Nobody loves a brewski more than male country singers. Want proof? In a silly attempt to quickly name 10 songs with "beer" in the title in honor of North Texas Beer Week, we were able to call up the following list of ditties without Googling a thing. They all happen to be from the twangy testosterone set. There are probably dozens more we're not remembering, which is kind of scary. Listen to the tunes via Spotify while you read.
Clint Black, "Beer" -- Are you aware that beer is the world's universal language? At least that's what Texas treasure Black tells us in the ode to the suds from his brand new album, On Purpose. Joining him in the chorus of beer cheers is Big & Rich.
Trace Adkins, "Hold My Beer" -- The tall, hard-livin' baritone Adkins spins a Southern wedding story full of country wordplay in this 2010 single. Hidden gems in the song's lyrics include the phrases "holy monogamony" and "I now pronounce you ... y'all." In the end, it speaks to the fact that any experience is better with a cold one.
Kenny Chesney, "Beer in Mexico" -- Chesney's monster hit from 2007 heralds the idea of wasting time in the face of one of life's fork-in-the-road moments. Rather than decide where life will take him next, Chesney will "sit right here and have another beer in Mexico," thank you very much.
Brooks and Dunn, "Beer Thirty" -- Sure, it's a variation on the tired, old "five o'clock somewhere" joke, but hey, at least it's more concise. Because when it's beer-thirty, there's really nothing else worth doing than heading to the honky-tonk. And a special shout-out to the subtle Stevie Ray Vaughan influence in the arrangement.
Kip Moore, "Beer Money" -- Thing about beer-thirty is, if you are going to take advantage of that time of day, you need the funds. You're in luck if you know the up-and-coming country crooner Kip Moore. He's got a little bit of beer money. He's also got a lot of Bruce Springsteen albums.
Willie Nelson and Toby Keith, "Beer for my Horses" -- This Wild West anthem shouldn't work, but it does. We especially cherish the way ol' Willie rattles off that "we'll all be back at the local saloon" line. A toast to Willie should be part of every gathering in Texas.
George Strait, "Cold Beer Conversation" -- Follow that Willie Toast with a Strait one, while you're drinkin'. This tune is the title track of the country king's surprise new album. It's about all the natural fellowship that exists when friendly hangs and ice-cold cans join forces.
Hank Williams Jr. and Hank Williams, "Tear in my Beer" -- I almost forget that this was one of those miracle-of-recording-technology duets. That's because it's done somewhat tastefully, and you just can't beat the song itself. Go 'head -- sing along.
Johnny Cash, "I Hardly Ever Sing Beer-Drinking Songs" -- A little more honky-tonk piano never hurt anyone, and it's nice to hear Cash's legendary voice delivering the tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Listening to him, you're reminded of why beer-drinking songs subsist.
Luke Bryan, "Drink a Beer" -- Say what you will about the booty-shaking pandering of bro-country, but this heartbreaking hit gave Bryan some seriousness that's lacking in a few of his contemporaries. It also spoke to the sadder occasions for sipping.