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Music Playlist: Food That Rocks

Marcelle has a degree in journalism. She is also a certified spin instructor, where she shares her passion for fitness and music.

Whether your throwing those cobs on the grill or preparing a grand Thanksgiving meal, feast on this music playlist featuring bands, musicians, and song titles that will wet your appetite.

The Black Eyed Peas in concert

The Black Eyed Peas in concert

So how does a band go about choosing a food name? In the case of Blue Oyster Cult, the band members reportedly came with the name from a 1960s poem written by their brand manager. In the poem, the "blue oyster cult" was a group of aliens guiding Earth. Originally, the band went by "Soft White Underbelly" but changed to their current name in the early 70s. Here is a list of bands and musicians who came up with a food name of their own:

Meat Loaf

Michael Lee Aday, better known as "Meat Loaf", rocked his way into the music scene in the early 70s. Along with being an accomplished musician, he has also appeared in more than 40 movies including his first movie, "Rocky Horror Picture Show," and the Academy Award nominated "Fight Club." It is said that he got his stage name from a childhood nickname given to him by his father.

Meat Loaf

The Black Eyed Peas

Blue Oyster Cult


Uncle Kracker

Bowling for Soup

Meat Puppets

Hall & Oates


Blind Melon

Spice Girls

The all-girl band became pop culture icons in the 90's with their hit single "Wannabe." The song topped the charts in 22 countries, including the U.S., and became the best-selling single in the whole world by the end of 1997.

Spice Girls

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The Cranberries

The Lemonheads

Wild Cherry

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Fiona Apple

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins appear twice on the playlist, both as a "food" named band and having a song with a "food" titled name. Purposely misspelled, the inspiration for the song "Mayonaise" reportedly came from frontman Billy Corgan's simple peak inside the fridge. The song remains a fan favorite winning a 2012 Rolling Stone poll as the best song ever by the band.

The Smashing Pumpkins



The Jam

Limp Bizkit


Toni Basil

Pearl Jam



Born Marshall Mathers III, the rapper strung together his initials M&M and then later combined it to a single name, Eminem. Like Meat Loaf, Eminem has starred in films, including the critically acclaimed "8 Mile." Eminem's song from the movie, "Lose Yourself," won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.



Vanilla Ice

Sugar Ray

The Sugarcubes


Gin Blossoms

Juice Newton

Iron & Wine

Amy Winehouse

Ice T

Musicians write songs about all kinds of subjects from love to heartbreak and even food. In some song titles, the food name has another meaning such as in the case of R.E.M.'s "Orange Crush", which the band says refers to the chemical Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War. In other cases, such as Jimmy Buffett's "Cheeseburger in Paradise", it's simply about the food. Buffett describes it that while he was on a boat trip eating mainly canned foods, all he could picture was a big juicy cheeseburger with all the toppings. The food-themed playlist continues here with some "food" titled songs. Know any others? Please add your suggestions in the comments below.

Weird Al Yankovic

Yankovic's parodied Michael Jackson's "Beat It" with his song "Eat It". Although the U.S. copyright law allows musicians to parody songs under its “fair use” clause, Yankovic always seeks permission from the artist. Rarely has an artist declined.

Eat It (Weird Al Yankovic)

Rock Lobster (The B-52’s)

Quiche Lorraine (The B-52's)

Raspberry Beret (Prince)

Orange Crush (R.E.M.)

Crawfish (Elvis Presley)

Lady Marmalade (La Belle)

The Lemon Song (Led Zeppelin)

Banana Boat (Day-O) (Harry Belafonte)

Soup is Good Food (The Dead Kennedys)

Breakfast at Tiffany's (Deep Blue Something)

Cheeseburger in Paradise (Jimmy Buffett)

Cold Turkey (John Lennon)

Mayonaise (The Smashing Pumpkins)

I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye)

Peaches (The Presidents of the United States of America)

Pork & Beans (Weezer)


"Cherry Pie" peaked at number ten on the Billboard 100 in 1990, making it the band's most successful single. The song lyrics are penned on a pizza box housed at the Hard Rock Cafe restaurant in Destin, Florida. Weird Al Yankovic parodied this song as well in his medley "Polka Your Eyes Out."

Cherry Pie (Warrant)

Under the Milky Way (The Church)

I Want Candy (Bow Wow Wow)

Me in Honey (R.E.M.)

Brown Sugar (The Rolling Stone)

American Pie (Don McClean)

Sex and Candy (Marcy Playground)

Poundcake (Van Halen)

Lips Like Sugar (Echo & The Bunneymen)

Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard)

Hard Candy (Counting Crows)

Just Like Honey (The Jesus & Mary Chain)

Chocolate (Snow Patrol)

Fruitcakes (Jimmy Buffett)

Wild Honey (U2)

Red, Red Wine (UB40)

Mexican Wine (Fountains of Wayne)

Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett)

Champagne Supernova (Oasis)

Tea in the Sahara (Sting)

Black Coffee in Bed (Squeeze)

Tequila Sunrise (The Eagles)


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Marcelle Bell (author) on December 05, 2014:

Thank you, Flourish! I always have such a great time putting together these song lists and creating "themed" spin classes year round.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 04, 2014:

What a fun list of artists and oh so creative!

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