REVEALED: Candy, wine, and pie are top song subjects when it comes to food and drink

In the lead up to a special culinary guest appearance at this year’s Restaurant Show 2014, music licensing company PPL has revealed the top 20 most played songs with food and drink in the title.

Look closely at the chart and you will see both original and cover versions of famous food songs and bellowing beverage melodies are featured; some of which were first released as far back as the 1960s, showing just how enduring the relationship between music and consumables truly is.

The chart is compiled from PPL’s exclusive data which includes TV, radio and online usage as well as songs played in restaurants, bars, pubs, shops, gyms and other public places that use music. Featuring at the number one slot is Robbie Williams’ 2012 chart smash ‘Candy’. The full top twenty is as follows:

  1. Candy by Robbie Williams
  2. Red Red Wine by UB40
  3. I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
  4. American Pie by Don Mclean
  5. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) by Four Tops
  6. Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones
  7. Lady Marmalade by Moulin Rouge
  8. Green Onions by Booker T and the MGS
  9. Champagne Supernova by Oasis
  10. Whiskey in the Jar by Thin Lizzy
  11. Lady Marmalade by Patti Labelle
  12. Black Coffee by All Saints
  13. Sugar Sugar by the Archies
  14. Coffee and TV by Blur
  15. Candyman by Christine Aguilera
  16. Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles
  17. Raspberry Beret by Prince and the Revolution
  18. American Pie by Madonna
  19. Candy by Paolo Nutini
  20. Pumpkin Soup by Kate Nash

PPL will be attending The Restaurant Show, Earl’s Court 2, London between 6-8 October, with special guest chef Sarah Muir, who will be giving a series of exclusive free seminars at the PPL stand (K18). Muir, who has prepared meals for the likes of Elton John, Whitney Houston, Oasis, Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, George Michael and Robbie Williams, will talk about the benefits of playing recorded music in business and the undisputed value it can bring to hospitality trade. Taking place across all three days at the trade show, at 11am, 3pm, and 4:30pm, seminar attendees will get the opportunity to meet the “Rock Star Chef” in person and take part in a live Q&A.

The Restaurant Show takes place 6-8 October, Earls Court 2, London, and is free to attend. To print off your free visitors pass visit

Sarah Muir’s seminars will be take place at the PPL stand (K18), at 11am, 3pm, and 4:30pm, each day.

Notes to Editors

PPL activity at The Restaurant Show, Earls

PPL’s Business Relationship Executives will be on hand at the PPL stand (K18) to answer any questions businesses have about music licensing for their premises. There will be a free exclusive gift handed out at the end of each Sarah Muir’s seminars along with competition giveaways and fun activities throughout the day.

For further information on how to get to / attend the Restaurant Show, visit:  / @RestaurantShow #TRS2014

About PPL

PPL is the music licensing company which works on behalf of over 90,000 record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public (at pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast (on TV, radio and online) across the UK. Our members include major record labels and independents as well as globally successful performers and session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers. The majority are small businesses, all of whom are legally entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their recordings and performances.

PPL also operates an international royalty collection service. With 71 reciprocal agreements in place in 35 countries with other international collecting societies - or Collective Management Organisations (CMOS) as they are sometimes referred to – PPL helps members to get paid when their music is played internationally. / @PPLUK

After the deduction of PPL’s running costs, all licence fee income is distributed to members. PPL does not retain a profit for its services. In 2013 PPL collected revenues of £176.9m.

About Sarah Muir

Sarah was born and raised on a farm in North Yorkshire and after touring the world, she came home to be with her friends and surrounded by the people and the food she loves most. Cooking has given Sarah the most amazing life and a library full of stories.

Having gained all her formal catering qualifications and working locally, Sarah set up an outside catering business and spent the next 20 years on the road with bands and artists. She provided hospitality services to some pretty high flying entertainers including – Elton John; Madness; The Prodigy; Whitney Houston; George Michael; Bob Dylan; Bon Jovi; Travis; Manic Street Preachers; Chemical Brothers; Oasis; Van Morrison; Lionel Richie and Robbie Williams to name a few. Sarah has also been also the personal chef to Radiohead for six world tours and the Spice Girls and Melanie C world tours. For further information about Sarah and the Arches Cookery School visit or @ArchesCookery on Twitter