10 Best Songs for Getting Your Drink On
Who doesn't like to have a good time? For some, it's hitting up a party with friends while others love to get the alcohol flowing. Singers and rappers alike are known to write songs for celebratory occasions where liquor is part of the equation. From tracks about getting lit in the club to drinking away the pain of heartbreak, there are so many hip-hop and R&B tunes that encourage throwing a cold one back.
Remember classics like Snoop Dogg's 1993 hit "Gin and Juice"? Or J-Kwon's bumping chart-topper "Tipsy"? Everyone from gangsta rappers to the most soulful of crooners have released at least one song that pays homage to popping bottles, doing shots or sipping on some very expensive liquor.
Considering today (May 5) is Cinco de Mayo, the holiday that Americans have used as an excuse to down endless glasses of margaritas, pitchers of beer and shot after shot of tequila, The Boombox highlights a list of tracks that honor the recreational activity of drinking. There have been a number of lists that have covered this topic, but we're taking another look to compile a new playlist to serve as the soundtrack not only for Cinco de Mayo but also any turn up occasion.
When Busta Rhymes released "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II" in 2002, it not only became an instant hit but also inspired lots of people to try cognac. With the help of Pharrell and Diddy on the track, the hard-hitting beat will make you jump before and after you had a few glasses of the delicious elixir.
From the moment DJ Mustard's signature beat drops and the snaps begin, Tinashe's "2 On" is the perfect track for that first pour. But whether you're by yourself calming down with a nightcap or pregaming with friends, the mid-tempo effort quickly gets you in the groove. "When the drink be too strong / When the tree be way too strong / Get faded, turn up, bruh / Pour it on up 'til I can't even think no more / Get ratchet, go dumb then go more dumb then / We can keep it lit, let's roll," Tinashe sings, urging you to join her in the turn up.
For those who really want to get lit, Rihanna's "Pour It Up" is the track for you. While you might not be heading to the strip clubs to see women popping their booty, the pulsing beat and RiRi's sultry vocals will inspire anyone in a nearby radius to give an unsuspecting person a lap dance -- men included.
If you're all about the top shelf liquor and bottle service at the club, "Drinks On Us" is your theme song. Although Mike WiLL Made-It enlists Swae Lee and Future on the original track, the remix version brings the Weekend on board, which increases the sensuality factor. The bump-and-grind tune is centered on having money and showing it off, so if you're all about the motto "sharing is caring," play this in the presence of others as a reminder you're not stingy. And if you're wondering who's singing following Abel, that's the young Rae Sremmurd member himself.
Kendrick Lamar's 2012 song, "Swimming Pools (Drank)," is one of the more quintessential tracks to get wasted to. And while the lyrics feature a heavy back story with references to his grandfather and his own battles with drinking, the slow tempo and hook is just smooth enough to ease you into that drunken state of mind.
Trey Songz crafted a solid tune for birthday celebrations with his 2009 song, "Say Aah." Besides the obvious mention of celebrating the special day, it's one of those songs that will instantly inspire you to raise your drink high at a party while you dance close to the one you've been eying all night.
While we don't hear as much of Ludacris' music these days, he did release a drunken party track in 2008. Other songs about getting smashed lead to more fun, but this one is a bit of a PSA for the bad things tha can happen when you get too hammered. Luda isn't talking about drinking and driving here and instead delves into the "beer goggles" phenomenon, where a few too many shots makes the ugly chick at the bar look lime a dime when she's really not.
Unlike Ludacris' cautionary tale, Miguel is trying to seduce one special lady with "How Many Drinks?" Like many of the sexy songs on his 2012 album, Kaleidoscope Dream, this crooner makes female fans feel weak in the knees after hearing his sensual seduction. "How many drinks would it take you to leave with me? / Yeah, you look good and I got money," he sings. Between the suggestive lyrics and the slow groove, it's a great song to serve as the soundtrack to getting lucky.
This track has more of a country and blues vibe, but Justin Timberlake's "Drink You Away" doesn't discriminate against those wanting to down a few. The song is for the bourbon drinkers at the bar drowning their sorrows after being burned by love. With the upbeat instrumental, you can't even tell that this is all about trying to move on from a broken heart. And even though drinking is usually a recreational activity, sometimes that shot of whiskey is the right medicine for a bad day.
When you're feeling buzzed but know you can still keep the party going, Juicy J's "All I Need (One Mo Drank)" is the song you put on as you grab that next beer. The heavy bass on the track bounces as J spits, "All I need is one mo drink / Two more blunts, three more bitches" on the hook. If you're looking for a how-to-get-hammered track, this one's for you.