Young and Hungry

From ‘Cherry Pie’ To ‘Milkshake,’ 30 Years of Food in Music Videos

As MTV celebrates its 30th anniversary this week, Smithsonian's Food & Think blog examines the use of various foodstuffs in music videos—oh, you know, those visual promos for pop songs that you used to see on the cable network before the Real World and Jersey Shore came along. As you can probably guess, a lot of that food imagery falls into the “overt sexual metaphor” category. Consider the tantalizing slice of dessert falling ever so provocatively into the lap of the buxom leggy model in Warrant's 1990 "Cherry Pie" video. My personal favorite, though, may be "Weird Al" Yankovic's ode to picky eaters back in 1984 (embedded below).

What's your favorite culinary cameo in music video history?

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