17 Thanksgiving Songs About Food to Get You in the Mood for Seconds — LISTEN
Ah, Thanksgiving. That beautiful holiday in which we gather with our nearest and dearest, give thanks for our good fortunes and celebrate those with us... and fill ourselves to the brim with the best food here on our green Earth. It's not just about the nap-inducing turkey/tofurkey/turducken. Like Meghan Trainor is "All about that bass," I am all about those side dishes. Stuffing! Green bean casserole! Mashed potatoes! Gravy (yes, it is its own dish)! If you ask me, it's not Christmas, but Thanksgiving that's truly the most wonderful time of the year. There have been dozens of movies made in the glory of food — Chocolat, Julie & Julia, Ratatouille, and the sumptuous documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi just to name a few.
Filmmakers aren't the only artists who pay homage to all of the wondrous items in our fridges, freezers, and farms. Music, is after all, the food of love (at least according to Shakespeare, and who am I to argue with him?), so it's no surprise that many songs are about all of the many things that delight, intrigue, and shock our taste buds. Thanksgiving dinner is like a symphony. Each instrument coming together to create living poetry. And when the meal is over, and especially when the leftovers are gone, it feels like we need a requiem.
But no need for turkey-less years quite just yet! To get you hungry for Thanksgiving dinner, here are 17 of the very best songs about food.
Don McLean, "American Pie"
A true classic.
Jack Johnson, "Banana Pancakes"
Combining two of my favorite things: sleeping in and breakfast food.
Kelis, "Biscuits N Gravy"
The woman has an album named Food. I love her.
The Rolling Stones, "Brown Sugar"
On Thanksgiving, we all have mouths as big as Jagger.
Blondie, "Eat to the Beat"
A tried and true method for proper digestion!
Beastie Boys, "Egg Man"
Full of flavor AND flava.
Franz Ferdinand, "Fresh Strawberries"
Preferrably in pie form.
ABBA, "Honey, Honey"
James Brown "Mashed Potatoes"
This one is full of soul AND butter
The Kinks, "Maximum Consumption"
Oddly enough, that's also the title of my Thanksgiving memoir.
The Beatles, "Mean Mr. Mustard"
Who invited that guy!?
The Presidents of the United States of America, "Peaches"
A trip down one hit wonder memory lane.
Kate Nash, "Pumpkin Soup"
What's not to love?
UB40, "Red Red Wine"
STAY CLOSE TO MEEEEEE.
The B-52's, "Rock Lobster"
Thanksgiving challenge: learn the dance from the video!
Talking Heads, "Stay Hungry"
No problem there!
Bonus Track: The National, "Sailors in Your Mouth"
A Thanksgiving gift, from me to you.