The bathroom has long been the traditional place to go if you fancy belting out some of your favourite songs. With its tiled walls and confined space, the acoustics are just right. Although, if you’re looking for somewhere else to practise your crooning, the bedroom comes a close second – who hasn’t used a hairbrush as a pretend microphone at some point in their lives?
Here at HCSupplies, we think the kitchen is the most underrated of rooms when it comes to singing your favourite tunes. Here in the UK we spend plenty of time in our kitchens, cooking, washing up, using our kitchen work tops and generally doing some quite mundane stuff, so why shouldn’t the kitchen be the place to let our vocal chords loose upon the latest chart hit?
With The X Factor reaching a nail-biting climax, and the aptly-named “Honey G” having whet our appetites with her, ahem, unique brand of music, we’ve decided to raid the archives to reveal our top 5 songs to sing in the kitchen. So get that wooden spoon out and get ready to sing along! Do you have the right ingredients to make it as a kitchen X Factor star?
Hey good lookin’ – Hank Williams
“Hey good lookin’. What ya got cookin’?” It’s an oldie but a goldie. This Hank Williams classic is the perfect song for the kitchen, with it’s cheeky comparisons between cookery and sauciness. It’s a reminder of a more innocent age of songwriting, when all that was needed was a mere suggestion of hanky-panky, rather than some of today’s profanity-filled offerings!
Just eat it – Weird Al Yankovic
A delightfully, delicious take on Michael Jackson’s “Beat it” from the King of Spoof music videos! Never before, and most likely never again, has spam featured in a pop song. Whilst he’s not exactly mainstream, Weird Al has actually sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. A performer since 1976, his act has outlasted many of his more illustrious peers. And, as a devout vegan, Weird Al’s diet may be a little more restricted than the song might suggest!
Popcorn – Hot Butter
Despite the silly name and odd, instrumental nature of the track, this is actually a genuine landmark track, being one of the earliest versions of synthpop you’ll ever find. Originally released in 1969, it was remade in 1972 by the group Hot Butter and has since gone on to be an instantly recognisable piece of music, used in adverts, TV programmes and even films. It was worth adding to our list for the crazy dance music video alone!
American Pie – Don McLean
If our first three selections were a little quirky, then this one is an undeniable classic. Don McLean’s masterpiece American Pie, with its profound and distinctly sad lyrics based around the 1959 plane crash which tragically killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Vallens and the Big Bopper, is more like a mini musical rather than a song, at over 8 minutes in length (I mean, who actually knows verses 3 and 4 off by heart?).
It has been covered by many artists, most notably Madonna, but also by none other than Weird Al Yankovic himself (see above) who recorded a parody called “The Saga Begins” which humorously summarised the plot of Star Wars episode 1.
Don’t forget to give it your all when you hit the high notes: “Man, I dig those rhythm and blue-ueeees!”
Cake by the Ocean – DNCE
Coming bang up to date, we give you this sweet offering from American group DNCE. As we’ve seen, songs about food often involve numerous innuendos, and this one is no exception, with “cake by the ocean” serving as a euphemism for a slightly more naughty act that takes place on a beach. As this is a family website, we’ve provided the “clean” version for you to enjoy!
What’s your favourite song to sing in your kitchen? Leave us a comment below!