There will be a little less sugar this year in Louisiana, but still plenty to go around. The state is expecting a harvest of 1.6 million tons, about a tenth of a million less than last year’s record crop.
So even though it will not set a new record, this year’s large sugar crop is still a reason to celebrate. Here are fifteen songs to entertain those who are bringing in the harvest.
“Sugar Mountain” by Neil Young: This magical acoustic tune evokes the dreamy heaven envisioned by the working creatures in Orwell’s Animal Farm.
“Sugar Sugar” by the Archies: Don Kirshner’s animated teen band hit the Top Ten with this bubble gum classic.
“No Sugar Tonight” by the Guess Who: The rock-pop group of Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings boasted a score of hits, including this one and its B-side “New Generation.”
“BrownSsugar” by the Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger lusts after an African-American girl in this classic hit, the first charting song about interracial romance.
“Sugar Magnolia” by the Grateful Dead: This product of American Beauty was one of the few hits of the band, who still managed to acquire the biggest following in rock history.
“Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs: The infectious Hammond organ helped propel this classic to Billboard’s number one slot in 1963.
“Little Sugar” by Woody Guthrie: The folk legend, aside from his clever political ballads, wrote a lot of children’s songs like this one.
“Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Deff Leppard: Richard Marx’s “Holding on to the Night” inexplicably kept this single from Hysteria from reaching the top of the chart.
“Lips like Sugar” by Echo and the Bunnymen: The new wave band penned another classic with this tune, which served as the title track to their fifth album.
“Like Sugar” by Matchbox Twenty: The Rob Thomas composition helps close out the contemporary rock band’s most recent album, North.
“Sugar Baby” by Bob Dylan: This bluesy tune closes out the Bard’s Love and Theft album.
“Spoonful of Sugar” by the Verve Pipe: The band is known for “The Freshmen,” but it has other quality tunes like this one hidden in its discography.
“Sugar” by Elvis Costello and the Roots: Rock’s former punk-nerd has changed musical directions for four decades, and this one comes from his most recent up-tempo modern folk album.
“Sugartime” by Johnny Cash: The Man in Black here sings about a girl nicknamed after the white sweetener that so many of us have become addicted to.
“Sugar Girl” by the Cure: This track can be found on a collection of rarities and B-sides recorded by Robert Smith and his late 80s new wave band.