A drinking song is a song sung while drinking alcohol. Most drinking songs are folk songs or commercium songs, and may be varied from person to person and region to region, in both the lyrics and in the music.
In Germany, drinking songs are called Trinklieder.
In Sweden, where they are called dryckesvisor, there are drinking songs associated with Christmas, Midsummer, and other celebrations. An example of such a song is "Helan går".
The first record of a drinking song dates to the 11th century, and derives from the Carmina Burana, a 13th-century historical collection of poems, educational songs, love sonnets and "entertainment" or drinking songs.
In popular culture
Musical artist Homebrew Stew (Rich Stewart) wrote a magazine article in the November 2002 issue of Modern Drunkard titled "Rhythm and Booze: The Top 86 Drinking Songs".