Crack open a cold one, turn up the radio and kick up your feet. It’s time to listen to some good ol’ beer-drinking tunes. Discover a list of the best country music songs about drinking beer from the 1990s.
7. “Dumas Walker” – The Kentucky HeadHunters
The southern rock band released their single in January 1990 as the second single off their album, Pickin’ On Nashville. Overall it reached No. 15 on the charts.
Ironically their record label didn’t want to release the song because they thought it was “too regional.” However, fans at their live show ate the song up so they released it as a single.
Member Doug Phelps told a former outlet that the song was based on a shop owner named Dumas from Moss, Tennessee. The shop was apart of their town and sold fireworks, beer, and snacks. Ironically, the lyric concerning the slaw burger and fries was inspired by a restaurant they frequented after shows.
6. “Beer and Bones” – John Michael Montgomery
Sanger D. Shafer and Lonnie Williams wrote “Beer and Bones” for John Michael Montgomery. It released in 1993 and acted as the last single of his debut album, Life’s A Dance. Furthermore, the single peaked at No. 21 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles Chart. “I ain’t nothin’ but beer and bones / Honey since I lost you / I ain’t ate a bite / Since the night,” he sings.
5. “Longneck Bottle” – Garth Brooks
“Longneck Bottle” was written by the great Steve Wariner and Rick Carnes. Garth Brooks recorded the song and even dueted the song live in concerts with his friend, Wariner. Additionally, Warnier sings background vocals and plays the acoustic guitar on the recorded version.
The song is off of Brooks’ album, Sevens. The record is RIAA Diamond certified for over ten million records sold. It debuted No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Chart and the Country Albums chart.
“Longneck bottle / Let go of my hand / Hey jukebox don’t start playin’ that song again / ‘Cause there’s a girl at home who loves me / You know she won’t understand / Longneck bottle / Let go of my hand,” Brooks sings.
4. “Six Pack To Go” – George Strait and Hank Thompson
Although this isn’t the original recording by the legend Hank Thompson, the duet sparked recognition. George Strait performed the song that was originally released in 1966 by Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys. The band created an entire 12-song album all about drinking. It reached No. 19 on Billboard for eight weeks.
Strait teamed up with Thompson for a new version in 1995. Some fans even believed that this was a Strait original as it is in his wheelhouse. “Hey, mister bartender / Please don’t be so slow / I’ve got time for one more round / And a six-pack to go,” the pair sing.
3. “Beer Thirty” – Brooks & Dunn
Brooks & Dunn’s “Beer Thirty” is an utter classic. It was written by member Ronnie Dunn alongside Terry McBride. It was released in 1999 as a single off of the duo’s album, Tight Rope. The track peaked at No. 19 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles Chart.
“I got a six pack, got a single stem rose / My baby’s dressed up she’s raring to go / I got a Jones for the moon and the jukebox / I like to two step she likes to rock / That clock on the wall it rings, it chimes / It’s beer thirty, a honky tonk time,” the pair sing.
2. “Friends In Low Places” – Garth Brooks
Who doesn’t love Brooks’ epic country music classic, “Friends In Low Places”? The track was on his 1990 album, No Fences. It is so popular that it won the Single of the Year award at the CMAs and ACMs back in 1990.
The song was written by Earl Bud Lee and Dewayne Blackwell. The songwriting pair gave it to Brooks when he was gearing up to work on his debut album and sang a demo for the song. “The Oasis” is a real bar in guitarist James Garver’s hometown of Concordia, Kansas.
“‘Friends in Low Places’ was the last demo session I ever did as a singer,” Brooks said via Song Facts. “I sang the session out in Hendersonville, and for the next two weeks the chorus to this song kept running through my head.” Brooks asked the duo if he could cut the song. “Putting that kind of faith into an unknown artist is unheard of. Thanks, Bud and Dewayne for believing in me,” Brooks concluded.
No. 1 Country Music Song About Beer
Alan Jackson’s “Pop A Top” is a classic tune that has not received the recognition it deserves. Believe it or not, Jackson was not the original artist that recorded the song. It was first written and recorded by Nat Stuckey back in 1966. Then Jim Ed Brown released a version in 1967 where it reached No. 3 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart.
Finally, Jackson chose to record his own version of the tune. It was featured on his 1999 record, Under The Influence. The song is based around the Southern drinking game “pop a top.” Players listen to a song that cues players when to drink and finish it before it repeats.