Morning Playlist: Our 12 Favorite Songs About Coffee

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Wake up your taste buds by popping in your ear buds and cranking up this compilation of caffeinated tunes. Just don't dance and sip that joe at the same time: Burn hazard!

"Black Coffee in Bed" by Squeeze

This classic Squeeze ditty is perfect for recovering on those first few post-breakup mornings—you know, when that first cup is nursing the headache you got by trying to nurse your broken heart with margaritas the night before.
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"In the Cappuccino Bar" by Jonathan Richman

Leave it to the quirky granddaddy of proto-punk to wax rock n' roll about getting overcaffeinated and having to dance it out. "Three cappuccinos and a honey bun" will do that to you, Jonathan.
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"Short Double Latte" by Combustible Edison

Funky eclectic lounge lizards Combustible Edison know how to lay down some latte love. Kick your shoes off, sink your feet into that shag carpet, and sip the rosetta off the top of your short double latte while groovin' to their instrumental ode to the stuff.
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"Caffeine" by Patty Larkin

Guitar vixen and singer-songwriter Patty Larkin even manages to name drop George Howell's historic Harvard Square cafe, the Coffee Connection (birthplace of the frappuccino) in this blues-touched 1985 tune. Now that's some caffeine cred.
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"Black Coffee" recorded by Ella Fitzgerald

We've all "drowned our past regrets in coffee and cigarettes" before, but nobody puts a point on it like Ella. Her sweetly melancholic croon will have you weeping into your Americano if you're not careful.
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"One Cup of Coffee" by Bob Marley

Before he was jammin' till the jam was through, this master of mellow was lingering over one last cup of coffee before leaving his lady behind in this, one of his first singles from 1962. It might surprise Marley fans how much more "Rock Around the Clock" the track is than, say, "No Woman No Cry," but one guesses it's just that the buzz had to wear off before he found his real Rasta groove.
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"Java Jive" by the Ink Spots

Yes, shockingly, you can love both coffee and tea, proven in this breezy, jazzy 1940 hit by the Ink Spots. Just slip me a slug from that wonderful mug, yadig?
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"Busting Up a Starbucks" by Mike Doughty

Singer-songwriter and former Soul Coughing frontman takes our collective sub- and -urban angst out on the poor, unsuspecting Green Mermaid. (Warning: Do not attempt to bust up anything yourself. Just crank the volume.)
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"You're the Cream in My Coffee" recorded by Nat King Cole

I like my coffee black, but even I can appreciate a little cream every once in a while. This sweet little number, written in 1928 and recorded by scores of singers since, reminds us that even great things can be made better sometimes, with the right mate. (And I don't mean Coffee-Mate).
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"Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht" (Be still, stop chattering) by Johann Sebastian Bach

How Bach managed to write such beautiful (and intense) music with shaky, caffeine-addled hands is a mystery, but it's a good thing he did: Nicknamed "The Coffee Cantata," Schweigt stille is a comedic love note to the one of the German composer's favorite beverages, penned (one assumes during sleepless nights) between 1732 and 1734.
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"The Coffee Song (They've Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil)" recorded by Frank Sinatra

You'll want to cock your fedora over one eye and twirl your demitasse cup after downing that afternoon espresso with this swingin' tune. Come on—you didn't think the Chairman of the Board managed to get that position without taking daily coffee breaks, did you?
Available for download here.

"One More Cup of Coffee" by Bob Dylan

Ride out into the sunset with this loping, wistful Dylan track—just don't forget your travel mug to keep that one for the road piping hot along the way.
Available for download here.

Do you have a favorite caffeinated canciĆ³n?

About the author: Erin Meister trains baristas and inspires coffee-driven people for Counter Culture Coffee. She's a confident barista and an audacious eater, but she remains a Nervous Cook.

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