Drowns the Whiskey

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"Drowns the Whiskey"
Single by Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert
from the album Rearview Town
Released May 14, 2018 (2018-05-14)
Format Digital download
Genre Country
Length 3:22
Label Broken Bow
Producer(s) Michael Knox
Jason Aldean singles chronology
"You Make It Easy"
"Drowns the Whiskey"
"Girl Like You"
Miranda Lambert singles chronology
"Keeper of the Flame"
"Drowns the Whiskey"

"Drowns the Whiskey" is a song written by Josh Thompson, Brandon Kinney, and Jeff Middleton, and recorded by American country music singers Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert. It was released in May 2018 as the second single from Aldean's album Rearview Town.

History and content[edit]

The song is a steel guitar-led song with neotraditional country influences. In it, the male narrator sings about his vain attempts to "drown" the memory of a former loved one by drinking whiskey, but instead observes that the memory of said lover "drowns the whiskey."[1]

Aldean said that he was a "big fan" of Lambert, and had wanted to do a second duet with her after "Grown Woman", an album track from his 2007 album Relentless. After she expressed indifference to the first song he had suggested to her, he sent her "Drowns the Whiskey" and she agreed to perform on it.[2][3]

Aldean performed the song at the CMT Music Awards telecast on June 6, 2018. Lambert did not attend the performance, so backing vocalists in his road band performed her part.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart for chart dated August 25, 2018, where it then stayed for a further week. It is Aldean's 19th, and Lambert's 5th, No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart.[5] It also reached No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs for chart dated September 1, 2018.[6] It has sold 219,000 copies in the United States as of October 2018.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was released on June 18, 2018. It retells the song's story in an "empty Nashville dive bar".[8]


Chart (2018) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 53
Canada Country (Billboard)[10] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 32
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[12] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 3


  1. ^ Sawyer, Bobbie Jean. "Hear Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert's Classic Country Heartbreaker 'Drowns the Whiskey'". Wide Open Country. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Aldrich, Jennifer (June 20, 2018). "Watch Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean's New Music Video for "Drowns the Whiskey"". Country Living. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Hudak, Joseph. "Hear Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert's New Song 'Drowns the Whiskey'". Rolling Stone Country. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Atkinson, Katie (June 6, 2018). "Watch Jason Aldean's Intoxicating Performance of 'Drowns the Whiskey' at 2018 CMT Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  5. ^ Asker, Jim (August 28, 2018). "Cole Swindell's 'All of It' Flies in at No. 1 On Top Country Albums, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert's 'Whiskey' Extends Atop Country Airplay". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Hot Country Songs". Billboard. September 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 16, 2018). "The Top 30 Digital Country Tracks: October 16, 2018". RoughStock. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Aniftos, Rania (June 18, 2018). "Jason Aldean & Miranda Lambert Release Lonely 'Drowns the Whiskey' Music Video". Billboard. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Jason Aldean Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Jason Aldean Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "Jason Aldean Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  12. ^ "Jason Aldean Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  13. ^ "Jason Aldean Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 28, 2018.