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by Steven G (subscribe)
Too much tertiary education... Former performer/wrestler, teacher, scientist; Published author & Father... Want to be a writer if I grow up...
Published November 8th 2022
Food in song form, so less calories
Another reader request! This one came only last month (October, 2022), and while it's still fresh in my mind, I decided to give it a go. It was a simple one this time – songs about food.

Oh my, there are so many!
food, music, song
Image by Niek Verlaan from Pixabay

Oh, wow, this was a hard one to cut down, so I even after doing the elimination thing, it's still long. There are a lot of songs here because food seems to be a metaphor for so many different things.

Normal rules apply – one song per artist, one version of each song, I need to like the song, something to do with eating in the title. There were also a lot of fruit songs, but I decided that can be a different column for later (unless it was a song about a specific fruit-based foodstuff). Also, no songs about actual eating without a food mentioned. But, don't worry, there is still a 'Weird Al' song in here.

Songs about food!

'Tutti Frutti' Little Richard (1955)

A flavour of ice-cream, meaning "all fruits", here it is a metaphor for… something else, being done in as many ways as possible. Early rock'n'roll – any wonder why some people looked on it with shock?

'My Boy Lollipop' by Millie Smalls (1964)

This is a gender-flipped version of an older song, sung with staccato delivery. Again, the metaphor is crude, but the song is a but of harmless fun.

'Savoy Truffle' by Beatles (1968)

A notoriously expensive foodstuff, this appears in the middle of a song that lists a lot of rather opulent desserts. I think it's about greed, but there are also other theories.

'Cinnamon Girl' by Neil Young (1969)

Not sure why the girl is being compared to cinnamon, but Neil Young wrote it after seeing a pretty girl and, apparently, had a hard time "explaining it" to his wife. This is now one of his most requested songs when he performs live.

'American Pie' by Don McLean (1971)

One of the most analysed songs in pop music history, with hidden meanings within hidden meanings, but the idea of a quintessential American Pie being the catalyst for this is just one of the many, many metaphors that abound in this all-time classic.

'Popcorn' by Hot Butter (1972)

A disco-lite remake of an earlier piece, this instrumental has a special place to me… and a woman I know named Sara gets some weird flashbacks because of it. Still, fun bit of music.

'Life Is A Minestrone/ by 10cc (1975)

One long string of food-related metaphors, pun-based pop culture (for the time) references, and other weirdness, this was the first song by 10cc I heard and I have loved it ever since. And, really, who hasn't contemplated life being a bowl of thick Italian soup?

'Breakfast In America' by Supertramp (1979)

A song with vague lyrics that don't even mention the title in them, but this song by Supertramp is such a good track I had to include it. Having said that, kippers for breakfast? No thanks.

'I Want Candy' by Bow Wow Wow (1982)

A remake of a 1960s track, based on the Bo Diddley beat, this early 80s version keeps making comebacks every so often as new generations find it. And "candy" is a metaphor for something else. Obviously.

'TV Dinners' by ZZ Top (1983)

When I did a review of the album this comes from, I said this track is odd and sounds almost like a parody. But since writing that I have listened to again and again, and it is a good bit of blues-based rock.

'I Love Rocky Road' by 'Weird Al' Yankovic (1983)

'Weird Al' released so many food songs there was a compilation album released called The Food Album! So, because 'Eat It' does not quite qualify, I went for my favourite actual food song, a parody of 'I Love Rock And Roll', about the titular ice-cream flavour.

'Cherry Pie' by Warrant (1990)

This is a song about comparing a girl to a messy pie. But there are a number of theories as to what the metaphor actually means, so I'll just leave it as this is a song about pie.

'Chocolate Cake' by Crowded House (1991)

Crowded House with bonus Tim Finn, this song is about greed and commercialism (according to Neil Finn's website) and was apparently written in 20 minutes. Another fun song.

'Poundcake Van Halen (1991)

A song about loving a simple girl. I think. There's lots of references to baking and eating, but the song just rocks hard and I enjoy it.

'Flaming Pie' by Paul McCartney (1997)

The flaming pie of the title is an allusion to a comment made by John Lennon in the 60s about how The Beatles got their name, and so this is a song about looking back at that time. Simple, really.

'Chop Suey' by System Of A Down (2001)

Chop Suey was an American-created dish, consisting of a bunch off stuff thrown together to feed the railroad workers, the phrase apparently meaning "odds and ends". And hence the title of this song, one of the best of the Nu Metal songs ever released.

'The Ketchup Song' by Las Ketchup (2002)

Yes, I know, don't "@" me… This fun bit of harmless pop about the USA's favourite condiment is one of those ear-worms that stay with you for days.

'Chocolate' by Snow Patrol (2003)

Another song with a title that doesn't appear in the song, this one is about accepting the sweet things in life and not taking them for granted. I think. The music is really good, so it doesn't matter.

'Pork And Beans' by Weezer (2008)

Standard Weezer here, but the track is a decent one that moves along well and makes the head nod along whether it wants to or not.

'Sunday Roast' by Courtney Barnett (2018)

And we finish with another song that has a title that does not appear in the lyrics. But it is about things being normal in a person's world, no matter what else is happening.

And there we are – 20 songs about food! Wow! Covering 7 decades and a lot of rock and pop, covering a large number of different styles, I hope you found something here to enjoy.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to get something to eat. For some reason, I feel hungry.


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Again, very catchy and funny sub-title. Good one
by Mindo Koerber (score: 2|646) 72 days ago
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