There are plenty of songs about drinking out there, but these 10 best songs about alcoholism will surely hit the spot.. Some lyrics are fictitious, some come from the troubled mind of very creative musicians, who use their creativity to move on and recover from suffering this addiction or recover from the pain people close to them caused by being alcoholics.
- The Strokes – “Heart in A Cage.” For a long time it was rumored that singer Julian Casablancas had issues with alcoholism. Now claiming he has given up on alcohol and saying his never been this happy, he has left us Heart in A Cage” to remember that sinking in alcohol does not solve all our problems.
- Amy Winehouse – “Rehab.” This song's sensitive yet strong lyrics, claiming not having any problem when she actually was way in over her head, made this song a world hit. Saying “The man said 'why do you think you here'/I said 'I got no idea/I'm gonna, I'm gonna lose my baby/so I always keep a bottle near'.”
- The Doors – Alabama Song. It was Ray Manzarek (the band’s keyboardist) who found this song in a German album and brought it the band’s attention, for it to be practiced and made into one of The Doors classic songs, especially with Morrison’s voice singing “Oh, moon of Alabama/We now must say goodbye/We've lost our good old mama/And must have whiskey, oh, you know why.”
- Blur – Coffee & TV. The most important reason of why this song made it into this list is because Graham Coxon (Blur’s guitarist) wrote this song after giving up on alcohol. It’s bouncy tune and the haunted voice of Damon Albarn singing “Your ears are full of the language/There's wisdom there you're sure/'Til the words start slurring/And you can't find the door” made this song about alcoholism and depression an anthem for rock lovers everywhere.
- Weezer – “Say It Ain't So.” Making it in the cut for Weezer’s “The Blue Album”, “Say It Ain’t So” talks about how alcohol can drive people apart. Emotional lyrics from singer Rivers Cuomo to his step-dad’s alcoholism saying “Somebody's Heine' is crowdin' my icebox/Somebody's cold one is givin' me chills/Guess I'll just close my eyes/Oh yeah/Alright/Feels good/Inside” made this song a perfect match for our list.
- Queens Of The Stone Age – “Feel Good Hit Of The Summer.” First intended as a joke song to end their second album “Rated R”, this song’s strength and captivating chant “Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, Marihuana, Ecstasy and Alcohol” made it a Queens Of The Stone Age classic live song.
- Dream Theater. The musicians from Dream Theater came up with a five-song series about alcoholism and the twelve steps to overcome it. The list of the songs and albums where they’re from are listed as follows: “Glass Prison” (Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence), “This Dying Soul” (Train Of Thought), “Root of All Evil” (Octavarium), “Repentance” (Systematic Chaos), “The Shattered Fortress” (Black Clouds and Silver Linings).
- Blink 182 – “Man Overboard.” Assumed to be about the departure of drummer Scott Raynor from the band, this song chants “Let's take some time to talk this over/You're out of line and rarely sober/We can't depend on your excuses/Cause in the end it's fucking useless.”
- Kiss – “Cold Gin.” Simmons singing “It's time to leave and get another quart/Around the corner at the liquor store/Haha, the cheapest stuff is all I need/To get me back on my feet again” is the perfect statement of someone who clearly needs to take a break from gin and all other kinds of alcohol.
- The Strokes – “Electricityscape.” Yes. Because one is not enough, we’re finishing this list with another one of Casablancas singing “Old friends don't realize I'm here/I wish two drinks were always in me/I'd pretend I had the perfect ear.”
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