There’s no shortage of songs about beverages–there are wine songs, whiskey songs, soda songs, and more. But in the world of country music, one beverage is king: beer. That bountiful barley beverage is a mainstay of so many lives, and there is no shortage of beer-based country tunes to jam along to.
So, without further ado, here are the best country songs about beer!
“Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith
Song year: 2011
When you think of country songs about beer, country or otherwise, one of the best is Toby Keith’s iconic “Red Solo Cup.”
The song, an ode to the classic party cup, touches on plenty of different beverages and the many virtues of the cup itself–as well as its potential downfalls, including a Red Solo Cup’s potential to split open. Above all, though, it's a touching and funny tribute to beer and the classic cup with which we drink it.
“Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band
Song year: 2005
You might be inclined to think that country songs involving beer are always lighthearted and rollicking fun, but Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” proves that that isn't the case.
The song is an ode to the little things in life, including home-cooked food, well-fitting pants, and a glass of cold beer. Although it sounds rather simple to write out, the song can be a real tear-jerker when the chorus hits.
“Beer Money” by Kip Moore
Song year: 2012
Kip Moore’s ashy voice and moving lyrics elevated several basic concepts to the world of poetry, but few of his efforts have been more successful than his smash-hit “Beer Money.”
Where other beer-based country songs approach the fun of getting trashed, “Beer Money” takes on a more tender note, highlighting the hope and possibility contained in something as simple as beer money. It’s Springsteen by way of Georgia country, and it’s absolutely incredible fun.
“Toes” by Zac Brown Band
Song year: 2006
“Toes” marks the second of Zac Brown Band’s appearances on this list. Unlike the somber tone of “Chicken Fried,” “Toes” is a lighthearted beach rock romp that captures everything amazing about chilling by the beach.
Although the lyrics touch on a few alcoholic beverages, some of the most moving images come in the form of beer. Even better, the song highlights how a can of PBR you drunk at home is as tasty as an exotic beach brew.
“Beer:30” by Florida Georgia Line
Song year: 2021
The next entry on our list is a fun and lighthearted venture into the world of Florida Georgia Line. “Beer:30”’s title says it all: the song is about that special time of day when your thirst reaches its peak, when your back feels like it would give out from the pain, and you just want some beer.
Next time you’re ready to kick back and relax, take a sip of “Beer:30.”
“Beers and Sunshine” by Darius Rucker
Song year: 2022
Like many other songs on this list, the best part of “Beers and Sunshine” is its simplicity. The tune, performed by the iconic voice behind Hootie and the Blowfish’s wide-ranging catalog, is the perfect blend of summer in the South.
As Rucker delightfully highlights, it’s all about unplugging from the world, snuggling up with the one you love while soaking in the sun and sipping on a nice, cold beer.
“Beachin’” by Jake Owens
Song year: 2013
To put it in the simplest terms, this song is about having a fun time in Daytona Beach, Florida, falling head over heels with a beautiful woman, and having a nice, refreshing, lime-infused Corona.
Like “Toes,” “Beachin’” is a prime example of beach rock, not only exploring the virtues of the island lifestyle but also making the listener feel it, no matter where they are. That means this song is a great choice for relaxing, whether you have a beer in hand or not.
“Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” by Billy Currington
Song year: 2010
Does life ever get you down? Do you ever feel like the world is passing you by, that the life of ambition and achievement is shut out to you? Don’t worry, because Billy Currington is here to remind you that there’s one thing you can still be great at: drinking beer.
This song is for all the bohemians and lovers of lowkey lifestyles, those for whom the simplest things are also the best.
“Beer with Jesus” by Thomas Rhett
Song year: 2013
Thomas Rhett’s “Beer with Jesus” is less a celebration of the tropical lifestyle and more a tender reflection on the big questions in life.
In an imaginative ballad charged with a sense of Christian spirituality, the song imagines what the singer would do if he could share a pint with Jesus Christ himself. Whereas other tunes on this life revolve around the fun of cold brews, this song evokes the deep questions and tender chats that beer facilitates.
“Beer in Mexico” by Kenny Chesney
Song year: 2005
Over the course of his prestigious career, Kenny Chesney has established himself as a proper heir to the luxurious yacht rock of artists like Jimmy Buffet.
Few songs capture this spirit better than Chesney’s hit “Beer in Mexico,” which revolves around a character who, upon reaching a critical crossroads in his life, resolves to put aside the big questions and kick back with a cold one.
“I Like Beer” by Tom T. Hall
Song year: 1975
Although classic country artist Tom T. Hall earned the sobriquet “the Storyteller” for his enchanting narratives, “I Like Beer” is perhaps his greatest achievement in language. The song opens with Hall alluding to his pre-existing love of beer, then launches into something else altogether.
Hall’s wordplay is twisting, turning, and exceedingly poetic as he sings about how he cherishes beer over other alcoholic beverages, including vermouth, wine, whiskey, and vodka. If you want a simple affirmation of why beer is the best drink out there, Hall is there for you.
“There’s a Tear in My Beer” by Hank Williams
Song year: 1989
As you might have begun to see, the songs on this list belong to one of two camps–happy beer songs and sad beer songs. Among sad beer camps sits the undisputed king, “There’s a Tear in My Beer,” recorded by one of the genre’s own immortal icons, Hank Williams.
The song is a perfect example of the sorrow that can so often accompany a glass of beer, especially when heartbreak is involved.
“Beer for My Horses” by Toby Keith and Willie Nelson
Song year: 2003
Although the previous songs on this list have woven together something mournful or something exciting, “Beer for My Horses” forges a new category all its own: hype-up country.
“Beer for My Horses” captures the spirit of beer as the beverage of celebration, but with a twist: the song revolves around two speakers (Keith and country legend Willie Nelson) who mount up a cowboy-style posse to track down evildoers. Once their quest is complete, the men toss back whiskey–and even invite the horses to celebrate.
“Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Jimmy Buffet
Song year: 1978
Don’t judge a book by its cover or a song by its title–Jimmy Buffet’s legendary “Cheeseburger in Paradise” is about more than just cheeseburgers.
To be sure, the “Margaritaville” singer’s lyrics certainly pay tribute to the scrumptious sandwich, but it also references the best possible companion for such a dish: a nice, ice-cold beer. If you need to get hungry, this is the song to listen to.
“I Love this Bar” by Toby Keith
Song year: 2003
A song so good it inspired a real-world restaurant, Toby Keith’s explosive tune “I Love This Bar” is a sendup of dive bars, seedy establishments, and hives of scum and villainy everywhere.
The song’s bar is a gathering place for all people, a place that bridges the divides of class, emotion, and more. On top of that, there are plenty of ways to drink beer. What’s not to love about this bar?
“Drink a Beer” by Luke Bryan
Song year: 2013
Among the many sad beer songs on this list, Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer” is one of the most lyrically powerful and poetic.
It pairs rich music with relatively simple lyrics that describe, in raw and barebones terms, the moment in life when drinking a beer and contemplating is all you can do. “Drink a Beer” was written amidst Bryan’s loss of two siblings, and that real emotion shines through in the soft, tear-jerking tune.
“Beer Never Broke My Heart” by Luke Combs
Song year: 2019
Somewhere between comedy and sadness is “Beer Never Broke My Heart.” This excellent tune by country superstar Luke Combs is a sendup of the best thing about beer: its dependability.
As Combs highlights, there are all kinds of things that can get us down in life, from genuine heartbreak to comic missteps, but at the end of the day, beer is most certainly not one of them.
Top Country Songs About Beer, Final Thoughts
After gazing through this catalog of beer-based tunes, we’ve seen all kinds of angles to beer–the way it inspires hope, the way it helps us relax, the way it soothes our sorrows, and the way it’s just plain tasty.
Now, the truth is that there are even more country songs about beer out there, but these represent a sample of the very best. So whether you think of beer as a symbol of relaxation or remorse, sorrow or celebration, you can use this list as a soundtrack for a brew-filled evening.