20 Songs About Candy

Candy has a special meaning when you are a child and it continues to enamor people even when they are adults. Whatever your age, everyone seems to have a happy feeling about this delightful item. Even though songs about candy can have many different meanings, they all have some element of sweetness. Here are 20 songs about candy that can add flavor to your music list. 

1. “Candy” by Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore - Candy (Video)Mandy Moore – Candy (Video)

Mandy Moore is an American pop artist. She got her start in 1993, being only about 9 years old! Her music career spans almost 30 years! Her song “Candy” is about love and being addicted to love. This draws parallels to how candy can be addicting to some people.

2. “I Want Candy” by The Strangeloves

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The Strangeloves are a group from the United States and though the band only lasted four years (1964-1968), they have very popular songs under their belt. “I Want Candy” is one of them. The song describes a girl, (who could also go by the name Candy) in the same way you would describe candy. Sweet, desire, mouth-watering are some of the words that are used to describe this girl in the song, and it works very well to relay the feelings. 

3. “Candy Store Rock” by Led Zeppelin

Candy Store Rock (Remaster)Candy Store Rock (Remaster)

Led Zeppelin is one of those bands that doesn’t really need an introduction. They are a band from England that started in 1968. Though the band only lasted 12 years, they are considered one of the most influential bands to ever exist. They have many, many popular songs, and  “Candy Store Rock” is one of them. As the singer communicates how he desires a girl, he constantly draws parallels between the girl in question to candy.

4. “Candy and a Currant Bun” by Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd - "Candy And A Currant Bun"Pink Floyd – “Candy And A Currant Bun”

Pink Floyd is yet another band that doesn’t need much of an introduction. They started their career in 1964 and reigned the music scene for decades and many generations. “Candy and a Currant Bun” is a song about a girl and watching her do everyday things like run to buy a candy and currant bun. The way they make the lyrics rhyme is pretty good and an interesting choice in your music list. 

5. “Candy-O” by The Cars

Candy-O (2016 Remaster)Candy-O (2016 Remaster)

The Cars are a pop-rock band from the United States. They started in the 1970s and have many many years of musical experience. Candy-O is one of their many songs it shows their musical experience. This song could have many different meanings and is pretty open-ended. Like many other songs, many listeners believe it’s about a woman and needing her at night.

6. “The Candy Man” by Sammy Davis, Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr. - The Candy Man (1972)Sammy Davis Jr. – The Candy Man (1972)

Sammy Davis Jr. was a musician that started his career in 1928! He did so for over 60 years until he died in 1990 at 64 years old. If you still need to be convinced of his abilities as a musician, listen to the song “The Candy Man”. The song was actually a cover from the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and as most people would have guessed already, the song is literally about a man giving out candy, hence “The Candy Man”.

7. “Lollipop” by Chordettes

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The Chordettes are a singing quartet. They started their career in 1946, which lasted until 1963. Known for their pop music, their song “Lollipop” is one of the most popular songs by the band. As convinced as you may be that the singers are talking about lollipops, the lyrics tell a different story – they compare kissing to how we eat lollipops. Pretty creative for the times, weren’t they!

8. “Candy Bling” by Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey is another popular pop artist. She started her career in 1988 and spent the next three decades making music! “Candy Bling” tells the story about someone they miss, likely a significant other and they wish to have them back. She constantly compares the person she is talking about to candy, by saying “sweet like candy bling”.

9. “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow

Bow Wow Wow - I Want CandyBow Wow Wow – I Want Candy

Bow Wow Wow is an English New Wave and Pop band. The group started in 1980 and thrived for over 40 years. The song “I Want Candy” is one of their most popular songs. It is basically about wanting someone as a lover and as the trend in most songs on this list, compared the feeling to that of wanting candy. 

10. “Lollipop Train” by The Grass Roots


The Grass Roots are an American band that formed in 1965 and are still active to this day!. They are known for folk and pop music in their songs. “Lollipop Train” is one of their popular songs. The song is about riding on a lollipop train, or telling a girl she is riding on a lollipop train. They’re basically saying, “you have it good, so don’t worry”.

11. “Candyman” by Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera - Candyman (Regular Version)Christina Aguilera – Candyman (Regular Version)

Christina Aguilera is an American pop artist. She started her career in 1992 and continues to this day, with almost 30 years in the music business. This too is a song that expresses love and desire for a man who she endearingly refers to as the “Candyman”.

12. “Candy Says” by The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground - Candy SaysThe Velvet Underground – Candy Says

The Velvet Underground, while a lesser-known band, is known for its experimental rock music. They formed the band in 1964, and played until 1996, but took many breaks in between.  “Candy Says” is one of the songs they released during these years. This song has a deeper meaning behind it as it could mean multiple things. The song is more or less a reminder to like yourself and like what you see in the mirror.

13. “Candy Girl” by New Edition

Candy Girl official video New Edition 1983Candy Girl official video New Edition 1983

New Edition is a pop and R&B group. They got their start in 1978 and continue to be active to this day (even with a few hiatus’ in between). “Candy Girl” continues to be a favorite term for the girl in their life. 

14. “Cherry Popsicle ” by Jann Arden

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Jann Arden is a Canadian-born pop artist and another one of those with a 30-year long career. . Her song “Cherry Popsicle” is about a significant other she once had. The singer expresses her desire to have him back in her life as she lovingly refers to him as the cherry popsicle – the title of the song. 

15. “Hard Candy Christmas” by Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton - Hard Candy Christmas (Official Audio)Dolly Parton – Hard Candy Christmas (Official Audio)

Dolly Parton is an influential American country and bluegrass singer. She has been active in her music career since 1956, or since she was 10 years old. That gives her over 50 years of experience in music! One of the songs she released throughout the years “Hard Candy Christmas” is about facing hard times during the holidays. She lists many problems people face during these times and calls it a “Hard Candy Christmas”.

16. “Bubble Gum World” by 1910 Fruitgum Company

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The 1910 Fruitgum Company is a pop band from America and they got their start in 1965, and they still perform to this day! “Bubble Gum World” is different from most of the songs listed above because it discusses some had feelings. This song is about a girl who likes ‘toying’ with other people, possibly other men. They say “you think you’re in a bubble gum world,” but also say “you’re too old to think it’s true” implying she is old enough to know better but still does whatever she’s doing anyway.

17. “Candy Man” by The Hollies

The Hollies - Candy ManThe Hollies – Candy Man

The Hollies are a British pop band that started in 1962 and performs to this day! The song “Candy Man” was popular in the day and was about a special lady referred to as ‘sweet’ among other things. It is widely believed that band members referred to themselves as the “Candy Man”. 

18. “Sugar Dumpling” by Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke. "Sugar dumpling"Sam Cooke. “Sugar dumpling”

Sam Cooke was an American soul and R&B musician with a career that only spanned for 13 years when he passed away (1951-1964). Though it was short-lived, he produced popular songs during that time, one of them being “Sugar Dumpling”. This song is about his significant other, and how he calls her ‘sugar dumpling’.

19. “Rock Candy” by Montrose

Montrose - Rock CandyMontrose – Rock Candy

Montrose is an American hard rock band. They have been in the music business since 1973 to now – with the occasional hiatus, and they do occasional shows now). Their song “Rock Candy” is about a girl and they are comparing her to “rock candy”. The lyrics are used to imply that she’s hard on the outside but sweet on the inside.

20. “Hard Candy” by Counting Crows

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Counting Crows, an American rock band, is well known for alternative rock and pop-rock. Their song “Hard Candy” is an ode to the old times. This song talks about how nostalgia is just an illusion and stuff is just bland – like hard candy.


So there you have the list of 20 amazing and undeniably sweet songs from the past few decades. As mentioned before, songs about candy can have many different meanings. Some are about love, some about a loved one while others are an excuse to reminisce about the good old days. Hit play and enjoy this overload of sweetness!