Country’s Best Drinking Songs, No. 10: Toby Keith, ‘I Love This Bar’
Cheers-worthy lines: "We got waitresses and we got barflies / A dumb-ass and a wise-guy / If you get too drunk just sleep out in your car / Reason number 672 why / I love this bar."
Toby Keith's certified Gold hit, "I Love This Bar" has to be on this list; after all, it inspired a chain of restaurants owned by the singer and you can be certain there's plenty of drinking happening with people of all shapes and sizes.
"I've seen short skirts / we got high-techs / Blue-collar boys and rednecks," Keith sings in the song, also naming yuppers, bikers and thirsty hitchhikers who are all there for one reason: alcohol.
"I Love This Bar" was released in 2003 from Keith's Shock'n Y'all and it easily hit No. 1 on the country chart, dominating the top for five weeks. Because as much as country fans love libations, and have belly-warming memories of their own favorite comfortable bars, they also love superstar Keith.
The song was actually born of a bit of sleeptalking Keith did. He was on his tour bus with co-writer Scotty Emerick and they were planning on writing a song together, but became tired and fell asleep. All of a sudden, Emerick woke up to the sound of Keith singing: "Mmm, hmm ... I love this bar." And the rest is drinking history.
Keith is an artist who could fill this entire 'drinking songs' countdown. He also wrote "Whiskey Girl," "Get Drunk and Be Somebody," and "Beer for My Horses," a duet with Willie Nelson.