The Top 10 Best Songs about Coffee

Updated on May 8, 2017
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Since completing university, Paul has worked as a librarian, teacher, and freelance writer. Born in the UK, he currently lives in Florida.

As well as making a tasty and enlivening beverage, coffee also makes great subject matter for many song lyrics.  Listed below are some of the best coffee songs.
As well as making a tasty and enlivening beverage, coffee also makes great subject matter for many song lyrics. Listed below are some of the best coffee songs. | Source

Coffee makes the world go round. That is what I believe. Without it, how would we find the energy to get out of bed, get ready, and go to college work? Or maybe that is just my experience.

I have put together my top seven best songs about coffee for those people who like to celebrate the sacred caffeine containing bean through the power of music!

There are many songs about coffee, especially in the blues and jazz genres where coffee songs were appreciated with a particular fondness.

These top coffee songs explore the deeper meaning of the bean, they don’t just happen to be songs with coffee in the lyrics, they are about a dark, potent beverage that gives us energy, makes us feel good, keeps us awake, and make some of us talk non-stop for hours for hours and hours!

We want to do a lot of stuff; we're not in great shape. We didn't get a good night's sleep. We're a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.

— Jerry Seinfeld
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One More Cup of Coffee by The White Stripes

Such a cool and brooding cover version of the Bob Dylan song.

Without the gypsy violin and incorporating an electric guitar as the main backing for the vocals, this version is certainly different, but just as great as the original, Jack White does himself proud.

This is my top pick out of all the best coffee songs in my list. Favorite lyric: “One more cup of coffee for the road.”

One Cup of Coffee by Bob Marley

This very early Bob Marley is so bouncy, it is difficult to believe that it is not caffeine driven.

The beat is more ska than reggae but that doesn’t stop it being one of my top coffee songs.

Favorite lyric: “One cup of coffee before I go.”

A Cup of Coffee by Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot sing my next featured song about coffee, what a combo!

Although it has to be said, Johnny Cash and his friend sound like they are more under the influence of alcohol than coffee!

Favorite lyric: “Just dropped in to have a cup of coffee, friend.”

To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.

— Hugh Jackman

Coffee Homeground by Kate Bush

A song from Kate Bush’s album, Lionheart is the next number from my top coffee songs.

Strange but beguiling, with backing music that resembles a child’s carnival music.

Favorite lyric: “And I bet you gave them coffee homeground.”

Coffee Song by Cream

It is fitting that the classic rock band, Cream should do one of the best songs about coffee, as cream so often accompanies a brew to such tasteful effect!

Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker were in their heyday when this song was recorded!

Favorite lyric: “The coffee tasted so fine.”

Coffee and TV by Blur

Written and sung by Blur's guitarist, Graham Coxon, this is a song about love, loss, loneliness, and coffee.

The song was one of Blur's most played tracks on UK radio.

The video tells the story of a dancing milk carton called Milky who goes to seek out Graham Coxon, who in the video, has run away from home.

Cup of Coffee by Garbage

Anglo-American band, Garbage's song concerning the caffeinated beverage, begins with the dramatic line: "You told me you don't love me/ Over a cup of coffee" and ends with "It took a cup of coffee/ To prove that you don't love me".

Fronted by Scottish singer, Shirley Manson, the band are perhaps most famous for recording the theme for the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough.

If it wasn't for the coffee, I'd have no identifiable personality whatsover.

— David Letterman

Coffee Club by Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet were a New Romantic band formed in London, England, in the late 1970s. Their biggest hit was their 1983 UK number one single: "True". The track: Coffee Club featured on their 1982 album, Diamond.

"No coffee club will have the rub/ When product is your answer".

40 Cups of Coffee by Ella Mae Morse

Ella Mae Morse was a Texas-born singer who combined jazz, blues, boogie woogie, swing and country sounds to produce an original pop sound in the 1940s and 1950s that would later evolve into rock 'n' roll.

The King himself, Elvis Presley spoke highly of Ella Mae Morse, crediting her for teaching him how to sing.

One More Cup of Coffee by Bob Dylan

A classic track from the 1970s Bob Dylan album, ‘Desire’. Haunting, mysterious and best listened to with a cup of mocha in your hand. Later, covered by the White Stripes, which is the first song on my list!

Songs about coffee don’t get any better than this! Favorite lyric: “One more cup of coffee before I go to the valley below.”

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.

— Abraham Lincoln
White or black, coffee makes a great theme for a song.  It can also boost a musician's energy levels too, if they need a legal stimulant.
White or black, coffee makes a great theme for a song. It can also boost a musician's energy levels too, if they need a legal stimulant. | Source

Songs about Coffee that I Could Have Included but Didn't

There are too many songs about coffee for me to list every single one of them. But below are some more that could easily made it onto the list above, if I had been putting it together on another day.

If you know any more coffee songs, please feel welcome to write them in the comments section.

5 Cups of Coffee – The Jayhawks

Black Coffee - Black Flag

A Cup of Hot Coffee – The Outsiders

Acid Coffee – Sundown Park

Coffee Talk – Jazzanova

All of this can Caffeine Too! – The Vermin

Black Coffee in Bed – Squeeze

A Lonesome Cup of Coffee – Mel Torme

Kids on Coffee – The Descendents

Sugar in my Coffee – Ginger Leigh


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    © 2011 Paul Goodman

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        Malcolm 

        10 months ago

        Coffee by Supersister. Probably one of the best

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        Dan B. 

        11 months ago

        The song 'Coffee' by As Fourty Sleeps is pretty good.

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        MasterDripper 

        3 years ago

        well done...I had no idea there were so much music on coffee...I love the Marley song and it is a bit more "bouncy" than expected...cheers

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        Me4Trish 

        4 years ago

        What about Ottis Redding's song "Cigarettes and Coffee"?

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        Greg 

        5 years ago

        Hi. CAPPUCCINO CROWD. Bit of shameless self-promotion, but this is a not-bad song/video package … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRE1gDem9uk.

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        6 years ago from Orlando, FL

        Wow I never knew there songs about coffee! Very creative! :)

      • PaulGoodman67 profile imageAUTHOR

        Paul Goodman 

        6 years ago from Florida USA

        Thanks for spending some time promoting my work, Terry! I love coffee in the morning, although I have to watch it in the evening, as I won't sleep if I drink it too late in the day!

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        Teresa Schultz 

        6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

        Must have been too much coffee that made you include the coffee songs you could have included but didn't - but did! Coffee definitely gets my boyfriend and I up and going in the morning - hm, and throughout the day too. A great collection of coffee songs - nice hub. ps, it's also coffee that has helped me spend the last two and half hours promoting your stuff - hope it all helps! - if not, oh, well, just more coffee for you then.

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        Richard 

        6 years ago

        I didn't see John Sebastion Bach's Coffee Cantata! By far the absolute BEST! Check it out

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        Ohh Betty 

        7 years ago

        Splendid list!

        What about 'Java Jive' by Manhattan Transfer? .

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        glassvisage 

        7 years ago from Northern California

        Wow, 40 coffee songs! :) What a funny idea for a Hub. Thanks for sharing these videos!

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        Paul Goodman 

        7 years ago from Florida USA

        I've added a list of tracks that I might have included in the top 7. Of course, I am sure that there are many, many more songs about coffee that I haven't thought of?

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        pmccray 

        7 years ago from Utah

        Never new there were so many tunes about the brew. Very different read. Voted up, marked useful.

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        Chris Andrews 

        7 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

        Def. original. I liked it.

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        DaveysRecipeRead 

        7 years ago

        Quite original. An enjoyable read.

      • PaulGoodman67 profile imageAUTHOR

        Paul Goodman 

        7 years ago from Florida USA

        hi terry, I have a list of nearly 40 "coffee songs" but I couldn't put them all in there! :-)

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        terry caulfield 

        7 years ago

        what about Black Coffee In Bed by Squeeze and more obscurely, Coffee Date by Wild Billy Childish and The Musicians Of The British Empire?

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