Saint Paddy’s Day is just around the corner, and with that comes beer, and lots of it. In cities all over the world, men and women alike will dress head to toe in green, eat, dance, and have a beer, (or twelve), and Chicago is no exception. So, to mark the festive occasion, we’ve put together an eclectic list of songs all about beer to get you in the St. Patrick’s Day mindset. See which 10 tracks made the diverse list below.
1. “I Hardly Ever Sing Beer Drinking Songs” – Johnny Cash
Back in 1975, the late great Johnny Cash released this country tune with the rest of his Look at Them Beans album, (yes, that’s seriously the real name of it). This ironic tune about never singing about beer or the blues, isn’t the most cheerful, but it’s definitely a great pub sing-along. (No one said it has to sound good.)
2. “Beer for Breakfast” – The Replacements
Those who take St. Patrick’s Day a little too seriously, (*cough cough* guys with the sprayed green hair), may also take advice from The Replacements and have some beer for breakfast. While that may be a questionable life choice, listening to this 90’s tune about the most important meal of the day is not. A great jam worthy of your St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
3. “Hooray For Beer” – Bowling For Soup
It’s rare that you find a song which is nothing more than a love letter to beer, (outside of the modern country genre), but back in 2009, Bowling for Soup (yes, they kept making music after “1985,”) released a comical song which is exactly that. It’s not a far fetched thought that some Chicagoans will be cheering for beer this St. Patrick’s Day!
4. “Beer Bottle Boogie” – Koko Taylor
Blues Queen Koko Taylor gave the world a great ditty called “Beer Bottle Boogie,” back in the 80s. Most of us have done a beer bottle boogie some time in our life (whether we remember it or not). If you’re doing things right, this soulful hometown tune will be a part of your St. Patrick’s pregame playlist!