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Welcome to THE PLAYLIST, where HeadStuff staff and friends siphon through exciting art to craft essential listening experiences you didn’t know you needed. This week the HeadStuff music writers bring you 25 of the best songs about food, glorious food.
How we present our relationship with both music and food can go a long way to defining our position within our communities. Just as your avocado salad Instagram communicates something about you (and it does), so does the music you share on social media, the playlists you make, and the band t-shirts you wear.
Beyoncé was singing about hot sauce in her bag, sure, but she was mostly using traditional southern concepts of ‘soul food’ as markers of her relationship with the black south. Fiona Apple uses imagery of hunger and starvation to comment on love and relationships, while also nodding to her history of disordered eating. Morrissey positions himself politically by criticising the cruelty of animal agriculture in ‘Meat Is Murder’. The Beach Boys, well… The Beach Boys like to eat their vegetables.
Whether you’re scoffing down some guilty pleasures or enjoying some cheesy beats, here is 25 songs about life’s greatest comfort.