You may find yourself looking for songs about potatoes for some reason, whether you really like potatoes, or you’re just in the mood for some potato music. Potatoes, whether being eaten or sang about, always make things more enjoyable.
Songs about potatoes cover a wide range of subjects and are just as versatile as a physical potato, so enjoy some delicious potato sounds for your ears. Here are 19 songs about potatoes for you to enjoy while you dig into some potatoes of your own.
1. “Potato Head Blues” by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven
While this song is instrumental-only, its title has stumped people for countless years. Now, having the full internet and history at your fingertips, the mystery has finally been solved. In New Orleans during the 1920s, prominent members of society participated in parades, having their own band accompanying them.
However, the larger the band, the more status it showed you had, so good looking people were often added to the band for the image only and were awful at playing, leading to a potato being put inside their instruments to silence them, earning them the name “potato heads”.
2. “Potato” by Cheryl Wheeler
Cheryl Wheeler wrote, “Potato” during a long walk where she had the tune for the Mexican Hat Dance stuck in her head, along with the word “potato”. She took it as a challenge for herself and wrote an entire song to the tune of the Mexican Hat Dance about potatoes.
However, she did not use the word in the lyrics but rather used it in the chorus with alternating stress on the syllables of the word. She succeeded in creating a goofy song about potatoes set to the tune of the Mexican Hat Dance.
3. “Sad Potato” by Jetti Tha Boi
Jetti Tha Boi is a SoundCloud artist who came out with the song “Sad Potato” in late 2019. While Jetti Tha Boi hasn’t made any comments publically about the meaning of the lyrics, it is relatively easy to understand them, provided you understand the slang meaning of the word potato.
“Potato” is commonly used to refer to someone who is uninteresting, ugly, or boring, similar to a plain, uncooked potato that is ugly and uninteresting. The lyrics reflect on how the subject feels sad and unseen in his life and feels as though he will amount to nothing in the future.
4. “Potato Graveyard” by The Pox Men
“Potato Graveyard” is a sea shanty song about the location of where everything lost ends up and where all things will eventually go to. The Potato Graveyard is the place where missing socks, leftover dinner, and even lost love can be found resting.
5. “Sweet Potato Pie” by Ray Charles, James Taylor
This jazzy song sung by Ray Charles and James Taylor pays tribute to their love for the women of their dreams who completes them. Their nickname for the love of their life in this long is “Sweet Potato Pie” and she keeps their spirits in the clouds while never letting life be dull when she’s around.
6. “Potato Girl” by Jake Llaguno
Jake Llaguno is an internet content creator on Youtube and TikTok who writes songs at the request of others centered around the fictional characters they like. “Potato Girl” is a song about the character Sasha Brauss from Attack on Titan, a Japanese manga first released in 2009 that was made into an anime adaptation in 2013.
Sasha Brauss is nicknamed “Potato Girl” in the series because when she was introduced, she was eating a potato she had stolen and punished for her crime. The girl earn herself the nickname at that time as she would do almost anything for potatoes.
7. “Couch Potato” by Weird Al” Yankovic
Weird Al Yankovic is a parody artist who makes comedic versions of popular songs. “Couch Potato” is a parody of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” which he released in 2003. The premise of the song is spending all of your time watching television, having become a “couch potato” where your only hobby is sitting on the couch and eating food.
8. “Sweet Potato Piper” by Bing Crosby
“Sweet Potato Piper” is a song from the movie musical, “The Road to Singapore”. The song is sung by two con men in an attempt to gain the trust of the locals before trying to sell them a scam product.
The lyrics say, “Music soothes the savage / That’s a well-known phrase / But your heart becomes / Full of kettle drums / When the sweet potato piper plays”. It is clear from the lyrics the two men are trying to use music to gain trust and think of themselves as the Sweet Potato Piper.
9. “Diggin’ My Potatoes” by Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
“Diggin’ My Potatoes” is an old blues song about heartbreak and how it feels to be without a special someone. “Somebody’s diggin’ my potatoes, tramplin’ on my vine” is an analogy for someone else coming into his house and getting their hands in the things that are his. Eventually, the singer moves on from the woman who broke his heart and realizes he doesn’t need her anymore.
10. “Potato Salad And Shrimp” by Glenn Davis Doctor G
This song is everything that its name promises! The track is about the artist’s enjoyment and craving for potato salad and shrimp and follows him on his journey to get some from the deli. We can hear the artist beaming with joy as he eats the potato salad and shrimp.
11. “Couch Potato” by Lucky Doug Fergus
This song by Lucky Doug Fergus is a positive spin on his own life. Doug can be heard proclaiming how proud he is to be a couch potato and as he constantly watches television and eats food, he believes that all people who are exercising or working are fools.
12. “Mrs. Potato Head” by Melanie Martinez
This song deals with the heavy topic of forced beauty standards that lead to body dysmorphia and self-esteem issues. “Mrs. Potato Head” refers to the popular toy that allows you to change facial features and body parts to the ones you like, reflecting on how people are growing up in today’s society, learning how to change how they look so others will think they’re beautiful. Listening to this song may force you to deliberate over the unnecessary importance given to facial features by society.
13. “Mashed Potato Time” by Dee Dee Sharp
Dee Dee Sharp was the first black female teen idol and her biggest song “Mashed Potato Time” was released in the early 1960s. She wrote this song to help promote the dance “Mashed Potato” and uses it to showcase other songs of the time.
14. “Potato Chips” by Jamin Bradley
“Potato Chips” is a song that was written, recorded, and filmed over the course of one five-hour session between Jamin Bradley and his brother. The song, as the name clearly suggests, talks about their mutual love for potato chips and how there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for a potato chip.
15. “Boiled Potato” by Blake Babies
This song is a love song for the boiled potato on the plate in front of you. Potatoes are the superhero of this song as the singers talk about how much you love them, how they fill the holes inside of you, and how they just can’t understand how you feel about that boiled potato.
16. “Mr. Potato Head” by The Game
This song by The Game is an early 2000s song that uses Mr. Potato Head as a reference to how The Game built up and helped the people around him and in his community. The song is a direct message to some people to remind them why they’re there and who helped them get there.
17. “Hot Potato” by The Wiggles
“Hot Potato” is a song by the children’s band The Wiggles. The song goes through different foods, starting with the hot potato, and uses physical actions to associate with the food in an effort to get kids up and moving while working on their speech.
18. “Potato’s In The Paddy Wagon” by The New Main Street Singers
This song takes the listener on a wild ride, starting with the birth of a little girl Potato who was born while the mother was holding a sweet potato. The story progresses to when Potato is all grown up and is being asked to a ball by the sheriff.
She rejects the sheriff’s offer so he locked her up in the paddy wagon. Potato’s family goes to rescue her but leaves her when Potato tells them the sheriff wants to marry her. The whole song is set to a fast polka tune that helps move the story along.
19. “Baked Potato” by Joyful Awe Music
This song is strictly about baked potatoes and margarine, adding in the occasional side dish of lemon tart with a cool whip. Most of the lyrics are simply “Baked potato and margarine” repeated in a cheery voice by the singer.
These songs about potatoes have ranged from being strictly about potatoes all the way to symbolizing beauty standards and lost love. No matter what you’re in the mood for, these songs about potatoes are just as versatile and delicious as a regular potato, so eat up some good tunes!