One of the best parts of getting plastered in public is being at a bar that blasts good music. Now, by good music, I obviously don’t mean good music. Bar singalong songs are not necessarily the best songs — they’re just the catchy songs that get every drunk individual in the bar singing. Personally, I might listen to three or four of these bar songs while sober and hanging out, but that’s about it. That being said, let’s look at the top twenty-five best bar singalong songs.
1. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey: Everybody knows the song, everyone knows the words, and if it plays in the bar at 1 a.m., I dare you to resist singing along. Way overplayed to be sure, but it’s a bar all-timer and deserves the number one spot.
2. Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks: Even those who dislike country music cannot resist singing along to this song when it starts to play. It’s a stone-cold classic, and when a song can get everyone in a bar to drop everything and sing along, that’s a number two song.
3. Family Tradition – Hank Williams, Jr.: This is a big one in the southeast, but I’ve heard it in bars around the country. It’s also overplayed, but after five whiskeys, it’s the greatest song on the planet.
4. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond: Nothing will get a room full of basic white girls singing at the top of their lungs like Sweet Caroline. Not even a Taylor Swift song. Yeah, I said it.
5. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd: Another classic that’s been around for decades, Sweet Home Alabama is a bar staple, even in states nowhere near the state of Alabama. Longevity alone makes this a top fiver.
6. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC: No song I’ve heard has gotten girls from eighteen to thirty-eight to do the same hair-swinging, white girl rock and roll dance quite like You Shook Me All Night Long.
7. American Girl – Tom Petty: Walk into any college bar while this song is playing and watch every sorority girl and recent grad belt out this song in unison. And hell, it has “American” in the title. Gotta be in the top ten.
8. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi: Guaranteed to make you almost lose your voice.
9. Rock And Roll All Night (And Every Day) – Kiss: I don’t care if it is a one-hit wonder, it’s a rock classic and has been primarily sung along to by drunk people for decades.