Music can make us many feel many things: happiness, sadness, melancholy or joy. After listening to this list, you’ll agree a good tune can also make you feel pangs of hunger. From burritos to buttered popcorn, just try to walk away without considering how to satisfy your new cravings.
There are countless songs out there that mention food. What others do you think should make the list?
Hot Burrito #2 — The Flying Burrito Brothers (1969)
If you’re going to name your band “The Flying Burrito Brothers” you had better write a song about burritos.
Mango Tree — Zac Brown Band (Feat. Sara Bareilles) (2015)
This easy, breezy tune transports you to a place where the tropical fruit is plentiful and delicious adult drinks flow freely.
Buttered Popcorn — The Supremes (1961)
The Surpremes give a fun ode to when Buttered Popcorn could be the highlight of your night out. But don’t judge their dietary decisions. Sadly, that buttered popcorn probably had less calories than the entire take-out containers of Chinese food we’re likely to take down while watching Netflix this weekend.
Cheeseburger in Paradise — Jimmy Buffett (1978)
You know you know it. “I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes.” If you’re not going out to buy a big juicy burger today, you have incredible will power.
Red, Red Wine — UB40 (1983)
Who wouldn’t want a little red after this catchy tune. The literally lyrics sing the praises of red wine, and its ability to make you forget all your woes.
Banana Pancakes — Jack Johnson (2005)
This just may be the cutest, most romantic darn food song ever written. Guys: take note.
Banana Boat Song (Day O)— Harry Belafonte (1956)
While the song is actually about a hard working Caribbean man harvesting bananas, Harry Belafonte’s 1956 calypso-style song has become recognized as a song celebrating the culture of the Caribbean — among it, its delightful sunshine and foods.
Cherry Pie — Warrant (1990)
When hair-metal band Warrant released Cherry Pie in 1990, no one actually thought it was about a fruit-filled baked good. None-the-less, it became one of the all-time most famous songs named after foodstuffs — and ignoring the extremely obvious double entendre — you might actually want a cool, sweet cherry pie after getting the catchy chorus stuck in your head.
Eat it — “Weird Al” Yankovic (1984)
Weird Al celebrates eating in general. Basic, but you have to respect it.
Mashed Potatoes — James Brown (1959)
The Godfather of Soul croons a classic carol about carbs.
Just like Honey — The Jesus and Mary Chain (1985)
The song moves at the pace of honey, but that’s a good thing.
Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin pie — Jay & The Techniques (1966)
You can always count on an oldie for a cheery song about some wholesome foods.
Peaches – Presidents of the United States of America (1996)
Every millennial remembers this 1996 oddball summer smash sit. Presidents of the United States of America lead singer Chris Ballew has said that he wrote “Peaches” after waiting under a peach tree in the yard of a girl he had a crush on to tell her he liked her.
Ham n Eggs — A Tribe Called Quest (1990)
Tribe gave us this excellent jam and put cholesterol concerns on the map for millions of young fans.
Lollipop — The CHORDATES (1958)
Almost unthinkable this could have been a top hit for adults back-in-the day. Now it’s mostly favored by children who love the catchy tune and memorable “Pop!”
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (1984)
There are a million drinking songs, but this one can definitely claim to be the coolest.
Tupelo Honey — Van Morrison (1978)
The most beautiful ballad to honey ever created.
Coconut — Harry Nilsson (1971)
Just try not to taste the pina coladas being passed and the smell of SPF in the air.