Looking for some sweet songs for your sweet? We’re not talking mushy love songs, but songs about candy, chocolate and sugary confections. These sweet nothings really say something. Forget the box of chocolates-here’s a dozen of the sweetest songs for your sweetie.
“I Want Candy”- Bow Wow Wow( 1982)
This song was originally recorded by The Strangeloves back in 1965, but it was the early 1980’s version by Bow Wow Wow that made the song a hit (tween heartthrob Aaron Carter later covered the song). The Bow Wow Wow version was rotated heavily on a brand new MTV, making it one of the earliest videos on the music video network.
“Sugar Sugar”-The Archies (1969)
Who can forget this bubblegum pop song by cartoon band, The Archies? And although it represents sugary pop at its finest, this song has amazingly been covered multiple times, by artists as diverse as Bob Marley and the Wailers and punk band, The Germs.
“Pure Imagination “- Gene Wilder (1971).
Nothing screams “Candyland” like this classic song from the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. While the lyrics don’t reference sweets directly, one listen and you’ll be swooped back to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, with visions of lollipop trees and chocolate rivers. The original Gene Wilder version is the definitive version of this song, although in 2004 Maroon 5 gave the song an updated remake.
“The Candy Man”- Sammy Davis Jr. (1972)
This song also appeared in the movie “Willy Wonka” (sung by English actor, Aubrey Woods), but it was Sammy Davis Jr.’s cover version of the tune the following year that made it famous, with the song hitting number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972.
“Ice Cream”- Sarah McLachlan (1994)
From her 1994 album, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Sarah McLachlan’s ballad tells of a love that is better than ice cream, better than chocolate. Is there any other kind?
“Lollipop”- The Chordettes (1958)
In recent years, the barber shop quartet- sounding “Lollipop” was featured on a Dell computer commercial, but decades before that the song was a radio hit in 1958 for girl quartet, The Chordettes. Since then the song has turned up on TV shows like Cheers, Happy Days and The Simpsons.
“Pour Some Sugar On Me”- Def Leppard (1987)
No sweet song list would be complete without the hot, sticky sweet lyrics of British rockers, Def Leppard. And for those who need to cut back on sugar, this song even mentions artificial sweetener, saccharine!
“The Peppermint Twist”- Joey Dee and the Starliters (1961)
Back in the dance crazed 1960’s, if you wanted to do the twist, what better song to dance to that this peppermint-infused song? Later this song became even sweeter when it was covered by 70’s glam rock band, Sweet.
“Ice Cream Man”-Van Halen (1977)
Leave it to Diamond Dave and Co. to take the innocence of the neighborhood ice cream truck and turn it into something suggestive, but that’s what we love about the old Van Halen, right? This song is irresistible, referencing ice cream truck faves like Dixie cups, banana pops and pushups. And all flavors are guaranteed to satisfy.
“Candy”- Mandy Moore (1999)
Pop singer Mandy Moore was only 15 years old when she debuted this song back in 1999, singing about how she craves her boy’s love with the lyrics, “Sweet to me , Like sugar to my heart , I’m cravin’ for you , I’m missin’ you like candy”. Nothing like teenaged angst coupled with sugar withdrawal!
“On the Good Ship Lollipop”- Shirley Temple (1934)
This was 1930’s child star Shirley Temple’s signature song back in the day, and while it may be a bit dated, how can you resist a song that talks about bon bons playing on a peppermint bay, lemonade stands and crackerjack bands everywhere, while ultimately landing on a chocolate bar? That’s one trip back in time I’m willing to take.
“A Marshmallow World” (1950)
This Christmas song about “marshmallow clouds” talks about “a whipped cream day”, sugary dates and “a yum- yummy world made for sweethearts”. Best of all, just about every crooner has covered this Christmas classic, including Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis. Now that’s sweet!