One of the key topics of honky tonk music is, of course, drinking. It's the key substitute for love, which is country music's (and most other music's) key topic. This is what makes it honky tonk. Heartbreak, drinking, jealousy, divorce. All pretty much negative concepts that are usually twisted into being positive factors in the music. That's why we love honky tonk. No other music like it. Okay, maybe polka.