Cookin’ Up Jams: 5 Songs To Listen To While Cooking

Photos by L.G. Patterson

WELCOME TO OUR ULTIMATE LISTS! In each issue, you will find a curated selection of things to listen to or watch, put together by either an on-air talent from Zimmer Communications or a member of the Inside Columbia staff. For this issue, Associate Editor Zola Crowder shared her ultimate playlist for cooking up something delicious. Click here or visit our YouTube channel to listen to the playlist. Enjoy!

One thing to know about me is that I’m usually making noise, whether that be singing (badly), playing an instrument or just humming along to life. I especially love belting my favorite songs when doing everyday tasks, such as cooking or cleaning, to add a bit of spice to life. So, I’ve put together some of my favorite songs to listen to when cooking a scrumptious meal. I hope it can help bring a bit of joy into some of life’s simplest moments.

“Midnight Train to Georgia” — Gladys Knight & the Pips

If you were ever looking for the perfect song to sing into a ladle, this one’s for you. It’s got a wonderful mix of horns, stellar vocals and a groove to keep you going in the kitchen.

“Vienna” — Billy Joel

This is one of my favorite songs of all time. It will slow things down a bit but works perfectly when you need to be concentrating on a recipe. The beautiful melody will bring your mind, body and soul to a peaceful place.

“Nights on Broadway” — Bee Gees 

Oh boy, what a jam. This song will definitely stir things up in the kitchen. It reminds me of wonderful memories with my family, plus the melody will bring out your unbeatable disco moves. Listen to this one to keep things interesting while making the final touches on a meal.

“Simple Man” — Lynyrd Skynyrd

This one keeps it simple. The beautiful sounds of guitar, a steady drum beat and smooth vocals are the best match when winding down and cooking a nice meal for the evening.

“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” — Aerosmith

This is my go-to karaoke song. If you want to really belt it out while cooking, you cannot go wrong with this one (I speak from experience). I can guarantee you won’t miss out on fun times while singing along

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