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Two Current critics choose their favorite drinking songs

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Billie Holiday’s “One For My Baby (AND One More For the Road)”

There’s a whole cannon of Holiday’s material we could choose from, but it’s her rendition of the standard “One More For My Baby (And One More For the Road)” that’s top shelf, an aching last-call confession to her bartender on a love affair gone awry. Go ahead, line up the nightcap (preferably something strong) and let Lady Day set the soundtrack to your true lush life. — JDS


Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice

We all know Snoop’s down with the chronic, but cottonmouth needs a cure. The tonic’s not required (he’s got juice), as Compton’s preeminent pothead takes the ’50s businessman’s lunch for a picnic where there’s plenty of green. “Rolling down the street smoking indo, sipping on gin and juice,” he sings, and mentally we supply the equal sign as he pauses a beat before exhaling: “Laidback.” In probably rap’s finest lyrical palindrome, he admits he’s got his “mind on my money and my money on my mind.” — CP



AC/DC’s “Have A Drink On Me

The pushy bastard insists 20 times in a four-minute song, which is, perhaps, not uncommon for the already intoxicated. Like Snoop, Brian Johnson recommends mixing dope and alcohol. Of course, he’ll mix anything. “Sour mash and cheap wine” with “tequila [and] white lightnin’ … whiskey, ice, and water,” — all are recommended as Johnson comes off as an even better mixologist than Amy Winehouse. (Too soon? John Bonham maybe?) You’ll find no bigger fan of alcohol escapism than Johnson: “So don’t worry about tomorrow, take it today… we’ll get Hell to pay.” It’s a fine plan until the devil finds you the next morning and takes it out on your ass. — CP





NWA’s “8-Ball”

It’s the episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm where “Eazy-E’s in effect and got the 8-ball rollin.” On his way to the liquor store with a 40 oz. of Olde English in his lap (“cold as hell”), our (anti-)hero dodges a cop, hits on a big-butted girl (“look at her face and the girl was to the curb”), flips off a caddy (“almost wrecked the ‘6-4”), and pulls steel on a “sucka punk.” Later, he’s hammered at a party, throws up (“see Easy hurlin’ in the parking lot?”), three girls tell him “your breath smells,” steps on another girl’s toe asking her to dance, causing a confrontation in which he knocks out a guest. He’s Larry David with a jheri curl and a gat. — CP

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