12 Tequila Songs for Cinco de Mayo

Booze and music — our favorite cocktail

Tequila means trouble. That's what we like about it. Tequila isn't necessarily any stronger than any other variety of distilled spirits. It contains no mystery ingredients with suspect powers (like the wormwood in absinthe). It isn't deceptively sweet, which might encourage injudicious consumption. And yet…[related

Why does tequila always seem to lead to all those lost afternoons and blackout evenings? Why is it always so much fun? Maybe it's that whole slightly naughty south-of-the-border thing. Maybe it's that strangely addictive flavor, that tang of herbs and earth and smoke. Maybe it's just one of those mysteries of life that we shouldn't try too hard to comprehend.

Whatever it is, tequila seems to nearly always lead us astray, make us do stupid things, release inhibitions we didn't even know we had — not that we mind a bit. The nice thing is that, thanks to its reputation, tequila also gives us an excuse for bad behavior. (Hey, I'm really sorry I broke your X-Box and ate your goldfish and asked your wife to marry me. Damn, I must have had one too many shots of 1800 reposado.)

Whatever tequila inspires in us, it also inspires music. Tequila songs. There must be hundreds of them — mostly in the country genre with a bit of hip hop around the edges and your odd Alanis Morissette and suchlike. The word tequila itself sounds musical. More to the point, though, the very mention of the word evokes the stuff of balladry: deserts, mountains, and the sea; moonlit nights and dimly lit cantinas; sexual adventure; heartbreak. What kind of imagery does scotch summon up? Guys in plaid skirts? When was the last time you heard somebody croon "It's another Jaegermeister sunrise?"

Without even trying, we came up with three dozen songs with tequila or a tequila brand name (or both) in the title, many of them celebrating (or bemoaning) the notorious effects of this magical elixir. See the chart below for details on some of our favorites.

3 Fingers Tequila. Written by Mark David Manders 

The Takeaway: When the sun comes up in Mexico/it does not make a sound.


Boom Boom (Tequila). Written by Kat Deluna 

The Takeaway: Tequila/Boom, boom/Everybody/Boom, boom


Cheap Tequila. Written by Rick Derringer; Sung by Johnny Winter

The Takeaway: Drink up and be happy


Nancy Drinks Tequila. Written by Keith Swanson; Sung by Barleyjuice

The Takeaway: Tequila's cost me liver dear


Straight Tequila Night. Written by Debbie Hupp and Kent Robbins; Sung by John Anderson 

The Takeaway: Don't ask her on a straight tequila night


Tattoos and Tequila. Written by Marti Frederiksen; Sung by Vince Neil

The Takeaway: There's a bottle pointing right at you


Tequila Loves Me. Written by Arnie Roman and Jon McElroy; Sung by Kenny Chesney

The Takeaway: Tequila loves me even if you don't


Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off. Written by Gary Hannan and John Wiggins; Sung by Joe Nichols

The Takeaway: She might come home in a tablecloth


Tequila Shelia. Written by Mac Davis and Shel Silverstein; Sung by Bobby Bare 

The Takeaway: Just pass me the salt 'n' the lemon


Tequila Sunrise. Written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey; Sung by The Eagles 

The Takeaway: It's a hollow feelin' when it/comes down to dealin' friends 


Tequila Talkin'. Written by Bill laBounty and Chris Waters; Sung by Lonestar

The Takeaway: I don't know what they put in Cuervo that got me to say those things


You and Tequila. Written by Matraca Berg and Deana Kay Carter; Sung by Kenny Chesney

The Takeaway: One more is never enough


The rest of the bunch, in alphabetical order, are:

“Black Tequila”

“Dame Otro Tequila”

“Drinking Tequila”

“He Drinks Tequila”

“Hot Tequila Brown

“How Much Tequila (Did I Drink Last Night)”

“Jesus and Tequila”

“José Cuervo (You Are a Friend of Mine) ”

“Mas Tequila”

“Not Enough Tequila”

“On the Tequila”

“Patrón Tequila”

“Swords and Tequila”

“Tattoos and Tequila”

“Teardrops in My Tequila”


“Tequila and Teardrops”

“Tequila Is Good for the Heart”

“Tequila Mockingbird”

“Tequila Moon”

“Tequila on Ice”

“Tequila Town”

“Till All the Tequila is Gone”

“We Like Tequila”


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