The All-Time Best Country Songs About Whiskey

by Jacklyn Krol
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Country music knows how to sing about alcohol, especially whiskey. Discover the best songs about whiskey of all-time.

Country Whiskey-Inspired Singles From the Ladies

“If My Name Was Whiskey” – Carly Pearce

Carly Pearce co-wrote this masterpiece alongside the late busbee and Shane McAnally. It was the last song that she wrote for her debut album.

“Everybody who’s been in love maybe has felt second best to something,” she said in a YouTube video. The song depicts a person who is in love with someone who is addicted to alcohol.

“Whiskey” – Jana Kramer

“Whiskey” was written by Catt Gravitt and Sam Mizell. It marked the second single off of her debut solo album. It was also featured on One Tree Hill, which Kramer acted on. The song compares a man to whiskey, she can’t get enough of him.

“[The song] says, ‘The burn, the sting and the high. I should have just called him whiskey, because that’s exactly what he does to me,” she told The Boot. “I love it. It’s a little bit darker, which is nice and a little more rockin’ once it gets into the chorus.”

“Cheap Whiskey” – Martina McBride

Martina McBride‘s “Cheap Whiskey” is off of her 1992 debut album The Time Has Come. In the track, McBride associates whiskey with a goodbye as he chose the drink over her. The music video is everything dramatic and the listener watches as the story unfolds before their eyes.

“Tennessee Whiskey” – Chris Stapleton, George Jones, David Allan Coe

“Tennessee Whiskey” is not a Chris Stapleton original. It was written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove and performed by David Allan Coe in 1981. George Jones later covered the classic in 1983 and it reached No. 2 on the charts. Finally, Stapleton

Stapleton’s rendition was on his debut album, Traveller. “The guys in the band and I were in Charlottesville, Virginia, waiting to set up microphones and started playing in that groove,” he told Billboard. “I just was really enjoying it and started singing ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ on top of it, trying to make it something new.”

Notably, Stapleton performed a mashup of the song and “Drink You Away” with Justin Timberlake at the 2015 CMA Awards.

“Whiskey Glasses” – Morgan Wallen

“Whiskey Glasses” is a fun play on words that was created by Ben Burgess and Kevin Kadish. Morgan Wallen recorded the song for his 2018 record If I Know Me. The song went No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart and Hot Country Songs. It is now 3x Platinum and one of Wallen’s biggest hits.

“We wanted the video to start out sad just because that’s kind of the way the song is,” he told People. “I think we’ve all been in that situation before where you’re trying to get over somebody and you resort to [drinking]. I connected to it in many ways.”

“Sunshine and Whiskey” – Frankie Ballard

Frankie Ballard’s “Sunshine and Whiskey” brings the positive side of the alcoholic beverage. The tune is pure summer bliss and nothing but a breezy pop track.

The overall vibe of the song helped Ballard develop his second record. “The way we arranged it, sonically speaking, that sound is going to be identifiable with the record,” Ballard told Radio.com. “It’s a fun song, ‘Every time you kiss me, it’s like sunshine and whiskey.’ It’s a summertime thing.”

“Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” – Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell is getting over heartbreak with some whiskey. Swindell co-wrote the tune alongside Josh Martin and Adam Sanders. Although the song became a hit, it was first pitched to Thompson Square and Montgomery Gentry before Swindell put it on his debut album.

The music video sums up the song perfectly. It was shot at Nashville’s famed Silver Dollar Saloon. Notably, Swindell raises a glass to veteran Kyle Davis.

“The Whiskey Ain’t Working” – Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart

This 1991 hit was apart of Travis Tritt’s It’s All About to Change and reached No. 2 on Billboard’s country charts. Marty Stuart co-wrote the song alongside Ronny Scaife.

The music video finds Stuart and Tritt at a bar. We find the characters arrested and in jail.

The song was so popular that it won the Best Country Collaboration Grammy Award in 1992.

“Whiskey’d Up” – Jason Aldean

“I can twist the top off a twelve-pack of longnecks / Get my redneck on baby all night long with the boys / And never even think about you / I can be sittin’ with someone new at a table for two,” Jason Aldean sings. “But when I get / Whiskey’d up, that wantin’ you again.”

The song is off of Aldean’s 2016 album, They Don’t Know. Aldean sings about whiskey in numerous songs, like “Drowns The Whiskey” with Miranda Lambert.

“Whiskey and You” – Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton has written a handful of songs about the beverage. This song was first recorded by Tim McGraw for his 2007 record, Let It Go. Stapleton later recorded his own take on his song.

“I always thought it was one of the better songs I had been a part of so I decided to play it out,” he told Song Facts. “Over time it became a song that I was rarely allowed to leave the stage without singing. We went through several versions of recording this song until I finally decided it was best to present it in its original form: me, a guitar and one microphone.”

“Whiskey In My Water” – Tyler Farr

Tyler Farr actually brought whiskey barrels into his music video for “Whiskey In My Water.” The video shows a sizzling couple’s romance blooming while Farr sings in the distillery. Farr co-wrote the song alongside  Phillip Larue and Jon Ozierf.

“‘Whiskey in My Water’ is just one of those songs that just came out of nowhere,” Farr told Song Facts. “The lyrics just flowed. It’s pretty much my way, or any other country boy’s way, of expressing to a girl, ‘Hey, you’re my kind of girl.”

“Whiskey River” – Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River” is typically his opening song in concert. Surprisingly, the song was written by Paul Stroud and Johnny Bush. Bush released the song in 1972 for his album of the same name.

Nelson recorded his version for 1972’s Shotgun Willie record. The song was the first-ever song performed for Austin City Limits.

“Whiskey and You” – Darius Rucker

“Whiskey and You” was on Darius Rucker’s 2010 album, Charleston, SC 1966. Rucker compares love to whiskey. “Gets me high / Then knocks me to the ground / Soothes my mind / And then begins to break me down,” he sings.

 Producer Frank Rogers wrote the song and also produced Rucker’s entire album. Oddly enough, numerous artists have songs that have the exact same title, like Chris Stapleton, Aaron Watson, Tim McGraw, among others.

“Whiskey Girl” – Toby Keith

Toby Keith released his Shock’n Y’all album in 2003, which featured “Whiskey Girl.” It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart. He recorded a live version of the track for his 2012 album Hope on the Rocks.

Keith co-wrote the song with Scotty Emerick. Keith was featured in the music video alongside WWE Diva Amy Weber. Weber portrays a mechanic who closes up the shop to grab a bottle of whiskey with a man. The video has a surprise ending, so be sure to check it out.

Duets and Bands’ Whiskey Interpretations

“Whiskey Lullaby” – Allison Kraus and Brad Paisley

Legendary artists Brad Paisley and Allison Kraus performed this breathtaking duet. Paisley featured the song on his 2004 album, Mud On The Tires. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Single Chart. Overall, it reached No. 41 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The track took home the Song of the Year award at the 2005 CMA Awards.

Bill Anderson and Jon Randall wrote the ballad. According to GAC, the song was inspired by Randall’s situation at the time. He was going through a divorce from Lorrie Morgan and lost a record deal.

“Whiskey to Wine” – Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

In 2016, the husband and wife duo premiered the song during a performance at the Ryman Auditorium. The ballad is a duet that tells the story of two former lovers reminiscing about their relationship realizing that theirs was better but knowing that they can’t reunite.

“It’s a love song like you’ve never heard,” he told Taste of Country of the song prior to its debut. “It’s really from left field.”

“Whiskey’s Gone” – Zac Brown Band

While most artists talk about the taste of whiskey, Zac Brown Band sings about the moment when the whiskey has run out. The song was recorded for their 2010 album, You Get What You Give.

“Whiskey’s gone but I ain’t leaving / There’s got to be a bottle in the back / Whiskey’s gone but I ain’t leaving / Got to get this devil off my back,” Brown sings in the chorus.

“Whiskey Under The Bridge” – Brooks & Dunn

“All those nights of drinking / Finally got me thinking / Heartache is just a waste of time / I’ve been burned, I’ve been cheated / But this old heart’s still beating / Ain’t no big deal / It’s just whiskey under the bridge,” the duo sings.

Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, and Don Cook co-wrote the song together. It was apart of their 1995 record, Waitin’ on Sundown and overall reached No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles Chart.

“Drowns The Whiskey” – Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert

Aldean and Lambert teamed up for “Drowns The Whiskey.” The song was written by John Thompson, Brandon Kinney, and Jeff Middleton that was featured on Aldean’s Rearview Town. It was so popular that it peaked at No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart and No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

“I’ve always been a fan of her voice, and I’ve always said if I was a female singer that’s the kind of stuff I would do,” Aldean told Taste of Country. “She’s a rocker, but can also be like really country. Really well-rounded.”

“When I sent her that one, she kind of flipped out. She was on board then. And then she came in to sing it and nailed it,” he revealed.

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