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Top 10 Songs About Food (But Not Buildings)

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Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Books about food; art about food; movies about food. What about songs about food? Here's 10 songs to put on your foodie playlist. For this list--which is in no particular order--children's songs, instrumentals and songs using food as a euphemism for, em, other activities, have been excluded. Also don't look for more well known songs such as Eat It and Spam, as we've sought out a menu of the somewhat less familiar.

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10. Lasagna - "Weird Al" Yankovic. Lynwood's own has done many food themed songs, enough for a compilation (The Food Album), but this list of familiar Italian items to the tune of La Bamba gets the edge.

9. Chicken Necks - Don & Juan. Originally recorded by The Genies (of which "Don" was a member), a man lamenting that his wife won't cook anything other than certain poultry parts: "Chicken heads, chicken feet, chicken necks is all I eat.", later adding: "she never cooks any collard greens, no potatoes, no Lima beans."

8. Soul Food - Albert Collins. Cornbread, biscuits, mashed potatoes, candied yams, turnip greens and chitlins all get mentioned is this song by the Texas blues guitarist. "I see a man headed 'cross the track, food was so good, I see he's comin' back."

7. Pita City Falafel - Parry Gripp. With an entire album of pseudo-jingles, many of them food related (waffles, donuts, nachos, pizza, raisins), there are many to choose from, but I pick this 37 second ditty to a tune reminiscent of The Clash's Clash City Rockers.

6. Hungry Man - Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five. Another man who recorded several songs about food was this jump blues/r&b pioneer. In this number written by Bobby Troup (who also wrote Route 66), he describes in rhyme where he goes to get certain foods: "I often fly up to the Maine coast, to get broiled lobster with some plain toast"..." 'cos I'm such a hungry man."

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