5 0' Clock Somewhere-Drink in Songs
Songs that feature a mixed drink in them:
Pina Coladas made their way into the mainstream in around 1978 with it being famous in Puerto Rico at that time. There have been several songs that mention it the most famous being:
Rupert Holmes- Escape The Pina Colada Song. Rupert released this song in 1979 about a couple who grew a little bored with each other and one night the husband is reading the personal ads and finds an intriguing one, little did he know, but it was written by his wife. The main thing they ask throughout the song is “Do you like Pina Coladas?” along with other questions. It reached number one on the Billboard Top 100 in that same year. A little bit of soap opera, a good hook, and a great visual make this a memorable song.
In country music you would think the drink of choice would be Jack Daniels or beer, but this song by Garth Brooks has that drink with the pineapple in it too. In the year 1998 Garth Brooks released the song
Two Pina Coladas It came from his album Sevens. This song about a man, feeling a little down, decides to head to the beach and have some Pina Coladas. After he has had a few his perception changes, and Captain Morgan helps him on the road to recovery. The song reached number one on the Hot Country Songs US. The song has a tropical feel to it and you can just feel the ocean breezes and the sweet taste of those Pina Coladas in the song.
A Song with Rum mixed in:
This song goes back a few years, but when you hear it you can see why it was so popular.
Drinking Rum and Coca-Cola by The Andrews Sisters. This song was released in 1945 and stayed at the top of the charts for 10 weeks. It had the tropical feel of trumpets and drum beats taking the listener away to Trinidad even when they couldn’t afford to go. Great little dance tune.
Tequila songs seem to take the lead
There seem to be quite a few songs that have Tequila in them. Here are a few that are worth mentioning:
Hey Nineteen by Steely Dan this song doesn’t have the word Tequila in the title, but it does weave the the lyrics The Cuervo Gold about 4 times at the end of the song. The song is as smooth as the drink can be. The song was released in 1978 and it reached number 10 on The Billboard Top 100 in the year 1981.
Tequila Sunrise by The Eagles- this song came out in 1973 and about this time the drink Tequila Sunrise was enjoying a popularity. In fact the writer of the song Glenn Frey wasn’t sure he wanted to release it because it sounded a little cliché, but according to Don Henley he told him to look at another way that you have been drinking Tequila all night and the sun is coming up. The song is pretty, but it only made it to number 64 on the Billboard Top 100.
Straight Tequila Night – John Anderson released in 1991 and it made it to number one on the country charts. This was John’s come back song and it is a great one. You have the steel guitar, violins, drums and guitar all combining to a wonderful song. The singer warns any man against approaching this lady in the bar when she is having a straight tequila night because she is thinking about a lost love. Be warned.
Pour Me Another Tequila Sheila- Bobby Bare the country singer Eddie Rabbit co-wrote this song with Even Stevens and David Malloy. It was released in 1979 and made it to number 5 on the Billboard Hot Country singles. It has the Mexican sound to it just like a Marty Robbins tune. The singer is a gambler on the run, but he decides to trust a girl named Sheila and have a few Tequilas things look back, but the singer has a plan. Have a listen it is a very catchy song.
Tequila – The Champs this instrumental is named Tequila and the only lyrics in the song are the lyrics Tequila mentioned three times. The song was released in 1958 and it has remained popular through the years. The song hit number 1 on the pop and R&B charts and it is easy to see why. It has that Latin, rock n roll feel with the saxophone giving it that raw edge. It is a great song.
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet this song was released in 1977 and made it to number 8 on the Billboard Top 100. This song is very visual and you can almost see, feel and taste everything just by the lyrics. The singer is in this beach community trying to get over a broken relationship. Instead of trying to start anew he prefers to get wasted on Margaritas and lie in the sun. This song was originally to have been recorded by Elvis Presley, but he died and Jimmy Buffet did the song instead.
Bring on the wine
Red, Red Wine this song made two appearances in its time. The writer of the song is Neil Diamond and he came out with the first release of the song in 1968. Neil’s version made it to number 64 on the Billboard Top 100, but this song refused to die and it reappeared again in 1983 by an English band called UB40 they turned it into a reggae tune and the song made it to number one on the Billboard Top 100. Both versions work Neil makes his version more a ballad, while UB40 give it the lighter touch more up-tempo and Jamaican beat.
Two More Bottle of Wine – Emmy Lou Harris released in 1978 it reached the top of the country charts. It is a great story song about a person who moves with her love over a thousand miles away only to be deserted. Things will be okay because she has two more bottles of wine.
Strawberry Wine – Dena Carter this song was released in 1996 and it reached number one on the country charts. It is a song about first love and the singer compares her love to Strawberry Wine and how time has changed everything. This became Dena Carter’s signature song and it is very memorable.
Can’t Leave Out The Whiskey
Two songs come to mind when the word whiskey is mentioned the first song is:
Whiskey River- Willie Nelson, Willie recorded this song two different times the first time was in 1973 for his album Shotgun Willie. The second time was on his album Willie and Family Live in 1978. Even though Willie didn’t write this song it is associated with him and he performs it at all his shows. It is a classic country song.
Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound – Hank Williams Jr. recorded this song in 1979 and it reached number 5 on the country charts. Hank did his dad proud and came up with the perfect country song. Doing wrong, drowning memories, whiskey is taking him down all the wrong paths. It is bad for him, but good for the listener.
These songs mention drinks, but there is more to that in the lyrics. We discover songs that have humor, emotion, and great melodies all of these rolled into one create classic tunes that touch the listener and become timeless.