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Why the Red Solo Cup Song by Toby Keith Is So Popular

Updated on March 17, 2015

The Rock, Am I Under It?

While sitting in the passenger seat of my friend's car a few days ago, I heard the song "Red Solo Cup", sung by country music star Toby Keith on the radio. My friend was surprised when I asked him whether this was an actual song. That was directly after I asked him to turn up the volume.

He explained to me that the song is a rising phenomenon. Yes, it is a real song. Yes, I have apparently been living under a rock as I am one of the newest members to jump on to the already crowded band-wagon. Move over Madonna, here comes Toby Keith for his piece of the radio music spotlight.

Red Solo Cups

Red solo cup. Mix in the music of Toby Keith.
Red solo cup. Mix in the music of Toby Keith. | Source

A Little Ditty

There once was a little ditty called "Red Solo Cup"...

The song was released in 2011 within the Toby Keith album Clancy's Town. The song was the collection's second single, following "Made In America." Only the "cup" song could be made in America.

The lyrics are funny and the melody is both simple and catchy. Lines within the chorus include,

Red solo cup, I fill you up

Let's have a party, let's have a party

If you have heard the song even one time, you are likely singing along in your head right now. If not, click on the YouTube video link below and behold a memorable tune.

The Red Solo Cup

The song refers to the red plastic cups manufactured by the Solo Cup Company. The cups are commonly used at parties, BBQ's, functions, and other events. Fill the cup with alcohol, juice, soda, or other liquid to drink. The cups are the centrepiece of the song.

The lyrics are anything but serious. Toby Keith sings about attracting ladies by using a Sharpie to write his name on the cup and that the red cups are better than the blue and yellow versions. He speaks to the cup as "you" throughout the song.

One can't help laughing along with the song as Keith does not take the subject seriously. Both melody and words are comical and fun.

Turn Up the Radio, Turn Up the Volume

Listening to the music of Toby Keith's Red Solo Cup.
Listening to the music of Toby Keith's Red Solo Cup. | Source

The Fan Base Grows

The fan base for "Red Solo Cup" is growing like, well, anything that grows very quickly.

The associated YouTube video, featuring Toby Keith at a house party with guests drinking the red cups, has over 11 million hits so far. There are over 12,000 comments below the Unedited Version of the posted video.

YouTube Fans

Other YouTube members are trying to get pieces of the popularity by posting their own versions of the video. Fans are not just country music lovers either. The single was performed on the television show Glee in December of 2011. There is even a Wikipedia entry dedicated to the song.

"Red Solo Cup" does not touch on common themes of country music tunes, such as falling in love or having your heart broken. The song is about a line of red plastic cups. In a world where people are exposed to negativity and political issues on a daily basis, the song provides a happy escape for a few minutes.

Forget your problems and turn up the volume on the radio. That's what I did in my friend's car. I am still smiling as I click again on the link for the YouTube video and sing along to the chorus.

Toby Keith - Red Solo Cup Song (Unedited Version)

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    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Sherry! Nope no need to be embarrassed... wow I just realized it has been a while since I watched Glee :) Thanks for stopping by!

      Hi Sunshine :) I always think of when you first brought this hub in HH lol

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Proceed to party...

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      Sherry Hewins 

      5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I'm a little embarrassed to admit that the first time I heard this song was on the TV show Glee. It's a great, catchy song. Love the video too.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Sunshine :) Thanks for pimping this hub and for the smiles!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Red Solo Cup, proceed to party....

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Jeff, you are so funny. Well here is the shoutout that you promised! Thanks for stopping by and it was a good day for a certain hubber too :)

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      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      "Red Solo Cup" -- ". Let's have a party, Lets have a party"

      Voted useful because red solo cups are very useful, especially when certain hub authors of certain such hubs have birthdays to celebrate :)

      Hope ya got the cups out Christy :)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Moonlake, well now I am hungry! I am glad that you have now heard the song and hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by to listen and comment!

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      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      We love Toby Keith. I never heard this song if it's not on my iphone I don't usually hear it. Toby was here one year for the Country Fest and we saw his bus at Hardees and they were all going in including Toby. With all that good Fest food why would you eat at Hardees? Enjoyed your hub and voted up.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Kelley, I love this song! I was so excited when I discovered the tune that found it on YouTube and had to write the hub :) Tobey Keith and you both get two thumbs up! Thanks hon.

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      kelleyward 

      6 years ago

      Hi Christy, Toby Keith has a knack for uncomplicated lyrics and simple rhythms most people like. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and Shared! Kelley

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Jane, I'm glad to introduce you to this fun song! It is quite addictive in melody :)

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      Jane Carroll 

      6 years ago

      Christy,

      If you were under a rock...I must have been under a boulder! Thanks for introducing me to this fun and clever song! I was just writing today about loving the unexpected and this song is certainly that. Thanks for introducing us!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Sunshine, Thanks for the shares of the hub, much appreciated. That's great that Toby Keith is such a hit, he deserves it for such a clever song!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I just finished watching the CMT Awards and Toby Keith and his red solo cups were quite a hit! I stopped by to pin your hub!:)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @wynne, he certainly is inventive I will give him that. I am resisting playing the video today as the song will get stuck in my head again! Thanks for stopping by.

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      wynnestudios 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I am a country music fan and when I first heard this song, I thought it was a joke. I asked the same thing you did, "Is this the actual song?" I give thumbs up to Toby Keith for having such wonderful songs.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @billybuc, this is really the song of Toby Keith's that I am most familiar with. The song is playful and really does have an addictive tune. It may get stuck in your head! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honestly, I really do not like Toby Keith; having said that I instantly liked this song. It's a song you have to laugh at and it gets stuck in your head and won't leave. I'm humming it right now while I write this. It has to be a great song for me to get over my dislike for Keith. :) Great hub and quite fun my friend.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your rock emilybee! Thanks for the comments, votes, and such kind words too! Your comments help keep me motivated to keep on writing hubs :)

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      emilybee 

      6 years ago

      I love this song, and I honestly have not read one hub by you that I'm not enjoying reading. Such great topics! I'm going to stop reading for now, so that I have some more hubs to read another day! Voted up and awesome.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hehe I'm glad we share a love for the song! Thanks for the read :)

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      DREAM ON 

      6 years ago

      When I first heard it on the radio I loved it.Each time I hear it I love it even more.The funny thing is no cup holds up to the solo cup.Great hub.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, I appreciate your kind words about my hub. Yes he is a good singer and he has fun with the song! Let's see what he comes up with next!

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      PurvisBobbi44 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      Toby is one of my favorite singers--and he is great eye candy also. Thanks for doing this hub, I enjoyed it. I liked his two movies, but the first one is my favorite.

      Thanks,

      Bobbi

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      hehe sorry my dear :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Still stuck in head. Uh oh.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hehe I am going to have it in my head again now too as I answer you :) I like that Toby Keith pokes fun at himself. Thanks for the comment and follow too.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      When I first heard the song I thought only Toby Keith could sing about a red solo cup and make it work. It's a silly song, but lots of fun. It gets stuck in my head for days. It hasn't been in while...until I read this hub. Thank you! I think. :)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Oh yes, Toby Keith must be pleased with the popularity of the fun song. I'm sure he's glad he entered into the deal. Thanks for taking time to read and comment Hally.

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      Hally Z. 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Heh heh, I do love the Red Solo cup song. When Toby was initially presented with the idea of singing about a plastic cup, he thought the idea was rather silly....but look at his song now. Red Solo cup, you're more than a cute little dittie...your're my money-maker!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Lee for the kind comment and votes. I'm glad you like the song too, I laugh as I listen to it. You are so kind to comment so highly on my work, it is much appreciated.

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      Drtruthman 

      6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Love this song. a BIG Toby Keith fan. Great article Christy. Enjoyed it allot. I voted up all across. Lee

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad the song brought back good memories for you. Yes those red cups are familiar to so many people. Thanks for reading and writing your comment. Take care.

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      Emer420 

      6 years ago

      This song is awesome. It made me laugh so hard the first time I heard it, because it reminds me of a friend of mine and his parties he used to throw all the time. They wouldn't have been complete without the red solo cups.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hehe I'm glad you got a chuckle out of it!

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      Sooner28 

      6 years ago

      Hahahahahahaha. This song was hilarious!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hehe yes those are other funny country songs. I agree that the song is easy to relate to and that is helping its popularity. Thanks Marc for stopping by to comment :)

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      Marc Babineau 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Me thinks it's popular due to it's simplicity and the party atmosphere it represents - everyone who's had or been to a house party, a picnic or a large gathering at a campground has used these and can relate.

      I think the last country song I liked was probably by Johnny Cash (I killed a man in Reno just to watch him bleed), and maybe one or two by Trace Adkins...

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