Country’s Best Drinking Songs, No. 5: Brad Paisley, ‘Alcohol’
Cheers-worthy lines: "Since the day I left Milwaukee / Lynchburg, Bordeaux, France / Been makin' the bars lots of big money / And helpin' white people dance."
Paisley sings this 2005 song from the perspective of a bottle of booze, hilariously personifying it. From alcohol's point of view, it can make anybody pretty, make you pick a fight with somebody twice your size and cause you to make embarrassing toasts at weddings ... plus much more, like taking naked pictures on the beach.
The song, from Paisley's Time Well Wasted record, was nominated for two Grammys: Best Country Song and Best Country Male Vocal. We can see why. It's an incredibly catchy mid-tempo song, has hilarious lyrics, and even charted on Billboard Hot 100.
Funnily enough, Paisley is confident singing about alcohol, with lines like, "You had some of the best times / You'll never remember with me" and attributing its influence on kings, leaders and even Ernest Hemingway. But, the country star doesn't drink. At all.
So while he's singing one of country's best-ever drinking songs, he's drinking something non-alcoholic from that red Solo cup (perhaps his favorite beverage, Yoo-Hoo). He's a spectator, not a participant. And for that very reason, Paisley will always remember every word to the song when he sings it--and the whole concert as well, which can't be said for a lot of the fans.