It’s Friday, and you know what that means?
Post-work drinks are a common tradition at many businesses. No matter the industry you’re in, it’s nice after a hard week of work to unwind with your colleagues. For many people their workmates form a vital part of their social life, so it’s nice to have a regular feature of every week where you hang out with your team outside of the stress of current projects.
After-work drinks don’t have to include alcohol, of course, and even if you’re not a big drinker, it can be great to go along just to socialise and network.
Drinking – as many of the musicians on this list will be able to attest – can also fuel your creativity (in moderation, of course). That MUST be the reason why there are so many awesome songs written about drinking, right? Here are 10 of my favourites, many with lyrics that are probably NSFW.
(I make no apologies for the fact this list is 80% metal.) Check out the associated videos or Listen to the Work Drinking Songs Playlist on Spotify.
1. 40oz to Freedom – Sublime
Sublime were all the rage at my high school during the 90s. I was more into Metallica at the time, but I definitely appreciate their laid-back ska vibes and classic party tunes. Enjoy!
2. No good story ever starts with drinking tea – Turisas
The first metal band on the list, Turisas is a folk-metal five-piece from Finland. Although I like this song, I probably disagree with their general sentiment. But then, I really do like tea.
3. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – George Thorogood and the Destroyers
This song was originally written as a blues song by Rudy Toombs and recorded by Amos Milburn in 1953. Thorogood did this cover in 1977 and brought the track to a whole new audience of whisky lovers. Every time I listen to this, I spend the whole song waiting to sing along to that one line, “One bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer!”
4. Drink – Alestorm
As their name attests, Alestorm are a metal band whose entire discography in some way relates to pirates. And drinking rum. Or mead. Or really anything at all. This song is from their forth studio album, Sunset on the Golden Age, and it is awesome.
5. Kiss Me I’m S**tfaced – Dropkick Murpheys
What is a drinking song playlist without a classic from the best Irish punk band alive? Nothing, that’s what (Lyrics NSFW).
6. Whisky in the Jar – Thin Lizzy
The most famous version of this classic Irish tune is probably the one Metallica did, but that’s not on Spotify. The Thin Lizzy version is just as epic.
(When I was a kid this song was all over the radio, but I thought the chorus was “We Steal the Jyro.” Which makes total sense.)
7. Anotherdrinkingsong – Skyclad
Skyclad are an English thrash-style metal band who were the first to mix traditional folk instruments and melodies with metal to form the new subgenre of “folk metal”. This band has some of my favourite lyrics ever, often using puns and other literary tricks to make statements about religion, culture or politics.
8. What Good Can Drinkin’ Do – Tracy Nelson
This was the first song a very young Janis Joplin ever wrote. Unfortunately, there’s no Janis version on Spotify. But Tracy Nelson does an excellent job on this Joplin tribute album. (The clip below is vintage Janis).
9. Vodka – Korpiklaani
“Drinking is good for you, and you will feel awesome.”
Yes, those really are the lyrics from this Finnish folk-metal act. Considering nearly all of Korpiklaani’s songs with English lyrics are about drinking (and probably most of their Finnish songs, too), I felt it appropriate to include them. I went to a Korpiklaani concert in Germany and ended up in a giant folk-dancing mosh-pit during this song. Good times!
10. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) – The Doors
Ah, Jim Morrison. That smoky voice. Those vocal melodies. Mmmmmmm. The lyrics of this song were originally a poem in Bertolt Brecht’s Hauspostille (1927). It’s been used in several other songs and productions.
BONUS TRACK: Hangover - Alestorm
I don’t usually include more than one band’s song on a playlist, but Hangover (a Taio Cruz cover) is too appropriate for the end of this list to miss out.
Remember, while having a couple of drinks with your workmates is a great way to socialise, be sensible with your alcohol intake and arrange alternate transport home that night. Act responsibly!