Best 18 Songs About Food to Fire Up Those Taste Buds

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When it comes to songs about food, be prepared for a tease because, more than likely, you’ll find that many of our favorite singers and songwriters are simply playing off the dish to get another point across. Regardless, when we hear these songs, we can’t help but suddenly find ourselves craving these delicious treats with every listen. Be sure you have these foods on hand before pulling up this songs about food playlist.

Here are 18 songs about food that are still guaranteed to make your mouth water for these tasty delicacies.

1. “Georgia Peaches” by Lauren Alaina

The lead single off of her debut album, Wildflower, Lauren Alaina’s “Georgia Peaches” is the kind of song that doesn’t only have listeners graving the sweet taste of peaches from native Georgia but also the sweetness of a Georgia girl. Alaina’s powerful vocals in this song proved she was a force to be reckoned with in the country music world, and it’s still one of our favorites of hers to this day.

2. “The Onion Song” by Marvin Gaye

If there’s ever a perfect metaphor when it comes to songs about food, it would be “The Onion Song” by Marvin Gaye. Gaye and Tammi Terrell brilliantly compare the woes of the world with the adverse effects of an onion. All the while, it goes out with the message that if we just “plant love seeds,” then the world will be a better place.

3. “Sugar” by Maroon 5

When it comes to having songs about food, it’s all about how it relates to another topic. When it comes to “Sugar” by Maroon 5, that means it’s all about the sweetness of sugar used as a metaphor for the sweetness of a woman and how the singer feels when that special someone is around. When it goes further to start comparing it to the sugar sweetness of red velvet, well, that’s just icing on the cake.

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4. “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson

When we listen to “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson and pay close attention to the lyrics, we can’t help but get Keith Urban’s “Rainin’ on Sunday” vibes. Off his In Between Dreams album, Johnson expertly describes the perfect scenario for a rainy day when “there ain’t no need to go outside,” to include spending the day with the one you love, sleeping in, pretending it’s the weekend, and making some banana pancakes.

5. “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter

OK, so this is technically not a food. Still, we’d say that “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter definitely counts as one of the songs about food, considering whenever we hear this 90s country classic, we’re immediately ready to go and pour ourselves a glass. Food (or drinks) are often associated with memories and a perfect metaphor for the way that we feel at any given moment. Such is the sentiment behind this song that we never get tired of hearing.

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6. “Ice Cream Man” by Van Halen

When it comes to summertime, hearing the bell of the ice cream man is something we’re all waiting for each day. It’s the perfect, fun treat to keep us cool in the hot sun. That feeling is wonderfully captured with Van Halen’s hit 1976 song, “Ice Cream Man” from The Club Days Tour (Live). The part that’s even more fun is the slight innuendo of love that is expressed, too. Either way, “all my flavors are guaranteed to satisfy.”

Related: Van Halen Biography

7. “Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay

So, this one really isn’t about food at all. It’s not even a true-blue metaphor, but let’s face it. It doesn’t take much for our imaginations to run completely ramped with something so out there as a “Strawberry Swing.” While we’ll admit that Coldplay is more than likely using the word strawberry as a way to describe the color of the swing, who else can’t help but think about a porch swing that’s either painted like or in the shape of a strawberry when we listen to this song?

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8. “Popcorn” by Hot Butter

Hot Butter’s “Popcorn” is a classic example of how you don’t necessarily need lyrics to get a point across. With this perfectly crafted instrumental piece, listening to the song gives us the exact same anticipatory feeling that we get while we wait for the popcorn to pop. Every time we listen, it’s as if we can smell the butter, and our mouth immediately starts watering.

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9. “Pork and Beans” by Weezer

“Pork and Beans” by Weezer is a great empowerment song about doing what makes you happy, no matter if someone else approves. While there is just this one food reference in the song, it’s still great to add to our songs about food list because it is so out there. “I’ll eat my candy with the pork and beans.” Hey, more power to you if that’s the kind of combination that makes you happy. It also features the greatest bridge of all time in which Rivers yells “I don’t care” over and over again.

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10. “Birthday Cake” by Rihanna

Chris Brown and Rick Ross join Rihanna for this 2012 fun, upbeat number that we couldn’t have a songs about food list without. “Birthday Cake” is quite the sexy song that only Rihanna herself can pull off in a super memorable way. From that very first verse, we’re hooked, and the urge of our sweet tooth is certainly heightened, and we’re not just talking about cake either.

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11. “Bacon” by Nick Jonas

There’s no worse diss to a woman than when a man says he enjoys bacon more than her. Well, with his Last Year was Complicated album, Nick Jonas does just that with his hit song, “Bacon.” We have to admit. There is something super humorous about the song, too, and we’d be happy to fry up some bacon right along with him as we add another to our songs about food playlist.

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12. “Mango Tree” by Zac Brown Band

Dream about the beach with this next entry on our songs about food list. Zac Brown Band included “Mango Tree” on their 2015 Jekyll + Hyde album, and we dig it. Who hasn’t daydreamed about lying in the sand with their lover, nestled underneath a tree of paradise? Plus, with this particular tree, you’ve got a nice, juicy treat to snack on at the same time, so we certainly aren’t complaining.

13. “Egg Man” by Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys pack a wallop with their 1989 song “Egg Man.” From comparing bald men to eggs to using it as a “symbol of life,” we can’t help but realize that we’ll never be able to look at a carton of eggs the same way again or eat them without thinking of this song, for that matter. Either way, it makes us laugh. We just hope there isn’t a true “Egg Man” out there “ready to throw” at us.

14. “Apples and Oranges” by Pink Floyd

We’re all familiar with the comparison of apples and oranges, and Pink Floyd uses that to their advantage in this 1969 single. The only problem with this one on our songs about food list is it seems that the “Apples and Oranges” only makes sense in the first verse when they describe the woman shopping at the supermarket, while the comparison gets more and more obscure in later verses. Alas, it’s still a fun one to include.

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15. “Custard Pie” by Led Zeppelin

This may seem like an innocent enough song, but it’s like a Disney movie. For your children, it’s fun and innocent and sweet, but there’s something there for the adults to enjoy as well. Led Zeppelin’s “Custard Pie” may be talking about having a slice of heaven on the surface of this delicious dessert, but the underlying message is just hot, hot, hot. Be sure you’re prepared before you listen to this song from the Physical Graffiti album.

Related: Led Zeppelin Biography

16. “Truffle Butter” by Nicki Minaj

“Truffle Butter” by Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake and Lil Wayne, is an interesting one, to say the least. It’s definitely one of our songs about food lists that will only appeal to a specific listening audience. That’s proven by the profanity and cursing alone. Still, it’s a work of art, being nominated for Best Rap Performance at the Grammy Awards and being called “a lyrically complex … surefire hit” by Spin’s Brennan Carley. Further, it was called “the catchiest song without a chorus” by Tom Breihan of Stereogum. We’ll let you make the final judgment.

17. “Peaches N Cream” by Snoop Dogg

Much like fellow rapper Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg’s “Peaches N Cream” is not for the faint of heart and not for every listener, but then again, neither is rap music more than any other genre. Even so, we still love the cleverness of the title and how it is implemented into the song.

18. “Sangria” by Blake Shelton

Like “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter, Blake Shelton’s “Sangria” is another one that makes us want to take a sip. Or, when we take a sip, we immediately want to queue up the song. How sexy is it that he’s describing the kiss of a woman with the sweet taste of this fruity cocktail?

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Written by Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth in 2015. She has worked in journalism since 2015, beginning as production assistant and eventual head staff writer of the Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Currently, she is a multimedia journalist with the Diocese of Nashville's Office of Media and Evangelization where she writes, does photography, and edits for several types of content, including the Tennessee Register, Catholic Awakenings, and She has also worked as a freelance journalist with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas's newspaper, The Leaven, since 2016.
In her spare time, Peterson enjoys reading, spending time with her pup, Sadie Lynn, singing and songwriting.


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