On This Day: Toby Keith’s ‘Red Solo Cup’ Certified Gold and Platinum in 2012

by Thad Mitchell

When it comes to country music superstars, Toby Keith ranks right at the top with the best of them. And one of his most memorable party songs is easily “Red Solo Cup.”

One of the country genres all-time most popular singers and songwriters, Toby Keith has career dating back three decades. He is one of the best selling country artists of all time and has a list of accolades that put him in rare territory. Now 59-years-old, some of Keith’s most known songs are “How Do You Like Me Now” and “As Good as I Once Was.”

In 2011, Keith delivered one of his biggest smash hits with “Red Solo Cup.” Described as a “party anthem,” the song calls red solo cups the best instrument for holding an adult beverage and a prelude to a good time. The song became something of a novelty that could often be heard in just about every party going on 10 years ago.

The song became an instant hit for Keith after its release on October 10, 2011. it is the second single off of Keith’s album “Clancy’s Tavern.” It is the only song that the country star did not write or cowrite. The song was co-written by Brad and Brett Warren and Brett and Jim Beavers.

Toby Keith Calls ‘Red Solo Cup’ a ‘Stupid’ Song

Despite it’s tremendous success and popularity, especially amongst a younger crowd, the song has many detractors. Insider ranks it as the second worst song of the previous decade. Keith himself calls it “the stupidest song I have heard in my life.”

Still, the song would go on to earn a high achieving status and push Toby Keith even further up into country stardom. On January 26, 2012, the song was certified two times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association America. It reportedly sold more than 2.4 million copies, earning it the high RIAA honor.

Keith put out a social media post on Tuesday remembering the song’s accomplishments.

“On this day back in 2012, Two of the songs from the Greatest Hits: The Show Dog Years has major accomplishments,” he writes. “‘Made in America” went gold and “Red Solo Cup” went platinum! Which one are you listening to today?”

In an interview regarding the song, Keith says he still laughs every time he hears the tune. He also spoke on his motivation for recording the catchy song.

“The song is basically a bunch of frat party people getting hammered, drinking out of a red Solo cup and all the stupid stuff they do,” he says, according to Songfacts.com. “They actually praise the red Solo cup for all the important things and usages that it has. You’re going to find it really stupid but you’ll be singing it the next day when you wake up.”