From Lana Del Rey’s “Diet Mountain Dew” to Prince’s “Little Red Corvette,” there are countless songs featuring the names of products. However, though the names appear in the title, they can be a reference, a lyrical metaphor or just have nothing to do with the song at all.
Not every track should be confused with an ode. There are many songs that feature an item as muse, whether that item be cigarettes, shoes or spicy Cheetos.
Here are a few great examples.
“Ode To Viceroy,” Mac DeMarco.
Who loves smoking Viceroys more than Mac DeMarco? Maybe your Uncle Paul, but he didn’t write a song about them, or put together a '90s VHS tape-esque music video featuring the cigarette pack throughout. You can even watch Mac smoke 17 Viceroys at once! That’s true love.
"Hot Cheetos and Takis," Y.N. RichKids.
Who doesn’t appreciate a great snack food in life? These adorable kids not only made a great jam about the finger-staining combo of Hot Cheetos
, but also made a great video. (And that “Crunch” chant? Stole my heart.) High fives to the Beats And Rhymes after-school program in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for helping these kids showcase their rap skills.
“Kodachrome,” Paul Simon.
Remember film? Oh, sweet, sweet 35mm film. What may be looked at as a hassle now was immortablized by Paul Simon in his 1973 song about the Kodak film Kodachrome. According to Songfacts, the BBC wouldn’t play songs that could sound like endorsements, so this song was never a hit in England.
“Coffee Blues,” Mississippi John Hurt.
“You can bring me whiskey you can bring me tea, but that won’t satisfy me,” sings Mississippi John Hurt. All the man wants is a loving spoonful of Maxwell House coffee. Though he mentions the coffee brand’s name and slogan, “Good 'til the last drop,” in the intro, you can’t help but feel for Mississippi John, knowing what it’s like to crave a cup of coffee.
“Air Force Ones,” Nelly.
Who says only ladies have a shoe fetish? Nelly’s “Air Force Ones” also stars Kyjuan, Alu and Murphy Lee losing their minds over the details of the infamous Nike. No word on whether the sales of Air Force Ones went up after this song, but I’m pretty sure Nelly has shoes for life.
Can you think of any others? Let us know in the comments below.
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