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"99 Bottles of Beer" is a traditional song in the United States. It is popular to sing on long trips, as it has a very repetitive format which is easy to memorize, and can take a long time to sing. In particular the song is frequently sung by pre-teen children on long bus trips, such as class field trips, or on a Scout and/or Girl Guide outings. The song is derived from the English "Ten Green Bottles". Since the word "beer" is not necessary to the rhyme, other beverages — pop, milk, etc — can be and have been substituted, especially by those who wish to avoid mention of alcoholic beverages. A song is a relatively short musical composition. ... An articulated bus operated by the CTA in Chicago, Illinois, USA. A Go North East Bus parked in a lay-by in Tyne and Wear, England A bus is a large road vehicle intended to carry numerous persons in addition to the driver and sometimes a conductor. ... Polish Boy Scouts fighting in the Warsaw Uprising Boy Scouts originally denoted the organization that developed and rapidly grew up during 1908 in the wake of the publication by Lord Robert Baden-Powell of his book Scouting for Boys. ... A Girl Guide is a girl, usually 11 to 17 years of age, participating in the worldwide Scouting movement. ... Ten Green Bottles is a song for children that is popular in the United Kingdom. ... A soft drink is a drink that contains no alcohol. ... A glass of cows milk. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

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The basic song

The verse format is very formulaic, and can be expressed as follows: Verse is a writing that uses meter as its primary organisational mode, as opposed to prose, which uses grammatical and discoursal units like sentences and paragraphs. ... In mathematics and in the sciences, a formula (plural: formulae, formulæ or formulas) is a concise way of expressing information symbolically (as in a mathematical or chemical formula), or a general relationship between quantities. ...


From 99 down to 1:

<number> bottles of beer on the wall
<number> bottles of beer!
Take one down, pass it around
<number - 1> bottles of beer on the wall!

The penultimate line in each verse is sometimes changed to "if one of those bottles should happen to fall" and there is much variation in the final verse. One common final verse (which could potentially cause an infinite-loop motif) is: Penultimate can mean next to last in a general context, but is used most often in linguistics as an adjective or noun to denote or refer to the penult of a word/ penultimate stress. ... The infinite-loop motif is the concept, typically in a song, picture, or story, of the same content being repeated (precisely repeated, and endlessly repeated) at the point that would in most works be the end of that content. ...

No bottles of beer on the wall!
No bottles of beer!
Go to the store and buy some more (or Go to the store and steal some more)
99 bottles of beer on the wall!

Another variation is:

No bottles of beer on the wall!
No bottles of beer!
You barf one up, and bottle it up,
1 bottle of beer on the wall!

In this case, the bottles will incrementally increase back to 99, at which point (conceivably) all the consumed beer has been regurgitated, and the song can resume from its original start point. This version also has the "gross" factor that appeals to many youngsters.


Another end variation includes:

No bottles of beer on the wall!
No bottles of beer!
Get one off the ground and put on the wall
1 bottle of beer on the wall!
1 bottle of beer on the wall!
1 bottle of beer!
Take one down, pass it around
No bottles of beer on the wall!

Eventually, the song reaches "one bottle of beer", although the performance is usually interrupted well before this point is reached. Thus, the song has a definite end, in contrast to infinite loop songs, such as "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" and "The Song That Never Ends" (although a recent variation concludes "negative-one bottles of beer on the wall", which is usually interrupted with much yelling before it can be continued). An infinite loop is a sequence of instructions in a computer program which loops endlessly. ... John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt is a traditional childrens song of obscure origin. ... The Song That Never Ends (variantly known as The Song That Doesnt End) is a self-referential and infinitely recursive childrens song written by composer, writer and lyricist Norman Martin. ...


Performances tend to become an interesting experiment in group dynamics. Enthusiasm for singing another verse tends to flag as the song drags on. Eventually, non-verbal cues that the singers are weary of the game communicate that it is time to stop singing the song. The term group dynamics implies that individual behaviours may differ depending on individuals current or prospective connections to a sociological group. ... http://members. ...


It takes about 10 seconds to sing each verse, which means the song should take 16.5 minutes to sing all the way.


also, as a variant to this song, to end it quickly:

<number> bottles of beer on the wall
<number> bottles of beer
Kick the wall, watch them all fall
No more bottles of beer on the wall!

or

<number> bottles of beer on the wall
<number> bottles of beer
Kick the wall, watch them all fall
What a waste of alcohol!

Another innocuous variant is 99 truckloads of cheese on the wall.


Yet another variant is the less appropriate;


99 sacks of crack on the wall
99 sacks of crack
If one of those sacks should happen to fall
We'll all be there to <sniffing noise> it all


Other versions incorporate cursing: 99 bottles of beer on the wall
99 bottles of beer
One fell
What the hell?!


OR


99 bottles of beer on the wall
99 bottles of beer
One split
Oh shit!


Similar songs

In a similar vein, there is "Ten in a Bed". From 10 down to 1:

There were <number> in a bed and the little one said,
"Roll over! Roll over!"
So they all rolled over and Leslie fell out;
And banged her head and gave a shout!
"Please remember to tie a knot in your pajamas!"
Single beds are only made for 1,2,3.. <number - 1>
There were <number-1> in a bed, etc.

(until)

There was one in the bed and the little one said:

The final line of the song is either:

"That's fine!"

or (sung as such children's television shows as Barney & Friends): Barney & Friends is a popular childrens television show produced in the United States, mainly aimed at preschoolers. ...

"Alone at last"!

or (to the tune of the first verse in He's Got The Whole World In His Hands as of in one of Sharon, Lois and Bram's songs): Hes Got the Whole World in His Hands is a spiritual that made the popular song charts in a 1958 version by Laurie London, which went all the way to #1 in the USA. Other versions were recorded by Marian Anderson, Odetta, Perry Como and Nina Simone on And... Sharon, Lois & Bram are a Canadian childrens musical trio composed of Sharon Trostin Hampson (born March 31, 1943, Toronto, Ontario), Lois Ada Lilienstein (born July 10, 1936, Chicago, Illinois), and Bramwell Morrison (born December 18, 1940, Toronto, Ontario). ...

"I got the whole mattress, to myself"
"I got the whole mattress, to myself"
"I got the whole mattress, to myself"
"I got the whole mattress to myself!"

Other more complex counting down rhymes include nursery rhymes such as "Ten Little Indians". These vary the tale from one verse to another, though. A nursery rhyme is a traditional rubbish sony that edgar nursery invented while feeding a pig from his asssong or poem taught to young children, originally in the nursery. ... The 1945 film version, showing (left to right) Barry Fitzgerald, June Duprez and Walter Huston Ten Little Niggers (also known as Ten Little Indians and And Then There Were None) is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in England in 1939. ...


There is also "Five Little Monkeys" for a similar vein of note. It is a song for pre-school children, but is actually sung whenever it is a parody or joke. It is also recorded in many children's CD albums and TV shows. CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... This is a listing of television programs. ...


The lyrics for the song are listed here. From 5 down to 0:

<number> little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell out and bumped his/her head;
Momma called the doctor, the doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!".
<number-1> little monkeys jumping on the bed, etc.

(until)

One little monkey jumping on the bed,
He/she fell out and bumped his head;
Momma called the doctor, the doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!".
No little monkeys jumping on the bed,
None fell out and bumped their heads;
Momma called the doctor, the doctor said,

The final line of the song is:

"Put those monkeys straight to bed."

Still other variants

  • Ten green bottles
  • "Infinite Bottles of Beer on the wall," a nerdish variant. If one of those bottles is taken down, there are still infinite bottles of beer on the wall.
  • "Aleph-Null Bottles of Beer on the wall," same as above. Aleph-Null is specifically the size of the set of all natural numbers, and is the smallest infinity.
  • The "Buttons" song from the absurdist play Ubu Rocks. Instead of counting down, the song counts UP. This is done until the audience reacts negatively.
  • "99 Bottles of Non-alcoholic Carbonated Beverage on the Wall" is both a humorous jibe at the variations which remove beer from the lyrics, and one of the more challenging versions to sing.
  • "Negative Bottles of Beer on the wall," is a means of annoyance. When the song is sung to annoy others, instead of to keep the singers amused, surrounding listeners take great relief once there are 0 bottles of beer on the wall. A brief pause happens, at which point the singers begin to descend into the negatives.
  • "A Hundred Sticks of Dynamite Sitting on the Wall" is a very short parody variant. It lasts for one verse.
  • "99 Kettles of Soup on the Heat", with the same form as 99 Bottles of Beer. The third stanza reads "If one of those kettles I happen to eat".

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References in popular culture

  • In the Kenan and Kel movie Two Heads are Better than None, Kel sings "9,999 bottles of orange soda on the wall" during a road trip with the Rockmore family. After aggravating everyone with the song, Kel sings all the way until only 7 bottles are left, then decides he's bored and stops.
  • In National Lampoon's Vacation Clark Griswold, while lost in the desert and running to find help starts the song "1000 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" and gets down to single digits before passing out.
  • In the Simpsons episode "Bart Gets Famous", Martin and Principal Seymour sing a variation of "boxes of bottles of beer" while on a trip to a box factory. In the episode "Das Bus", Otto Mann listens to a recording of the song on a tape titled "Songs to Enrage Bus Drivers."
  • In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers it is common to hear Rita Repulsa sing a variation known as "99 Bottles of Slime on the Wall".
  • In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin threatens his dad while on a road trip into taking him into a burger joint by bursting out into song "10 MILLION BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL, 10 MILLION BOTTLES OF BEER!!!..."
  • In the Bus Trip episode of Beavis and Butthead (Season 5, 1994-1995), during a bus ride on a class trip, one student suggests singing "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall", to which the teacher Mr. David Van Driessen replies that it isn't socially responsible to encourage young people to drink beer, so he suggests "99 Bottles of Tea on the Wall".
  • In the Seinfeld episode The Bottle Deposit, Part 2, Kramer and Newman break into their own rendition:

    Nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine bottle and cans in the trunk, nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine bottles and cans. At ten cents a bottle and ten cents a can, we're pulling in five hundred dollars a man. Nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-eight bottle and cans in the trunk, nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-eight bottles and cans. We fill up with gas, we count up our cash!!... Kenan & Kel was a live action comedy television show which aired on Nickelodeon from August 1996 to July 1999, for a total of 61 episodes. ... Two Heads Are Better Than None is a TV movie created after the series Kenan & Kel. Summary Spoiler warning: The Rockmores decide to drive across the country. ... National Lampoons Vacation is a 1983 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase, Beverly DAngelo, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, Randy Quaid and Imogene Coca. ... The Simpsons. ... Bart Gets Famous is the twelfth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, which originally aired on February 3, 1994. ... Das Bus is the 14th episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons, and a parody of the book and film Lord of the Flies. ... Otto Mann (born January 18, 1963) is a fictional character on The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (MMPR) was an American live-action television series, created for the American market based on the sixteenth installment of the Japanese Super Sentai franchise, Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger. ... Rita Repulsa, known in the Japanese Super Sentai show, Zyuranger, as Witch Bandora, is a fictional character from the TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. ... Listen to this article (3 parts) · (info) Part 1 · Part 2 · Part 3 This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2006-01-29, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... Beavis and Butt-head is an animated comedy show that aired on US TV station MTV from 1993 to 1997. ... David Van Driessen David Van Driessen is a character in the TV series Beavis and Butt-head. ... Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998, running a total of nine seasons. ... The Bottle Deposit, Part 2 is the second part of an hour-long, two-part episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld (preceded by The Bottle Deposit, Part 1). ... Cosmo Kramer is a fictional character on the United States based television sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998), played by Michael Richards. ... Newman is a recurring character on the television show Seinfeld, played by Wayne Knight. ...

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99 Bottles of Beer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (949 words)
"99 Bottles of Beer" is a popular, traditional song to sing on long trips, as it has a very repetitive format which is easy to memorize, and can take a long time to sing.
Writing a 99 Bottles of Beer computer program, which outputs the lyrics to the song algorithmically, is a programming exercise; getting the plural correct in the final counting ("1 bottle of beer on the wall") can be awkward.
If one of those bottles is taken down, there are still infinite bottles of beer on the wall.
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