Hear This: With “Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith made a grocery store throwaway a cultural icon

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re talking about some of our favorite songs about drinking.

Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup” (2011)

A lot of songs about drinking aren’t what you’d call objectively good songs. They’re sing-alongs about bars closing and pending divorces and brown liquor, and they’re oftentimes more meant to appease the masses than to make some grand artistic statement. That’s certainly the case with “Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith’s ode to a grocery store item. And yet, like so many drinking songs, “Red Solo Cup” has become a boozy juggernaut. Hell, a 2012 Slate piece said that 60 percent of all Solo cups sold are red, and that same year the Solo Cup brand sold to another cup manufacturer for a little …

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