Beer Drinking Songs for Hell Raisers

As you may have guessed, beer drinking is part of the culture around Rock n’ Roll View. It’s a part of the job description. With that, I get a lot of time to drink beer and listen to music, of course, there are songs that I enjoy listening to more when I’m hammering back a few beers and usually with a few friends so that we (or I as the case usually is) can jump around acting like fools with our air guitars or something to that nature. (I think this is where Guitar Hero evolved from. No, I’m not claiming to have invented Guitar Hero.)

This list is one that has been perfected over many years (in no real order) of trial and error. Most of the songs stem from the teen-age wasteland that was my youth. Frankly, they all stand the test of time. I know, I tried each of them out as I compiled this list with pint glass and several variations of craft beer. (That is one stark difference between then and now…pukeweiser and craft beer.)

Before we get going with the list, you should prepare yourself a bit. First things first, get yourself a six pack of your favorite beer. Set aside about an hour of time, because, yes I’ve included the songs that appear on the list for your listening pleasure. I’ll be honest with you, you should get a decent pair of speakers for your computer or maybe some decent headphones or something. Treat the music with some respect. That should get you started. To really appreciate this music, get the CD if you like it, and for god’s sake, spend some money on some audio equipment. You’ll thank me later.

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Ready set go…

Saxon – Crusader (from Crusader): This is one of the ultimate songs to play air guitar to. Beer never tasted so good while strumming an imaginary guitar along to this and pretending to be some sort of modern day warrior.

Judas Priest – Beyond the Realms of Death (from Stainded Class): I’ve never really quite figured out what this song means, because I’ve usually had too much to drink when I get to it. Is it about the Christ? Beats me, but I do know that I love the way the songs builds and builds then rocks you.

Blue Oyster Cult – Veteran of the Psychic Wars (from Fire of Unknow Origin and Heavy Metal OST): I love to sing along with this. When you are drunk  you actually think you can sing. Great lyrics and a great groove.

Motley Crue – Shout at the Devil (from Shout at the Devil): I have a lot of memories of this song and hell raising and not all of those memories are when I was young and dumb. Denver. The Tarantual Pool Hall. Colorado beer. Colorado chicks.

Kiss – God of Thunder (from Destroyer): I thought my girlfriend in highschool liked me singing this to her. It turns out that I was an idiot. Damn this is a great song.

Black Sabbath – Mob Rules (from Mob Rules): Dio. Revolution. Anarchy.

Ted Nugent – Stranglehold (from Ted Nugent): Have you ever broken up with your favorite girl then drank beer? Chances are this was your soundtrack. (This was the best version I could find on Youtube.)

Metallica – Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (from Master of Puppets): It builds and builds until it splits you open as with a broadsword. Metallica were the masters  of creating drama with their music. Drama that you could relate to…drama that was yours.

Celtic Frost – Procreation of the Wicked (from Morbid Tales): Pounding back beers you wonder if this could really be true. Horror for your ears. After listening to Celtic Frost for a while you will think about starting your own black metal band.

Nazareth – Hair of the Dog (from Hair of the Dog): When you are at the end of the night. When you know that tomorrow will come. When only the hair of the dog will do in the morning.


  1. I like the most to enjoy music not beer …

  2. Who needs the beer when the music is great?

  3. Nice list. And for sure, a good start.

    But…. what about….?

    ZZ Top – Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers

    Motorhead – Orgasmatron (or damn near anything from Motorhead?)

    Molly Hatchet – Flirtin’ With Disaster

    Metallica – Whiskey In The Jar

    AC/DC – Have A Drink On Me

  4. Beer + great rock tunes = win. Thanks for making my day.

  5. I would add more Motely Crue and Van Halen definitely.

    Maybe even some Andrew WK for the younger people, I know thats what I grew up drinking to!
    .-= Loxlee´s last blog ..Album Of The Day: This Is Hell – Sundowning =-.

  6. Love the list! Sometimes you need some good rock and roll to keep the mood upbeat! I mean sometimes you dont even realize your having a pint of beer when the musics so good!

  7. Great list! nothing like listening to a little music while you gulp down a beer just after a stressful day at work!!
    .-= omnia review´s last blog ..Bubble Bash 2 =-.

  8. Motley Crue and Metallica are the greatest bands on this list.

  9. Writing this whilst drinking an ice cold beer – you really can’t beat a good drink and some fantastic songs. Great list!
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  10. Nice blog. Here in New Zealand there has been several compilation albumns put out under the name “The Best-Beer Drinking Songs in the World . . . Ever”. Along with the Australasian songs that you are unlikely to be familiar with are songs like “If you Don’t Start Drinkin’ (I’m Gonna Leave) – George Thorogood, “Cooperhead Road” – Steve Earle, (Don’t fear) The Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult, “Sweet Home Alabama” – Leonard Skynard etc. There’s been at least 5 volumes produced.

  11. Truly a good list but missing some important songs or bands. Try:
    Finnigan’s Wake by the Dubliners/Drop Kick Murphy depending on your taste)
    Seven Deadly Sins by Flogging Molly
    Dirty Glass by Drop Kick Murphy
    Have A drink On Me by AC/DC
    Seven Drunken Nights by the Dubliners
    Devil’s Dance Floor By Flogging Molly
    We Be Clubbin By Ice Cube
    40 oz to Freedom by Sublime
    Cold Gin by KISS
    One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer by George Thorogood

  12. Nothing like cold beer and great music in the Southern California sun!
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  13. Don’t forget Bob and Doug MacKenzie’s “12 days of Christmas” ….
    “D: On the Fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
    Four pounds of back-bacon
    B: Three French toast
    D: Two turtle-necks
    B: And a beer.
    D: …in a tree.”

  14. Oh..and I almost forgot..
    Joni Mitchell’s “Case of You”..
    ..”I could drink a case of you…
    and still be on my feet..
    I would still be on my feet…”

  15. Motley Crue – Shout at the Devil…. Nice :-)

    You forgot to mention how a good drinking song should also be a slightly higher tempo, so you get through the pints a bit quicker!
    Dave @ shed plans´s last blog post

  16. Well, my favorite drinking song is Children of the Sun by Billy Thorpe. Nobody will know it but t rocks.

  17. Those bring back some memories! Didn’t realize that “Veteran of the Psychic Wars” was on another album besides Heavy Metal. Hadn’t heard “Hair of the Dog” for a long time either – think I had the album way back when (it had the hit Love Hurts on it I believe). Lot of the music links didn’t work (curse you YouTube! :) ), but that one did.


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