No band dominates recent drinking songs survey quite like AC/DC

A recent survey of best drinking songs shows people listen to lots of different stuff while partying, but one band stands apart.
AC/DC in concert
AC/DC in concert / L. Busacca/GettyImages

Maybe AC/DC should change the name of their classic song, "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)," to "For Those About to Drink..." No other band gets as much love from people when it is time for those people to party, it seems. A new survey of best drinking songs doesn't just show that the Australian rock band is liked by imbibing fans, but AC/DC is a necessary part of the party.

The survey was produced by Flask and Barrel and was based on Spotify playlists. The website didn't just use one or four playlists, however. They dug into 23,425 playlists which included more than 2.5 million songs. In other words, the survey is a very good example of what people listen to when they are drinking.

The most-listed track was "Yeah!" by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris. It was well above the number-two song, "Low" by Flo Rida and featuring T-Pain. Pitbull had two of the top-five listed tunes. Hip-hop led all genres with the most listed songs.

If you are going to a party to drink, you can assume there will be an AC/DC song or three playing on the speakers

But still, if you are going to a party, there is a very good chance that some AC/DC's songs are coming along with you. The band has the most-preferred drinking song in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. In the 1980s, AC/DC had the top two drinking tracks.

People wanting some 1970s in their lives while they drink, they want the group's "Highway to Hell." In the 1980s, drinkers want "Back in Black" and "You Shook Me All Night Long." Somewhat surprisingly, "Thunderstruck" was the most-listed track from the 1990s. "Thunderstruck" is a fine song, but there are better tracks by the band.

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If the members of AC/DC have an idea that Flask and Barrel's survey exists, they are probably good with it. The band wants you to have a good time; that's the entire point of their music. Clearly, what they are doing is working and people like it.

Oddly, one song that was not at the top of any lists was the group "Have a Drink on Me." Maybe that one is too obvious and no one wants to look bad at a party. After a few drinks, though, does anyone really care if "Have a Drink on Me" comes on?

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