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50 Mouth-Watering Songs To Cook To

  • What do you listen to when you're cooking up a storm? Do you want something upbeat and fiery, or mellow tunes that won't distract you from creating a culinary marvel? Here are 50 suggestions, lyrically, thematically or ostensibly gastronomic, starting with Jake Bugg - Taste It .

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Arctic Monkeys – ‘Piledriver Waltz’ “Your waitress was miserable and so was your food,” Alex Turner sings in one of his greatest songs. Probably not the most motivating anthem, but still, it's a banger.

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    Added: 01 Dec 2011

  • The Beatles – ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ Many will be surprised to hear that the song is not in fact about a field but about a Salvation Army children’s home the suburbs of Liverpool. Either way this classic remains as delectable (sorry) to the ears as ever.

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    Added: 18 Nov 2010

  • Drake – Pound Cake A must on Mary Berry’s baking playlist for sure. Can you imagine her whisking away at her latest sweet delight while rapping “cake, cake-cake, cake-cake, cake” like it’s a sort of cake-rising incantation? If it’s good enough for Berry it’s good enough for us all.

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    Added: 01 Oct 2013

  • Don McLean – “American Pie” 'American Pie' was a number one hit for four weeks when it was released in 1972 and has remained a favourite being covered by the likes of Madonna and “Weird Al” Yankovic. Good for a kitchen sing-a-long.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • The Smiths – “Meat is Murder” Good for mashing potatoes or kneading dough.

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    Added: 03 Nov 2011

  • Jack White – ‘I'm Shakin’’ Shake up some salad dressing to this one. Or maybe a margarita.

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    Added: 23 Mar 2012

  • Foals – My Number Cooking can be a game of numbers so keep your measurements correct by listening to ‘My Number’ by Foals.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • N.E.R.D – “Lapdance” Looking at Pharell Williams it seems as the man has not aged and it probably has something to do with his diet. You can only guess what crazy things he eats to keep that youthful glow.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar The opening track and lead single from their 1971 album 'Sticky Fingers' is optimum cooking music.

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    Added: 04 Feb 2011

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Pea” The hottest chilli in the world is the Ghost Pepper which rates 855,000 heat units on the Scoville scale. The pepper is so hot that scientist actually proposed using it as a weapon… not exactly the kind of chilli pepper you want to come across in your Balti

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    Added: 04 Nov 2011

  • Blur – “Coffee and TV” ‘Coffee And TV’, the perfect combination, nothing beats it.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Palma Violets – Chicken Dippers 'Johnny Bagga' Donuts', 'Last of the Summer Wine', 'Chicken Dippers'... sounds like supper round Palma's house would be pretty weird.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Franz Ferdinand –“ Fresh Strawberries” Ah nothing beats a fresh strawberry. This song, however, is about a different kind of fruit, the throw-away, mass-produced fruit of the music industry.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Two Door Cinema Club – Eat That Up It's Good For You Two Door Cinema Club's track has a dark edge - it's about romantic longing and oblivion.

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    Added: 02 Oct 2013

  • The Stone Roses – Sally Cinnamon This love song from Ian Brown and co. will get your creative cooking juices flowing, with talk of Sally made of “sugar and spice and all things nice.”

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    Added: 26 Oct 2011

  • Kings of Leon - Milk Salty leaves? Song for me? Sorry me? Salty leave? Who knows. It's one of the band's best songs though.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • The Presidents of the United States of America - Peaches If the Presidents had their way, they’d eat peaches every day - so if it’s a peach-based recipe you’re working on, look no further.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Beady Eye – Second Bite of the Apple Famously not a fan of chef Gordon Ramsay’s cooking – he referred to it as “bobbins” a few years back – Liam Gallagher & co. offer this kitchen jam.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Nirvana – Big Cheese Macaroni and cheese (Kraft-branded cheese at that) was said to be Kurt Cobain’s meal of choice – and perhaps it was the inspiration behind the angsty Big Cheese.

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    Added: 02 Sep 2011

  • The White Stripes – A Little Cream Soda   Jack and Meg pen a paean to classic 90s drink cream soda.

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    Added: 08 Dec 2010

  • The xx - Angels   The xx may not seem like a likely candidate to be compared with the nostalgic pudding Angel Delight. But if you’re turning to the pink stuff in a form of post-break up comfort, this song's a good choice.

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    Added: 20 Dec 2012

  • The Beatles – Savoy Truffle With "Crème tangerine and montelimat, a ginger sling with a pineapple heart" it's a classic Beatles oddity.

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    Added: 17 Nov 2010

  • The Arctic Monkeys – Black Treacle Alex Turner wrote the track after watching some old westerns, and wanted to put the words ‘Belly-button piercings’ in a song. The stuff you can do when you’re famous, eh?

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    Added: 20 Apr 2012

  • Action Bronson - Compliments To The Chef When lacking meal-time inspiration, try turning your ear to Action Bronson. The lyrics offer advice on possibly some lamb, or the vegetarian option ‘stuffed zucchini flowers'. Although, this may not be a track to blast if you’re hosting Sunday lunch, your dear old grandmother may not appreciate Action’s ‘Two in the pink and two in the stink’.

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    Added: 09 May 2012

  • Coconuts – Widespread Panic In 2008 Widespread Panic held food events after their gigs to help the local food bank.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • John Lennon -“Meat City” "Finger lickin' chicken pickin' Meat City shook down U.S.A," sings Lennon on the 12th and final track on his 1973 album Mind Games.

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    Added: 02 Nov 2011

  • Palma Violets- Johnny Bagga Donuts Palma Violets, giving good press to the worst sweets in the candy shop.

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    Added: 20 May 2013

  • Chance the Rapper-“Juice” 'Juice' was the first release from Chance's brilliant mixtape 'Acid Rap'.

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    Added: 07 Aug 2013

  • Neil Young - “T-Bone” “Ain’t no T-bone” supposedly refers to the common response of the chef at the Bella Vista restaurant when times were busy.

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    Added: 17 Nov 2010

  • The Sugarcubes- Eat the Menu The Sugercubes formed on June 8th, 1986 which happened to be the day that Bjork, then lead singer of the Sugercubes, gave birth to her and Sugercubes guitarist, Þór Eldon’s son, Sindri Eldon.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • “Repetition” – David Bowie ‘Can't you even cook?’ sings David Bowie. A chance to prove him wrong.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Dissolve Me – Alt-J The best track to listen to while making caramel, its sweet dreamy melodies will whisk you away.

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    Added: 25 Aug 2012

  • Johnny Cash – “Everybody Loves A Nut” Sure, it's about a hermit called Fred who kept a horse in a cave but it's also perfect for when you're making that nut roast or almond tart.

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    Added: 11 Sep 2013

  • Led Zeppelin - “Lemon Song” "The way you squeeze my lemon, I'm gonna fall right out of bed," sings Robert Plant on their 1969 album 'Led Zeppelin II'.

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    Added: 02 Oct 2013

  • Vampire Weekend – ‘California English’ What's on the menu at Ezra's house? Rice cake and cheese cake. Hmm.

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    Added: 14 Jan 2011

  • Snow Patrol – ‘Chocolate’ 'Chocolate' is a song by UK alternative rock band Snow Patrol. It was released as the third single from their third studio album, 'Final Straw'.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Peace- ‘Delicious’ This catchy tune is as appealing juicy and tasty as the watermelon that stars on the cover of the band’s clever and ambitious EP.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Coldplay - Strawberry Swing  Chris Martin, so much a fan of fruit that he named his daughter Apple.

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    Added: 21 Sep 2011

  • Prince – ‘Cream’ Prince's fruity dirt-fest is the one for making Carbonara.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Tribes – ‘Bad Apple’ With lyrics like “this bad apple’s no friend of mine”, we wonder if Camden bunch Tribes broke up over a grudge?

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    Added: 04 Nov 2011

  • Weezer – ‘Pork and Beans’ “Eat my candy with the pork and beans”, confesses Rivers Cuomo. Creative thinking.

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    Added: 17 Dec 2010

  • System of a Down – ‘Chop Suey!’ Rockers SOAD wrote a song called Chop Suey which, if we’re honest, has absolutely nothing to do with chop suey.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • 50 Cent – ‘Candy Shop’ The rapper is known to work with the World Food Program and donate meals to starving children, inspired to give back after visiting impoverished areas in Africa.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Newton Faulkner – ‘Sugar in the Snow’ Unlike one of Newton’s other songs about a man with a job as a professional dog-food taster, sugar in the snow is perfect for cooking along to on a chilled afternoon.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • The Stone Roses – (Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister As learnt on Masterchef, sugar spinning can make many a botch-job look impressive.

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    Added: 08 Apr 2011

  • Fall Out Boy – Sugar We’re Going Down A video on YouTube shows Patrick and Pete eating baby food, a great watch to pass time as you cook.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Bloc Party - Banquet When cooking up a feast at a street party, or as it’s known in the US, a block party, this is the only band to listen to.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Wu Tang Clang – C.R.E.A.M No one likes a dry Christmas pudding! If you’re joining the mass panic of the annual Christmas shopping then make sure this track is on your ipod to help your remember the essential Christmas item.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Led Zeppelin – Custard Pie "Mama, save me a slice. Your custard pie, I declare, it's sweet and nice". A naughty euphemism, or the legendary rockers really found love for custard pie.

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    Added: 15 Nov 2012