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When Jim Morrison sang about a “feast of friends,” this probably wasn’t what he had in mind. Nevertheless, there are an abundance of band names that leave fans wondering, are we really talking about music here or are we planning next week’s dinner?
The following is a list of the Top 10 Musicians Named After Foods, ranked from those with sparse hits to the most well-known and established artists of our time. Bon appetit...I mean, enjoy!
10. Hot Chocolate
This British pop band was on top of the charts in the 70s and 80s. They are best known for their catchy, infectious single, "You Sexy Thing,” which went all the way to #3 on the US charts. Since its initial success, “You Sexy Thing” has been kept alive by countless commercials and romantic movie montages.
9. The Cranberries
Thanks to heavy rotation on 90s radio stations, everyone knows the lyrics to “Linger,” The Cranberries’ emotional hit that first became popular in 1993. A unique mix of indie, pop, and Celtic influences, The Cranberries left behind a distinctive sound that no one has since been able to duplicate.
8. Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice (real name: Robert Van Winkle) was quite possibly the worst white rapper of all time. At the very least, he certainly had the most horrendous haircut. Despite all the flack he's received for it, Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” remains a karaoke favorite. Controversy over the origins of the beat only fuel listeners more. Vanilla Ice denied stealing/sampling from Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure,” but the songs are eerily similar in any case.
It’s hard not to get up and dance to Salt-N-Pepa’s 1987 smash hit, “Push It.” The song peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and was certified platinum. Music lovers rated it #9 on the VH1 special 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. In addition to various movie soundtracks, “Push It” is now being enjoyed at a whole new level in the XBOX 360 Kinect game, Dance Central.
2003 brought Korn a Best Metal Performance Grammy win for “Here to Stay.” The music video was played continuously on MTV and made quite an impact on young viewers. The frightening images paired with the band’s dark style and lyrics offers a pessimistic view of the world around us.
Bread was a 70s rock band from Los Angeles, California. “Make It with You” established them as a soft-rock staple. The sensual, soothing crooning of this song allowed Bread to have a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Cream was a 1960s pop group which consisted of rock royalty Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. Their biggest hit was “Sunshine of Your Love,” which reached #5 on the US charts. It has since been revived by video games such as Guitar Hero, which introduced the classic to a whole new generation of listeners.
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been going strong in the music business since their formation in 1983. Their eclectic mix of funk, rock and hip hop has earned them six Grammy awards. Their 2006 album Stadium Arcadium featured “Dani California,” which was the album’s fastest-selling single, peaking at #6. The video has become a fan favorite as it showcases the band dressed to imitate various music groups and genres throughout the decades.
Eminem is quite possibly the best white rapper of all time. Rolling Stone dubbed him the “King of Hip Hop,” and it’s easy to see why. From the 90s through present day, Eminem has achieved #1 status on the Billboard 200 for ten of his albums. He has sold more than 41 million albums in the US alone. No one’s flow and cadence are as smooth and intriguing to listen to as Eminem’s. Take a listen to “Lose Yourself,” and you’ll see what I mean.
Meatloaf was a hard rock artist who found tremendous success with “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.” But it was his super smash, “Paradise By the Dashboard Light,” that placed him at the top of this countdown. The masterpiece, a duet with Ellen Foley, exceeds eight minutes, leaving those who sing along breathless by the end. It is structurally astounding as it tells the story of falling in and out of love and lust. There are moments of reminiscence, a baseball broadcast filled with innuendos, a demand for promises of love and wishes that the relationship will end. Make an effort to learn every word. Being able to recite this song feels like quite the accomplishment!