Best Summer Songs About Food

Summer means different things to different people. For some, it’s an excuse to strut along the beach and show off their new abs. For others, it’s a chance to hit the local cineplex to see a highly paid movie star strut along the beach and show off his or her new abs. However, summer food is universal. Who doesn’t love BBQ, ice cream and hamburgers? Throughout the ages, many musicians have sung odes to these hot-weather culinary delights. Here are some of our favorites:

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Bar-B-Q –– ZZ Top

The only thing these dudes love more than their massive beards is a healthy portion of BBQ. Unless, of course, said BBQ gets tangled up in their massive beards. 

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Peaches –– The Presidents of the United States of America

You have likely not heard this earworm since the mid-'90s. So, uh, you’re welcome? 

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Rib Tips –– Andre Williams

The indomitable Andre Williams presents a tune about the indomitable rib tip. Ladies and gentlemen, it doesn’t get much better than this. 

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Ice Cream –– Raekwon

This song may actually be about beautiful women instead of ice cream, but the chorus goes, “French vanilla, butter pecan, chocolate deluxe,” so it could really fall either way.

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Hot Dog –– Led Zeppelin

It’s good to know the great Led Zeppelin isn’t above channeling the humble hot dog in this rollicking tribute to Texas. This must be what Takeru Kobayashi used to rock out to in order to psych himself up for the hot-dog-eating contests. 

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Watermelon Man –– Herbie Hancock

Like a slice of juicy watermelon at a summer picnic, this bouncy and jovial jazz tune is a standard. 

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Struttin' with Some Barbecue ––Louis Armstrong

Catching a theme here? Bbq and its many variants have inspired a ton of songs. This particular tune has been covered by Willie Nelson, The Marsalis Family and more. All of them now have stained shirts due to careless struttin’. 

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Ice Cream Man –– Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers

Summertime is pretty much the only time that ice cream men get to ply their trade. It’s a lonely life, that of an ice cream man. Good thing they can drown their sorrows in ice cream. 

Solid Potato Salad –– The Ross Sisters

Have you ever had potato salad that was anything but solid? A good, sturdy potato salad is about as much as you can hope for at your average backyard barbecue.

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Double Burger with Cheese ––Lupe Fiasco

No summer get-together is complete without a bunch of double cheeseburgers. Actually, one could say that any get-together is incomplete without a bunch of double cheeseburgers. 

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