List: Ode to the Devil’s Elixir – Top 5 Whiskey Rockers

georgethorogoodI’m fresh off of turning 30 last weekend. For it my wife surprised me with a trip down to Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. So, it’s still a tad fresh in my veins – and liver – why not count down the top songs about a liquid that had help fuel and sadly kill some of the greatest rockers we’ve ever known and have known. So belly up and drink to celebrate or forget with these top 5 odes to whiskey.

5. Willie Nelson – Shotgun Willie “Whiskey River”

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After Willie’s Trigger snub from my last list, I felt he definitely had a rightful place here. While not as “rock” as the other entries on this list Willie’s Outlaw flag still has a lot of the same principles rock is know for. Plus this live version of “Whiskey River” really has a groove all it’s own. As I said, some drink to celebrate while others drink to forget. Here it seems that Willie needs more than his standard primary substance to put his mind and heart at ease.

4. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Nuthin’ Fancy “Whiskey Rock-A-Roller”

Nothing goes hand in hand like whiskey and Lynyrd Skynyrd. That’s the exact case with song “Whiskey Rock-A-Roller.” With all the classic trappings of a Skynyrd song, it’s truly southern comfort.

3. Thin Lizzy – 1972 Single “Whiskey in the Jar”

What was a traditional Irish song, “Whiskey in the Jar,” was defiantly elevated after Thin Lizzy got a hold of it. It’s also been covered by Metallica on their Garage, Inc. album.

2. AC/DC – Back In Black “Have A Drink On Me”

“My glass is getting shorter / On whiskey, ice and water.” Is the line where he first mentions an alcoholic beverage. What is that beverage you ask? Well of course it’s whiskey. I’m sure the blokes in AC/DC weren’t particular about what filled their glasses but, we’d all like to think the debauchery most always started with whiskey.

1. George Thorogood George Thorogood and the Destroyers “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”

While you can find a history of the song under our songs of the day ( I feel it had to be number 1. Not only is it a hell of a song but the blues man in me is a sucker for a narrative-which this song has. While everyone appreciate “Bad to the Bone” Thorogood’s 1977 debut gets a lot of appreciation from me and it’s all because of this song, my #1 ode to whiskey.

Limiting myself to 5 was very hard because of course there’s more. Please tell me in the comments or the forums what songs you use to get “gassed” or what comforts you when you’re feelin’ low.

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3 comments to “List: Ode to the Devil’s Elixir – Top 5 Whiskey Rockers”
  1. “One Scotch,One Whiskey,One Beer” was originally recorded and written by Amos Milburn,who also had a Double-Sided themed record “Good,Good Whiskey” and “Bad,Bad Whiskey” both recorded for the Black & White record label,in the ’40’s!

  2. Great list, “Whiskey River” was the first song that came to mind when I saw the headline, it’s always the rockin high point of any Willie Nelson show.

    ZZ Top’s “Whiskey’N Mama” also fits.

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