Here we go.
We are proud to present the top 10 of our Top 100 Drinking Songs.
We couldn't have done this without the hundreds of suggestions that poured in from all y'all back in January. And we certainly couldn't have done this without the help and expertise of our panel of judges. Please, once again, raise a toast to Kip, Sean, Kyle, Andy, and Rev. Frost.
For the record, and for your edification, the following songs, in no particular order, scored the number one slot in each of the ballots.
"Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, And Loud, Loud Music (Various/Vern Gosdin)
"There's A Tear In My Beer" (Hank Williams)- 2 votes
"Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" (various)
"The Wild Rover" (Traditional)
"Sally MacLennane" (The Pogues)
I was particularly pleasantly pleased and surprised by numbers 10 and 8 making it so high up on the list. Both artists are favorites of mine, and have a strong catalogue of great drinking songs. One has moved on to different, and perhaps stronger, themes, while the other we still say a silent prayer for every night.
Wynonie Harris (numbers 6 and 7)issued a strong smackdown to the competition for best shout/jump Blues belter.
Number 9 was the top Country weeper, and number 5 makes its case for the moonshine still in Americana culture/myth.
Congratulations to Ireland (numbers 8 and 3). These songs are not so much a validation of a stereotype, but more a testament to the Emerald Isle's gift for song and storytelling.
Number 4 was the clear winner 'til the last ballots came in. You know the song, and everyone has their favorite version of it. The Mountain's personal preference is The Lightnin' Hopkins version.
Number 2 was another surprise, and a very good one. The ultimate teetotaler's lament to their wayward partner.
And number 1. The only song to receive votes from every judge, it placed in 3 top 10's, 2 top 20's, and 1 top 30. It covers all the bases, and I think very deserving of it's prime position. Having been covered exhaustively, with the title switched around and the lyrics altered in some cases, it's one of the few drinking songs that can boast versions in the widest amount of genres. Everyone has their favorite rendition, but we recommend the Milburn version. Just happens to be our favorite.
So. Thanks for joining us. The list will move over to it's new home at Barstool Mountain on Monday. We'll get a proper, easily downloadable version of the Top 100 up over there. And every song on the list will get, eventually, it's own personal post. If you've been holding off on calling us out about the songs we missed, now is your chance. Hell, give us your personal Top 100. We'll post it. Music taste is malleable and subjective, so we want to know what you think.
The Big Rock Candy Mountain Top 100 Drinking Songs, Part 10
10. "The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)" - Tom Waits
9. "There Stands the Glass" - Various/Webb Pierce
8. "Streams of Whiskey" - The Pogues (mp3)
7. "Quiet Whiskey" - Wynonie Harris
6. "Don't Take My Whiskey Away From Me" - Wynonie Harris (mp3)
5. "White Lightning" - George Jones (mp3)
4. "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" - Various Artists
3. "Whiskey In the Jar" - Traditional/The Dubliners
2. "Don't Come Home A Drinkin'(With Lovin' On Your Mind)" - Loretta Lynn (mp3)
1. "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" - Amos Milburn (plus every other musician in the world)(mp3)