The 50 best drinking songs
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It can take a few years for songs to build a reputation as a classic bar tune, but once they reach that privileged hall of fame, it's cemented for all time. They become frequent rituals and tend to prompt an immediate reaction of hooting, inebriated dancing, and out-of-tune singing or half-mumbled rapping the moment they begin to play. If you want to see men and women instantly put down their drinks at a bar and close their eyes and maybe pump their fists with the glint of inspired tears in their eyes as they sing along, just hit play on Journey's classic anthem Don't Stop Believin'. On the other end of the spectrum of nostalgic bar songs, there's classic '90s rap. This surprisingly pop-inflected rap song from a hardcore rap superstar known for his dark themes has become a legend in bars with its ability to get half-inebriated people comically attempting to rap along when they only know a handful of the lyrics. This song by Bon Jovi is often the antidote for the depressed bar flies moping over their beers. It's easy to see why: when you're feeling a little depressed, there's nothing quite like seeing a bar full of people come alive, shouting "we're half-way there! All good '80s rockers knew to never spell out a word that ends with "-ing.
Every summer is only as good as the song that defined it. This year had its work cut out for it. These are the songs—whether we chose them or not—that will be playing in the background of our memories of a specific time and place. As for who reigned supreme? Time will tell. You can listen to the full Songs of Summer playlist on our Spotify, too. That is called art. Released at the beginning of August, the song shot to number 11 on the Billboard charts and even managed to nab an MTV Video Music award, proving that Megan Thee Stallion is not concerned with running out of time. With a doot-doo melody, a jazzy lean, and feather light production, the sweetest song of the summer arrived as July faded.