The Ultimate Soundtrack for Cooking

Shake, bake, rattle, and roll to these tasty food-inspired tunes.

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Sure, you have dozens of quick and easy dinner recipes right at your fingertips. But just in case you need some motivation to actually do the cooking, we concocted a playlist guaranteed to fire you up.

“Hungry Heart” — Bruce Springsteen (1980)

Springsteen is well aware that you (and the whole family) are hungry. It’s time to channel your inner Boss.

“Red, Red Wine” — UB40 (1983)

Here’s to enjoying a glass (or two) while you’re cooking.

“Everybody Eats When They Come to My House” — Cab Calloway (1994)

Ideal for keeping little ones entertained, this goofy, lighthearted song from the 1940s rhymes names with foods: “Have a banana, Hannah,” “Try the salami, Tommy,” “Try a tomato, Plato!”

“Beans and Cornbread” — Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five (1949)

Yes, this brassy, soulful jazz song is about beans and cornbread getting into a fight, and then making up.

“Pork Chops” — The Two Man Gentlemen Band (2012)

Leave it to a Brooklyn duo to studiously record a swing song with vintage sound, then pack the lyrics with parody. A parody of what, you might ask. It’s worth a listen, we’re not spilling the beans here!

“(Do the) Mashed Potatoes” — James Brown (1960)

The Godfather of Soul might have been talking about a popular dance, but this rollicking rhythm and blues song should put you in the mood for the mashed potatoes you can eat.

“Gravy (for My Mashed Potatoes)” — Dee Dee Sharp (1962)

You’ve done the mashed potatoes. Now take a page out of Dee Dee Sharp’s book and put some gravy on them (and everything else on your plate).

“Eat That Chicken” — Charles Mingus (1962)

We’ll admit this song is more about eating than cooking, but if you’re not yet ready to tuck into whatever it is you made, this raucous 1960s jazz jingle will get you in the mood.

“Savoy Truffle” — The Beatles (1968)

Here’s a sweet tune about different chocolate truffle flavors from a British candy company. Talk about motivation to finish up those dishes before dessert.

“That’s Amore” — Dean Martin (1953)

Dinner: Cooked. Dishes: Done. Stomachs: Full. Now that's amore.

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