50 Songs About Wine
Here's a Toast to the Health Benefits of Wine
Wine has hit its stride, particularly among women and millennials. If you're a wine drinker, you're not only on-trend, but also realizing a long list of health benefits.
The upsides of regularly drinking wine are well publicized and have served to boost its popularity. Research has found that moderate consumption of wine, particularly red wine, has been found to be correlated with a reduced risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, depression, cataracts, type 2 diabetes, stroke, as well as dementia and Alzheimer's. "Moderate consumption" is defined as not more than one glass a day for women or two glasses a day for men.
In addition, moderate wine intake is linked with higher levels of HDL "good" cholesterol and prevention of LDL "bad" cholesterol. Research has also found that wine is associated with slowed growth of breast, prostate, liver, lung, and oral cancers, and that wine can even prevent cavities and treat acne.
But wait. Before you see this as permission to drink to your heart's content, you should know that resveratrol, the ingredient in wine that makes it healthful, can be found in larger quantities in blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and mulberries. (Reservatrol is also available in supplement form.) Sorry to ruin the party!
Enjoy your glass of wine for the taste, for the relaxation, and for the health benefits. And while you're at it, make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and hip-hop songs about your favorite adult beverage. We have a long list to start you out.
How do you drink your wine?
1. "Two More Bottles of Wine" by Emmylou Harris
There are few things that two bottles of wine cannot solve. This 1978 country song is a classic for good reason. It appeals to the dreamer in all of us and the desire to persist in the face of challenge.
The narrator describes escaping her hometown for the west coast, only to find herself single two months later, making ends meet by sweeping an L.A. warehouse. She suffers through her broken dreams with the assistance of wine. Let's hope, however, that she doesn't spend too long drowning her sorrows this way.
2. "Wine After Whiskey" by Carrie Underwood
This woman's ex did a number on her heart. The narrator in this mournful 2012 country song finds herself comparing new lovers to her ex, and no one quite measures up:
Once you’ve tasted a love that strong
You can’t go back, and you can’t settle on anything less
And that’s what gets me; it’s like having wine after whiskey.
3. "Red Red Wine" by UB40
Although Neil Diamond wrote this song, UB40 made it an international hit and their signature song. The reggae-infused pop tune from 1983 is about a guy who is feeling sad about a lost lover, so he turns to red wine as a crutch to help him forget.
Wine isn't the only red thing that people sing about. Click here for songs with the color red in the title.
4. "Strawberry Wine" by Deana Carter
The young woman in this 1996 country song recalls that her first taste of love came one hot July night. It was bittersweet on the vine, like strawberry wine. He was a summer farmhand on her grandfather's farm who was working his way through college, and she was a tender young thing of 17. Even now, she remembers him yet isn't sure whether it's him she misses or her innocence.
5. "Sangria Wine" by Camila Cabello and Pharrell Williams
In case you didn't know, sangria is a punch of Spanish origin which typically consists of red wine, chopped fruit, orange juice, and brandy, or similar ingredients. This 2018 salsa-influenced song celebrates both the adult beverage and the way it makes the woman who drinks it dance in a sensual manner.
6. "Cherry Wine" by Hozier
In this mournful pop ballad from 2016, a battered partner describes the confusion, justification, and self-blame commonly expressed by victims of domestic violence. The narrator is involved in a toxic relationship with a woman who beats him. Despite her bad temper and icy stare, sadly, he claims that he still loves her:
The way she shows me I'm hers and she is mine
Open hand or closed fist would be fine
The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine.
Real love doesn't hurt like this. Click here for additional songs about domestic violence.
7. "Lilac Wine" by Miley Cyrus
Many artists have recorded this reflective ballad, but the cover version by Miley Cyrus in 2012 is particularly noteworthy. The song describes a heartbroken lover unready for love who finds comfort in the wine of the lilac song.
8. "Whiskey to Wine" by Garth Brooks (featuring Trisha Yearwood)
Once you're out of a toxic relationship and you find yourself a new romance, if you're not careful you might find yourself missing the heated arguments and unpredictability of the unhealthy dynamics you've left behind. That's what the ex-lovers in this mournful 2016 song feel.
While they are content with their new partners, they each compare their experience to going from whiskey to wine:
When I talk, he listens
He don't show up missing
He's patient, polite, and refined
He's handsome, romantic
But the problem is damn it
That after you it's like going
From whiskey to wine.
Many of us have a "whiskey" lover in our past, as some old flames are harder to forget than others. (Wanna tell us about yours?) For more songs about struggling to get over an ex, click here.
9. "God of Wine" by Third Eye Blind
When one is in love with an alcoholic, it's all too easy to become dragged down in their self-destruction. Personal boundaries become blurred, and their problems become yours.
With lyrics that are truly inspired, this 1997 rock tune depicts a narrator who is losing a struggle to save his loved one from addiction. Their days together are canceled out by her drunkenness, and his lover has become a martyr to the drink. He painfully accepts that her addiction gives her something he never can, while it also threatens to take him down with her.
10. "For the First Time" by The Script
The couple in this rock song from 2010 is facing difficult financial times, with both partners having lost their jobs. Unsure of how they got to this desperate place, they plan to start over by staying up all night, drinking cheap bottles of wine, and having an honest conversation about where to go from here.
11. "Yesterday's Wine" by George Jones and Jamey Johnson (featuring Blackberry Smoke)
This 2009 country song is an updated version of a classic which was previously released by several legends in the business (Willie Nelson originally, and a hit duet by Merle Haggard and George Jones). The intoxicating song describes a man who is visited by either an old acquaintance or an older version of himself. He recounts his life's journey and says he's aging with time like yesterday's wine.
12. "Cherry Wine" by Nas (featuring Amy Winehouse)
This Grammy-nominated hip-hop song from 2012 details the narrator's quest for the perfect life partner. The narrator seeks a mate who is similar in interests, can be relied upon, and shares similar values. The tune was released posthumously, following Amy Winehouse's tragic 2011 death by alcohol poisoning.
13. "Sangria" by Blake Shelton
In this hit country song, Blake Shelton is drunk on love or something that resembles it. The tune was released in 2015, the same year he divorced Miranda Lambert and started dating Gwen Stefani. Thus, it's up to our imaginations to determine who he's thinking of when he sings about his deep attraction to his lover:
Your skin is begging to be kissed by a little more than the sun
You take my hand in yours, you lean in
And your lips taste like sangria, your lips taste like sangria.
Here's a playlist if you want to hear more sexy songs about falling in love.
14. "Cheap Wine" by Cold Chisel
The guy in this 1980 Australian pop song is just squeaking by in life. He accepts charity to get by and doesn't mind his habit of "cheap wine and three days' growth." Reflecting back momentarily on the better life he used to have, he confesses that he wouldn't trade it in for his current life of mere survival.
15. "Water in His Wine Glass" by Maddie & Tae
The narrator in this 2016 country song is in love with someone who loves wine more than he loves her. The havoc that his alcohol habit plays in their lives has made him a broken man. Out of desperation, she asks for heavenly intervention:
Lord, pour water in his wine glass
Bring the man he used to be back
'Cause I wanna look him in the eyes and see someone I recognize.
16. "White Wine" by The Vernons
This bluesy rock song from 2013 pays tribute to an enigmatic woman. She is beautiful, street savvy, and makes her own rules. The mysterious lady has the narrator utterly entranced.
17. "Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho
Although recorded by many artists, this 1966 pop song is a signature song most identified with Don Ho. The simple tune celebrates feeling warm with wine and toasting the one that you love.
18. "Heaven Was a Drink of Wine" by Merle Haggard
The broken-hearted, hard-drinking man in this 1979 country song seeks help from a therapist. It does little good, however. He knows exactly the source of his problems, and it doesn't lie in his childhood:
I never took to drinking long, long as she was mine
But when she left me, I went to hell
Heaven was a drink of wine.
19. "Good Times, Cheap Wine" by Kid Rock
It's no surprise that Kid Rock says he's the kind of guy who likes "good times, cheap wine, backbeat rock and roll." In this 2015 rock ditty, he spends lots of time explaining to his galpal that he's a lowbrow fella, then tries to convince her that he's worth loving the way he is.
20. "Summer Wine" by Lana Del Rey (featuring Barrie James O'Neill)
If you're unfamiliar with Lana Del Rey's haunting, romantic sound, you're missing something special. This 2013 sultry rock tune is a noteworthy cover version of a classic originally made famous by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood over four decades earlier.
The tune describes a woman who notices a man's silver spurs and invites him to share summer wine with her. After seducing him with an evening of heavy drinking, the man awakes to find his silver spurs gone, along with some money and his mysterious ladyfriend.
Even More Songs About Wine
Song & Year Released
21. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (1977)
A bottle of white, a bottle of red / Perhaps a bottle of rose instead
22. Barcelona (2017)
Well get up, up on the dancefloor tonight / I've got two left feet and a bottle of red wine
23. Elvira (1981)
The Oakridge Boys
Eyes that look like heaven, lips like sherry wine
24. Wine, Women, and Song (1981)
You can tell it's wrong, but I love wine, women an' song
25. Hide the Wine (2017)
Turn up the lights and kill the mood / Oh 'cause baby I just don't trust myself with you / I better hide the wine
26. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (1998)
Jackson Brown & Bonnie Raitt
I found a girl. I kissed her and then / Oh, Lord, I kissed her again / Oooooh, kisses sweeter than wine.
27. Wine Colored Roses (1986)
I sent her some wine-colored roses / The color of grapes on the vine / When she sees the wine-colored roses / They'll tell her I'm still on the wine
28. Sweet Sangria (2002)
Balmy days, sweet Sangria / She's been gone, have you seen her?
29. China and Wine (2015)
Laura Bell Bundy
Love is fragile, but it won't break as long as you love with all your heart / Like china and wine, everything is fine
30. Wine into Water (2004)
T. Graham Brown
I'm down and I can't fall much farther / And once upon a time, You turned the water into wine / And now, on my knees, I'm turning to You, Father / Could You help me turn the wine back into water?
31. My Baby No Esta Aqui No More (2005)
She used to be my rosa amarilla / My litte mexicali tomatilla / But then one night I drank too much sangria / Woke up and found a note that said I'll see ya / Oh, my baby no esta aqui no more
32. Blood Into Wine (1998)
Whatever I do is never enough for someone like you / Passing through you all the time / Turning blood into wine
33. Yesterday's Wine (1971)
We're yesterday's wine / Aging with time / Like yesterday's wine
34. White Lightnin' and Wine (1975)
White lightning and wine came on so fast / When did I last feel this fine? / White lightning and wine
35. A Good Friend and a Glass of Wine (2007)
Every now and then, every now and then / Every girl needs a good friend and a glass of wine
36. Wine, Women, and Song (1964)
Well, I'm at home a workin' and a slavin' away / You're out a misbehavin' spendin' all of your pay / On wine women and song
37. When the Wine Wears Off (2017)
Tell me, will you still be mine, baby / When the wine wears off?
38. Red Wine and Whiskey (1984)
Katrina and The Waves
We had a lot of money, but we blew it down the line / We'd love to take you out tonight, but we haven't got a dime / Red wine and whiskey all the time, all the time
39. (Old Dogs, Children, and) Watermelon Wine (1972)
Tom T. Hall
Ain't but three things in this world that's worth a solitary dime / But old dogs and children and watermelon wine.
40. Sangria Wine (1990)
Jerry Jeff Walker
And I love that sangria wine / Love to drink it with old friends of mine
41. Cheap Wine and Cigarettes (2014)
You take me high and leave me in a mess / Just like cheap wine and cigarettes
42. Melva's Wine (1972)
Every year about this time / The air is sweet as Melva's wine / And I sip her wine and I listen to the robin sing
43. Going to California (1971)
Spent my days with a woman unkind /Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.
44. Mexican Wine (2003)
Fountains of Wayne
I tried to change, but I changed my mind / Think I'll have another glass of Mexican wine
45. Hotel California (1977)
... Pink champagne on ice / And she said, 'we are all just prisoners here, of our own device'
46. Dust on the Bottle (1994)
David Lee Murphy
Creole Williams lived down a dirt road Made homemade wine like nobody I know
47. Wine or Whiskey (2017)
Is it wine or whiskey? / Are you gone or with me?
48. Cherry Wine (2012)
Nas (featuring Amy Winehouse)
Everything's good, everything's fine / Yeah, yeah we bring it every time / Yeah, pour a little cherry wine
49. Bottle of Wine (1967)
Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine / When you gonna let me get sober
50. It Was a Very Good Year (1965)
But now the days grow short / I'm in the autumn of the year / And now I think of my life as vintage wine
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