When summer comes around, I’m always on the lookout for new (or new to me) music. And because my life revolves around dessert, I’m always looking for songs that can give me my sugar fix without all the unnecessary (but so delicious) calories. So we decided to compile a list of all the best songs about dessert (or with dessert themed lyrics) that you can play at your backyard summer barbeque, a hot rooftop party, or even if you’re just paddling in the kiddie pool.
Pretty Little Nightmare – Stefy: This tune by Stefy is perfect for driving in the car on a hot summer night or getting ready to head out with your girls. Stefy starts the song with, “I am an orange gum drop stuck in your mouth.” The first lyric in her song is about candy? She must read BFFF.
Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard: This popular song by Def Leppard is famous for its 1980s sex appeal, and I’m thinking they had something right. I mean, aside from all the spandex and glitter (well, maybe keep the glitter), if the epitome of hot is to “Pour some sugar on me. I can’t get enough. I’m hot sticky sweet, from my head to my feet,” I think I’m okay with that.
Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel: This is one of my favorite summer songs. “Hide it in a hiding place where no one ever goes/ Put it in the pantry with your cupcakes.” The lyrics totally remind me of my grandma baking and cooking the most delicious food in the summer and stowing it away in the pantry so none of us little ones could get it.
Milkshake – Kelis: “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard,/And they’re like/, It’s better than yours.” To be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure what Kelis is implying, but I am happy to shake what my mama gave me to such an upbeat song about a frosty summer treat.
I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow: This is probably the most infamous song about sweets. The chorus is the phrase “I Want Candy” repeated over and over. While the song is about a guy, I can tell you that sometimes I just legitimately want candy, and I’m not above blasting this as I drive to the store to buy some.
Big Rock Candy Mountain – Harry McClintock: This is basically a song about a Utopia located in the “Big Rock Candy Mountains” as the song calls them. With lakes full of whiskey, the ability to sleep all day, and living in somewhere made entirely out of huge rock candies, I am ready to relocate now.
Lollipop – The Chordettes: “Call my baby lollipop/ Tell you why/ His kiss is sweeter than an apple pie.” An absolute classic, this is by far one of the sweetest dessert songs out there. Every lyric is filled with sugary sweet dessert metaphors and the chorus has a super fun “pop!”
Coconut – Harry Nilsson: This song oozes summer beach jam. “You put the lime in the coconut/ You drank ‘em bot’ up.” Easy, chill, and with all this talk of lime and coconut, I’m thinking sweet summer cocktails. Who’s got a blender?
Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones: This song is one of those necessary songs for when you’re cleaning the house, baking a pie, or any other time you’re alone and need to dance embarrassingly. “Brown Sugar, how come you taste so good!” The song was originally written by Mick Jagger for his then girlfriend Marsha Hunt, but despite its implied meaning, I’ll stick to listening to it when I’m making chocolate chip cookies or some other brown sugary treat.
Sugar Sugar – The Archies: On any given day, I can be caught singing this song. “Sugar/Oh honey honey/ You are my candy girl/ and you’ve got me wanting you.” This song is incredibly sweet and full of love, not to mention a ton of fun to listen to.
Cherry Pie – Warrant: “Taste so good, make a grown man cry/ Sweet cherry pie.” This song is a classic. Featured in hundreds of movies, commercials, and played all over mass media, this song is an essential dessert track.
Tootsie Roll – 69 Boyz: “Cotton Candy, Sweet to Go, Let me see that Tootsie Roll!” I have been known to dance to this song for hours on end. I was a mere three years old when it came out, but thanks to my cousins, this song was on replay in my grandparent’s house for an entire summer. And hey, with all the calories you’ll burn dancing to this track, you can afford to eat a couple more tootsie rolls.
Birthday Cake – Rihanna: This is my favorite song of the moment. I can listen to it over and over and not get tired of it. I listen to it while I bake, get ready for the day, drive, write articles…literally everything. I mean, the chorus is the word “cake” repeated over and over. “And it’s not even my birthday/But he wanna lick the icing off.” With all these summer birthdays coming up, I feel like this dessert themed song is going to be the song of the summer.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland: “Someday I’ll wish upon a star/And wake up where the clouds are far behind me/Where troubles melt like lemon drops/Away above the chimney tops/That’s where you’ll find me.” Regarded as one of the most classic songs in American culture, this song will have everyone (from Grandma to Grandchildren) singing.
Candy – Mandy Moore: This is one of those essential 90s sweet pop songs. “Sweet to me/Like sugar to my heart, baby/I’m craving for you/I’m missing you like candy.”
Ice Cream – New Young Pony Club: This song is full of dessert metaphors. “I can make you ice cream/We could be a sweet team/Melting in your vice dreams, sport.” The experimental, pop/rock style of New Young Pony Club creates a fun jam that will have all of us screaming for ice cream all summer long.
Ice Cream – Sarah McLachlan: This next track takes it down a bit and is a little more relaxed dessert anthem. “Your love is better than ice cream/better than anything else that I’ve tried.” The lyrics are incredibly sweet, but a girl has to wonder if Sarah McLachlan has ever made her own ice cream or been to the infamous Salt & Straw in Portland. I mean, is his love REALLY better than Sea Salt Ice Cream with Caramel Ribbons? It’s a pretty tough competition.