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Songs about Drinks

Updated on August 30, 2017

Songs about Drinks

There are drinking songs and there are also songs about specific drinks. This lens references the latter. We start off with our top 50 choices of songs with drinks in the title(s), then we talk about songs that were inspired by specific drinks and give examples. After that we branch out to include songs that use beverages as a metaphor for life. All of our selections have references to drinks in their titles. We hope you enjoy our lens.

50+ Great Songs with Drinks in the Title

A sampling of some of the Greats!

This list is but a sampling of the many songs that reference drinks in their titles. We've tried to list the more popular songs, but if we've left out any of your favorites, just let us know by commenting in our Guestbook below.

TOP 50: SONG SELECTIONS WITH DRINKS IN THE TITLE

"Afternoon Tea" by The Kinks

"Alcohol" by Brad Paisley

"Beer" by Psychostick

"Beer" by Reel Big Fish

"Beer, Beer, Beer" Irish pub song

"Beer Barrel Polka" ("Roll Out The Barrel") sung by Bobby Vinton

"Beer Bottle Boogie" by Koko Taylor

"Black Coffee" performed Ella Fitzgerald

"Black Coffee In Bed" by Squeeze

"Bottle of Red Wine" by Eric Clapton

"Champagne" by Cavo

"Champagne" by Pepino di Capri

"Champagne Life"by Ne-Yo

"Champagne Supernova" sung by Oasis

"Champagne Taste" by Eartha Kitt

"Coconut" by Harry Nilsson

"Coffee Blues" by Mississippi John Hurt

"Coffee Cantata" by Johann Sebastian Bach

"Coffee Song"/"They've Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil" by Frank Sinatra

"Cup of Coffee" by Garbage

"Days of Wine and Roses" by Andy Williams

"Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" by Jerry Lee Lewis

"Drinking Beer" by Jimmy Witherspoon

"Give Me a Red Hot Mama and an Ice Cold Beer" by Smiley Maxedon

"Java Jive" by Manhattan Transfer

"John Barleycorn" by Traffic

"Lilac Wine" by James Shelton

"Little Ole Wine Drinker Me"

"Margaritaville" bu Jimmy Buffet

"Mas Tequila" sung by Sammy Hagar

"Milk And Toast And Honey" by Roxette

"Milkshake" by Kelis

"Ninety Nine Bottles of Beer" - traditional song in the USA and Canada

"One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" by John Lee Hooker

"One More Cup of Coffee" by Bob Dylan

"Orange Juice Blues" by Bob Dylan & The Band

"RC Cola & a Moon Pie" by Nelsen Adelard Band w/Mark Norris"Red

"Red Wine" by Neil Diamond/ UB40

"Rum and Coca-Cola" by The Andrews Sisters

"Sangria Wine" by Jerry Jeff Walker

"Strawberry Wine" by Deane Carter

"Summer Wine" by the Corrs and Bono

"Tea for Two" by Fats Waller/Fred Waring

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

"Tequila Sunrise" by Eagles"The Orange Juice Song by Deep Purple

"The Pina Colada Song" by Rupert Holmes

"Two Pina Coladas" by Garth Brooks

"When I Take My Sugar to Tea" by Nat King Cole

"Whiskey" by Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina

"Whiskey River" by Willie Nelson

"You're the Cream in My Coffee" by Nat King Cole

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Johann Sebastian Bach Wrote about Coffee

18th Century "Coffee Cantata, BWV 211"

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote his famous "Coffee Cantata" in the 18th Century. In researching this cantata, I first read that it was written because Bach was addicted to coffee. However, deeper research shows that this song was most likely inspired by Bach's dear friend Gottfried Zimmermann, a music lover and coffee shop proprietor.

Concerts were given regularly on Zimmermann's coffee shop premises. Often instrumental work was performed but occasionally vocal music such as "Coffee Cantata, BWV 211" would be performed. For more information, see Johann Sebastian Bach, an excellent and comprehensive website.

The following is a verse from the "Coffee Cantata:"

Ei! wie schmeckt der Coffee süÃe, (Ah! how sweet coffee tastes! )

Lieblicher als tausend Küsse, (Lovelier than a thousand kisses,)

Milder als Muskatenwein. (Smoother than muscatel wine.)

Coffee, Coffee muss ich haben, (Coffee, I must have coffee,)

Und wenn jemand mich will laben, (And if anyone wants to give me a treat,

Ach, so schenkt mir Coffee ein! (Ah, just give me some coffee!)

"Coffee Catana" - by Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata #211 (Coffee Cantata): Air: "Heute noch"
Cantata #211 (Coffee Cantata): Air: "Heute noch"

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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach

Amor Artis Chorale and Baroque Orchestra, Johannes Somary

 
J.S. Bach: The Coffee Cantata BWV 211, Cantata BWV 158 and Motets
J.S. Bach: The Coffee Cantata BWV 211, Cantata BWV 158 and Motets

Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach

Amor Artis Orchestra (Artist, Orchestra), , Johannes Somary (Conductor), Daniel Waitzman , Stephen Oosting, Ruth Waterman, Myron Lutzke, Ann Monoyios, Daniel Waltzman , John Ostendorf, Edward BrewerAmor Artis Orchestra (Artist, Orchestra), , Johannes Somary (Conductor), Daniel Waitzman , Stephen Oosting, Ruth Waterman, Myron Lutzke, Ann Monoyios, Daniel Waltzman , John Ostendorf, Edward Brewer

 

"Tea For Two" from "La Grande Vadrouille" - From the 1966 French movie

Tiny Bubbles by Don Ho - A Champagne Classic

Although this song doesn't reference a specific drink in its title, we felt it was an exception to our rule and decided to include it. The whole song is about champagne!

Summer Wine by The Corrs and Bono - A delicious song!

Red Red Wine - The history of the song

"Red Red Wine" is a song written and originally recorded by Neil Diamond and sung as a ballad, then it was covered by Tony Tribe, and more famously by British reggae group UB40, whose version topped the U.S. and UK singles charts. In the song, the singer finds drinking red wine is the only way to forget a lost love.

(Information from Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia)

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Red Red Wine (12'' Version)
Red Red Wine (12'' Version)

UB40

From the Album "Labour Of Love"

 
Red, Red Wine
Red, Red Wine

Jamaican Steel Band

From the Album "Steel Drums Of The Caribbean Vol 2 - Calypso Classics"

 

Red Red Wine - Original version (ballad) by Neil Diamond

Red Red Wine - Upbeat Reggae version by UB40

Red Red Wine - Which version of the song do you prefer?

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Red Red Wine

This is a song that once you hear it, you cannot forget it. Most people have a strong opinion of it and either like it or hate it. If you are person with a strong opinion about this song, please share it with us!


Love it or hate it?

Escape / The Pina Colada Song - by Rupert Holmes

"The Pina Colada Song" was the highest-charting hit for Rupert Holmes. The song was also number one at the end of the 1970s and at the beginning of the 1980s.

"Coconut" Sung by Harry Nilsson - "Put the Lime in the Coconut" 1971

"Margaritaville" - by Jimmy Buffett

"Who doesn't remember this Jimmy Buffett classic? "Margaritaville" was written in 1977 by American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. He wrote it in Key West while spending time in Florida.

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, describes "Margaritaville" in the following way: "The song is a narrative overview of the singer's life for the previous season. He sings about laid-back living in a drunken haze in a beach community. "Margaritaville" is the mental state in which he exists during this period, induced-presumably-from the perpetual imbibing of margaritas. This is best illustrated in the last verse, when the singer goes for a walk, cuts his heel and returns home to ease his pain with the eponymous alcoholic beverage. The singer says that some friends surmise that he is reeling from a failed romance."

"Buffett revealed that "Margaritaville" was actually supposed to be recorded by Elvis Presley during the recording of an episode of CMT's Crossroads with the Zac Brown Band, but Elvis died the year that the song was going to be recorded. Buffett got to record it instead."

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A Drop in the Bucket

There are more songs about drinks to come!

This is just a drop in bucket when it comes to the many songs inspired by drinks. I'll be adding to this lens from time to time so please let me know if I've left out your favorites. Rule: They must have the name of a drink in the title and they must reference that drink. [And one unspoken rule: You must like what you are suggesting. There are a number of "real doozies" out there.]

If I forgot to list your favorite song about drinks, please let me know. And feel free to let me know what you like or don't like about this lens! I'm happy you stopped by!

Suggestions & Feedback Welcome!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      Great songs. I pinned this lens to my party ideas board on Pintrest.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      You have some great songs listed here.

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      jeff57 6 years ago

      It's almost Oktoberfest. They always have great drinking songs.

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      Heard_Zazzle 6 years ago

      Two Thumbs up! Great list. Some of my faves are Escape / The Pina Colada Song & Margaritaville. Happy to see The Manhattan Transfer featured. Love their style!

      In grammar school, we had to sing a song called Coffee. C - O - F - F - E - E, coffee is not for me. It's a drink some people wake up with.... slaves to a coffee cup, they can't give coffee up. :)

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      dannystaple 7 years ago

      Have you hear the one about "The Pub With No Beer"? Not sure who the original artist is having heard a few versions, but it always gives me a giggle.