Top TV Song Last Week: Drink Before the War by Sinéad O’Connor

For the third time this season, HBOMax hit series Euphoria featured the most popular song on Tunefind last week. The top song is by an iconic Irish singer/songwriter whose journey has been controversial and groundbreaking.


Drink Before the War

by Sinéad O'Connor

from Euphoria Soundtrack · Season 2 · Episode 4 · You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can

Cal picks this song on the jukebox and sings al…


In the middle of the episode, Cal puts this song on the jukebox at the bar. The intro of ‘Drink Before the War’ begins and Cal sings along. The song continues playing as the scene transitions between Cal at the bar to Cassie dancing at Maddy’s, singing along. 

‘Drink Before the War’ was released on the 1987 album Lion and the Cobra. This record was the Irish singer and songwriter’s debut album. Sinéad O’Connor has mentioned Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and The Pretenders as a few of the artists that influenced Lion and the Cobra

Sinéad O’Connor has become known for her siren voice, outspoken political nature, and of course, her shaved head. O’Connor challenged the traditional ideals of femininity and stormed alternative radio with her edgy and dreamy debut. She became a global phenomenon after releasing I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got in 1990, featuring ‘Nothing Compares 2 U,’ a song originally penned by Prince. Sinéad has used her stardom to pursue her passions and convictions. She paved the way for artists such as Liz Phair, Courtney Love, and Alanis Morissette. 

When Sinéad O’Connor was 15 years old, she performed a cover of Barbra Stresiand’s ‘Evergreen’ at a wedding and was spotted by Irish band In Tua Nua’s drummer, Paul Byrne. O’Connor co-wrote the first In Tua Nua single, ‘Take My Hand’ and left boarding school to pursue her musical career. She later studied at the Dublin College of Music for voice and piano. 

Sinéad O’Connor has regularly released albums, LPs, EPs, and singles for over thirty years. Her latest album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss was released in 2014 and her latest single was released in 2020. Sinéad O’Connor has had multiple placements in TV shows and movies including Big Little Lies, High Fidelity, The Water Horse (2007), and Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) to name a few.


〉Listen now: Drink Before the War by Sinéad O’Connor

〉More music by Sinéad O’Connor

〉Full list of songs featured in the Euphoria soundtrack

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