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Food Songs are Funny
If the subject of a song is food or eating, it is almost always humorous.
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Inspired by listening to this song.
For whatever reason, singing about food is funny.

It's not really clear why; it's just one of those things. Perhaps it's because eating is (almost) always an entirely pleasurable/joyous experience, but also mundane. Perhaps it's just because eating is such an everyday activity that making a song of it sounds ridiculous. Perhaps--again--it's just one of those things.


  • Michael Hurley's "Slurf Song" is about various kinds of food. It's also pretty hard not to laugh--or at least crack a smile--while listening to it.
    • NOTE: The second-to-last verse may or may not be NSFW, depending on where you work.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic's Breakout Hit was "Eat It," a food-related parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It." A few years later Yankovic did it again, changing Jackson's "Bad" into "Fat." A while later, it was "Girls Just Want To Have Lunch."
    • Food is a major theme for Weird Al; he has no less than ten songs about food, and has a whole compilation album of them--and that album doesn't include "Fat" or "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch."
    • When Weird Al asked Nirvana if he could parody "Smells Like Teen Spirit", they actually asked if the parody was going to be about food (they didn't mind that it was mocking the Mondegreen lyrics).
  • "Food, Glorious Food" from Oliver!, the muical adaptation of Oliver Twist. A bunch of starving workhouse boys sing of having all the food they want.
  • Fat Boys' "All You Can Eat". Here
    • The Fat Boys did at least two other ones (and probably more): "Burger Pattern" and "One Billion," both for Square One TV. In the first they get 15 burgers, a shake & fries; in the second they talk about ordering one billion cheeseburgers.
  • "Carrot Juice Is Murder" by The Arrogant Worms. A parody folk song about the oppression of various veggies... "I've heard the screams of the vegetables..."
  • "Toast" by heywood banks. The comedian's classic song skit. This live version with bonus verse.
    • Played with in his "Big Butter Jesus". A song about a giant Jesus statue which heywood explains looks like he's made of butter. Many butter puns ensue. "Oh spread the word!"
  • "Fish Heads" by Barnes and Barnes. A strange, but somehow earwormy song about, well, fish heads.
  • "Abbodanza" and "Sposalizio" from The Most Happy Fella
  • Anyone wanting a cake with an unsual taste? The villains from Asterix and Cleopatra are making a nice arsenic cake for the queen. Oh and while you're at it, try also to listen to the song in the different languages.
  • Just about anything sung by Redwallers.
  • The Simpsons:
Homer:"I like pizza,
I like bagels,
I like hot dogs with mustard and beer!
I'll eat eggplant,
I could even eat a baby dear"
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: The two big comedy numbers are "The Worst Pies in London" and "A Little Priest."
  • The old folk song/shanty "Cape Cod Girls" , which makes fun of the Cape Cod diet of...well...cod.
  • "Lunch Lady Land" by Adam Sandler.
    • "The Thanksgiving Song", also by Adam Sandler.
      Turkey for me / Turkey for you / Let's eat the turkey / In my big brown shoe / Love to eat the turkey / At the table / I once saw a movie / With Betty Grable
  • In E. R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros, general Corund sings a "Roast Pork Song" which discourses about how pork is better than poultry and mutton.
  • An awful lot of songs by Shonen Knife. ("Kappa No Ex" is about cucumber extract, of all things, and there's a song that goes "Banana chips for you, banana chips for me, banana chips in the afternoon, banana chips with tea...") They were once asked why they wrote so many songs about food and somebody in the band said that they liked writing about what made them happy, and food was what made them happy. OK, that works....
  • "Peaches" by The Presidents of the United States of America which is a song about a man who wants to move to the country and eat large quantities of peaches. ("Millions of peaches, peaches for me.") Interestingly, in 1996 this song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals.
  • In The Fifth Elephant it's mentioned in connection with opera that Sam Vimes is moderately uncomfortable with any song more complex than "Where Has All The Custard Gone?" (Jelly's Just Not The Same).

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