“Caramel,” Suzanne Vega
Like the songstress says: “It’s about something sweet that you would like to have and that you know you should not.”
“Eggs and Sausage,” Tom Waits
Late-night at the diner doesn’t get any cooler than this. And this dude Waits can really eat!
“Southern Fried Chicken,” Bill Thomas & The Fendells
This is 45 RPM territory we’re entering here, folks. And just dancing to "Fried Chicken" will make you hungry enough to eat loads.
“Blender Blues,” Bonnie Raitt
Beautiful Bonnie in Philadelphia, back in ’72: She will make you awfully hungry, all right — though not necessarily for a bite to eat.
“Egg Cream,” Lou Reed
If Old Brooklyn has any place in your heart — any place at all — you will savor every drop of this tune.
“Catfish Blues,” Jimi Hendrix
The only thing that we don’t like about listening to Jimi singing the blues (in the late ’60s) is that it reminds us of what might have been.
“All That Meat and No Potatoes,” Louis Armstrong
OK, so it’s old school, but do NOT pass this one by. Few things are more exhilarating than Louis trumpeting and singing his way through a tune as savory as this one.
“Maximum Consumption,” The Kinks
Who knew these dudes could eat so much food — in four minutes, no less? Not the best-known Kinks spin, but perfect for today's theme.
“Food,” The Turtles
The song includes a freaking brownie recipe. What, we’re supposed to ignore it?
“Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk,” Rufus Wainwright
Full disclosure: One of us smokes Marlboros like a chimney, the other downs more chocolate milk than is wise. So there you have it.
“Peanut Butter,” The Marathons
This tune is anything but hard to chew on. It will stick with you, though.
“The Hamburger Song,” Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces
The ’60s soul band from Alabama isn’t widely known, but this tune of theirs is a must-listen.
“Cake,” The B-52s
The new wave band whips up an early-’80s version of pineapple upside-down cake. What’s not to like?
“Chop Suey, Chow Mein,” Louis Prima & Keely Smith
C’mon, get a sense of humor. Nobody does this kinda thing like Louie and Keely.
“I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl,” Nina Simone
Oh baby! We think we are in love.
“Jambalaya,” Hank Williams
Me oh my oh! Hank's another one who rode off way too soon.
“Cook With Honey,” Judy Collins
Judy cooked up a lot of sweet music back in ’73, none much sweeter than this.
“Kraf Dinner,” Annihilator
You’ll never think of mac & cheese the same way — ever!
“Peaches,” Presidents of the United States of America
Evidently, when one moves to the country, one eats a lot of peaches. Who knew?
“White Castle Blues,” The Smithereens
Nothing satisfies these two gents more than White Castle. Why there are not a hundred songs devoted to its honor, we really cannot fathom.
“Everybody Eats When They Come to My House,” Cab Calloway
Have a banana, Hannah. Try the salami, Tommy. You get the idea. This is Cab back in ’48 — and it swings, swings, swings. C’mon, don’t be so picky, Micky.
“Bangers and Mash,” Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren
We love, love, LOVE this one. But how could we not get off on Sophia feeding us our macaroni?
“Spam Song,” Monty Python
We need to explain this one to you? Seriously?
“Pork and Beans,” Weezer
This was a tough call because one of us (X. Ray) prefers the vegetarian baked beans. Evidently, he was on the losing end of this argument.
“Shortnin' Bread,” The Tractors
A bunch of dudes in the kitchen, cooking up a mess of bread and music that most every mama’s baby ought to love.
“Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch,” ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic
Couldn’t help ourselves.
“TV Dinners,” ZZ Top
We can’t decide what scares us more: The thought of having to go back to eating our dinner from a box, or having to listen to this crew singing about it.
“You’re Not the Only Oyster In the Stew,” Fats Waller
Love in the time of bivalves.
“Ice Cream,” Sarah McLachlan
Hey, if Sarah says that love is better than the creamy, cold stuff, that’s good enough for us.
“MacArthur Park,” Richard Harris
A must-have on a list like this, no matter what we think of it.
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