100 Best Songs About Food

Updated on May 18, 2019
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I have been an online writer for over four years. I am passionate about books, philosophy, music, and the music industry.

Food metaphors in songs appear more frequently than you'd think!
Food metaphors in songs appear more frequently than you'd think! | Source

Food may not be the most popular topic or subject with singers and songwriters, however, a number of songs have food items mentioned in their titles. Since music came into being, musicians have come up with compositions that have food in their song titles. Not all of these songs actually talk about food. Food items are often used as metaphors to represent different aspects of a relationship. They can be symbolic of love or hate.

Top 10 Best Songs About Food

1. "Banana Pancakes"—Jack Johnson

2. "Passionfruit"—Drake

3. "Stir Fry"—Migos

4. "Strawberry Fields Forever"—The Beatles

5. "Red Red Wine"—Neil Diamond

6. "Diced Pineapples"—Rick Ross

7. "Bacon"—Nick Jonas and Ty Dolla Sign

8. "The Blacker The Berry"—Kendrick Lamar

9. "Cola"—Lana Del Ray

10. "Birthday Cake"—Rihanna

Songs About Food: The Message Conveyed

A number of singers and songwriters use words such as chocolate, candy, apple, and sugar to describe love and the varied sentiments associated with it. The names of food items are also used as a metaphors that explore emotional concepts through lyrical storytelling. Metaphors about food often express feelings of hope and loss. In genres such as rock, jazz, blues, pop, country, hip-hop, and R&B a number of songwriters have used lyrics about food to explore feelings associated with passion and desire.

Best Songs About Food #11-20

11. "Sugar"—Maroon 5

12. "Chocolate"—The 1975

13. "Oats In the Water"—Ben Howard

14. "Junk Food Junkie"—Larry Groce

15. "Cake By The Ocean"—DNCE

16. "A Cup Of Coffee, A Sandwich And You"—Gertrude Lawrence

17. "Cookie Jar"—Gym Class Heroes

18. "Candyman"—Zedd

19. "30,000 Pounds of Bananas"—Harry Chapin

20. "Bon Appetit"—Katy Perry and Migos

Expression in Songs About Food

Food references can convey hidden meanings. At times, the meaning is misinterpreted by the listeners. Musicians have used these words to ignite thoughts and feelings about life and philosophy. Songs with food in the title, or in its lyrics, also convey a range of emotions associated with pleasure and happiness. Certain songs about food evoke a double entendre, or double meaning, that suggests a hidden desire. While these types of songs may not be popular with the older generation, these songs are rather popular with youth globally.

Thought Process in Songs About Food

Some songs about food evoke thoughtful introspection. Certain foods inspire singers and songwriters to bring a song to life. Such songs are often odes to their favorite foods or odes to something they find sinfully delightful. In music videos, food is also used to signify temptation and passion.

Best Songs About Food #21-40

21. "Cold Water"—Major Lazer and Justin Bieber

22. "Wild Honey Pie"—The Beatles

23. "Pour Some Sugar On Me"—Def Leppard

24. "Custard Pie"—Led Zeppelin

25. "Biscuits"—Kacey Musgraves

26. "Tutti Frutti"—Little Richard

27. "Peaches N Cream"—Snoop Dogg

28. "A Taste of Honey"—Herb Alpert

29. "Sugar Mountain"—Neil Young

30. "Strawberry Swing"—Coldplay

31. "Ice Cream Man"—Blur

32. "My Bacon Roll"—Mark Knopfler

33. "Oysters"—Tori Amos

34. "Poundcake"—Van Halen

35. "Honey, Honey"—ABBA

36. "Candy Shop"—50 Cent

37. "Mango Tree"—Zac Brown Band

38. "Lady Marmalade"—Labelle

39. "Green Onions"—Booker T. & the MG's

40. "American Pie"—Don McLean

Best Songs About Food #41-60

41. "Peaches"—The Presidents of the United States of America

42. "Cookie Jar"—Jack Johnson

43. "Apples"—Lily Allen

44. "Blueberry Hill"—Fats Domino

45. "Apples And Oranges"—Pink Floyd

46. "Biscuits 'n' Gravy"—Kelis

47. "Jam Side Down"—Status Quo

48. "Lollipop"—Lil Wayne

49. "Fresh Strawberries"—Franz Ferdinand

50. "Big Cheese"—Nirvana

51. "Candy"—Paolo Nutini

52. "Pineapple Skies"—Miguel

53. "Catfish"—Bob Dylan

54. "Black Honey"—Thrice

55. "Honey Pie"—The Beatles

56. "Brown Sugar"—The Rolling Stones

57. "Friday Fish Fry"—Kelis

58. "Watermelon In Easter Hay"—Frank Zappa

59. "Mayonaise"—Smashing Pumpkins

60. "Vegetables"—The Beach Boys

Best Songs About Food #61-80

61. "Caramel"—Suzanne Vega

62. "Sunny Sundae Smile"—My Bloody Valentine

63. "Hot Dog"—Led Zeppelin

64. "Pea"—Red Hot Chili Peppers

65. "Truffle Butter"—Nicki Minaj

66. "Soul Cake"—Sting

67. "Chop Suey"—System of a Down

68. "Bread And Water"—Vince Gill

69. "I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts"—Danny Kaye

70. "Soup"—Blind Melon

71. "Lemon"—U2

72. "The Onion Song"—Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

73. "Watermelon Man"—Herbie Hancock

74. "Strawberry Bubblegum"—Justin Timberlake

75. "Mother Popcorn"—James Brown

76. "Dixie Chicken"—Little Feat

77. "Tangerine"—Led Zeppelin

78. "Sugar, Sugar"—The Archies

79. "The Ketchup Song"—Las Ketchup

80. "She Don't Use Jelly"—The Flaming Lips

Best Songs About Food #81-100

81. "Peeled Apples"—Manic Street Preachers

82. "Candy"—LL Cool J

83. "Tupelo Honey"—Van Morrison

84. "Savoy Truffle"—The Beatles

85. "Buttered Popcorn"—The Supremes

86. "Ms. Chocolate"—Lil Jon

87. "The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn"—Alison Krauss & Union Station

88. "Egg Man"—Beastie Boys

89. "Olive & An Arrow"—Nick Jonas & the Administration

90. "Was Dog a Doughnut?"—Cat Stevens

91. "Sugar Honey Ice & Tea"—Bring Me the Horizon

92. "Candy Everybody Wants"—10,000 Maniacs

93. "Marshmallow World"—Bing Crosby

94. "Cherry Pie"—Warrant

95. "Sandwich and a Soda"—Tamia

96. "Curry Bun"—Mick Ronson

97. "Burrito"—Seether

98. "Honey Gold"—Rod Stewart

99. "Pork and Beans"—Weezer

100. "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch"—Kid Rock

Other Notable Songs About Food

  • "A Little Bit Of Cucumber"—Harry Champion
  • "Your Name On A Grain of Rice"—Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
  • "Ice Cream For Crow"—Captain Beefheart
  • "Chicken Taquito"—Brendon Urie
  • "Mean Mr. Mustard"—The Beatles
  • "We Built This City… On Sausage Rolls"—LadBaby
  • "Chocolate Drops"—Iggy Pop
  • "Hot Dog"—Limp Bizkit
  • "Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter"—Elvis Costello
  • "My Boy Lollipop"—Millie Small
  • "Ice Cream Girl"—Sean Kingston
  • "TV Dinners"—ZZ Top
  • "Sugar Me"—Lynsey de Paul
  • "Gazpacho"—Marillion
  • "Cookies-N-Apple Juice"—Cam'ron
  • "Dead Shrimp Blues"—Robert Johnson
  • "Honey Sun"—Elbow
  • "Pizza And Pinball"—Rumer
  • "Where Is My Sunday Potato?"—Arthur Lucan
  • "Ice Cream Paint Job"—Dorrough
  • "Corn Star"—Craig Morgan
  • "Eat Steak"—The Reverend Horton Heat
  • "Mashed Potatoes"—Nat Kendrick & The Swans
  • "Tutti Frutti"—New Order
  • "Johnny Bagga' Donuts"—Palma Violets
  • "White Cherry"—Laura Veirs
  • "I Can't Git A Nice Loaf A' Bread"—The Singing Postman
  • "The Candy Man"—Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • "Okra"—Tyler, the Creator
  • "Scotch & Chocolate"—Nickel Creek
  • "Blackberry Way"—The Move
  • "Wild Honey"—The Beach Boys
  • "Giant Peach"—Wolf Alice
  • "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake"—Eileen Barton
  • "Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face)"—Adam & The Ants
  • "Girl Scout Cookies"—NRBQ
  • "Collard Greens"—Schoolboy Q
  • "The Cat with the Cream"—Belle & Sebastian
  • "Eye Candy"—Josh Turner
  • "Laffy Taffy"—D4L
  • "PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)"—Piko-Taro
  • "Strange Fruit"—Billie Holiday
  • "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)"—Isaac Hayes
  • "Boku No Atama"—Paul Gilbert
  • "I Want Candy"—The Strangeloves
  • "Cheeseburger in Paradise"—Jimmy Buffett
  • "Honey Bee"—The Kooks
  • "Life Is A Minestrone"—10cc
  • "Sugar"—Editors
  • "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)"—The Four Tops

  • "Peaches"—The Stranglers
  • "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)"—Harry Belafonte
  • "Real Girls Eat Cake"—The Janoskians
  • "Bread and Butter"—The Newbeats
  • "Pease Porridge"—De La Soul
  • "Second Bite of the Apple"—Beady Eye
  • "Chicken & Biscuits"—Colt Ford
  • "Polk Salad Annie"—Tony Joe White
  • "Honey"—Robyn
  • "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2"—Drake
  • "Bad Apple"—Tribes
  • "Cottage Cheese"—Crow
  • "Eve, The Apple Of My Eye"—Bell X1
  • "Candy"—Robbie Williams
  • "Fior di Latte"—Phoenix
  • "Strawberry & Cigarettes"—Troye Sivan
  • "Pumpkin Soup"—Kate Nash
  • "Curry Chicken"—Joey Bada$$
  • "Soap, Soup and Salvation"—Lone Justice
  • "Georgia Peaches"—Lauren Alaina
  • "Food, Glorious Food"—Cast of Oliver!
  • "Tomato Can"—The Arcs
  • "Coconut Dracula"—Islander
  • "Broccoli"—D.R.A.M.
  • "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)"—Squeeze
  • "Cooked Food"—Wretch 32
  • "Lemon To A Knife Fight"—The Wombats
  • "Bread"—Laura Mvula
  • "Popcorn"—Hot Butter
  • "One Bad Apple"—The Osmonds
  • "Loving You Has Made Me Bananas"—Guy Marks
  • "Apricot Princess"—Rex Orange County
  • "Saturday Night Fish Fry"—Louis Jordan
  • "Candy Shop"—Madonna
  • "Green Bananas"—Jake Owen
  • "Hot Meat Pies, Saveloys And Trotters"—Harry Champion
  • "Tapioca Tundra"—The Monkees
  • "Cereal Killer"—Green Jelly
  • "Sunday Roast"—Courtney Barnett
  • "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries"—Rudy Vallee
  • "Honey Dip"—Dev
  • "Chinese Food"—Alison Gold
  • "Sugar and Spice"—Willow Smith
  • "The Lemon Song"—Led Zeppelin
  • "Vegetable Man"—Pink Floyd
  • "Chili"—Randallen
  • "Strawberry Avalanche"—Owl City
  • "Ice Cream Van"—Glasvegas
  • "Boiled Beef And Carrots"—Harry Champion
  • "Glass Onion"—The Beatles

  • "Mouldy Old Dough"—Lieutenant Pigeon
  • "Sixteen Saltines"—Jack White
  • "Sorrel"—Wishbone Ash
  • "RC Cola and a Moon Pie"—NRBQ
  • "The Worst Pies In London"—Cast of Sweeney Todd
  • "Peanut Butter Jelly"—Galantis
  • "Candy Store Rock"—Led Zeppelin
  • "Hand Me Down That Can of Beans"—Cast of Paint Your Wagon
  • "Lollipop"—Mika
  • "Lemon"—N.E.R.D. and Rihanna
  • "Apple Scruffs"—George Harrison
  • "Iced Honey"—Metallica and Lou Reed
  • "Strawberry Girl"—Blackmore's Night
  • "Corona And Lime"—Shwayze
  • "That Black Bat Licorice"—Jack White
  • "Spaghetti"—Emblem3
  • "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)"—Carpenters
  • "Thanks For the Pepperoni"—George Harrison
  • "Honey"—Swim Deep
  • "Forbidden Fruit"—J. Cole
  • "I've Never Seen A Straight Banana"—Ernest Hare
  • "Flaming Pie"—Paul McCartney
  • "Oh! That Gorgonzola Cheese"—Harry Champion
  • "Pretzelbodylogic"—Prince
  • "Cereal Song"—Bicycle Thief
  • "Applesauce"—Animal Collective
  • "Sex and Candy"—Marcy Playground
  • "Ice Cream Man"—Van Halen
  • "Reggae Reggae Sauce"—Levi Roots
  • "On The Good Ship Lollipop"—Shirley Temple
  • "Sugar on the Side"—Blondie
  • "Lollipop"—The Chordettes
  • "Days of Candy"—Beach House
  • "Soup"—Can
  • "Coconut"—Nilsson
  • "Apple Of My Eye"—Rick Ross
  • "Black Ice Cream"—Raheem DeVaughn
  • "Fig In Leather"—Devendra Banhart
  • "Popsicle"—Jan & Dean
  • "Chocolate Rain"—Tay Zonday
  • "I Am A Tangerine"—Tommy James & the Shondells
  • "White Wine and Fried Chicken"—Hot Chip
  • "Cherry Pie"—Edens Edge
  • "Jerk Ribs"—Kelis
  • "Pink Soup"—Vodka Collins
  • "I Gave My Love a Cherry"—(Traditional)
  • "Honey"—Moby
  • "Forbidden Fruit"—Noël Coward
  • "Big Cheese"—Bayside
  • "Eggs Over Easy"—Steel Magnolia

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