sweet sounds of music

By Amy Hammons

Over the years, sugar has made its way into song lyrics and song titles too many times to count. Ask your friends to name a song with sugar or candy in the title, and it probably takes them fewer than five seconds to list several songs. In fact, sugar songs are so common that there have been nine artists who have written songs titled “Sugar.”

The song that first comes to mind probably depends on when you grew up or what you most recently heard on the radio. My first two thoughts are Echo and the Bunnymen’s “Lips Like Sugar” and Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” I guess you can deduce that I was a teen in the 80s. Our staff favorites include “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones and “Sugar Town” by Nancy Sinatra.

Sugar Songs

For fun I asked a group of registered dietitians their favorite sugar or candy songs, and here are their top picks.

  1. “Sugar,” Maroon 5 – Zena Roz, RDN, LD and CeCe Gifford, RD, CSSD, LD, CLT
  2. “A Spoonful of Sugar,” Julie Andrews – Rebecca Suddock, MS, RD, LD and Lori Manning RD, LD
  3. “I Want Candy,” Aaron Carter – Brittyn Howard, MS, RDN, LD
  4. “Sugar Sugar,” the Archies – Jasmyn Walker, MS, RD, LD, CNSC
  5. “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” Def Leppard – Carrie Manning, RD, LD and Brittany Link, MSW, RD, LD
  6. “Sugartime,” the McGuire Sisters – Tiffany Hull, MS, RDN, LD, FADA
  7. “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond – Catherine Kruppa, MS, RD, CSSD, LD
  8. “The Candyman,” Sammy Davis  – Karen Funderburg, MS, RDN, LD

Sugar Bands

Not only are there sugar songs, two American bands have sugar in their names.

The American alternative rock band, Sugar, was formed in 1992. They were led by the singer and guitarist Bob Mould, alongside bassist David Barbe, and drummer Malcolm Travis. The band was named in an Athens, GA Waffle House when Mould spotted a sugar packet on the table where he and the other two band members were sitting. How sweet is that?

The American rock band, Sugar Ray, was formed in 1986. The group began as a funk metal band but gained mainstream fame in 1997 with their release of the song “Fly.”

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