” by Willie Nelson
This heart-wrenching song finds Willie Nelson at the aid of a whiskey habit, pleading the river of liquor never to run dry as it’s the only thing that dulls the pain of a breakup. “Whiskey River” became one of Nelson’s signature hits. In fact, he opened almost all of his concerts with this country ballad.
6. “Drowns the Whiskey” by Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert
The more traditionally leaning track about heartbreak and the woes that come with it finds Jason Aldean duetting with Miranda Lambert in “Drowns the Whiskey.” Aldean mainly carried the song as he sings about his futile attempts to drown the memory of an old flame by drinking whiskey. Lambert provided harmonies as support – and the result is spectacular.
7. “Whiskey Girl” by Toby Keith
Written by Toby Keith with his frequent collaborator Scotty Emerick, “Whiskey Girl” sings about a man who describes his girlfriend as his “little whiskey girl.” Emerick said they wanted to make the woman in the song sound like a stunning girl who’s also a bit rough on the edges. After all, she’s the “epitome of a redneck girl who ain’t into wine and beer or tequila,” as it’s not strong enough for her.
8. “Jack Daniels” by Eric Church
It seems like Eric Church has found his kryptonite – and that’s Jack Daniels, an adversary he can’t defeat. He even compares the drink to an enemy who doesn’t fight fairly. “That black label’s like black powder for my soul,” he sings.
9. “If My Name Was Whiskey” by Carly Pearce
Pearce gave a glimpse of what it’s like loving someone with a drinking problem in this powerful track, where she wonders if he would miss her if her name was whiskey. In the end, she gave a piece of incredible advice to never settle for someone who doesn’t put you first.
10. “Cheap Whiskey” by Martina McBride
There’s no better pair with whiskey than regrets – at least that’s how it always goes in country songs. McBride tells the story of a brokenhearted man who chose hard liquor over love in “Cheap Whiskey.” Now, he has nothing but whiskey!
Some More Country Songs About Whiskey You Can Listen As You Pour a Fresh Drink
Indeed, country music and whiskey just seem to go so well together. Here are some more tracks you can play as you drink some good hard liquor.
So, what are you waiting for? Pour a glass of the good stuff and start shuffling these country songs about whiskey.
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