Pop Music about Food – Ep. 69

Pop Song Titles With Food/ Eating References – Music To Get Hungry By

Do you have Hungry Eyes? Are you Hungry Like the Wolf? Maybe you have Love in [Your] Tummy (Yummy, Yummy, Yummy).  If you like food in your music, check out our analysis of the song titles that reference food, drink, and eating in the top music charts over the last 50 years.

Eighty-one (81!) songs from the last fifty years, spanning all food types – fruits, veggies, meat, bread, meals, junk food, and of course, sweets.

per year chart

Decade by Decade:

  • The 60s were the golden age with 32 food-related song titles.
  • The 70s gave us 14 food song titles – down a lot from the 1960s
  • The 80s, with just 7 songs, were the weakest decade by far
  • The 90s had 10 songs – improvement in both quality and quantity
  • 2000 (& beyond) gives us with 18 songs

words

Six (6!) of the most common Food words:

A classic favorite of kids all over, and a favorite of songwriters to – spanning six decades – it’s the LOLLIPOP!

  • Lollipop, Lollipop, The Chordettes (1960)
  • My Boy Lollipop, Millie Small (1963)
  • Lolli (Pop That Body), Three 6 Mafia (2008)
  • Lollipop, Lil Wayne featuring Static Major (2008)

 This one is just for the grown-ups, its time for a glass of WINE!

  • Days of Wine and Roses, Henry Mancini (1963)
  • Bottle of Wine, The Fireballs (1968)
  • Spill the Wine, Eric Burdon and War (1970)
  • Red, Red Wine, UB40 (1988)
  • Strawberry Wine, Deanna Carter (1996)

 Winnie the Pooh would be excited to see our #3 entry in the “Top Five Food Word Titles Countdown” – its HONEY!

  • American Honey, Lady Antebellum (2010)
  • Honey Bee, Blake Shelton (2011)
  • Honey, Bobby Goldsboro (1968)
  • Honey, Mariah Carey (1997)

I want CANDY!

  • Cotton Candy, Al Hirt (1963)
  • Candy Girl, The Four Seasons  (1963)
  • I Want Candy, The Strangeloves(1965)
  • The Candy Man, Sammy Davis Jr. (1972)
  • Candy Rain, Soul For Real (1995)
  • Sex and Candy, Marcy Playground (1998)

How Sweet It is, with SUGAR songs!

  • Sugar Shack, Jimmy Glimmer and the Fireballs (1962)
  • Can’t Help Myself – Sugar Pie Honey Bunch (1965)
  • Sugar, Sugar, The Archies (1969)
  • American Woman / No Sugar Tonight, The Guess Who (1970)
  • Brown Sugar, The Rolling Stones (1971)
  • Sugar Walls, Sheena Easton (1985)
  • Pour Some Sugar On Me, Def Leppard (1988)
  • Brown Sugar, D’angelo (1995)
  • Sugar Hill, AZ (1995)
  • Suga Suga, Baby Bash featuring Frankie J (2003)
  • Sugar, We’re Goin Down, Fall Out Boy (2006)
  • Sugar, Flo Rida featuring Wynter (2009)

HUNGRY!” – Not in the top five, but one of our favorite words. It’s what we are.

  • Hungry, Paul Revere and The Raiders (1966)
  • Hungry Like the Wolf, Duran Duran (1983)
  • Hungry Eyes, Eric Carmen (1988)

And there were some popular categories as well!

Fruit:

  • Cherry Pie, Skip & Flip (1960)
  • Cherry, Cherry, Neil Diamond (1966)
  • Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie, Jay and The Techniques (1967)
  • Strawberry Fields Forever, Beatles (1967)
  • Little Green Apples, O.C. Smith (1968)
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Marvin Gaye (1969)
  • One Bad Apple, The Osmonds (1971)
  • Coconut, Nilsson(1972)
  • Strawberry Letter 23, Brothers Johnson (1977)
  • Raspberry Beret, Prince and The Revolution (1985)
  • Cherry Bomb, John Cougar Mellancamp (1988)
  • Peaches and Cream, (2001)

food word categories

Veggies:

  • Mashed Potato Time, Dee Dee Sharp (1962)
  • Jolly Green Giant, The Kingsmen (1965)
  • Sweet Pea, Tommy Roe (1966)
  • Polk Salad Annie, Tony Joe White (1969)

Meat:

  • Jambalaya (On the Bayou), The Blue Ridge Rangers (1973)
  • Chicken Fried, Zac Brown Band (2009)

Dairy:

  • Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March, The Box Tops (1969)
  • Cream, Prince and The N.P.G. (1991)
  • Milkshake, Kelis (2004)

Sweets:

  • Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor, Lonnie Dongen (1961)
  • American Pie, Don McLean (1972)
  • Cut the Cake, Average White Band (1975)
  • Tootsie Roll, 69 Boyz (1994)
  • Caramel, City High featuring Eve (2002)
  • Birthday Cake, Rihanna feat. Chris Brown (2012)

Alcoholic Drinks

  • One Mint Julep, Ray Charles (1961)
  • Chug-A-Lug, Roger Miller  (1963)
  • Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffet (1977)
  • Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla (1990)
  • Gin & Juice, Snoop Doggy Dogg (1994)
  • Beer for My Horses, Toby Keith Duet & Willie Nelson (2003)
  • Ice Box, Omarion (2007)
  • Pop Champagne, Jim Jones & Ron Browz featuring Juelz Santana (2009)
  • You and Tequila, Kenny Chesney feat. Grace Potter  (2011)

Spice and Seasoning

  • Peppermint Twist, Joey Dee and the Starlighters (1962)
  • Incense and Peppermint, Strawberry Alarm Clock (1967)
  • Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • Salt Shaker, Ying Yang Twins featuring Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz (2004)
  • Spice Up Your Life, Spice Girls (1998)

Misc. Eating

  • Bread and Butter, The Newbeats  (1963)
  • Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, The Ohio Express (1968)
  • Mother Popcorn, Pt. 1, James (1969)
  • Popcorn, Hot Butter (1972)
  • Junk Food Junkie, Larry Groce (1976)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Deep Blue Something (1996)
  • Breakfast In America, Gym Class Heroes (2007)

Food Music Trivia

1961 gave us the longest song title in our analysis. Which is the real title from that 1961 Lonnie Dongan, hit? Was it: (a) Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On The Bedpost Overnight)?” Or (b) “If your bubble gum makes your hands sticky (you can take my handkerchief, I have two)?”

california raisins1962 had an obsession with potatoes, first with 1962‘s- Mashed PotatoTime by Dee Dee Sharp (clip). Then again in 1962, she gave us a sequal. Was it entitled: (a) Gravy for my mashed potato? Or (b) Butter up my baked potato?

What fictional vegetable pitchman mascot with a big laugh got his own song in 1965?

What 1969 song was re-popularized in the 1980s after being featured, claymation style, in TV commercials promoting dried fruit?

What chewy chocolate candy, notorious as an underwhelming Halloween treat shares its name with a 1994 hit of the same name?

In the last fifty years of song titles, what is the most mentioned meal? Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?

What 90s performer: (a) Compares himself to a poisonous mushroom?; (b) claimed to  glow if you turn off the lights?; (c) will wax a chump like a candle after lighting up the stage?; (d) purportedly rocks the mic like a vandal?

Meat is in a song title only once between 1960 and 2014 – what type of meat was featured by name? Beef, Chicken, or Pork?

According to singer, Kelis, what brought all the boys to the yard in 2004?

Stay tuned for more food music coverage in the future:

–        Misheard food lyrics – To our ears, the chorus of the Wings song, “Jet,” proclaims, “CHIPS!” in the chorus (as opposed to the more logical lyric, “JET!”)

–        Weird Al Retrospective – “My Bologna,” “Eat-it,” Fat, “Girls Just Want to Have Lunch” – no artist is more committed to food music.

–        Food Band/Artist names – The Black Eyed Peas, Meatloaf, Uncle Cracker, Vanilla Ice, 1910 Fruit Gum Company – how did these artists get their delicious names?

–        Songs that funnier if you think of the food – Analysis of songs assuming that the artist is talking about food.  What if in “Hero,” Mariah Carey is serenading a sandwich?  What if Mister Mister is trying to unload some faulty chicken wings in its song, “Take These Broken Wings?”

–        Jingles – Music that’s not created to be enjoyed, but rather to sell you something.  Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Either way you can’t forget ‘em.

–      Gone Commercial – Songs whose lyrics were changed for for use in selling a product.