Best Playlist Ever: 100 years

Best play list ever is, I decided, my 2020 Drinking Songs. Because, well, let’s get into it and you tell me.

The Early Years

  1. 1919 How you gonna keep’em down on the farm. Andrew Bird
  2. 1927 Alabama song (whisky bar). The Doors
  3. 1936 Rye Whiskey. Tex Ritter
  4. 1949 I’m so lonesome I could cry. Hank Williams

The Fifties

  1. 1955 Sixteen tons. Tennessee Ernie Ford
  2. 1958 I still miss someone. Linda Ronstadt
  3. 1959 Sketches of Spain. Buckethead

The Sixties

  1. 1964 Running out of fools. Neko Case
  2. 1967 I’ll be your baby tonight. Bob Dylan
  3. 1968 Voodoo child. Jimi Hendrix
  4. 1968 The Weight. The Band
  5. 1968 Sympathy for the devil. Rolling Stones

The Seventies

  1. 1970 New Morning. Bob Dylan
  2. 1970 Bloody Mary morning. Willie Nelson
  3. 1971 Motel blues. Loudon Wainwright III
  4. 1971 Famous blue raincoat. Jennifer Warnes
  5. 1971 Jealous guy. Hurray for the riff raft
  6. 1971 Love her madly. The Doors
  7. 1972 Good time Charley’s got the blues. Danny O’Keefe
  8. 1973 Drinking down at the bar. Loudon Wainwright III
  9. 1973 Can’t you see. Marshall Tucker Band
  10. 1973 Redneck friend. Jackson Browne
  11. 1973 Heaven and Hell. Willie Nelson
  12. 1973 Honky tonk heroes. Waylon Jennings
  13. 1973 I can get off on you. Waylon Jennings
  14. 1973 Good hearted woman. Willie Nelson

    The author dancing in the 70’s
  15. 1973 We had it all. Waylon Jennings
  16. 1974 Time waits for no one. Rolling Stones
  17. 1975 Doctor Wu. Steely Dan
  18. 1976 Hollywood hopeful. Loudon Wainwright III
  19. 1977 One scotch, one bourbon, one beer. George Thorogood
  20. 1977 Deacon blues. Steely Dan
  21. 1977 Cocaine. JJ Cale
  22. 1977 The wurlitzer prize. Waylon Jennings
  23. 1977 Bartender blues. George Jones
  24. 1978 Water of love. Dire Straights
  25. 1978 Baker street. Gerry Rafferty
  26. 1979 Gotta serve somebody. Bob Dylan

The Eighties

  1. 1980 I think I’ll just stay here and drink. Merle Haggard
  2. 1981 Tennessee Whiskey. Chris Stapleton
  3. 1981 Tainted love. Soft Cell
  4. 1983 We’ve got tonight. Bob Segar
  5. 1985 Jockey full of bourbon. John Hammond
  6. 1985 The old man down the road. John Fogarty
  7. 1986 Hard day on the planet. Loudon Wainwright III
  8. 1987 I saw a stranger with your hair. John Gorka
  9. 1988 Fisherman’s blues. The Waterboys

The Nineties

  1. 1991 I can’t dance. Genesis
  2. 1992 Sandusky. Uncle Tupelo
  3. 1993 The devil’s real. Chris Smither
  4. 1993 Atlantic city. The Band
  5. 1996 Think about you. Greg Brown
  6. 1997 Caveman. Chris Smither
  7. 1998 Can’t let go, Lucinda Williams
  8. 1999 No love today. Chris Smither

The Oughts

  1. 2000 ‘Cept you and me babe. Greg Brown
  2. 2003 Whiskey lullaby. Allison Krauss
  3. 2006 Gravity, John Mayer
  4. 2008 Last call. Doomtree
  5. 2008 Drinkin’ dark whiskey. Steeldrivers
  6. 2010 Liquor store blues. Bruno Mars
  7. 2010 You and tequila. Grace Potter
  8. 2010 Gorilla. Bruno Mars

The Teens

  1. 2012 In C. Loudon Wainwright III
  2. 2015 Big man. Honey Honey
  3. 2016 Wish I knew you. The Revivalists
  4. 2016 Love and hate, Michael Kiwanuka
  5. 2016 It ain’t my fault. Brothers Osborne
  6. 2018 Smokin’ and drinkin’. Everlast
  7. 2018 Whiskey glasses. Morgan Wallen
  8. 2019 Retreat. Lazerbeak
  9. 2020 Wine, beer, whiskey. Little Big Town

The 2020’s Twenties

I’ve got nothing. Suggestions are welcome. Comment? please.

The Data,

or the songs, begin in 1919 and end 101 years later. The artists are often not the first to record the song. However, they are some of my favorite singers, or bands. Obviously, whiskey, tequila, beer, and the drinking of such, is the inspiration. Additionally, lost love and the pain that comes with that.

The Seventies were the best!

The Analysis

As in the Brothers Osborne’s song It ain’t my fault – what causes what is an interesting proposition. However, apparent is that love lost has been around since forever. Furthermore – it hurts. And we humans drink to ease the pain. Also, we write songs and make music about it.

Does it work? It does for me. Yet, as in the songs Deacon blues, You and tequila, or Whiskey lullaby – things can get out of hand. (see Thinking of drinking)

My favorite? I’ll be your baby tonight is one. For sure. Because it speaks to hope and joy. It soothes my soul.

How about you?


6 thoughts on “Best Playlist Ever: 100 years

  1. Perusing social media this morning I realized Merle Haggard had it right 53 years ago when he sang, “You don’t care about what I think. I think I’ll just stay here and drink.”
    This is what’s going on – everybody’s clamoring to be heard and no one is listening. And so it goes, since forever. I reckon. ‘cept now the Internet gives voice to everyone, even introverts, to scream into the void and delude themselves into thinking someone cares.
    That’s what therapy’s for, or confession, … whatever. ‘cept you have to pay them to listen. One way or another. Prayer, too. HE (god) hears you. Okay.
    What a great show that was – ” Where everbody knows your name.” (1982) Gary Portnoy.

  2. The perceptions of the eras has always fascinated me. Having lived through the sixties, the idea of peace, love, dope prevailing was inaccurate, in my view. That actually characterized the early seventies (“the best”), which are misrepresented by the disco label (due to “Saturday Night Fever,” which was released in 1977), another case in point. The sixties began with the Bobby’s (Vee, Vinton, Rydell), teen tragedy songs (“Teen Angel; Last Kiss; Tell Laura I Love Her; Running Bear; Ebony Eyes; Leader of the Pack”), and of course, the dance craze (Twist, Mashed Potato, Locomotion, Pony, Jerk…). Mid decade, the Beatles began changing everything, but remember, in the beginning, they all wore TIES. “The Sixties” actually began with the Monterrey Festival in 1967 and Woodstock didn’t happen until 1969. It always takes a while for ideas and labels to spread and take hold (i.e. Madison Ave. to absorb it into our culture).

  3. I suppose someone (not me) could do a 100 year playlist of dance songs. Beginning maybe with the Flapper faze of the Roaring Twenties? Ending with Twerking?
    “Pick me” dancing?

  4. This morning I recalled one of the finest “drinking songs” ever. However it didn’t make the list because the singer-songwriter has boycotted Spotify. Here’s the first line:
    “The last time I saw Richard was Detroit in ’68 and he told me all romantics meet the same fate someday cynical and drunk and boring someone in some dark cafe.”
    From 1970 (of course). Can you guess the artist?
    Wordpress just might be the virtual Dark Cafe.

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