Best English Drinking Songs

The English are known for their lively and sometimes rowdy pub songs. It isn’t uncommon to find songs about farming, sailing, women and liquor in an English Drinking Song. Older songs can carry a historic tone, most notably against France and French lifestyle, for obvious reasons.

21 English Drinking Songs

This complication contains 21 English Drinking Songs from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Many of the songs are sung in unison, but some have been composed to be sung as rounds

Fie, Nay, Prithee John

This English Drinking Song written by Henry Purcell is full of bitterness. But, rather than start a bar fight, sing this song and feel content! Lyrics Fie, nay, prithee John, Do not

Sussex Toast

This easy to remember English Drinking Song is fun to sing in a group and the lyrics can easily be changed to reflect the occasion. Lyrics I have drunk one and I

Hey, Ho, Nobody at Home

This English Drinking Song has a familiar tune that many will notice. Published by Thomas Ravencroft in 1609, this song was composed as a round (canon) to be sung in three or

Glorious Ale

This traditional English Drinking Song gives praise to ale, glorious ale. This song speaks to keeping those around you happy by buying them a drink and how nothing goes better with good

Dirty Old Town

“Dirty Old Town” is a famous English Drinking Song written by Ewan MacColl in 1949. The song refers to Salford, in Lancashire, England, where MacColl was born and raised. Lyrics I found