Coffee in Songs

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A few blogs ago we had a look at some of our favourite films with a dash of coffee in them. So this time out we thought it was time to flip the script and have a go at some of the best songs of all time to feature the hot black drinkable stuff. Whether you agree with our list as the best of all time is purely subjective, so we’d love to hear from you if there’s something we’ve missed that makes your top list.

Sting – Englishman in New York

Possibly the top title on everyone’s list, Sting’s 1990s were most famous for this whimsical take on ex-pat life in the Big Apple. The line in question tells the waitress that he doesn’t drink coffee, he takes tea my dear. Quite how many people these days would hang on this old tradition in the UK these days is another thing. It seems now that many hot drinks lovers are definitely coffee aficiandos

Take That – Back for Good

Staying in the 1990s, the anthemic ballad of Take That has to be Back for Good. It was without question the Boy Band’s greatest hit and Gary Barlow’s signature tune. The popular song-writer claimed he hammered out the melody and words in around 15 minutes, making him one of the best paid by the hour workers that year on the planet. The song makes reference to lipstick marks on a coffee cup, indicating how recently the crooner’s lover had been out the door.

Carly Simon – You’re So Vain

Carly Simon is one of the greats. Often unappreciated in this day and age who can forget her brilliant Bong song, one of the best there is, as after all Nobody Does It Better. But she’s probably best remembered for the song You’re So Vain. Rumours have it that the piece is about Warren Beatty whilst other sources say its Mick Jagger. Whoever the stranger is wearing an apricot scarf, to Carly it’s all clouds in her coffee, clouds in her coffee…

Beastie Boys – Intergalactic

The Beastie Boys broke the Rap mould along-time before the likes of Eminem bought a new flavour to the table. These shouty and sometimes whiny New Yorkers had a style all of their own that encouraged the masses to fight for their right to party. It wasn’t until the 1990s however that they got down with the coffee thing proclaiming to love their sugar with coffee and cream.

So there you have it. Some of our favourite songs that bring coffee into the mix in a variety of ways – whilst avoiding some of the obvious choices like the Frank Sinatra Coffee song. We hope you’ve enjoyed this little musical jaunt.