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50 Best Songs About Food & Eating

November 3, 2023
Songs About Food

Craving some tasty tunes?

I’ve compiled the best songs about food & eating that pair perfectly with any meal.

This ultimate foodie playlist features fun hits across genres all about delicious dishes and dining out.

Get ready to fill up on food-inspired jams as flavorful as your favourites.

Table of Contents

Top picks of songs about food & eating

  • Jack Johnson – “Banana Pancakes”
  • MARINA – “Froot”
  • Harry Styles – “Watermelon Sugar”
  • The Beatles – “Honey Pie”
  • Maroon 5 – “Sugar”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar”
  • Coldplay – “Strawberry Swing”
  • Herbie Hancock – “Watermelon Man”
  • Lilly Allen – “Apples”
  • Drake – “Passionfruit”

50 Songs About Food

1. Jack Johnson – “Banana Pancakes”

Let’s begin with this absolute feel-good tune.

“Banana Pancakes” is one of Jack Johnson’s signature songs from his fantastic studio album “In Between Dreams.”

And we really like this idea:

“Maybe we could sleep in
Make you banana pancakes
Pretend like its the weekend now
We could pretend it all the time.”

2. MARINA – “Froot”

Marina Diamandis released “Froot” under her previous stage name Marina and the Diamonds.

At one point, “Froot” really seems like one of the songs about food.

“Living la Dolce Vita
Life couldn’t get much sweeter
Don’t you give me a reason
That it’s not the right season.”

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3. Harry Styles – “Watermelon Sugar”

We’re not sure if “Watermelon Sugar” is a song about food too.

But we can pretend Harry really does sing about fruit.

Either way, “Watermelon Sugar” is a catchy tune that will transport you to a summer state of mind immediately.

4. The Beatles – “Honey Pie”

The Beatles released “Honey Pie” on their ninth self-titled album (the white album.)

It’s not one of the most popular songs about food, but it’s a really sweet tune. Almost as sweet as honey pie.

5. Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

On the other hand, “Sugar” by Maroon 5 can be described as an international hit.

When it comes to food in music, sugar is definitely one of the most common choices.

But Maroon 5 didn’t worry if their song will be forgettable. It turns out it isn’t, at least for now.

6. The Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar”

Even the most iconic rock bands wanted to write a song about sugar.

This song is definitely about sugar; if sugar knows how to dance.

Nevertheless, “Brown Sugar” is a lively tune that will get you moving.

7. Coldplay – “Strawberry Swing”

“Strawberry Swing” sounds like one of the innocent songs with food in the title.

It was released on Coldplay’s beloved album “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

“I remember
We were walking up to strawberry swing
I can’t wait ’til the morning
Wouldn’t want to change a thing.”

8. Herbie Hancock – “Watermelon Man”

Harry Styles wasn’t the first to write a hit about watermelons. Herbie Hancock had done it long before him.

“Watermelon Man” was released in 1962.

And it’s arguably one of the most popular jazz food songs.

9. Lilly Allen – “Apples”

“Apples” is a track from Lilly Allen’s 2018 studio album “No Shame.”

It’s a tender song about relationships and family.

At the end of the song, Lilly Allen realizes that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

10. Drake – “Passionfruit”

It makes perfect sense that passionfruit is one of the most popular types of food in music.

Drake released “Passionfruit” on his playlist mixtape in 2017.

It’s a catchy song ideal for evening walks on the beach.

11. DNCE – “Cake by the Ocean”

When it comes to catchy songs about food, we can’t skip “Cake by the Ocean.”

Although the real meaning of this song is quite clear, DNCE was serious about including cake in the music video.

12. Rihanna – “Birthday Cake”

Rihanna was more specific about what kind of cake she wanted to sing about.

It’s a rather short but catchy tune from her album “Talk That Talk.”

Cake, cake, cake, cake…

13. Adele – “I Drink Wine”         

This is one of the songs about food or drink in the title that doesn’t seem to have hidden meanings.

Adele’s songwriting is straightforward yet sophisticated. And it’s definitely personal.

She released “I Drink Wine” on one of her perhaps most personal albums, her latest album “30.”

“When I was a child
Every single thing could blow my mind
Soaking it all up for fun
But now I only soak up wine.”

14. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – “The Onion Song” 

This is probably one of the most unique songs about food.

Why is that so? Because the title sounds a bit funny, but it’s actually a beautiful, heartwarming song.

And these lines actually make a lot of sense:

“The world is just a great big onion
And pain and fear are the spices that make you cry.”

15. The Beach Boys – “Vegetables”

The Beach Boys were serious about their vegetable intake.

It’s one of the songs about food and cooking that will motivate you to start chopping and stirring right away.

After all, The Beach Boys are all about good vibrations.

16. Franz Ferdinand – “Fresh Strawberries”

If you’re searching for indie songs with food references, this one is for you.

“Fresh Strawberries” isn’t one of Franz Ferdinand’s most famous hits, but it’s a nice track that will remind you to get some fresh strawberries.

17. Lorde – “Fallen Fruit”

“Fallen Fruit” is hands down one of the most powerful tracks from Lorde’s 2021 album “Solar Power.”

It’s simple but captivating and meaningful.

“And we will walk together
Psychedelic garlands in our hair
Through the halls of splendor where the apple trees all grew
You’ll leave us dancing on the fallen fruit.”

18. Paolo Nutini – “Candy”

Released in 2009, “Candy” remains one of Paolo Nutini’s best songs.

It’s romantic, dreamy, and memorable.

19. Gym Class Heroes – “Cookie Jar”

We all have a special place in our kitchen for a cookie jar.

And in their 2008 track, Gym Class Heroes admit they’re cookie-holics.

20. Katy Perry – “Bon Appetit”

There’s plenty of food in Katy Perry’s music video for “Bon Appetit.”

So, if you’re looking for pop songs about food, you probably won’t find a more food-related song than this one.

21. U2 – “Lemon”

Lemon is another fruit popular among musicians.

And it seems like Bono was inspired by the girl who wore lemon.

See-through in the sunlight

She wore lemon
But never in the daylight.”

22. Editors – “Sugar”

Unlike a lot of food-themed songs, “Sugar” by Editors is not very cheerful.

But it’s definitely powerful.

“There’s sugar on your soul
And your like no one I know
You’re the life of another world.”

23. Kate Nash – “Pumpkin Soup”

If you need a soundtrack for cooking (especially pumpkin soup), we recommend this song.

It’s incredibly catchy and uplifting.

24. MIKA – “Lollipop”

This could also be a good song for cooking. Well, if you’re ready to dance it out in the kitchen.

Mika released “Lollipop” in 2007, but its melody is still occasionally stuck in our heads.

25. Hot Butter – “Popcorn”

We’re certain that many people have looked for the title of this song for ages.

Everything was a bit more complicated before the Shazam era.

Either way, this is a classic food song. Even the name of the band fits the topic.

26. Van Halen – “Ice Cream Man”

“Ice Cream Man” was originally recorded by the Chicago blues musician John Brim.

But it became popular after Van Halen made a cover of it in 1978.

27. Jason Mraz – “Too Much Food”

If you’re searching for songs about eating too much, this tune is perfect for you.

And it’s an appropriate song for the holiday season.

“People say that I’m crazy for not moving on to better things
Instead I’m sitting around trash talking with the onion rings.”

28. Lana Del Rey – “Cola”

Without a doubt, Lana Del Rey wrote some of the most seductive songs about food and drink.

And “Cola” is one of them.

29. Hozier – “Cherry Wine”

This tune is a bit more appropriate for a romantic candlelight dinner.

It’s tender and very easy to listen to.

“The way she tells me I’m hers and she is mine
Open hand or closed fist would be fine
The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine.”

30. Courtney Barnett – “Sunday Roast”

Food is also about connecting people. Sharing a meal has always been an important part of socialization.

And this tune sounds like a nice soundtrack to a Sunday family lunch.

31. Nancy Sinatra – “Summer Wine”

On the other hand, wine is mostly associated with romantic encounters and fine dining.

And Nancy Sinatra was aware of that.

“Summer Wine” is arguably one of the most charming and timeless songs about food and drink on our list.

“Strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring
My summer wine is really made from all these things.”

32. CocoRosie – “Lemonade”

At first, this can seem like one of the sweet songs about food and drink, but “Lemonade” is actually a rather melancholic tune.

It’s very captivating though, like most of CocoRosie’s music.

33. Jungle – “Cherry”

Cherry is also a popular type of food in music.

And although Jungle doesn’t really talk about cherries in their 2018 track, we decided to include it on our list. It’s a very nice, mellow tune.

34. Taylor Swift – “champagne problems”

Your mom’s ring in your pocket
My picture in your wallet
Your heart was glass, I dropped it
Champagne problems.”

As you would expect from Taylor Swift, “champagne problems” is a lovely yet slightly melancholic love song.

And it’s a nice addition to our food songs playlist.

35. Kacey Musgraves – “Biscuits”

Of course, there are also a lot of country songs about food.

And Kacey Musgraves dedicated this cheerful tune to her favorite food.

Okay, she also dedicated it to some other things.

The most important (and truthful) line is: “Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.”

36. Cyn – “Drinks”

In her song “Drinks”, Cyn doesn’t care about anything but getting drinks with her friends.

It’s a nice tune to start the weekend.

37. Nothing But Thieves – “Honey Whiskey”

When it comes to weekend drinks, perhaps you prefer honey whiskey.

In this catchy song, the protagonist thinks it’s better to leave before doing something he might regret. Well, it’s a relatable story. 

38. Kings of Leon – “Milk”

And maybe you feel like staying at home with a glass of milk?

In that case, Kings of Leon would make a nice soundtrack.

They released “Milk” on their second studio album in 2004.

39. Sofi Tukker – “Drinkee”

Well, this song will definitely make you want to go out and party.

“Drinkee” is Sofi Tukker’s debut single, and it’s actually adapted from the poem “Relógio” by the Brazilian Portuguese writer Chacal.

40. The Kills – “Sour Cherry”

Here comes another song about food mentioning cherry. A sour cherry, to be precise.

It’s a somewhat quirky but catchy tune that keeps repeating: “Am I the only sour cherry on the fruit stand?”

41. James Bay – “Pink Lemonade”

James Bay turned to a more cheerful sound with his song “Pink Lemonade.”

The lyrics are a little less cheerful, but they fit.

42. The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Just Like Honey”

Although it talks about addiction, “Just Like Honey” by The Jesus and Mary Chain is a rather sweet song.

The song is also featured in the closing credits of the movie “Lost in Translation.”

43. Blur – “Coffee and TV”

We didn’t forget about Blur’s iconic song “Coffee and TV.”

It’s an upbeat song with not very optimistic lyrics. It all makes more sense if you consider the fact that the band’s guitarist Graham Coxon wrote it after he gave up alcohol.

Coffee and TV” also has a memorable music video (yes, the one with the milk carton walking around.)

44. Roxette – “Milk And Toast And Honey”

When it comes to song titles with food in them, Roxette’s 2001 track obviously belongs on the list.

However, unlike the Blur track, it’s a really tender and simple pop song.

45. All Saints – “Black Coffee”

Let’s continue with pop music about food.

“Black Coffee” is a dreamy feel-good song released in 2000.

It’s a great tune to start your day with.

“Brush your teeth
And pour a cup of black coffee out
I love to watch you do that every day
The little things that you do.”

46. Billy Raffoul – “Coffee”

We’re not sure if Billy Raffoul is singing to coffee or someone he loves. Maybe both.

Either way, he also decided to dedicate a song to the most beloved warm drink.

47. Fink – “Biscuits”

And what is coffee without biscuits?

Fink released “Biscuits” on his debut album “Biscuits for Breakfast.”

Considering Fink’s music and songwriting, this is probably not a song about food, but it has nice references to it.

48. A Tribe Called Quest – “Ham ‘N’ Eggs”

“Ham ‘N’ Eggs” is undoubtedly one of the most detailed songs about eating.

It’s not just about ham and eggs. There’s also an apple sauce and some nice red beets…

“Now drop the beat, so I can talk about my favorite tastings
The food that is the everlasting, see I’m not fasting.”

49. “The Oliver! Ensemble – “Food, Glorious Food”

If you’re wondering where are all the funny songs about food, this is your jam.

This tune from the “Oliver!” musical is an ode to food, and it will certainly make you smile and dance.

50. James Brown – “I Got You (I Feel Good)”

Food simply makes us feel good. Just like this timeless hit does.

So, why not finish this playlist with good vibes?

Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed our list of the best songs about food.

After all, food isn’t just something you eat. It’s also a source of joy and an opportunity for making memories with people you love.  

And although food-related songs are often metaphorical, they can also remind you to appreciate the food you eat.

In the end, delicious food and good music make our lives so much better.

So, turn up the music, cook yourself something nice, and enjoy!

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Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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