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Cookie, cookie, cookie. Me love all kinds of cookies. Me ate up five whole cookies, then six, seven, eight, nine, ten. Cookie, cookie, cookie. Hey, everybody, looky! Me ate up all the cookies, now me want to eat again.
Cookie Monster, Sesame Street

We all like at least some foods. We like to taste them, smell them, and to a lesser extent, look at them. But some characters like their food so much, they sing about it, and that's this trope.

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This is generally to show that the person really loves that particular food (maybe it's even their Trademark Favorite Food) or food in general, sometimes to the point of obsession. They may also be a Large Ham, but that's not a necessity. It could also be because they're really hungry for whatever reason. If the singer is singing while cooking (which can overlap with Job Song if they're a professional chef, waiter, waitress, food seller, etc), it could be a song about the joys of cooking.

Often Played for Laughs because Food Songs Are Funny, but when Played for Drama, it might be sung by a villain who wants to eat the protagonist or similar.


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Examples

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     Anime and Manga 
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • "Steel Ball Run" has Gyro's cheese song, where he sings the names of various types of cheese.
    • At one point in "JoJolion", Yasuho asks Josuke to sing something. He sings a little song about how much he likes large fries (but not fried chicken).
  • One Piece: Big Mom's introduction is through a Villain Song about making a wedding cake.

     Comic Strips 
  • Popeye: In "What, No Spinach?", Wimpy sings "Hamburger Mine", an ode to his favorite food.

     Films- Animated 
  • Asterix and Cleopatra: Hungry Obelix fantasises about food and sings a song called "When You're Eating Well, You're Well". The food and drinks celebrated in the song include beer, boar (his favourite), meat in general, cheese and bones for his little dog Dogmatix.
  • In the Animated Adaptation of The Butter Battle Book, there are several songs about bread and butter.
  • Played for Black Comedy in Ice Age 2: The Meltdown: The vultures have a Running Gag of wanting to eat the protagonists, and at one point, they sing "Food, Glorious Food" while trying to eat the protagonists.
  • In the movie adaptation of James and the Giant Peach, James and the insects sing about the "Fantastic Peach" when they learned they could eat it during their voyage.
  • The Jungle Book: Kaa sings "Trust in Me" as he's preparing to eat Mowgli. It's all about how he enjoys watching Mowgli fall asleep as he's hypnotized, and how Kaa can't wait for his meal.
  • In The Land Before Time II, a villainous Struthiomimus sings a song about how much he loves eggs.
  • In The Little Mermaid, Sebastian the crab encounters the royal chef, who is hammily singing about how much he loves to slice up and cook fish to eat. Sebastian is horrified and grossed out.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh:
    • In the song "A Pooh Bear Takes Care of His Tummy", he sings about how he "takes care of his tummy" by never neglecting to eat.
    • In "Everything is Honey", Pooh sings a song about an imaginary utopia where everything is made of honey.
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     Films- Live-Action 
  • E.B. from Hop is an Easter Bunny who loves candy and he's often singing the song "I Want Candy".

     Literature 
  • The Mock Turtle sings the "Turtle Soup" song about said soup in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the song also makes it into various adaptations.
  • In the Frances book "Bread and Jam for Frances", Frances sings several songs about how much she likes jam, until she becomes bored of it.
  • In Wombat Stew, a dingo wants to cook a wombat and sings a song about wombat stew.

     Live-Action TV 
  • In Babylon 5, G'Kar sings a song called "So Many Fishes" to a fish dish as he prepares it. A considerable time later, it gets a Dark Reprise when he and Londo believe that they're about to die when they're trapped in a burning lift shaft after a terrorist bombing, and he sings a version to gloat about Londo's impending demise.
  • LazyTown: The song "Cooking by the Book" is about how it's easy to make cake if you follow the recipe.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: the famous "Spam Song" occurs in a restaurant that serves only food containing spam. The restaurant is populated with a group of spam-loving viking customers, who pound the table in anticipation of their meal, and periodically break out into musical cries of "Spam! Wonderful Spam!"
  • The Cat in Red Dwarf at one point sings a song called "I'm Gonna Eat You Little Fishy" to his meal.
  • Sesame Street:
    • "Food, Food, Food" is a song sung by the food-loving Cookie Monster about all sorts of food.
    • "Healthy Food" is a rap sung by Cookie Monster about the healthy food he likes and the importance of eating a balanced diet.
    • "The Celery Song" is a song by three kids called the Celery Bunch about how much they like celery.
    • "Breakfast Time" is a song by Cookie Monster about the unusual ways he eats cookies in the morning (juicing them, boiling them, frying them, etc).
    • Invoked in one episode where Elmo finds Abby's magic wand and enchants people so that they can't talk, only sing. This leads to Baby Bear and Alan singing about how great porridge is.
    • "C is for Cookie" is a song written by Cookie Monster about how he loves cookies so much that he doesn't care if the only word he can think of beginning with C is "cookie".
    • At one point, a boy thinks he doesn't like zucchini but once he eats some, he sings about how it's the best food he's ever eaten.
    • "The First Time Me Eat Cookie" is about how Cookie Monster has liked cookies since his first time eating them when he was about one.
    • "Everyone Likes Ice Cream" is about how while people may be different, most of them like ice cream.

     Music 
  • The song "Candy" by Judy Pancoast is about how many children love candy a lot and wish they could have it all the time.
  • Jambalaya (On The Bayou) is about the singer heading down to his girlfriend Yvonne for dinner filled with the titular dish, plus crawfish pie and file gumbo on the bayou.
  • Songdrops:
    • The song "Bananas" consists of only the word "bananas" over and over.
    • "Tacos" consists of only the title said once.
  • "Spider Suite" by The Duke of Uke and his Novelty Orchestra has undertones of drug addiction or similar afflictions, but on the surface, the lyrics use the imagery of a spider about to eat a fly.
What wicked little twist of fate placed you here upon my plate?
Here where no one hears your cries?
  • The blues song "They're Red Hot" by Robert Johnson is either about a hot tamales salesgirl or a prostitute.
  • The Visayan song "Turagsoy" is about a man who catches a fish from a river, cooking it into a spicy stew, eating it with his friends and savoring the spiciness of it.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic has done enough of these to fill an album:
    • "I Love Rocky Road" (parody of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll") about the ice cream flavor.
    • "My Bologna" (parody of "My Sharona") about the meat.
    • "Addicted to Spuds" (parody of "Addicted to Love") about potatoes.
    • "Spam" (parody of "Stand") about the brand of meat.
    • "The White Stuff" (parody of "You Got It (The Right Stuff)") about Oreos.
  • "Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts" is a song presenting a gross-out version of this trope.
  • Parry Gripp has plenty, with most being Exactly What It Says on the Tin:
    • "This Is The Best Burrito I've Ever Eaten" is, well, about how awesome the burrito is.
    • "Yum Yum Breakfast Burrito" is another song about the joys of burritos.
    • "I Love Bread", is about how the singer loves bread.
    • "Spiral Cut Hot Dogs" praises spiral-cut hot dogs, and goes so far as to teach the audience how to make them.
    • "I Like Vegetables", a rap about how good vegetables are.
    • "Pound Cake" claims the cake will "pound you in the face with flavor".
    • "All The Nachos You Can Eat", about, well, "All the nachos you can eat" and how awesome they are.
    • "Chicken Nugget Dreamland" discusses the eponymous dreamland, where there's "infinite flavors of infinite sauce" and where one can "get a million-piece box".
    • "Do You Like Waffles?", in which the singer proclaims their love for waffles, pancakes, and french-toast.
  • Tsukiuta - You's special single, "Hee! Hee! Foo! Foo!", is about his favorite food, curry. The B-side, "Layla, you become splendor" uses melting into curry as a metaphor for love (the word used for "splendor" is pronounced like "curry"). "Layla" might also be a hidden reference to You's partner, Yoru - "Layla" means "night", the same as "Yoru".

     Theatre 
  • Done pretty often in the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck based on Hansel and Gretel, considering the protagonists are poor and almost constantly hungry. Special mention goes to Hansel and Gretel's long and lyrical praise of the gingerbread house (What odor delicious! O say, do I dream?).
  • Into the Woods: "Hello Little Girl" is a song sung by the Wolf to Little Red Riding Hood. In it, he tries to manipulate her into going off her path and getting distracted before safely and efficiently reaching her grandmother's house. At the same time, he makes comments to himself about how excited he is to eat both of them.
Think of those crisp
Aging bones
Then something fresh on the palate
Think of that scrumptious carnality
Twice in one day
There's no possible way
To describe what you feel
When you're talking to your meal
  • The song "Food, Glorious Food" in Oliver!. The boys in the workhouse sing it to complain about the gruel they're being fed while fantasizing about the food they'd like to be eating instead. It praises delectable dishes like hot sausage and mustard, cold jelly and custard, pease pudding and a great big steak.
  • The very catchy song "Sugar" from tick, tick... BOOM! is preceded by lines that make it sound like protagonist Jon is picking up a prostitute, and opens on some rather suggestive and deliberately vague lines. Halfway through the song it's revealed that he's in a convenience store buying Twinkies, and singing about how he loves to eat sugary foods.
    Jon [singing]: She can be white, she can be brown
    She's always easy, Goin' down, goin' down
    She don't care, what I look like, Or how I dress
    She never says, "No", Always says, "Yes"
  • You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown: After having a dramatic monologue over the lack of dinner, Snoopy jumps into an entire theatrical song, "Suppertime", once Charlie Brown gives him his food.
  • "A Little Priest" from Sweeney Todd puts a rather nasty twist on the whole idea.

     Video Games 
  • Moshi Monsters:
    • Played with in "The Sweet Tooth Stomp", which is about a villain named Sweet Tooth whose shtick is candy and mentions their weaponized candy several times.
    • The song "Bongo Colada" is technically about a drink, not a food, but it's close enough. It's about how the titular drink is delicious and makes you burp.

     Web Original 
  • This video about the weirdest misheard love songs features several misheard lyrics being about food, with the same guy singing all the food-related ones.
  • "The Real Me", joke music video by YouTube musicians Andrew Huang, RoomieOfficial, Boyinaband and Rob Scallon, features each of them doing their own verse. Rob's verse is devoted to his love of bagels, in which he proclaims to eat them at all times of day and that, to him, doughnuts are just "dessert bagels".
  • Eddsworld has a song called "Sandwich" about a man who loves a sandwich.
  • Homestar Runner:
    • In the Strong Bad Email "time capsule", Strong Bad records a number one jam about "Grumblecakes".
    • In the SBEmail "origins", Homestar hosts weekly "bread sing-a-longs" where he sings the praises of bread, surrounded by a large pile of bread, as if serenading it.
    And bread is a good time for me
    Woo-doo-doo-loot-doo, singing,
    Bread is a good time for everybody!

     Western Animation 
  • Animaniacs:
    • In "Be Careful What You Eat", the Warner siblings sing the ingredients on the labels of both a tub of ice cream and a chocolate bar. Despite the title, the ingredients included things that weren't so bad, like lactic acid and beta carotene.
    • In "Ice Cream", the Warner siblings sing about different types of ice cream.
  • In Arthur, Pal the dog once sings a song parodying "Dancing Cheek to Cheek" about how he loves bacon.
  • Family Guy: In "Road to the Multiverse," when the Lois of the Disneyesque universe bakes a pie, she and the other residents sing a rousing number about how "it's a wonderful day for pie."
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: "Little Rock of Horrors" has the "brain-eating meteor" voiced by Voltaire sing "BRAINS!" in which he sings about his love of eating brains and manipulates Billy into bringing the townspeople to him so he can eat their brains.
  • An episode of Kidd Video opened with Whiz making a pizza in the oven. He then does a song and dance to celebrate the pizza. Unfortunately, this distracts him long enough to burn it.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pinkie Pie sings a song called "Cupcakes" about how much she likes to both eat and make cupcakes.
  • Phineas and Ferb: The song "Meatloaf" is, well, about how awesome meatloaf is, sung in-universe by a band at a meatloaf contest.
  • Pinky and the Brain: Pinky's "Cheese Role Call" short is a song-and-dance number in honor of all the cheese varieties in the world, complete with anthropomorphic cheeses taking the mic to sing their own praises.
  • During The Simpsons episode "Guess Who's Coming To Criticize Dinner?", when Homer is asked to be The Springfield Shopper's new food critic, since he likes food so much, he starts singing a song spoofing the West Side Story song "I Feel Pretty":
    Homer: I like pizza, I like bagels, I like hot dogs with mustard and beer...
    Editor: I get the picture.
    Homer: I'll eat eggplant, I could even eat a baby deer. La-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la! Who's that baby deer on the lawn there?
    Editor: Enough, already!
    Homer: Sorry.
  • In the Smeshariki episode "How to Catch a Cold", Fluff wants to catch a cold so that he can be given food (because his friend had a cold and people were giving him food to help him get better). Fluff sings a song about how people give you treats when you have a cold.
  • Spongebob Squarepants:
    • The episode "Jellyfish Hunter" had Fred the fish singing and scatting "The Jellyfish Jelly Sandwich Song" after Spongebob gave him one, then told everyone at the Krusty Krab.
    • In "Banned in Bikini Bottom", Spongebob sings about how much he likes Krabby Patties. Later in the episode, a green fish sings a similar song after finally trying one.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: The episode "Lint Catcher" has Star singing to a burrito. She swears to not let go of it, until she throws it on Marco when he accidentally surprises her. Moments later, Tom comes out of the toilet, doing the exact same thing.
  • In Teen Titans Go!, "Burger vs Burrito", Beast Boy and Cyborg get into a squabble over which of the titular foods is superior. To settle this they enlist the other Titans to be judges, with one of their attempts being singing about each of their respective foods.

     Real Life 
  • At a Burns Supper, a bagpiper serenades the main course of "haggis, neeps and tatties", then the host recites Address to a Haggis.
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