Alcohol (Brad Paisley song)

"Alcohol" is a song written and recorded by American country music singer Brad Paisley. It was released in May 2005 as the first single from Paisley's album Time Well Wasted, reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. It also peaked at number 28 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Alcohol Brad Paisley song cover.jpg
Single by Brad Paisley
from the album Time Well Wasted
ReleasedMay 9, 2005
Length4:52 (album version)
4:09 (single version)
LabelArista Nashville
Songwriter(s)Brad Paisley
Producer(s)Frank Rogers
Brad Paisley singles chronology
"Mud on the Tires"
"When I Get Where I'm Going"

It was nominated for two Grammys: Best Country Song and Best Country Male Vocal. Joseph Gordon-Levitt covered it in 2011.


The song is a mid-tempo in 6/8 time signature and the key of C major, but down tuned in the original recording.[1] In the song, Paisley personifies alcoholic beverages in general, describing the various influences that the beverages have on certain people ("Helping white people dance"), ultimately stating "You'll have some of the best times you'll never remember, with me, Alcohol".

Critical receptionEdit

Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a positive rating. He says that Paisley pulls the song off with "good taste and great humor."[2]

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Jim Shea. It features Little Jimmy Dickens, who puts a lampshade on his head. It was released in June 2005. A newer, 3D live version of the video, directed by Scott Scovill, was released in late 2010.

Chart performanceEdit

The song debuted at number 60 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week ending May 7, 2005.

Chart (2005) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 28
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 4

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2005) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 24


  1. ^ ""Alcohol" sheet music". Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  2. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (May 16, 2005). "Brad Paisley – "Alcohol"". Country Universe. Retrieved June 17, 2010.
  3. ^ "Brad Paisley Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  4. ^ "Brad Paisley Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "Best of 2005: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2005. Retrieved June 16, 2012.

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