When the only men you can be around are named Jim, Jack, and Evan, you know that’s when social distancing is really putting a damper on our social lives. The bars are closed. Spring Break is canceled. St. Patty’s Day came and went. In normal times, drinking alone was a sign of a problem, now we call it a solution. Every occasion calls for a great playlist we can all relate with, why should a global pandemic be any different?
#10 “Killing Time” by Clint Black
#9 “I Drink Alone” George Thorogood
Then there are those who think, “You know I when I drink alone, I prefer to be by myself” and social distancing isn’t any different from their normal routine.
#8 “Looking for a Party Crowd” David Lee Murphy
But with the bars being closed, a lot of folks are really missing their support system.
#7 “Pretty Good at Drinking Beer” Billy Currington
And if you were thinking about a career change before the coronavirus outbreak, don't let this opportunity pass you by. Take advantage of this time to brush up on your job skills.
#6 “Whiskey River” Willie Nelson
And sometimes in a crisis, we have to wear multiple hats and whiskey is no different. For Willie, it's a friend and a nurse. “Whiskey river, don't run dry, You're all I got, take care of me.”
#5 “Get My Drink On” Toby Keith
And of course, you have some people, when told to hunker down at home thought “Hell Yeah!” and got a little giddy inside. “Right here's where I belong, I'm gonna stay till the money's gone, If it takes me all night long, I'm gonna get my drink on.”
#4 “Day Drinking” Little Big Town
And we really didn't need much of an excuse to start day drinking before the coronavirus. “Don't want to wait ‘til the sun's sinking” No problem. It’s not like we have anywhere to go. Right?
#3 “Smoke Rings in the Dark” Gary Allan
On a serious note, this one is for the people when “all the feels” get too deep. Some are going to have a hard time with isolation and do nothing but chain smoke, drink, and watch the news. Be a good friend. Check-in on them.
“The loneliness within me. Takes a heavy toll. 'Cause it burns as slow as whiskey through an empty aching soul and The night is like a dagger. Long and cold and sharp. As I sit here on the front steps, blowing smoke rings in the dark”
#2 “Drinkin’ and Dreaming” Waylon Jennings
Yeah, trips got canceled and it sucks when you can’t get to where you want to go, but don’t lose hope. Just do what Waylon did. “Drinkin' and dreamin', knowing damn well I can't go. I'll never see Texas, L.A., or ol' Mexico. But here at this table, I'm able to leave it behind. Drink till I'm dreaming a thousand miles out of my mind”
#1 “Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” Merle Haggard
New PSA from the CDC (or at least it should be). It's just good common sense. Stay home. Stop the Spread. Because when Merle is playing, America listens.