We can all thank Cookie Monster for teaching us how to spell ‘cookie.’ Well, at least we got as far as the letter C. In what could be the most classic song about food of all time, “C is for Cookie” talks about the simplest of life’s pleasures: dessert and how that really is good enough for us all.
Cookie Monster isn’t the only one who knows how to pay homage to being hungry. Here, we have compiled a list of the best songs about food of all time.
After all, if music be the food of love, play on.
1. “Dinner Bell” by They Might Be Giants
The excitement of waiting for dinner is the theme here. There is a pretty good argument surround the song is supposed to be from the POV of Pavlov’s famous dogs. Who ever it’s about, they are hungry.
2. “Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk” by Rufus Wainwright
We can all relate to the food metaphors in this classic Rufus song. What starts out as a simple desire for something like chocolate milk and jelly beans can turn into an obsession – one that has to be eaten completely all at once.
3. “Milk & Cereal” by G.Love & Special Sauce
This is the kind of song you want to sing to your kids in the morning to get them excited for breakfast. It’s kind of awesome that they reference old favorites like Boo Berry, a cereal only ‘80s kids would remember.
4. “Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Jimmy Buffett
Jimmy Buffett was inspired to write this song after he took a way-too-long boat trip around the Caribbean. Forced to live on canned beans and peanut butter, he dreamed of biting into a cheeseburger.
When he landed on the British Virgin Islands, that is just what he had. You can have a “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” too, if you visit Buffet’s Margaritaville restaurants.
5. “Eat It” by Weird Al Yankovic
Weird Al Yankovic made a living out of parodying other people’s songs. “Eat It” is about how much he hates hearing about the things people refuse to eat.
Sung to the beat of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” Al says what frustrated parents everywhere are too afraid to.
6. “Savoy Truffle” by The Beatles
Being it’s the Beatles, you’d expect a song like this to be about something deep and meaningful. In reality, George Harrison wrote this song in homage to Eric Clapton’s chocolate obsession. Also because it’s the Beatles, it’s a really great song.
7. “Red Red Wine” by UB40
Originally a Neil Diamond song, the UB40 cover is way more famous, and way more awesome.
The song is all about using red wine to get over a lost love and just how much fun a night with red can be.
8. “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes
This song, while more about an almost cheating husband and wife saved from the miracle of a personal ad, also owes its most famous refrain to that tropical drink: piña coladas.
9. “Jambalaya (on the Bayou)” by Hank Williams
If you don’t love this song about the classic Creole and Cajun dish, you might be the only one.
Stars including Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, John Fogarty and Garth Brooks to name a few have all done covers of the song. It was an especially fun part of the Steel Magnolias soundtrack, too.
10. “Please Pass the Biscuits” by Jimmy Dean
This classic song has been remade thousands of times over, but Jimmy Dean’s version is one of our favorites, if only because it reminds us of the sausage brand.