Country’s Best Drinking Songs, No. 1: Willie Nelson, ‘Whiskey River’
Cheers-worthy lines: "Whiskey River, take my mind / Don't let her mem'ry torture me. / Whiskey River, don't run dry / You're all I've got, take care of me."
The Redheaded Stranger is better known for his love of other forms of intoxicants, but he surely wouldn't pass up the liquid variety.
Willie Nelson first recorded "Whiskey River" for the album Shotgun Willie in 1973. In 1978, a recording from Nelson's live album Willie and Family Live was released as a single through Columbia Records. "Whiskey River", despite not being a Nelson original, has come to be regarded as one of his signature songs  and a concert staple, usually the first song on the set list.