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Songs about Food

Updated on November 6, 2013

Songs about Food

This lens references songs about food. We begin with our top choices of songs with food in the title, then we talk about songs that have been inspired by specific foods and give examples. After that we branch out to include songs that use food as a metaphor for life. All of our selections have references to food in their titles.

Great Songs with Food in the Title

These are some of our favorites

This list is but a sampling of the many songs that reference food in their titles. We've tried to list the more popular songs, but if we've left out any of your favorites, just let us know by commenting in our Guestbook below.


"Alice's Restaurant" Arlo Guthrie

"All That Meat And No Potatoes" by Louis Armstrong

"All You Can Eat" by the Fat Boys

"Alligator Meat" by Johnny Otis Band

"American Pie" by Don McLean

"Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" by Jay & The Techniques

"Apples and Oranges" by Led Zepplin

"Artichoke" by Cibo Matto

"Banana Boat Song/Day-O" by Harry Belafonte

"Banana Man" by Tally Hall

"Beans and Cornbread" performed by Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five

"Birthday Cake" by Cibo Matto

"Blueberry Hill" popularized by Glenn Miller and later by Fats Domino

"Bread and Butter" by the Newbeats

"Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones

"Burger Man" by ZZ Top

"Catfish" by Bob Dylan

"Cheeseburger in Paradise" by Jimmy Buffet,

"Cigarettes and Coffee" by Otis Redding

"Country Pie" by Bob Dylan

"Cream" by Prince

"Eggs and Sausage," Tom Waits

"Food Glorious Food" by Lionel Bart for "Oliver"

"Gimme a Pigfoot" by Bessie Smith

"Goober Peas" played by the Kingston Trio

"Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)" sung by Dee Dee Sharp

"Green Onions" by Booker T & the MG'

"Grits" by James Brown

"Homegrown Tomatoes" performed by Guy Clark

"Hot Potatoes" by the Kinks

"Hotcakes" Carly Simon

"I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuits" by Memphis Minnie

"I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" sung by Merv Griffin

"Ice Cream" performed by Sarah McLachlan

"Ice Cream Man" by Jonathan Richman

"Jambalaya on the Bayou" sung by Hank Williams

"Lemon Tree" sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary

"Lollipop" by the Chordettes

"MacArthur Park" by Jimmy Webb

"Magic Pie" by Oasis

"Maximum Consumpion" by The Kinks

"Mayonnaise" by Smashing Pumpkins

"Melon Song" by mrweebls

"Memphis Soul Stew" by King Curtis

"Milk And Toast And Honey" by Roxette

"My Sweet Potato" by Booker T & the MGs

"Omelete Man" by Carlinhos Brown

"On Top of Spaghetti" by Tom Glazer

"Onion Song" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

"Onions" Performed by John Lee Hooker

"Pass the Peas" by James Brown

"Peaches" performed by The Presidents Of The USA (musical group)

"Peaches and Cream" by the John Butler Trio

"Pork Chops & Gravy" by The Ink Spots

"Pork Roll, Egg, And Cheese" by Ween

"Pulling Mussels From a Shell" by Squeeze

"RC Cola & a Moon Pie" by Nelsen Adelard Band w/Mark Norris

"Raspberries, Strawberries" by The Kingston Trio

"Reggae Reggae Sauce" by Levi Roots

"Rump Steak Serenade"-Fats Waller

"Save the Bones for Henry Jones" by The Jackson Sisters

"Savoy Truffle" by The Beatles

"Shanghi Noodle Factory" by Traffic

"Shortnin' Bread" performed by everyone

"Sing for Your Supper" by the Mamas & Papas

"Smokey Joe's Cafe" sung by The Robins

"Soup Of The Day"performed by Chris Rea

"Strawberry Cream Puff " by Shonen Knife

"Strawberry Fields" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

"Supper Time"-Irving Berlin

"TV Dinners" by ZZ Top

"Tangerine" by Led Zeppelin

"The Lemon Song" by Led Zeppelin

"This Was a Real Nice Clambake" from musical Carousel

"Toast" by The Q-Tips

"Toast" performed by Steetband

"Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs" Kelsey Grammar

"Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard

"Vegetables" by The Beach Boys

"Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock

"Watermelon Man" by Mongo Santamaria

"White Pepper Ice Cream" by Cibo Matto

"Wild Honey" by The Beach Boys

"Wild Honey" by U2

"Yes! We Have No Bananas" by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn

"You're My Meat" performed by Joe Williams

'Sweet Potato Pie" performed by James Taylor

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Food, Glorious Food

"Magical food, Wonderful food, Marvellous food, Fabulous food"

"Food, Glorious Food" is from the Broadway musical and the film "Oliver." It is the opening song, sung when the boys from the workhouse are getting their daily gruel and are fantasizing about having "real food" to eat.

"Food, Glorious Food" by Lionel Bart - from the broadway musical and the film "Oliver"

"Shortnin' Bread

Folk song

Who doesn't remember the song "Shortnin' Bread"? We usually think of it as a southern plantation song, but it was originally written by James Whitcomb Riley in 1900 and republished as a folk song in 1915. The chorus goes:

Mammy's little baby loves short'nin', short'nin',

Mammy's little baby loves short'nin' bread

Shortening bread is a fried batter bread that tastes similar to butter cookies. It is made with cornmeal, flour, hot water, eggs, baking powder, milk and shortening.

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"Shortnin' Bread" by Paul Robeson - American bass-baritone singer

Bread and Butter  - by The Newbeats, 1964

Let's get down to bread and butter basics with the 1964 hit single "Bread and Butter" by the Newbeats.

Songs About Fruit

Refreshing, upbeat and fun!

Songs about fruit must be the most popular of all. The following are a few of our favorites, including songs about bananas, coconuts, peaches and melons!

"Banana Man"

Here's a monkey enjoying a banana in the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali to the tune of "Banana Man," sung by Tully Hall.

Harry Belafonte with Muppets Singing "The Banana Boat Song" - Day-O, 1978

This video shows Harry Belafonte on "The Muppet Show" in 1978, singing "The Banana Boat Song" ("Day-O") for the very first time.

I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts - Sung by Merv Griffin

Songs About Tomatoes, Green Onions, Meat!

Mouth-watering songs about food

Guy Clark wrote a song about home grown tomatoes. Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five wrote about beans and cornbread, using food as a metaphor for a hot date. Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong recorded a song called "All That Meat And No Potatoes." The list goes on and on. We thought we would share a few of these selections with you.

A Song Inspired by Home Grown Tomatoes! - "Homegrown Tomatoes" performed by Guy Clark

Beans and Cornbread - 1949 performance by Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five

What?! "No Potatoes?" - "All That Meat And No Potatoes" performed by Louis Armstrong

"All That Meat And No Potatoes" - Composed by Fats Waller & Ed Kirkeby


"A man works hard then comes on home, Expects to find stew with that fine ham bone. He opens the door, then start to lookin', Says, "Woman, what's this stuff you're cookin'?" All that meat and no potatoes, Just ain't right, like green tomatoes."

All That Meat And No Potatoes
All That Meat And No Potatoes

Fats Waller & His Rhythm

From the album "If You Got To Ask, You Ain't Got It!"

All That Meat And No Potatoes
All That Meat And No Potatoes

by Louis Armstrong, from the album "Satch Plays Fats"


Kiss Of Fire

Definitive Collection

20th Century Masters:

The Best Of Louis Armstrong

(Millennium Collection)

Great Summit:

The Master Takes

Best Of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

What a Wonderful World

Don't Forget About Desert! - LOLLIPOP (1958) by the Chordettes

This song uses the lollipop more as a metaphor for her sweetheart than as actual food, but it's such a classic and so much fun that I'm including it anyway. Enjoy!

"Savoy Truffle" - by the Beatles

Fun DVDs with Songs Inspired by Food

Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers

[Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued]

with "Brown Sugar"

The Rolling Stones


Camp Songs

Who doesn't remember these chldhood songs?

• "On Top of Spaghetti" (sung to the tune of "On Top of Old Smoky")

• "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall"

"Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie

Where you can get anything you want!

This list of songs about food wouldn't be complete without giving special mention to that 60's favorite by Arlo Guthrie, "Alice's Restaurant." This song tells of the events one Thanksgiving Day in 1965. It is about restaurant-owner Alice M. Brock, about the war in Vietnam and about the draft, and about how 18 year old Arlo Guthrie and his friend Richard Robbins, who was 19, got arrested for illegally dumping some of Alice's garbage after discovering that the town dump was closed for the holiday. Alice's Restaurant is a satirical, first-person account of 1960s counterculture, and in this case, food takes a back seat to the issues of that November day in 1965. Nonetheless, the restaurant was the setting for this important song about life in the sixties.

"Alice's Restaurant" - Sung by Arlo Guthrie

This is a rare video of Arlo Guthrie performing "Alice's Restaurant" at the Guthrie Center on July 2, 2005.

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Suggestions and Feedback and Welcome - Also we would love to know what your favorite song about is!

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    • LauraHofman profile image

      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Fun and clever lens! Now I've got "Food Glorious Food" stuck in my head ; )

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      Sweetbunny LM 5 years ago

      Great lens! I will have some of these songs with me for the next few days! LOL!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      What a fun topic. Who would have thought there were so many songs about food? Nice job.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I used to sing Short'nin Bread to my little girl. She laughed and laughed. I'm not sure what she was laughing at .. my singing or the song. I was fooling around, making funny faces when I sang it to her .. maybe that was the reason. Thanks for bringing back memories. Angel blessed**

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent topic for a lens and nicely done too. I am trying to think of a few more, must be hundreds...

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      What a delightful lens!

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      jeff57 6 years ago

      Fun lens. Makes me hungry. 5******

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      @grannysage: Thanks for your comment grannysage! "Food Glorious Food" from Oliver is a classic and once you hear it, you don't forget it. LOL And you are right about "Alice's Restaurant," but I consider it a classic also and as you indicated, it too is a must in its own way! ;)

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      I played one of the workhouse boys in our high school musical of Oliver, so I remember that song well. And you are right, Alice's Restaurant is a must, although there isn't much food in it. Lot of trash though.