Shocking: AC/DC leads a list of the best drinking songs

Nothing gets the elbow bending like a good drinking song, something that humans have known since they learned to ferment alcohol that wouldn’t kill us. While the musical characteristics of drinking songs have changed over the centuries, one thing remains constant: high-energy music makes for more drinking.

Whisky retailer Flask&Barrel went through 23,425 Spotify playlists that made some kind of reference to drinking, partying, and alcohol in their titles and then broke everything out by genre.

It turns out that hip-hop finished first by a mile.

  1. Hip Hop: 70,249 tracks about drinking, partying, etc. The top artist? Drake.
  2. Classic Rock: 41,902 tracks
  3. Indiepop: 41,458 tracks
  4. Country: 35,281 tracks
  5. Indie/alternative: 15,629 tracks
  6. Latin: 914 tracks

But let’s focus on rock acts/songs. This is the top 20.

This is what the alt-rock drinking songs list looks like.

If we look at just artists, it’s AC/DC all the way:

  1. AC/DC: 4,143 playlist appearances
  2. Queen: 3,512
  3. The Rolling Stones: 3,242
  4. Red Hot Chili Peppers: 2,885
  5. Fleetwood Mac: 2,864
  6. Nirvana: 2,788
  7. Led Zeppelin: 2,713
  8. Creedence Clearwater Revival: 2,603
  9. Guns N’ Roses: 2,451
  10. Green Day: 2,332
  11. Lynyrd Skynyrd: 2,225
  12. Eagles: 1,980
  13. Van Halen: 1,972
  14. Bon Jovi: 1,902
  15. Foo Fighters: 1,806
  16. Aerosmith: 1,780
  17. Journey: 1,559
  18. Bruce Springsteen: 1,293
  19. ZZ Top: 1,229
  20. Steve Miller Band: 1,088

Finally, here are the top 10 alt-rock artists.

  1. Arctic Monkeys: 3,388 playlist appearances
  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers: 2,885
  3. Green Day: 2,332
  4. The Killers: 2,164
  5. Tame Impala: 2,015
  6. Foo Fighters: 1,806
  7. The Neighbourhood: 1,740
  8. The Strokes: 1,701
  9. Gorillaz: 1,604
  10. Daft Punk: 1,412

The whole study can be found here.

Alan Cross

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