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63 Songs About Whiskey

Updated on September 23, 2017
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Add a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about whiskey to your fun.  We have a long list of whiskey loving songs to start you off.
Add a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about whiskey to your fun. We have a long list of whiskey loving songs to start you off. | Source

Chase Your Whiskey with a Playlist

The closest I've come to drinking whiskey is a group tour I took of the Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland. I was able to watch the production process and sample their wiskey, neat. Lawdy, was that some strong stuff!

I'm surely no whiskey woman, but there are plenty of dedicated whiskey drinkers around. (In fact, Jack Daniels is consistently one of the best selling spirits in the United States.) If you're one of them, why not chase your whiskey with a playlist of songs about your favorite adult beverage? We have a long list of pop, rock, and country songs about whiskey to start you out right. Bottoms up!

1. "Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton

There's nothing like having your heart felt love compared to hard liquor. The narrator in this 2015 country song truly appreciates his lady friend because she's saved him from rock bottom. (An enabler perhaps?)

You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You're as sweet as strawberry wine
You're as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time.

2. "Whiskey Lullaby" by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss

One of the saddest songs you'll ever hear, this 2004 country tune tells the story of lifelong heartbreak. A couple breaks up, and the man spends the remainder of his life trying to forget her.

One day they found him lifeless, face down after "he put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger." He had used whiskey to try erase his pain. Unfortunately, his ex-lover blamed herself and repeated his tragic whiskey-assisted death.

Jack Daniels is the oldest registered distillery in the country.  Ironically, it is located in a dry county.
Jack Daniels is the oldest registered distillery in the country. Ironically, it is located in a dry county. | Source

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3. "Whiskey In The Jar" by Metallica

Metallica's 1999 hard rock version of this Thin Lizzy hit won a Grammy. The song is a traditional Irish tune about a bandit who steals a small fortune, only to be betrayed by his wife.

4. "Copperhead Road" Steve Earle

In this1988 country rock song is the story of a man, John Lee Pettimore III, whose grandfather and father were Tennessee moonshine brewers and bootleggers. John Lee Jr. was involved in the death of the tax man and died in a fiery car crash running his weekly shipment of alcohol.

Then, young John Lee volunteered for the Army and did two tours in Vietnam. He returned with a plan to improve on the family business by growing and selling pot.

5. "It Ain't The Whiskey" by Gary Allan

This 2011 country ditty describes the depth of heartache. A man sits in the middle of a church where a self-help group of "broken people" meet. He declares that his problems aren't due to the whiskey, cigarettes, or other stuff he smokes.

Instead, his troubles are due to the empty gaping hole in his heart that his lover created when she ripped his heart out by leaving him. And there's not enough self-medication in the world to ease that pain.

6. "Whiskey In My Water" by Tyler Farr

Tonight when the sun goes down, the narrator and his honey are going to sit around a fire and get drunk off each other's love. The guy in this 2013 country song expresses his love for his gal this way: "She's the moon in my shine, the whiskey in my water." Yes, alcohol makes you say twisted things.

7. Ain't Worth The Whiskey by Cole Swindell

There are lots of reasons to drink whiskey, but when the fella in this 2014 country tune sees his ex in a bar, he wants to assure her she isn't one of them. He'll drink to a country song, a hard week's work, a long lost buddy. But his old girfriend? She ain't worth the whiskey.

8. "Whiskey'd Up" by Jason Aldean

Beer doesn't do it to him and neither does wine. But when the guy in this 2016 country song gets whiskey'd up, he knows he's in for a long night of hurting over his former girlfriend. He drunk dials, he remembers the taste of her kiss, and it's almost like she was right back by his side. Not a good habit if you're wanting to move on.

9. "Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound" by Hank Williams Jr.

Before Bocephus became a cranky right wing old codger, he was Rockin' Randall Hank. Some say he is just as awesome as ever. The Grammy-winning superstar once fell almost 500 feet off a mountain onto his face and lived to tell about it, although now he wears sunglasses and a beard to hide his scars.

This 1979 country tune, along with "Family Tradition" and "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)" have become staples of the country music songbook. There's no way we could leave them off this list.

10. "Whiskey If You Were a Woman" by Highway 101

A woman's husband is cheating on her in this country song from 1987, but the interloper is not another woman. He spends the night with whiskey and leaves her crying.

She imagines how she'd fight back if whiskey were a woman. But whiskey has neither heart nor feelings, and she realizes that she cannot even ask for sympathy.

11. "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" by Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart

The broken-hearted man in this 1991 country song tried to chase away his sadness with whiskey, and it worked for awhile. But not anymore. Now he's looking to replace his dependence on whiskey with a "honky tonk angel." Sounds like a catch, girls.

Whiskey (or "whisky" in Canada and Scotland), is a distilled alcoholic drink produced from fermented grain mash (typically rye, barley, corn, or wheat).  It has a distinctive brown color and is aged in charred oak casks.
Whiskey (or "whisky" in Canada and Scotland), is a distilled alcoholic drink produced from fermented grain mash (typically rye, barley, corn, or wheat). It has a distinctive brown color and is aged in charred oak casks. | Source

12. "Your Mama Should've Named You Whiskey" by Luke Bryan

Whiskey can burn and create a strong buzz, and according to the guy in this 2013 country love song, so can his woman. She's addictive, and he claims one kiss gets him totally wasted and wanting more.

13. "Whiskey And You" by Chris Stapleton

The lonely man in this 2015 country song has been left by his wife, and he's trying to drink his broken heart away. In doing so, he compares his ex to the whiskey he's drinking:

One’s the devil, one keeps driving me insane
At times I wonder if they ain’t both the same
But one’s a liar that helps to hide me from my pain
And one’s the long gone bitter truth
That’s the difference between whiskey and you.

14. "If The River Was Whiskey" by Spin Doctors

This 2013 song is a good-timing rock ditty with a strong blues undercurrent. The narrator expresses his feelings of alcohol-enhanced invincibility: "If the river was whiskey, you'd have no trouble drowning me."

15. "Whiskey Man" by Molly Hatchet

Sometimes the odds are simply against you. Over a high stakes game of cards, one whiskey drinker imparts advice to another: don't play that (losing) hand too long. Whiskey gives the card player liquid courage, and he's unpredictable. This will likely be his undoing if he doesn't make the right choice now.

16. "Sunshine & Whiskey" by Frankie Ballard

The guy in this 2014 country song compares his girlfriend's kiss to a bottle of Jack to the head. She gets him fired up, like a combination of sunshine and whiskey.

17. "Whiskey And You" by Darius Rucker

Normally a strong man, the narrator in this country ditty from 2010 confesses two weaknesses: whiskey and the woman he loves. When he feels like his world is closing in on him, he crawls back to both of them, regardless of whether it's a healthy choice.

He describes the on-again off again relationship he has with both:

Whiskey and you
Ain't nothing I can do
But come crawling back to
Whiskey and you.

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18. "Whiskey On The Rocks" by AC/DC

This 1995 hard rock song is about hard drinking. It throws around the names of mixed drinks and brands of adult beverages with little point. It's a party song with whiskey as its slurred focus.

19. "Stronger Than Whiskey" by Jon Langston

Someone's breaking the open container laws in this 2013 country song. (Those laws apply to dirt roads, too.)

The narrator has mixed a little Jim Beam with something in a Dixie cup and handed it to his girlfriend to relax her, hoping he'll get lucky. He's excited because now they're headed down a dirt road: "Come on baby let’s rock n’ roll, get a little lost on these old back roads."

Wait. He's not drinking and driving, is he? Country music has way too much of this in it.

20. "She Don't Drink Whiskey Anymore" by Tim Hicks

What a hard drinking woman! The couple in this 2014 country song broke up and they're still nursing an emotional hangover for one another.

The woman used to drink whiskey on occasion and they'd end up back in one another's arms when she would drunk dial him. However, she has given up that habit, and he misses it.

The color, flavor, and mouthfeel of whiskey is influenced by the environment inside the barrel, the properties of the wood including the charring, and the environment where the barrel is stored.
The color, flavor, and mouthfeel of whiskey is influenced by the environment inside the barrel, the properties of the wood including the charring, and the environment where the barrel is stored. | Source

Even More Songs About Whiskey

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Ain't Just The Whiskey Talkin'
Trace Adkins
2017
22. Whiskey Whiskey Whiskey
John Mayer
2012
23. Lace And Whiskey
Alice Cooper
1977
24. Hangover Tonight
Gary Allen
2015
25. Whiskey
Ice Prince
2013
26. Whiskey'n Mama
ZZ Top
1972
27. Wasted Whiskey
Rodney Atkins
2006
28. Whiskey Trail
Los Lobos
1992
29. Hemingway's Whiskey
Kenny Chesney
2010
30. Hotel Whiskey
Hank Williams Jr.
1992
31. Whiskey And Water
Uncle Kracker
2000
32. Whiskey Girls
Electric Light Orchestra
1994
33. Whiskey, Whiskey
Kris Kristofferson
1979
34. Ain't Wastin' Good Whiskey
Trick Pony
2005
35. Good Smoke & Whiskey
Molly Hatchet
1984
36. Take Your Whiskey Home
Van Halen
1980
37. Whiskey On Ice
Hank Williams Jr.
1982
38. Whiskey And Pills
Billy Idol
2014
39. Poison Whiskey
Lynyrd Skynyrd
2015
40. Whiskey To Wine
Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood
2016
41. Whiskey's Gone
Zac Brown Band
2010
42. Whiskey Rock a Roller
Lynyrd Skynyrd
1975
43. Whiskey Makes The World Go Round
Darryl Worley
2006
44. Drinkin' Dark Whiskey
Gary Allan
2003
45. Whiskey River
Willie Nelson
1973
46. Waitin' On The Whiskey To Work
Drake White
2016
47. My Whiskey Years
Joe Nichols
2006
48. There's A Place In The Whiskey
Gretchen Wilson
2007
49. Whiskey Hangover
Godsmack
2009
50. Brand New Whiskey
Brooks & Dunn
1998
51. Thank God She Left The Whiskey
Chris Cagle
2012
52. Moonshine Whiskey
Van Morrison
1972
53. Have a Drink on Me
AC/DC
1980
54. Women Without Whiskey
Drive-By Truckers
2001
55. Whiskey Crime
Steve Grand
2015
56. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
The Doors
1967
57. Whiskey Man
The Who
1966
58. Rye Whiskey
Dave Matthews
2010
59. I Drink Alone
George Thorogood
1985
60. Beer for My Horses
Toby Keith
2003
61. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One
George Thorogood
1977
62. Whiskey Night
REO Speedwagon
1973
63. Cheap Whiskey
Martina McBride
1992
Know a song about whiskey that should be on this playlist? Leave a suggestion in the Comment Section below.

What's in a Name? Locations with Names Associated with Whiskey

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A markerBarley, Nebraska, USA -
Barley, NE, USA
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B markerBourbon, Missouri -
Bourbon, MO 65441, USA
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C markerWhiskey Bay, Louisiana, USA -
Whiskey Bay, 1, LA, USA
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D markerWhiskey Brook, New York, USA -
Whiskey Brook, Speculator, NY, USA
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E markerWhiskey Island, Ohio, USA -
Whiskey Island, Cleveland, OH 44102, USA
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F markerWhiskey Mountain, Wyoming, USA -
Whiskey Mountain, Wyoming 82513, USA
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G markerWhiskey Swamp, North Carolina, USA -
Whiskey Swamp, Bug Hill, NC, USA
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H markerWhiskeytown Lake, California, USA -
Whiskeytown Lake, California, USA
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I markerRye, New York, USA -
Rye, NY, USA
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J markerJigger, Louisiana, USA -
Jigger, LA 71295, USA
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Whiskey comes from the Gaelic word meaning "water of life."
Whiskey comes from the Gaelic word meaning "water of life." | Source

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Genna - Thanks so much for that. Eventually, I will come to the end of ideas, I suppose. Have a Happy Fourth!

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      Genna East 3 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I agree with DDE...your topics are so unique -- and inexhaustible, lucky for us. I loved this music. Thank you. :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Devika - Whiskey is good to cook with as well if you get a good recipe!

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      DDE 3 months ago

      Something different! You always think of a unique topic. Loved it!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Jo - Definitely made the list at #45. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Fourth!

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      Jo Miller 3 months ago from Tennessee

      I didn't see Whiskey River by Willie Nelson. It's the first one I thought of.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      stevarino - If you're old, then I guess that I am, too. I add it at #62. Thank you for the suggestion!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      MsDora - I'm not a whiskey drinker either. I sure do thank you for reading and leaving a comment although you don't touch the stuff. You're a kind lady. Have a wonderful week.

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      Steve Dowell 3 months ago from East Central Indiana

      Well, I'm not that old am I? What about "Whiskey Night" by REO Speedwagon?

      Maybe I am!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, you know it's the writer and the excellent writing that got me to read through this one, even though I know nothing and have nothing to do with whiskey. You always quote good lyrics. Thanks!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      vocal coach - Hot toddies fixed right will make you forget you're sick. Thanks for stopping by!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Larry - I knew you had a big heart, but I'm sure sorry about the medical version of it. Thank you for the song suggestions which I have added, and please take care of yourself!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      A fun hub! Reminds me of when I was just a little thing and when I had a bad cough my mother would mix whisky and honey and pour it down my throat. :) It worked!

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      Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma

      Lovely list and a topic very near my (enlarged) heart;-)

      "And we lift up our glasses against evil forces, singing 'Whiskey for my friends and beer for our horses.'"

      "One scotch, one bourbon, one bee-eer!"

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Rasma - Glad you enjoyed this.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Another fantastic hub and I might say quite intoxicating. Whiskey must be very inspirational.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Linda - Thanks for that compliment. I have what seems to be an endless supply of playlist ideas. I will probably run out of steam before I run out of ideas.

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      Linda Crampton 3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm impressed that you still have some great ideas for your playlist articles, Flourish! It was interesting to read about the music related to whiskey and to learn some facts about the drink.

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      Tamara Moore 4 months ago

      Thank you, Flourish:-) I reallly don't drink in real life, except for the rare Margarita and Bailey's. But, even this is a rarity. I suppose this is why when that rare time comes around, it only takes a little bit before I'm seeing d-d-double, and even t-t-t-triple :-) LOL...what I just said made me laugh! So glad I met you on HP, too! Love your articles and chosen songs ~

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Tamara - Although I don't drink whiskey, I sure do enjoy the Jack Daniels chicken and whiskey chockoloate cake. I'll have to check that poem of yours out. I'm glad to have met you on HP.

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      Tamara Moore 4 months ago

      Lots of fun songs here! I recall TEQUILA as being a popular song. I am fascinated by the huge collection of songs you find for all these various subjects you post about. Excellent articles!

      I wrote a poem, entitled: "Double The Trouble" on Hubpage, but only found two songs :-) I used some weird imagery, though...lol...to make readers think they were seeing in double vision.

      I think, we writers, all have a sort of connection with each other in the things we choose to write about. It is so much fun to be here on your site!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Linda - I thought of you when I wrote this. Lots of people may not drink whiskey but it's in a lot of good desserts and savory recipes.

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      Linda Lum 4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      The thought of whiskey gives me shivers (and not in a good way). Don't know how anyone can stand the stuff. Anyhow, this was a fun read.

      I'm sure you considered American Pie by Don McLean, but it's only a casual mention and not a song devoted to drinking. I love the Dave Matthews version of Rye Whiskey and honestly those are the only two songs that came to mind. I had no idea there were so many.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Fullerman5000 - So glad you enjoyed this. Although country seems to have a corner on whiskey songs lately, I'm glad that I could find some good rock songs as well. The trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland including the tour through the distillery was unforgettable; I'm just sorry I waited so long to do it as I always assumed it would be much more expensive than it was. Thanks for stopping by!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Bill - Thanks for stopping by. I knew there were a lot of songs about whiskey but didn't know there were this many (many more if you consider casual mentions). Have a great weekend yourself, my friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Hi, Heidi - He's on there now as #59. Thanks for the suggestion! I bet that was a memorable show! You go to so many wonderful concerts. Have a great weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Fiddleman - That sounds like one memorable concert! (I especially love the song "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke!") You should write an article about the history of moonshine in rural America or something of the sort, given your georgraphy and cultural connections. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Ryan Fuller 4 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Such a great playlist. I am glad you chose Metallica's version of Whiskey in the Jar. Also, I love the Spin Doctors. I am also pretty jealous that you got to go to Ireland to an old whiskey distillery. I have also wanted to visit there and go to the Jameson distillery. This was a fun and entertaining article. Thank you for this.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not sure what it says about me, but my brain was flooded with songs about whiskey. LOL No stumping me on this category.

      Have a great weekend!

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      Heidi Thorne 4 months ago from Chicago Area

      Can't believe George Thorogood isn't in the mix with "I Drink Alone," with his spirits including his pal Jack Daniels. BTW, I got to see him live here in Chi-town. Fun show. Cheers!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 months ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thanks for sharing this hub on whiskey songs. About the only time I ever drank was during my military service days but recall a performance by Tex Ritter at the NCO Club at Elmendorph AFB Alaska and he sang Rye Whiskey and The Night Miss Nancy Ann's Hotel for Single Girls Burned Down and Smoke Smoke That Cigarette. I guess all those songs were about vices. Here in WNC moonshine has made it into a lot of songs. Moonshine especially during the days of prohibition was made by many and my grandpas on both sides made Corn liquor. A novel hub, enjoyed the read.