Edible Audio: One Hundred Songs About Food

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WHAT IF? An imaginary record cover for a compilation of food-inspired music.

AOL recently contacted me to create a playlist of food-inspired songs for its "Blogger Radio" station on AOL Radio (see below for details on how to listen). After much digging through my own music collection (and some serendipitous searching online), I came up with 100 songs.

There's a heavy emphasis upon jazz and blues, a slathering of R&B, a douse of hip-hop, along with a sprinkling of pop classics and a dusting of heavy metal (o.k., just one -- Def Leppard's cheesetastic "Pour Some Sugar on Me").

As I pored over all of this gastro-music, it became pretty clear that food is more often than not a (barely veiled) euphemism for sex. Candy seems to trump just about everything edible as the most frequent object of desire. Other songs are culinary in name only (take Taste of Honey's "Sukiyaki," for example), while others immerse themselves in a heady contemplation of appetite -- I'm thinking here of the Fat Boys' great, tragicomic "Jail House Rap." And then there's food as abstraction in the form of Dizzy Gillespie's manic be-bop standard, "Salt Peanuts."

You can find the complete playlist (in alphabetical order) below. It's not comprehensive, so if you have a favorite food song that isn't covered here, please share it in the comments.

Tune In: For PC Users, listen by clicking here. If you're on a Mac, download the AOL Radio player, log in with your AOL/AIM screenname, and select "Blogger Radio" under the "Soundtracks & Themes" category. The playlist will be up until June 14, when the station gets turned over to the next DJ/blogger.

Tasty! Songs for Food Lovers

  1. All That Meat And No Potatoes by Fats Waller
  2. All You Can Eat by the Fat Boys
  3. Artichoke by Cibo Matto
  4. Augustus Gloop by Danny Elfman
  5. Augustus Gloop by The Poozies
  6. Banana Boat (Day-O) by Harry Belafonte
  7. Beans And Cornbread by Louis Jordan
  8. Beef Jerky by Cibo Matto
  9. Birthday Cake by Cibo Matto
  10. Black Coffee In Bed by Squeeze
  11. Bowl Of Oranges by Bright Eyes
  12. Brown Sugar by D'Angelo
  13. Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones
  14. Candy by Cameo
  15. Candy by Morphine
  16. Candy (Drippin' Like Water) by Snoop Dogg
  17. Candy Shop by 50 Cent
  18. Catfish by Bob Dylan
  19. Catfish Blues by Jimi Hendrix
  20. Chicken Grease by D'Angelo
  21. Chicken Noodle Soup by Webstar & Young B
  22. Chicken Soup With Rice by Carole King
  23. Chocolate Buttermilk by Kool & The Gang
  24. Chocolate City by Parliament
  25. Chocolate Factory by R. Kelly
  26. Choux Pastry Heart by Corinne Bailey Rae
  27. Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk by Rufus Wainwright
  28. Cookin' by Clifford Brown
  29. Crawfish by Elvis Presley
  30. Days Of Wine And Roses by Henry Mancini
  31. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor On The Bedpost by Lonnie Donegan
  32. Drinks by Twista
  33. Egg Man by the Beastie Boys
  34. Eggs And Sausage by Tom Waits
  35. Fried Chicken by Ice-T
  36. Giblet Gravy by George Benson
  37. Gimme That Wine by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
  38. Gin And Juice by Snoop Doggy Dogg
  39. Glass Onion by The Beatles
  40. Gone Sugaring by Mirah
  41. Green Onions by Booker T & The MG's
  42. Grits by James Brown
  43. Ham 'N' Eggs by A Tribe Called Quest
  44. Happy Meal II by The Cardigans
  45. Home Cookin' by Horace Silver
  46. Honey by Moby
  47. Honey Pie by The Beatles
  48. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl by Nina Simone
  49. I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow
  50. Ice Cream Castles by The Time
  51. Ice Cream Man by Tom Waits
  52. Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
  53. It Should Have Been Me by Ray Charles
  54. Jail House Rap by Fat Boys
  55. Juicebox by The Strokes
  56. Juicy Fruit by Mtume
  57. Know Your Chicken by Cibo Matto
  58. Lady Marmalade by LaBelle
  59. Le Jazz Et Le Gin by Coralie Clement
  60. Le Pain Perdu by Cibo Matto
  61. Milkcow Blues Boogie by Elvis Presley
  62. Milkshake by Kelis
  63. Mother Popcorn by James Brown
  64. My Sweet Potato by Booker T & The MG's
  65. Old Joe's Place by The Folksmen
  66. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer by John Lee Hooker
  67. Orange Crush by R.E.M.
  68. Oregano Flow (Gumbo Soup Mix) by Digital Underground
  69. Otha Fish by The Pharcyde
  70. Pimp Juice by Nelly
  71. Pot Kettle Black by Wilco
  72. Potato Head Blues by Louis Armstrong
  73. Potato's In The Paddy Wagon by The New Main Street Singers
  74. Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard
  75. Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) by Squeeze
  76. Quiche Lorraine by The B-52's
  77. Rapper's Delight by Sugarhill Gang
  78. Red Apples by Cat Power
  79. Red Vines by Aimee Mann
  80. Salt Peanuts by Dizzy Gillespie
  81. Salt Peanuts by Joshua Redman
  82. Savoy Truffle by The Beatles
  83. Shanghai Noodle Factory by Traffic
  84. Spanish Grease by Willie Bobo
  85. Straight, No Chaser by Thelonious Monk
  86. Struttin' With Some Barbecue by Louis Armstrong
  87. Sukiyaki by A Taste Of Honey
  88. Sweets For My Sweet by The Drifters
  89. Taco WIth A Pork Chop by Ray Brown, John Clayton, Christian McBride
  90. Tacos, Enchiladas And Beans by Doris Day
  91. Tea For Two by Ella Fitzgerald
  92. Tea For Two by Fats Waller
  93. The Coffee Song by Frank Sinatra
  94. The Lemon Song by Led Zeppelin
  95. Too Much Sugar For A Dime by Merle Travis
  96. Watermelon Man by Mongo Santamaria
  97. White Pepper Ice Cream by Cibo Matto
  98. Wild Honey by U2
  99. Yes! We Have No Bananas by Louis Prima
  100. You're Not The Only Oyster In The Stew by Fats Waller

 





Comments

Can't wait to listen to your list - what a great idea. Have you heard Michael Franks "Eggplant"? It would make a great addition to your list.

 

Awesome list.

You didn't include Cheeseburger in Paradise. Or I overlooked it.

 

It's a classic and it's not food, but I'll add it anyway. :-)

Go for Soda by Kim Mitchell

 

Jambalaya (on the Bayou) by Hank Williams

"Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and file gumbo/Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher amio/Pick guitar fill fruit jar and be gay-o/Son of a gun we'll have big fun on the bayou..."

or Hey Good Lookin' (but it's not quite as good as Jambalaya, though)

"Hey hey, good lookin'/What ya got cookin'? / How's about cooking somethin' up with me?..."

 

Even though I'm not a big fan of "heavy metal" on roadtrips the radio stations always seem to play "Cherry Pie" by Warrant. It's actually kind of a catchy tune-but I didn't say that ;)

 

My faves that don't appear on the list include "Starfish and Coffee" by Prince (Sign O the Times record), as well as his "Under the Cherry Moon," "Peach," "Raspberry Beret" and "Cinnamon Girl." Oh, and "Cream."

Beck's Midnite Vultures album has a mediocre song called "Peaches & Cream."

"Tangerine," Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins.

Van Morrison's Tupelo Honey album includes both the title song, and "Moonshine Whiskey."

I would also add "(Do The) Mashed Potatoes)" by James Brown to add to your already potato-intensive list.

"Rice" by Dan Bern.

"Red Red Wine" by UB-40 and The Replacements, though those two songs ONLY share a title in common.

"Octopus's Garden," among the more um, goofy of Beatles songs.

Another that combines smokes and a food: "Cigarettes and Coffee," Otis Redding.

"Cup of Coffee," Garbage.

"Mexican Wine," Fountains of Wayne.

"Kitchen," the Lemonheads. Or anything by the Lemonheads. ;)

"Bananeira" by Bebel Gilberto translates as "Banana Tree."

"Chocolate Cake" by Crowded House comes to mind.

Though it doesn't mention a food or drink in the title, I think the Billy Strayhorn classic "Lush Life" is still appropriate.

And on a similar theme, would "One More for the Road" count?

Or maybe Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" would be a more fitting end to the list.

 

how about 'Too Much Food' by Jason Mraz? and i like Michelle Featherstone's 'Coffee and Cigarettes'.

:)

 

Buttermilk Biscuits - Sir Mix-a-Lot

"Don't make a difference what food you make
Use buttermilk biscuits to clean your plate
You eat 'em in the morn', you eat 'em at night
Kentucky Fried Chicken makes the suckers just right"

 

My food album cover would look, and sound, like this. Actually, it already does.

 

What about computer game tunes?
Check out this belgian beer game
http://www.vedett.com
Hilarious!

 

The greatest-ever food song has to be Bessie Smith's Kitchen Man

 

How about "Cookin' by the Book" by Lazytown. Check out the video on Youtube - even kid-friendly!

 

Forgot one - "Everybody eats when they come to my House" by Cab Calloway

 

Peaches - The Presidents of the USA
Coconut - Harry Nilsson
Two Pina Coladas - Garth Brooks
Lemon - U2
Wild Honey - U2
Chocolate - Kylie Minogue
Candy - Mandy Moore
Kiwi - Maroon 5
Honey - Moby
Lemon Parade - Tonic

 

Love this list! So where can I buy the CD?

My picks that you forgot (and I'm so bad at remembering who sings them):

1. Sex and Candy (it's from the 90s)

2. Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet)

3. Cheeseburger in Paradise (Jimmy Buffet)

4. Candy Girl (it's from the 70s or 80s)

5. Strawberry Wine (Deena Carter)

6. Sugar, Sugar (The Archies)

7. Hey Good Lookin' (Hank Williams? I can't remember who sang the original)

8. Watermelon Crawl (big tall country singer guy with an deep voice, from the 90s)

9. Cherry Pie (Warrant)

10. Starfish and Coffee (Prince)

11. Mashed Potato (from the 50s or 60s)

12. Red, Red Wine (UB40)

13. Two Pina Coladas (Garth Brooks)

14. Isn't there some Tootsie Roll song out in the past couple of years?

 

Just a couple more:

Everybody eats when they come to my house- Cab Callaway
Soul Food- Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Need a Little sugar in my bowl - Bessie smith (and much later, Nina Simone)
Lemon Twist- Bobby Troup
Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie
Suppertime- Irving Berlin standard
Shoo Fly pie- Anita O'day
Banana Split for my Baby- Louis Prima
One Mint Julep- Ray Charles

 

What about Gumbo by Jimmy Buffett?!

"I'm not talkin' quesadillas or a dozen Krispy Kremes
Or a pound of caviar that's a rich man's dream.
No banana split or fillet of pompano.
No! I will play for gumbo!"

 

I Love Onions, not sure who performs it, circa 1966
I Remember Butter, Four Bitchin' Babes
Eat it, Al Yankowitz
A whole bunch of other Weird Al stuff:
Living in the Fridge
The Rye or the Kaiser
Lasagna
My Bologna

 

My Sugar Walls - Sheena Easton
Candy Girl - New Edition
Hollaback Girl (BANANAS) - Gwen Stefani
Ice Cream - Sarah McLachlan
American Pie - Don McLean
Navy Bean - Tracy Bonham
She Don't Use Jelly - Flaming Lips
White Chocolate Space Egg - Liz Phair
Cornflake Girl - Tori Amos
Constant Craving - k.d. lang

 

Here's a few...most are definitely about items of or places for food even if it is an allegory of desire or disgust, etc.:

Boiled Okra and Spinach by Trout Fishing in America
Breakfast Blues by Trout Fishing in America
Breakfast in America by Supertramp
The Cask of Amontillado by The Alan Parson's Project
Fried Chicken Skin by Tom Faulkner
Grapefruit Diet by Weird Al Yankovic
Malted Milk by Robert Johnson
Murrell's by Trout Fishing in America
The Mustard by The Cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pico de Gallo by Trout Fishing in America
What I Want is a Proper Cup of Coffee by Trout Fishing in America

Trout Fishing is a Folk Duo that's released a kids album for every other album they made. The Parson's song might not count since it is a musical telling of the Poe tale. Obviously The Mustard was included a bit frivolously.

Cheers.

 

Guy Clark has a lot of songs about food, especially Texas food.

Texas Cooking and Homegrown Tomatoes are two that really focus on food.

He manages to work food into a big portion of his song.

I named my food blog Homegrown Tomatoes as a tribute.

 

GREAT list and only a couple of big misses, which considering is amazing. Jambalaya, as aforementioned, Gimme a Pig Foot and a Bottle of Beer (Holliday version, of course) and the biggest one of all, to the extent that I really believe a replacement is called for, Hold Tight: Want Some Seafood Mama by the Andrews Sisters.
Hold tight, hold tight, a-hold tight, hold tight
Fododo-de-yacka saki
Want some sea food mama
Shrimps and rice they're very nice
Hold tight, hold tight, a-hold tight, hold tight
Fododo-de-yacka saki
Want some sea food mama
Shrimps and rice they're very nice

I like oysters, lobsters too,
I like my tasty butter fish, fooo
When I come home late at night
I get my favorite dish, fish

 

How about "His Cheeseburger" by Larry the Cucumber (Veggie Tales), redone by (Michael) Tait of DCTalk.

 

Yep, Michael Franks "Eggplant" but also "I Can Cook Too" from the musical On The Town, racy stuff for that era:

"Cause I can bake, too, on top of the lot,
My oven's the hottest you'll find.
Yes, I can roast too,
My chickens just ooze,
My gravy will lose you your mind.
I'm a brand new note
On a table d'hôte,
But just try me à la carte.
With a single course
You can choke a horse.
Baby, you won't know where to start!
Oh, I'm an hors d'oeuvre,
A jelly preserve,
Not in the recipe book,
And what's more, baby, I can cook!"

 

This is a very fine list. I'll add another song about chicken:

Chicken!
Nice fried chicken!
Barbecued chicken!
Won't you send it down the line.

Say!
Everyone's talking 'bout chicken;
Chicken's a popular bird;
Anywhere you go, you're bound to find,
A chicken ain't nothin' but a bird.

Some folks call it a fowl,
That's the story I heard,
But let 'em call it this and let 'em call it that,
A chicken ain't nothin' but a bird.

You can boil it, roast it, broil it,
Cook it in a pan or a pot,
Eat it with potatoes, rice or tomatoes,
But chicken's still what you got, boy!

It was a dish for old Caesar,
Also King Henry the Third,
But Columbus was smart, said "You can't fool me,
A chicken ain't nothin' but a bird."

You can boil it, roast it, broil it,
Cook it in a pan or a pot,
Eat it with potatoes, rice or tomatoes,
A chicken's still what you got, boy!

It was a dish for old Caesar,
Also King Henry the Third,
But Columbus was smart, said "You can't fool me,
A chicken ain't nothin' but a bird.

Cab Calloway

 

Great list.

"Sometimes I Have Oatmeal for Breakfast"
by Peter Apel
http://www.PeterApel.com

 

Rc Cola and a Moon Pie
NRBQ

 

Forgot one of many;

Eat That Chicken!
Charles Mingus

 

Great job on that list!

"Banana Pancakes" by: Jack Johnson is a great little song!

Oh and how about "That's Amore" by: Dean Martin....something about "a big pizza pie" right?lol.

 

To help eliminate the strong smell of cauliflower when it is cooking, pop a piece of bread in the saucepan....


www.letsgoeat.co.uk.

 

ever been to www.letsgoeat.co.uk

 

Ah, you've all forgotten the Weird Al songs!

My Bologna (My Sharona)
Lasagna (La Bamba)
Livin' in the Fridge (Livin' On the Edge)
Taco Grande (Rico Suave)
Eat It (Beat It)
I Love Rocky Road [ICECREAM} (I love Rock and Roll)
Girls Just Want To Have Lunch (Girls just Want to have Fun)
Grapefruit Diet (Zoot Suit Riot)
Spatula City
Spam (Stand)

 

'Country Pie' by Bob Dylan
'Let's Eat Food' by Louis Munroe
'Little Potato' by Metamora
'Cornbread and Butterbeans' by the Carolina Sunshine Trio
'Savoy Truffle' by The Beatles
'One More Cup of Coffee' by Bob Dylan
'Makin' Pies' by Patty Griffin
'One Little Song' Gillian Welch
'Shortnin' Bread' Pub. Domain
'CHICKEN' by Mississippi John Hurt

 

Btw! Who could have forgotton the most important one of all time - FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD!!!

 

Two of my favorites that weren't on the list:

Chicken Noodle Soup (with a soda on the side)

It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Otherwise, great list!

 

Hi

Can anyone remember a song that bascially goes -

"Delicious . . . . mmmmm . . . . delicious (lots of giggling) etc etc"

I heard it once on Radio 1 and cannot find it anywhere.

Any help gratefully received. It is hilarious. It's just like listenting to 2 people getting drunk.

Thanks
T

 

What about Jimmy Buffet's "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and "No Sugar Tonight" by the Guess Who????

 

"Candy" -Bow Wow Wow (that was a big miss since there were other songs with the same name)
"BBQ" -Cibo Matto
"Everybody Wants Some" -Better Off Dead Soundtrack (I think it's Van Halen, but not sure, and it makes sense mostly in the context of the movie)

 

Lila Downs forgive them for not including La Cumbia del Mole in both a shortened English version or the Spanish version.
If you haven't heard it and you love Mexican food listen to it on Itunes.

 

Hot Potato, Hot Potato
Fruit Salad
both by the Wiggles!
(verrrrry popular kids entertainers from Australia)- all done with actions!
HOT POTATO
Hot potato, hot potato, (Hot potato, hot potato)
Hot potato, Hot potato, potato, potato, potato...potato
Cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti, (Cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti)
Cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti...spaghetti
Ooh, ticky ticky ticky, Ooh ticky ticky ticky, Give me that, give me that, give me that food
Ooh ticky ticky ticky, Ooh ticky ticky ticky, give me that, give me that, give me that food
Mashed banana, mashed banana, (Mashed banana, mashed banana)
Mashed banana, mashed banana, banana, banana, banana,...banana
Ooh ticky, ticky ticky, Ooh ticky ticky ticky, give me that, give me that, give me that food
Ooh ticky ticky ticky, Ooh ticky ticky ticky, give me that, give me that, give me that food
Hot Potato, Hot potato, (Hot Potato, hot potato)
Hot Potato, hot potato, potato, potato, potato...potato

FRUIT SALAD
fruit salad,yummy,yummy fruit salad,yummy,yummy yummy,yummy,yummy,yummy,fruit salaaaad.

 

Great list. Here are a few lesser knowns by my favorite group

Southern Culture on the Skids

Eight Piece Box

Too Much Pork for Just One Fork

Fried Chicken and Gasoline

Biscuit Eater

Banana Puddin'

Meximelt

Corn Liquor

 

Lol. didn't know music goes with fishing..

http://www.talonlodge.com/
http://www.magnusadventures.com/

 

Cooking and music mix well together with champagne.

 

Brown Sugar by D'Angelo. This one is about 'the food', not food. Listen to the lyrics.
'I gets high off ya love, don't know how to behave'
If it's about any type of food, it's roast brocolli. ;o)

 

Don't forget:
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Red Wine
Margaritaville
Apple Peaches Punpkin Pie
Cherry Pie
Sugar Pie Honeybunch (can't help myself)
Sweet Cerrhy Wine
Beer for my Horses

 

Maybe someone can tell me the name of this jazz song about food. The singer is ordering in a restaurant and they use all the right phrases like "I'll have..with...on the side." but as far as I can tell the names of all the foods are imaginary. It would be great for teaching my ESL students some phrases about food because you could substitute the names of the foods. Maybe it's even one of the songs on the list and I just don't recognize it.

 

"Rotten Peaches" -- Elton John
Pretty good song actually, if not anyone's first food choice.

 

I'll add:

My Baby Got Sauce - G. Love & Special Sauce
Red Beans & Rice - Michael Franti
Okra - Olu Dara
Milk n' Honey - Sister Carol
Strong & Fit ("when I'm in the kitchen I'm cookin' rice and beans, bananas & dumplins..." - Sister Carol

 

Though it doesn't mention a food or drink in the title, I think the Billy Strayhorn classic "Lush Life" is still appropriate.

And on a similar theme, would "One More for the Road" count?

Or maybe Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" would be a more fitting end to the list.

 

what about peanut butter jelly time

or sugar sugar ( the archies )

 

MF DOOM has a whole album about food called Mm... Food, with a bonus disc called Mm... Leftovers

Some of my favorites are Kon Karne, Rap Snitch Knishes, and Potholderz

 

Pina Colada song ("Escape") by Rupert Holmes.

 

Chicken Fried by the Zac Brown Band

 

No Sugar Tonight - The Guess Who
Tangerine - Led Zeppelin
Hot Dog - Led Zeppelin
Candy - Iggy Pop

 

Love that list of really great music. I was watching the news the other day and they were talking about a pop star who was possibly the father of a child with a different girl other than his girlfriend. I felt so out of the loop, that I looked up what music popular these days. Thanks for updating ignorant people like me!

 

Here's six more--
"Candy Girl" by the Four Seasons (1963)
"Bread and Butter" by the Newbeats (1964)
"Popsicles and Icicles" by the Murmaids (1963)
"Summer Wine" by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood (1967)
"Red, Red Wine" originally by Neil Diamond (1968)
"Cracklin' Rosie" by Neil Diamond (1970)--refers to a wine
Crackling Rose'

 

Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
Scarborough Fair (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme) - Simon and Garfunkle

and I'm sure there are others.

 

On Top of Spaghetti -- Tom Glazer
Butterbeans -- the B52s
Snack Attack -- 10cc
Scotch and Soda -- Manhattan Transfer
Rum and Coca-Cola -- ANdrews Sisters
TV dinners -- ZZ top
Eat it! -- Weird Al Yankovic
Hot Dog -- Tom Robinson
On The Good Ship Lollipop -- Shirley Temple
The Frim Fram Sauce -- Nat King Cole
The Candy Man -- Sammy Davis Jr.
Milkshake -- Martin Briley
Milkshake -- ex-Monkee Peter Tork -- Same song as above. Can you say, civer version? Peter's version can't hold a candle to Martin's, though

 

On Top of Spaghetti -- Tom Glazer
Butterbeans -- the B52s
Snack Attack -- 10cc
Scotch and Soda -- Manhattan Transfer
Rum and Coca-Cola -- ANdrews Sisters
TV dinners -- ZZ top
Eat it! -- Weird Al Yankovic
Hot Dog -- Tom Robinson
On The Good Ship Lollipop -- Shirley Temple
The Frim Fram Sauce -- Nat King Cole
The Candy Man -- Sammy Davis Jr.
Milkshake -- Martin Briley
Milkshake -- ex-Monkee Peter Tork -- Same song as above. Can you say, cover version? Peter's version can't hold a candle to Martin's, though

 

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