Whether it’s from a Spotify playlist, live band or DJ, every bar has a soundtrack. Music makes an empty bar less awkward, makes drinking more enjoyable, increases sociability, and softens the loud shaking and glass-clinking from the bartender making drinks. A bar’s soundtrack is essential to cultivating a solid drinking experience, and a bad string of songs can clear a place out faster than a tone deaf frat boy singing “Wonderwall” at karaoke night. While many bars constantly update their playlists with the hippest and trendiest of songs, there are always those ubiquitously enjoyable anthems that never cease to light up the entire room when they come over the speakers. Here are 14 songs no one ever gets tired of hearing at the bar, from some of our favorite barflys.
“What a Fool Believes” by Doobie Brothers
“Michael McDonald is a god and has the best beard in the game.” — Amanda
“Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
“Wasn’t this song actually written for drunk people? One thing’s for sure—only when you're drinking can you truly get into the sultry groove.” — Nick