Toby Keith has been a record producer and an actor over the course of his career, but he is best known for his work as a country musician.
The American country singer and songwriter has produced an impressive repertoire since 1993. His music continues to be popular with country fans worldwide.
If you’ve been searching for the perfect Toby Keith song for a wedding or other occasion, you’ve come to the right place! This is a list of 85 of Toby Keith’s songs, including dates and context!
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You Ain’t Much Fun
One of Toby Keith’s earliest songs, You Ain’t Much Fun is based on bass player Carl Goff’s perception of his marriage after getting sober.
It’s honey do this, honey do that
I sobered up, and I got to thinkin’
Girl you ain’t much fun since I quit drinkin’
Dream Walkin’ is written from the perspective of a man who can’t stop dreaming about a woman he had a one-night stand.
Dream walkin’, pillow talkin’
She’s callin’ my name again
Day’s breakin’ I ain’t wakin’ up, I’m sleepin’ in
I’m on a roll now I gotta know how this dream ends
How Do You Like Me Now!?
This is a classic, nostalgic song about unrequited feelings in high school. At the time of its release, it was #1 on the country music charts for 5 weeks.
Now that I’m on my way
Do you still think I’m crazy standing here today?
I couldn’t make you love me but I always dreamed about livin’ in your radio
How do you like me now?
You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This
As the title suggests, this song is about a kiss. The lyrics describe the intense emotions felt by the narrator during the experience.
They’d never believe we’re just friends
When you kiss me like this
I think you mean it like that
If you do, baby, kiss me again
I Wanna Talk About Me
This comedic song was actually written by Bobby Braddock. It’s about a relationship in which one party monopolizes the conversation, much to the other’s frustration.
I like talking about you, you, you, you usually
But occasionally, I wanna talk about me (me, me, me, me)
I wanna talk about me
I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight
I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight is a collaboration between Scotty Emerick and Toby Keith. The song was inspired by Emerick’s observations of men approaching women in bars.
With whether we’re wrong or we’re right
I’m not talkin’ ’bout hookin’ up and hangin’ out
I’m just talkin’ ’bout tonight
Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)
This song was written in the aftermath of 9/11. The inspiration for the lyrics was Keith’s father, who was a veteran.
When you hear mother freedom start ringin’ her bell
And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
Brought to you courtesy of the red white and blue
Nights I Can’t Remember, Friends I’ll Never Forget
Co-written with Scotty Emerick, this tune centers around the theme of friendship and what happens when friends’ life paths diverge.
We did it our way lookin’ back on the good days
There’s still not a lot I regret
Nights I Can’t Remember, Friends I’ll Never Forget
American Soldier is a patriotic song told from the perspective of a soldier leaving home to go to war.
I’m an American soldier, an American
Beside my brothers and my sisters
I will proudly take a stand
When liberty’s in jeopardy
I will always do what’s right
The Taliban Song
Another song inspired by 9/11, The Taliban Song explores the perspective of people living in Afghanistan during the bombings.
Said they would stand and fight until the very bloody end
Mr. Bush got on the phone with Iraq and Iran he said now
You sons a’ bitches, you better not be doin’ any business with the Taliban
Weed With Willie
Weed With Willie describes Keith and Scotty Emerick’s experience meeting and smoking marijuana with Willie Nelson, of whom both songwriters were fans.
I’ll never smoke weed with Willie again
My party’s all over before it begins
You can’t pour me some old whiskey River my friend
But I’ll never smoke weed with Willie again
This song was inspired by a girlfriend of Keith’s who preferred whiskey over other alcoholic drinks. The tune topped Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks in 2004.
No Cuervo Gold Margaritas
Just ain’t enough good burn in Tequila she needs
Somethin’ with a little more edge and a little more plain
She’s my little whiskey Girl
As Good As I Once Was
Scotty Emerick has said that this song is based on the phrasing of Burt Reynolds. The song unfolds in a bar setting.
If you need some love tonight
Then I might have just enough
I ain’t as good as I once was, but I’m as good once
As I ever was
Big Blue Note
One of Toby Keith’s sadder songs, Big Blue Note tells the story of a woman leaving her boyfriend with only a note as an explanation for their breakup.
Is this big blue note
Folded up in my pocket
Yeah, don’t laugh: it’s been two months
I still got it
Toby Keith has said of his song, Honkytonk U, that it was inspired by a conversation where someone asked him if he went to OU.
Every corn-dog fair and rodeo an’ sold out every basketball arena.
Like to get down with my boys in Afghanistan and Baghdad City too.
I am a red, white and blue blood graduate of Honkytonk U
Love Me If You Can
This song was originally penned by Chris Wallin and Craig Wiseman. Toby Keith recorded it in response to criticism of his previous song, Courtesy of Red, White and Blue.
You may not like where I’m going
But you sure know where I stand
Hate me if you want to
Love me if you can
Get My Drink On
Get My Drink On is a catchy tune with fun lyrics inspired by a simple interaction about the beer Keith had with Dean Dillion and Scotty Emerick.
Right here’s where I belong
I’m gonna stay till the money’s gone
If it takes me all night long
I’m gonna get my drink on
High Maintenance Woman
Toby Keith wrote this song to tell the story of a maintenance worker’s experience of being attracted to a ‘high-maintenance’ woman.
I ain’t hooked it up yet
But I’m tyin’ hard as I can
It’s just a high maintenance woman
Don’t want no maintenance man
Lost You Anyway
In this song, Toby Keith explores the idea of introspection after the end of a relationship. This song was co-written with Bobby Pinson.
Let the world revolve around you
And give you the stars above
Loved you just enough to make you stay
And I’d lost you anyway
God Love Her
Keith wrote the chart-topping song God Love Her with Vicky McGehee. It’s about a preacher’s daughter who runs away with her boyfriend on the back of a motorcycle.
She holds tight to me and the Bible
On the back seat of my motorcycle
Left her daddy standin’ there
Preachin’ to the choir
You see, God love her
Oh me and God love her
Missing Me Some You
This is another song written from the viewpoint of a soldier. The lyrics depict the soldier’s experience in the Middle East.
Oh I can sing that song; you know the one that drives you wild
And close my eyes and dream but I can’t kiss my baby’s smile
Even the man in the moon is singing the blues
I hope you still love me baby, I’m missing me some you
She Never Cried In Front of Me
A sad song about unexpressed pain in relationships, She Never Cried of Me tells of an ex-partner’s regret that he never knew how unhappy his girlfriend was with him.
She could’ve given me a sign
And opened up my eyes
How was I supposed to see
She never cried in front of me
Cabo San Lucas
Named for the city in Mexico, this song was written by both Toby Keith and Eddy Raven.
In Cabo, Cabo San Lucas
Pacifico is great, tequila is too
I got it all going, but I ain’t got you
In Cabo, Cabo San Lucas
That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy
Keith wrote this song to make the point that just because people won’t like everything about you, those things don’t necessarily make you a bad person.
He’s in love with a heart-to-key
Better dance on the wild side
I’m only good as I gotta be
Hey, that don’t make me a bad guy
Hurt a Lot Worse When You Go
This song is about the struggle of letting someone back into your life time and time again.
Touch me like you’ll be here forever
You never cut me deep enough to tell you no
Oh tell me you love me
It’ll hurt a lot worse when you go
I Got it For You Girl
I Got It For You Girl is an erotic love song that Toby Keith and Bobby Pinson co-wrote in the back of a tour bus.
I wanna kiss your sweet face
And lay like this forever
I need you, to need me
Complete my world
I got it for you, girl
This memorable song is about a woman who practices voodoo and curses a man who she meets in a bar.
The snakes and alligators, they whisper in the wind
I hear her calling to me, I turn around again
Cry of a Creole woman
Woke up the devil down in me
Time That It Would Take
Another collaboration with Bobby Pinson, this song was inspired by a friend of Keith’s who recounted a conversation he had with a woman in a bar.
You don’t know the answers to
You might wish that I was lying
Once you heard the brutal truth
I can think a thousand things I’d rather do with you
You Already Love Me
This is an interesting song about a man who feels his partner could do better than him but points out that she’s already in love with him.
Baby girl I know that you
Could do better than me maybe
But its too later, you already love me
Yeah its too late, you already love me
Tender as I Wanna Be
In Tender as I Wanna Be, Keith explores the character of a man who isn’t a tender person by his partner’s standards but feels that he is tender enough on his own.
When I feel that rush
Coming down all over me
You’re as fast as I can see
That’s tender as I wanna be
Tender as I wanna be
Girl it’s so tender
Originally titled American Life, this song is essentially a compilation of things seen over the years on American news outlets that represent the ‘American ride’.
That’s us, that’s right
Gotta love this American ride
Both ends of the ozone burnin’
Funny how the world keeps turnin’
Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song)
This song is a touching tribute to Keith’s friend, Wayman Tisdale, who passed away in 2009.
So play it sweet in heaven
Cause that’s right where you want to be
I’m not cryin’ cause I feel so sorry for you
I am cryin’ for me
If You’re Tryin’ You Ain’t
In an interesting move from country to blues, this track is about the difference between trying and actually doing something.
And if you’re tryin’ you ain’t, there’s work to do son
You can’t get up early, baby, you can’t get it done
Roll up your sleeves, don’t tell me that you can’t
Make something, something, if you’re tryin’ you ain’t
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Co-written with Bobby Pinson, Somewhere Else is about heartbreak, despite its catchy tune.
I can make it downtown by myself
‘Cause if you don’t know where you’re goin’
You might end up somewhere else
Kickin’ off my shoes, tumblin’ through the front door
Toby Keith wrote this song based on a moment when he accidentally said ‘trailerhood’ instead of ‘neighborhood’.
Mostly Christian, blues, country, folk and southern rock
It’s a little piece of paradise way out here in the woods
There’s always something going on down in the trailerhood
Think About You All of the Time
Written over Christmas 2009, this track is about the denial of true feelings after a breakup.
I know that you think I’m lonely
But you got it wrong, Clementine
Hey, I don’t miss you too much
But still I think about you all of the time
In a Couple of Days
Keith wrote In a Couple of Days alongside Bobby Pinson. It’s about needing to take time to work out your feelings at the end of a relationship.
Why don’t you come around when the swellin’ goes down
Right now I’m doin’ okay
Hit me back
I should know something in a couple of days
Kissin’ in the Rain
This is a song based on the concept of high school romance.
We didn’t care a thing about the thunder
While the angry sky we were under
Was raisin’ Cane
We were kissin’ in the rain
Is That All You Got
Is That All You Got was forgotten about for years before being released.
Is that all you got, is that all there is?
All you can hit me with?
Still standin’ tall after the fall
Girl, is that all you’ve got to give?
Get Out of My Car
This track has a twist at the end and is about a misunderstanding between a man and a woman in his car.
What would it hurt?
Pull off that shirt
Babe, we’ve already come this far
Get out of your clothes
Or get out of my car
Drive It On Home
Drive It On Home has been described by Toby Keith as a ‘trucker song’. It is based on Keith’s own upbringing.
Pop another white cross
Dodge another speed cop
Hit another truck stop
Drive it on home
Bullets In The Gun
Written with Rivers Rutherford, this is a Wild West-themed song about renegade lovers.
Makes you come together
Like wild horses when they run
Now the cards are on the table and
The bullets in the gun
Ain’t Breakin’ Nothin’
This song started out as a ballad but was altered by Bobby Pinson to fit with the faster tempo of the album.
You ain’t sayin’ nothin’ that ain’t been said
You ain’t leavin’ somethin’ that ain’t been left
Ain’t bringin’ me nothin’ I don’t already know
Tryin’ to Fall in Love
Bobby Pinson wrote this track with Toby Keith. It’s from the perspective of a man who is down on his luck with love.
But if I had a nickel for every time
I’d had enough
I’d still be busted and heartbroken still be
Tryin’ to fall in love
This is a fast-paced, catchy song about a man reminiscing on his hometown.
On the second runner up of the 4H pageant
Seems like yesterday, even though
That was fourteen hundred and fifty two beers ago
Clancy’s Tavern was written as a tribute to Keith’s grandmother.
And the welders and the drivers
And the old nine to fivers and the regular Joe’s
Of the world
Are singing here’s to you Clancy and your
Pour me another my girl
This is a song based on Keith’s life experience of finding relaxation in stressful times.
Just need to charge my battery
Had a bad reaction
Going to do my best to decompress
Club Zydeco Moon
Keith co-wrote this song with Eddie Raven. It’s set in a brothel and is based on Eddy’s life.
Louisiana heat wave and the midnight sumer sweat
Somewhere down that alley there’s an old run down saloon
And she’s waiting there for me at Club Zydeco Moon
I Won’t Let You Down
This is a song about lowering one’s expectations so as not to be disappointed.
Maybe all you need is someone to trust
Maybe all you need is someone
And I won’t let you down, no I won’t let you down
I Need to Hear a Country Song
The classic country melody of this track makes it a favorite with Toby Keith fans.
I need to hear a loser crying
Songs about a love that’s dying
Lyin’ cheatin’ to the bone
Three chord stone cold country song
Made in America
Made in America is a song based on Keith and Bobby Pinson’s own patriotism.
He won’t buy nothin’ that he can’t fix
With WD Forty and a Craftsman wrench
He ain’t prejudice he’s just, made in America
Just Another Sundown
This melancholy track epitomizes sad country music.
Just another sundown, Just another bar stool,
Just another place where a fool can find another fool,
Just another slow dance with just another she ain’t you
South of You
South of You explores the idea of spontaneous travel and finding fulfillment.
I will sail this ship forever
Till I reach peace of mind
Live my life somewhere south of you
Red Solo Cup
This is a light-hearted track inspired by the red solo cups left behind at the end of a party.
Red solo cup uh huh
I fill you up
Let’s have a party
Scat Cat is based on a phrase Keith’s father used to say while he was growing up.
Ride a faster horse
If a bullet doesn’t find me
They’ll let me rot in jail
Scat cat, you’ve got gravy on your tail
Missed You Just Right
This track meets the definition of a power ballad. It’s about reflecting on an old relationship.
I missed you at my sister’s wedding
I’d be lying if I said you didn’t cross my mind
I’ve found the love of my life
I think I missed you just right
The Size I Wear
The Size I Wear is a comical song, again based on Keith’s father’s own phrasing.
She was round in the places she’s supposed to be round
Now you can take the waitress or the blonde over there
But stand back John, that’s the size I wear
You Ain’t Alone
This song has been described as ‘bittersweet’. It’s about loneliness after the end of a relationship.
I wish things were different
I had no way of knowing
If you’re all by yourself tonight
You ain’t alone
I Like Girls That Drink Beer
This is a funny break-up song about a man who leaves his girlfriend, saying that he prefers ‘girls that drink beer.
I need a little down home lovin’
And a man ain’t gonna get it up here
Hey I’ll find what I want in a honky tonk
I like girls that drink beer
Haven’t Had a Drink All Day
Keith wrote this track to explore the concept of trying to justify substance use.
Gave a pretty girl a ride to a watering hole
And she thanked me
And I pulled her off the interstate
She said ‘I got stoned this morning but I haven’t had a drink all day
Cold Beer Country
This track is upbeat with elements of jazz music.
It’s cold beer country
110 in the shade
An iced tea won’t cut it
And neither will lemonade
Hope on the Rocks
This is a song about losing touch with people who used to be in your life in a small way.
I’m a bartender
At the end of the day
I’m all they’ve got
Hope on the rocks
Get Got was written with and based on the personality and phrasing of Bobby Pinson.
Be aware of cars and women
They run cold and hot
Sometimes you get it
Sometimes you get got
Haven’t Seen the Last of You
Another song about heartbreak, this track is about suspecting that you’ll see someone again after a breakup.
I know it’s ended, I know it’s finished
It’s done but I’m not through
Staring at the ceiling
I got a feeling
I haven’t seen the last of you
Shut Up and Hold On
This fun, festive song is a fan favorite from the ‘Drinks After Work’ album.
Can’t wait, too late, it’s time to get gone
Find us a dirt road get a groove on
Get in, sit down, shut up and hold on
Little Miss Tear Stain
A cross between country and R&B, this song is a comical take on talking with an ex after a breakup.
Sweet little miss tear stain
Would you entertain
The thought of maybe having it all?
Could we ever get back together
Or is never still a good time to call?
Show Me What You’re Workin’ With
This song, which features many catchy and funny lyrics, is based on a phrase introduced to Keith by one of his golfing friends.
I ‘aint hard up, honey, I’ve been around
I met some might fine fillies in this one-horse town
But you got me thinkin’ I ‘aint seen nothing yet. Aw, nothin’ yet
So, come on, pretty mama show me what you’re workin’ with.
Whole Lot More Than That
In a collaboration with Bobby Pinson, Whole Lot More Than That was written very spontaneously and came together naturally.
Drown this memory, that just won’t sink
I’ve hit rock bottom, in this bottle of Jack
Getting over you’s gonna take me a whole lot more than that
The Other Side of Him
The Other Side of Him is a relatable track based on the common experience of sadness on seeing an ex-partner with a new significant other.
Wishing it was him standing on the other side of me.
I don’t have to wonder where she is, who she’s with, or how she’s been.
I see all I need to see standing on the other side of him
Last Living Cowboy
This track is a bluegrass song reminiscent of the experience of growing up in Texas. It’s a classic nostalgic country song.
He’s the last livin’ cowboy in this town
He rode off into the sunset, yet he’s still kickin’ round
You’ll find him halfway liquored up on Caddo county shine
Or all the way drunk half the time
Hard Way to Make an Easy Living
Hard Way to Make an Easy Living is Keith and Bobby Pinson’s tribute to farmers and farming communities. It appreciates both the potential lucrativeness and the struggle of farming life.
Life’s a tough old row to hoe,
Trust in God with the seeds you sow,
And always know it’s a hard hard way of making easy living
Drinks After Work
Drinks After Work might sound like a typical drinking song, but it’s actually about romance and enjoying someone’s company.
Ain’t no ball and chain for the suits and skirts
Just drinks after work
Drinks after work
Tell me what’s it gonna hurt
To have a little drink after work?
Call a Marine
This track combines country music with blues. Keith wrote this song to include Marines in his patriotic discourse regarding soldiers.
Call a Marine
Instead of 911
They’re built to improvise, adapt and overcome
I’ll Probably Be Out Fishin’
Written alongside Scotty Emerick, I’ll Probably Be Out Fishin’ is about a hardworking, tired man who still manages to smile about his luck.
Good luck is bound to find me
If it comes around again
But I’ll probably be out fishing
When my ship comes in
Chuckie’s Gone is an emotional tribute to Toby’s bassist, Chuck Goff, who sadly passed away the same year this song was released.
Your bass is there where you used to stand
And even though we got a killer band
Still look up in the middle of a song
And realize Chuckie’s gone
Before We Knew They Were Good
Before We Knew They Were Good is a song that contemplates how kids who grow up to be successful people are special from the beginning instead of just becoming special when they achieve success. It’s a thoughtful commentary on how we perceive people differently depending on where they are in life.
Those girls we thought were just all right
Those kids the town misunderstood
They were great
Before We knew they were good
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Drunk Americans was one of the few songs that Keith had no input in writing. It is a typical drinking song.
We don’t give a rat’s ass
If you’re a democrat or republican
We’re happy to be here and that you can see
We’re just all drunk Americans
Rum is the Reason
This is a fun song contemplating the reason why pirates couldn’t take over the world.
My whole body goes numb from a bottle of dark rum and the sun sinking down on me
My catch of the day is a tall Cuba libra chased down with a twelve ounce curl
Yeah, rum is the reason pirates never ruled the world
Haggard, Hank & Her
This track is based on Keith’s observations from listening to people talking in bars.
To the place that we once were
Nobody thrills me, nobody chills me
Nobody kills me
Like Haggard, Hank and her
35 MPH Town
The title track of the ‘35 MPH Town’ album, is a traditional country song.
Smoking a stolen Marlboro Light and on a good night
Might kill a 5th of Crown but now
There’s a lower higher power
In this thirty five mile an hour town
This is the closing track on the ‘35 MPH Town’ and it’s a song about rekindling romance.
I’ve longed for this feeling alone here in the dark
With a beautiful stranger, a beautiful stranger
A beautiful stranger in my
Sailboat for Sale
Sailboat for Sale features Jimmy Buffet and the moral of the song is to appreciate what you already have.
But I ain’t goin’ nowhere quickly
I’m just a drunkin’ sailor
Waiting on a gale
With a drink in my hand and a sailboat for sale
This song is about marijuana, and the music video features a very appropriate cameo from Willie Nelson.
That old wacky tobaccy
When you feel it creeping up on you
That old wacky tobaccy
Kick back and let it do what it do
That’s Country Bro
That’s Country Bro is a tribute track dedicated to many legendary country singers and musicians.
Heard ’em all growin’ up
In Daddy’s ol’ farm truck
Hey, that’s country bro
Happy Birthday America
Happy Birthday America is, in some ways, a patriotic track, but in this song, Keith also expresses concern about the current state of the country.
Seems like everybody’s pissin’
On the red, white, and blue
Happy birthday, America
Whatever’s left of you
Toby Keith Highest-Charting Singles – U.S. Country
- #1 “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, 1993
- #1 “Who’s That Man”, 1994
- #1 “Me Too”, 1996
- #1 “How Do You Like Me Now?!”, 1999
- #1 “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This”, 2000
- #1 “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight”, 2001
- #1 “I Wanna Talk About Me”, 2001
- #1 “My List”, 2002
- #1 “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)”, 2002
- #1 “Who’s Your Daddy?”, 2002
- #1 “Beer for My Horses” (with Willie Nelson), 2003
- #1 “I Love This Bar”, 2003
- #1 “American Soldier”, 2003
- #1 “Whiskey Girl”, 2004
- #1 “As Good as I Once Was”, 2005
- #1 “Love Me If You Can”, 2007
- #1 “She Never Cried in Front of Me”, 2008
- #1 “God Love Her”, 2008
- #1 “American Ride”, 2009
- #1 “Made in America”, 2011
- #2 “A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action”, 1993
- #2 “Wish I Didn’t Know Now”, 1994
- #2 “You Ain’t Much Fun”, 1995
- #2 “Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine on You”, 1996
- #2 “We Were in Love”, 1997
- #2 “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying” (with Sting), 1997
- #2 “A Little Too Late”, 2006
- #3 “Stays in Mexico”, 2004
- #3 “Get Drunk and Be Somebody”, 2005
- #3 “High Maintenance Woman”, 2007
Toby Keith has a diverse and impressive repertoire of music spanning the early 1990s to the present. While some of Keith’s music has attracted criticism for its political statements, there’s no denying that he has produced some of the most popular tracks in country music.
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