In the world of country music, certain symbols resonate deeply with fans. From dusty pickup trucks to sprawling landscapes, these images evoke a sense of Americana that forms the bedrock of the genre. But in 2011, a far less glamorous icon took the country music scene by storm: the red Solo cup.

American country singer-songwriter Toby Keith released “Red Solo Cup” on October 10, 2011, as the second single from his album Clancy’s Tavern. The song, written by Brett Warren, Brad Warren, Brett Beavers, and Jim Beavers, was a surprising departure from Keith’s usual focus on patriotism and working-class themes. “Red Solo Cup” instead offered a lighthearted ode to the ubiquitous red plastic cup, a staple at parties, tailgates, and casual gatherings across the United States.

Despite its seemingly trivial subject matter, “Red Solo Cup” struck a chord with audiences. The song’s spoken-word verses and upbeat, repetitive chorus created a catchy sing-along anthem. The lyrics humorously celebrate the red Solo cup’s versatility, from holding beer and lemonade to surviving countless drops without breaking. The song’s simplicity resonated with listeners, capturing the carefree spirit of summertime gatherings and casual celebrations.

“Red Solo Cup” wasn’t written by Toby Keith himself, and the singer initially expressed reservations about releasing it. In a 2014 interview, he called it “the stupidest song I ever heard in my life,” but admitted its undeniable appeal, stating, “it’s so stupid it’s good.” His reservations proved unfounded. The song became a runaway hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It also achieved crossover success, reaching number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a testament to its broad appeal.

The success of “Red Solo Cup” transcended the music charts. The song became a cultural phenomenon, embraced by fans and even acknowledged by the Solo Cup Company itself. The company saw a significant sales boost following the song’s release, solidifying the red Solo cup’s status as a pop culture icon.

“Red Solo Cup” stands as a testament to the power of unexpected hits. A song about a humble red plastic cup became a massive success, proving that sometimes, the most relatable anthems come from the most unlikely sources.



Two, a-one, two, three
Now, red Solo cup is the best receptacleFor barbecues, tailgates, fairs, and festivalsAnd you, sir, do not have a pair of testiclesIf you prefer drinkin’ from glass
Hey, red Solo cup is cheap and disposableIn 14 years, they are decomposableAnd unlike my home, they are not foreclosableFreddy Mac can kiss my ass, whoo!
Red Solo cup (uh-huh)I fill you upLet’s have a partyLet’s have a partyI love you, red Solo cupI lift you upProceed to partyProceed to party
Now, I really love how you’re easy to stackBut I really hate how you’re easy to crack‘Cause when beer runs down in front of my backWell, that, my friends, is quite yucky (here we go now)
But I have to admit that the ladies get smittenAdmirin’ at how sharply my first name is writtenOn you with a Sharpie when I get to hittin’On them to help me get lucky
Red Solo cupI fill you upLet’s have a partyLet’s have a partyI love you, red Solo cup (what?)I lift you upProceed to party (party)Proceed to party (proceed to party)
Now, I’ve seen you in blue and I’ve seen you in yellowBut only you, red, will do for this fellow‘Cause you are the Abbot to my CostelloAnd you are the Fruit to my Loom (here we go now)
Red Solo cup, you’re more than just plasticYou’re more than amazing, you’re more than fantasticAnd believe me that I’m not the least bit sarcasticWhen I look at you and say
Red Solo cup, you’re not just a cup(No! No! No! God, no!)You’re my, you’re my friend (friend, friend) yeah (life-long)Thank you for being my friend
Red Solo cup (that’s what I’m talking about)I fill you upLet’s have a party (let’s have a party)Let’s have a party (let’s have a party)I love you, red Solo cupI lift you upProceed to partyProceed to party
Red Solo cupRed Solo (I fill you up)(Let’s have a party) let’s have a party(Let’s have a party) let’s have a partyRed Solo cup (oh, red Solo cup)I lift you upLet’s have a partyProceed to party (yeah, yeah)
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