Songs That Say Sober - Page 2

By McCarton Ackerman 01/09/12

From Rod Stewart to Pink , many musicians have put out songs about overcoming addiction. The Fix presents ten of the best.

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Nate Walka, Kyle Lucas and Machine Gun Kelly ft. Mat Musto, "Over Being Sober"

You know you aren’t endorsing sobriety when your music video opens with a disclaimer that Ciroc isn’t responsible for anyone laid out drunk in the video. The bottles of P. Diddy’s drink of choice are unsubtly displayed throughout this video’s raucous house party, but that’s no surprise, given that Machine Gun Kelly is signed to Diddy’s own label. In this 2011 frat-boy rap anthem that urges partygoers to “bring your girls and medicine, roll one up and let’s begin,” cleavage and drunken shenanigans are the ever-present theme. With extremely rare exceptions—we’re talking to you, Eminem—white boy rappers usually head straight for the one-hit wonder pile (if they’re lucky), but these boys gain some street cred with Grammy and BET award winning songwriter Walka opening up the track. Since the video was released, it has earned over 140,000 hits on YouTube. 

Rod Stewart, Stone Cold Sober

This song off Stewart’s 1975 album Atlantic Crossing is all about the days of excess that Stewart was more than familiar with during this period. The British crooner sings about being high with his buddies “up on cloud 33” and how he would “never get to bed before sunup.” His only stint of sobriety would come the morning after as he’d wake up “down in the alley again.” The song was never released as a single, but Atlantic Crossing got to No. 1 on the UK charts.

McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer currently residing in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Time Out New YorkThe Huffington Post, abcnews.com and usopen.org, among others. He has also written about Carré Otis and Celebrity Rehab, among other topics, for The Fix.

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