Thanks to feedback from readers like you, Ideal Songs for Porch Drinking is now a thing. When the sun’s out and you’re looking for some down time, queue these suckers up and have a couple draughts on the deck. Fan Favorites are based on the top comment from the previous list and mine is whichever one I dig the most from your recommendations. Keep the suggestions coming.
Fan Favorite: September, Earth Wind and Fire
Suggested by Shut Up Meg. He described this song as “The rowdiest fucking song of all time that’s perfect for every damn situation.” ‘Nuff said.
Karl’s Favorite: Amie, Pure Prairie League
Suggested by Anal_Conundrum (I laughed). Call me a softie but there’s just something about that harmony.
1. Already Gone, The Eagles
Ok folks, calm down. They’re here. Though it never experienced the popularity of “Take It Easy” or “Hotel California”, the Eagles singing about personal freedom can’t be beat. Rest in peace, Glenn.
2. Down Under, Men At Work
I really tried to find a different Men At Work song, but it felt wrong. It’s probably the pan flutes and the fact that Aussies are the second coolest nation after us.
3. Battle of New Orleans, Johnny Horton
There’s nothing wrong with getting a history lesson while you get faced. I have a dream of bidding a British kid to reenact this song.
4. Willie, Waylon, and Me, David Allen Coe
DAC is very… down home. I recommend keeping it to this one and a few others if you’re not looking to have protests on your lawn. That’s actually not a bad idea for a column…
5. American Pie, Don McLean
I’ll level with you, this song makes me cry. Plus it’s seven minutes long. Now get off my ass about not including it while I weep for Richie and Buddy and the Big Bopper.
6. 2 AM, Slightly Stoopid
Jam bands are a staple of any sunny day. If you ever have the chance to go to a Slightly Stoopid concert don’t think twice, just do it.
7. Irresponsible, Curtis Grimes
Curtis Grimes has an incredible voice, plain and simple. His songs also aren’t unnecessarily diluted by copious amounts of instruments. Country should be relatively straightforward, and with him it is.
8. 7&7, Turnpike Troubadours
Probably the Troubadours’ most popular song, it might also be their best. Best enjoyed with a, you guessed it, 7&7.
9. Rodeo, Garth Brooks
I haven’t given Garth much love, and that’s not right. If you don’t already play “Friends in Low Places” mid-blackout you can get off this site, but this tune is highly overlooked. There’s bound to be a guy in your chapter from the Southwest who gets way too in to this one.
10. Down on the Corner, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Seriously, just buy their greatest hits. You’ll thank me later.
11. Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta, Geto Boys
You’re absolutely right Scarface. It does feel good. Make sure to play the intro at full blast or you’re not experiencing it. Have I mentioned you need a system for the ideal experience? Because that was implied.
12. Summertime, Z-Ro and Slim Thug
These two are wild together. Another feel good song to make you pine for summer.
13. Thunderstruck, AC/DC
AC/DC is iconic, and the drinking game to this song is as well. Take a pull every time they say “Thunder”. Two go rounds on this and I’m usually rocking and rolling.
14. El Paso, Marty Robbins
If you haven’t fallen in love with a Mexican girl near the border, you’re living all wrong. Diversify your lifestyle.
15. Oceanfront Property, George Strait
Unless you’re actually on a piece of Oceanfront Property, in which case you should get the fuck off the porch.
Be sure to share your suggestions in the comments. As always, don’t drink and drive..