There’s always one at a party. Some prat who thinks he’s a genius on the guitar and believes he has the vocal abilities to match. And we’re not talking about the guy who can actually carry a decent tune. We’re not kill joys, we’re talking about the guy who’s either had one or five too many totally not read the room, picked up the guitar and inflicted his stumbling fingerwork on a largely unwilling audience succeeding only in butchering the track. (Yes, I have been guilty of this once or twice as a teenager, much to my shame, can you guess which?). So, here we have some of the most commonly heard songs in the repertoire of drunk dudes everywhere:
1. Oasis – Wonderwall
Perhaps the most commonly attempted song by the drunk dudes of this world ever, Wonderwall is bound to piss people off. The sound of the first two chords alone with likely send the drunk dude’s fellow party-goers into a fit of annoyance. If not prevented from playing immediately by a barrage of angry yells and expletives, the drunk dude will mostly likely proceed to mix up the lyrics and screw up the chord progressions while considering himself equals with Liam Gallagher. That said, there’s normally also someone poorly joining in as if they’re actually watching Oasis….
2. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Every attempt to cover Smell Like Teen Spirit has been a failure. For some reason the song is immune to being covered. Yet apparently this information has not filtered into the consciousness of drunk dudes with guitars at parties. They insist on attempting to perform this deceptively difficult song to impress their increasingly exasperated audience. Slurring their way through the vocals and totally ruining a classic grunge tune.
3. R.E.M – Everybody Hurts
This is the moment the drunk guy attempts to appear deep and emotional. In his drunken state he incorrectly believes this will make him more attractive to females, when in fact he continues to sound like a drunk douche bag who definitely cannot sing anything like as well as Michael Stipe.
4. Good Riddance (Time of your Life) – Green Day
In a poorly planned bid to earn some punk credits and, presumably, to imply that listening to him might just be the time of your life, drunk dude will play Green Day’s classic song, Good Riddance (Time of your Life). Waggling his head and grinning stupidly, drunk dude will expect everyone to sing along. They won’t.
5. Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
Once drunk dude has singled out the girl he likes most at the party he may well decide to play his trump card: Wherever You Will Go by The Calling. He will, undoubtedly, be unable to sing the song and will spend the entire time making said girl feel very uncomfortable by persistently trying to catch her eye.
Next time your drunk at a party and think of knocking out a few well chosen tunes to impress your fellow guests after you’ve had that one too many do yourself and everyone else a favour and don’t! Just don’t.
And yes in fairness a few of these could also make a most requested by drunk guys list, and if you’ve been nagged into playing one of these, in the UK wonderwall was requested more often than I’d like as a kid, then we forgive you.
Been guilty of any of these yourself? Requested any? Did we miss any of your most hated overplayed drunk guy songs? Let us know in the comments