There’s something about wine that inspires songwriters. Maybe it’s the way they drink can make you feel happy and carefree, or how its taste can remind you of good times long past. Or maybe it’s the fact that wine is such a complex drink, with a history dating back centuries.
No matter the reason, wine has been the inspiration for some of the best songs ever written. Here are 20 of our favorites:
I Drink Wine – Adele
I Drink Wine by Adele is a song about, well, wine. The lyrics tell the story of someone who loves wine, and how it makes them feel. The song starts with the line “How can one become so bounded by choices that somebody else makes?” which sets the tone for the rest of the song. The person in the song then goes on to talk about how wine makes them feel happy, relaxed, and even a little bit naughty. They also talk about how wine is their “best friend” and how they would be lost without it. In the end, the song is a celebration of wine and all of its many benefits. So whether you’re a fan of Adele or just a lover of wine, this song is sure to put a smile on your face.
Two More Bottles of Wine – Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris’ “Two More Bottles of Wine” is a song about the simple pleasures of wine. The lyrics tell the story of a woman who has had a rough day and is looking for a way to relax. She decides to open a bottle of wine and enjoy the taste and the feeling of the alcohol flowing through her body. The song describes the way that wine can make us feel relaxed and happy, even when the world around us is falling apart. It is a reminder that sometimes, the best thing we can do is sit back, relax, and enjoy a good glass of wine.
Wine After Whiskey – Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood’s song “Wine After Whiskey” is a confession of a addiction to wine. The narrator tells the story of her failed relationships and how wine has become her coping mechanism. She sings about how wine has become her “best friend” and how it has numbed the pain of her past. The song is a sad and haunting portrayal of addiction and despair. However, it also contains moments of hope and redemption. In the end, the narrator pledges to give up wine and begin anew. “Wine After Whiskey” is a powerful song that captures the struggles of addiction and the hope of recovery.
Red Red Wine – UB40
Red Red Wine by UB40 is a song about the titular alcoholic beverage. The lyrics tell the story of a man who is trying to forget his love for a woman by drinking wine. However, the wine only serves to remind him of her, and he eventually realizes that he needs to stop drinking in order to move on. The song became a hit when it was released in 1983, and it has since been covered by many other artists. Despite its subject matter, the song has a catchy tune and an upbeat tempo, making it a favorite among party-goers and wine lovers alike.
Strawberry Wine – Deana Carter
Deana Carter’s Strawberry Wine is a song about the deliciousness of wine made from ripe strawberries. The song was released in 1996 and quickly become a hit, thanks in part to its catchy chorus and delightful description of the taste of strawberry wine. In the song, Carter paints a picture of summer days spent picking strawberries and then making them into wine. She captures the sweetness of the fruit and the happiness that comes from sharing a glass (or two) of homemade wine with friends.
Sangria Wine – Camila Cabello and Pharrell Williams
“Sangria Wine” is a song by Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello and American rapper and producer Pharrell Williams. The song was released on May 4, 2018, as the lead single from Cabello’s upcoming second studio album. “Sangria Wine” is a Latin-infused R&B track with lyrics that revolve around the titular alcoholic beverage. The song received positive reviews from critics, who praised its catchy hook and Cabello’s vocals.
Cherry Wine – Hozier
Hozier’s “Cherry Wine” is a song about the complicated relationship between abuse and love. The lyrics describe a situation in which the singer is in an abusive relationship, but still finds themselves drawn to their partner. The chorus makes it clear that the singer is aware of the toxic nature of the relationship, but they’re still unable to walk away. The line “It’s not real if you don’t feel pain” is particularly striking, as it captures the idea that abuse can become normalized over time.
Lilac Wine – Miley Cyrus
“Lilac Wine” is a song written by James Shelton in 1950. The song was popularized by Nina Simone in 1957 and has been covered by many other artists, including Miley Cyrus. The lyrics of the song describe the feeling of being intoxicated by wine, and the speaker compares their feelings to the color and smell of lilacs. The lilac is a symbol of springtime and new beginnings, and the wine is a metaphor for the speaker’s intoxication. The song is about being in love and feeling out of control. It is a story of losing oneself in another person and forgetting all about the outside world.
Whiskey to Wine – Garth Brooks
Whiskey to Wine is a song written by Garth Brooks and recorded by American country music artist Tim McGraw. It was released in March 2000 as the lead single from McGraw’s album A Place in the Sun. The song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in May 2000. The song tells the story of a man who turns to wine after his lover leaves him. The man tries to forget his pain by drinking, but instead he only ends up feeling worse. In the end, he realizes that he needs to give up alcohol if he ever wants to be happy again. Whiskey to Wine is a sad, but ultimately hopeful, song about the healing power of love.
God of Wine – Third Eye Blind
God of Wine is a song by the American rock band Third Eye Blind. It was released as the second single from their self-titled debut album in 1997. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and number four on the UK Singles Chart. The song is about wine and its effects on the singer. The lyrics describe how wine makes the singer feel “warm and fuzzy all over” and how it can make them forget their troubles. They also mention how wine can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on how it is used. Overall, the song is a positive ode to wine and its ability to bring joy into our lives.
Yesterday’s Wine – George Jones
Yesterday’s Wine is a song written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard, and recorded by American country music artist George Jones. It was released in September 1971 as the first single from the album of the same name. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and became a signature song for Jones.
The song is about wine, and how it can help provide solace for those who are struggling with personal problems. In the opening verse, the narrator describes how wine can help him forget his troubles: “Yesterday’s wine has such a bitter taste/All I can do is try to wash it away.”
Cherry Wine – Nas
Cherry Wine is a song by Nas, featuring Amy Winehouse. The song was released on Nas’ album Life Is Good, in 2012. The song is about the singer’s experience with wine, and how it has affected his life. Nas says that he started drinking wine at a young age, and that it has led him to some of the best and worst times of his life. He recalls feeling “faded” after his first taste of wine, and how it made him feel “alive” during his days as a young rapper.
Sangria – Blake Shelton
Sangria is a popular wine cocktail from Spain that is traditionally made with red wine, fruit, and brandy. Blake Shelton’s song “Sangria” is a fun and catchy ode to this refreshing beverage. The lyrics describe the feeling of happiness and relaxation that comes from enjoying a glass of sangria on a warm summer day. The song also mentions some of the traditional ingredients used in making the drink, such as oranges, lemons, and limes. While sangria is typically made with red wine, Shelton’s song suggests that white wine can be used as well. Overall, “Sangria” is a light-hearted ode to this popular Spanish drink that is sure to get you in the mood for summertime. Cheers!
Cheap Wine – Cold Chisel
“Cheap Wine” is a song by Australian rock band Cold Chisel. It was released as a single in 1980, and reached number two on the Australian charts. The song is about wine, and how it can be both good and bad for you. On the one hand, wine can be a great way to relax and have fun. But on the other hand, it can also lead to addiction and problems with your health. In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether the benefits of wine outweigh the risks. But regardless of your decision, “Cheap Wine” is a great song that captures the feeling of being young and carefree.
Water in His Wine Glass – Maddie & Tae
Maddie & Tae’s song “Water in His Wine Glass” is a light-hearted take on the saying “you can’t have your cake and eat it too.” In the song, the narrator reflects on a past relationship with a man who was always trying to have his cake and eat it too – he wanted the best of both worlds. The man in the song is described as being like water in a wine glass – he’s mixed up and doesn’t quite know what he wants. Maddie & Tae’s clever lyrics and catchy melody make “Water in His Wine Glass” a fun addition to any party playlist. And, who knows, maybe the song will help you avoid dating a man who’s like water in a wine glass!
White Wine – The Vernons
The Vernons’ “White Wine” is a song about the simple pleasures of enjoying a glass of wine. The lyrics describe the wine as being “smooth and mellow,” with a flavor that is “sweet and fruity.” The song goes on to extol the virtues of wine, calling it a “magic elixir” that can make even the most ordinary moments seem special. In addition to its simplistic lyrics, “White Wine” also features a catchy melody that is sure to get stuck in your head. Overall, it is a fun and enjoyable song that celebrates the simple pleasure of enjoying a glass of wine.
Tiny Bubbles – Don Ho
Don Ho’s Tiny Bubbles is a classic song about the joys of wine. The lyrics describe the feeling of contentment that comes from sipping a glass of wine, surrounded by loved ones. The song captures the essence of what makes wine so special – its ability to bring people together and create happy memories. The next time you’re enjoying a glass of wine with friends, make sure to give Tiny Bubbles a listen. You might just find yourself singing along.
Heaven Was a Drink of Wine – Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard’s “Heaven Was a Drink of Wine” is a classic country song about the joys of drinking wine. The song opens with the narrator describing a time when he was feeling down and out, and decided to head to the liquor store for a bottle of wine. He then describes how the wine made him feel better, and how it helped him to forget his troubles. The chorus of the song includes the memorable line “Heaven was a drink of wine, and I sure needed mine.”
Good Times, Cheap Wine – Kid Rock
In his song “Good Times, Cheap Wine,” Kid Rock reflects on the role that wine has played in his life. He starts by acknowledging that wine has been a part of many happy memories, including “lazy afternoons and crazy nights.” However, he also admits that wine has caused him some trouble, recalling a time when he “woke up naked in a hotel room.” Despite the challenges, Kid Rock still enjoys drinking wine and finds that it helps him to relax and have fun. In the chorus, he sums up his feelings by singing, “Give me a bottle of red / Put some music on / And let’s have a good time.” For Kid Rock, wine is all about enjoying the moment and making the most of life.
Summer Wine – Lana Del Rey
In the song “Summer Wine,” Lana Del Rey paints a picture of a idyllic summer day, complete with the scent of honeysuckle and the taste of wine. The song begins with a description of the wine itself, describing it as “sweet and heady” with an “intoxicating” aroma. This is followed by a series of images that evoke the languid feeling of a summer day, from the sound of cicadas to the feel of sun-warmed skin. In the final stanza, Lana Del Rey brings these two elements together, describing how the taste of summer wine can make even memories seem sweeter.