Starting off a new year having your own kitchen can often be overwhelming. You won’t necessarily have all of the cooking equipment that your parents have at home and you might not be exactly sure how to do it on your own.

Thankfully, Spotify exists at a student rate. Music is the perfect way to calm your cooking nerves and hone in on new skills. These food-related songs are great to sing along to. Have fun, and whistle while you work.


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All songs are listed on this playlist, “hungry hungry hippos” on Spotify.

1. Broccoli feat. Lil Yachty – D.R.A.M.

Big shout out here to D.R.A.M. for highlighting a vegetable that gets too much hate. Roll up these yummy little Cheesy Broccoli Tots.

2. Sugar – Maroon 5

A great excuse to watch the music video.

3. Bitten by the Apple – Big Black Delta

You’re really gonna want to take a bite out of these Apple Cider Donut Bites.

4. Simple Things – Miguel

Miguel reminds us to remember the simple things in our cooking, but even the pros forget sometimes. The Huffington Post has a simple list of essential things you shouldn’t forget.

5. Candy Shop – 50 Cent

You can ditch the candy shop all together and make these candy inspired drinks in your kitchen instead.

6. Bonfire – Childish Gambino

There’s a lot to love about Childish Gambino and his incredible ability to freestyle, but you definitely don’t want a forgotten dish on the stove to turn into a bonfire.

7. Mess is Mine – Vance Joy

A reminder that making a mess is sometimes all part of the experience.

8. Better Together – Jack Johnson

PB & J… chocolate and peanut butter… broccoli and cheetos? They’re all better together in your cooking.

9. I Am A God feat. God – Kanye West

Kanye just talked to Jesus, he said, “look at these birthday cake croissants.”

10. American Pie – Don McLean

What’s more American than a good ol’ slice of pie à la mode?

11. Sunshine & Whiskey – Frankie Ballard

Grill up some Irish Whiskey Burgers to add more sunshine to your day.

12. Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band

Everything just tastes better fried. Here are the 25 best places in the country to get your fried chicken fix.

13. Your Song – Elton John

Elton John’s gift to you is his song, my gift to you is this recipe for a Cinnamon Roll Waffle Sandwich with Bacon, Nutella, PB, and Chocolate Chips.

14. Cake by the Ocean – DNCE

You can actually bring your cake to the ocean when you bake it in a mug.

15. Collard Greens feat. Kendrick Lamar – ScHoolboy Q

Guy Fieri has a classic recipe highlighting one of his favorite, and severely underrated, veggies.

16. Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2 feat. Jay Z – Drake

Take your pound cake to another level using Limoncello.

17. Root Beer Rag – Billy Joel

Root beer floats are about as classic as Billy Joel is as a singer. If you’re looking to spice up your ice cream and soda combo, here are four creative ideas that’ll have everyone running to your kitchen.

18. Company – Justin Bieber

Cooking is always fun with others, especially for family dinner.

19. Cherry Wine – Hozier

Drinking a glass while you cook is always encouraged, but you can also turn it into cupcakes jammin’ out to the Irish genius.

20. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) – James Taylor

“How sweet it is to make strawberry and beet pancakes…” That’s how the song goes, right?

21. Milkshake – Kelis

Try making your next milkshake with vegan ice cream.

22. Help! – The Beatles

This one is especially good for when you’re having one of those classic SOS moments in the kitchen.