The 10 Best Songs You’ll Hear at Waffle House
Waffle House, the South’s favorite all-night diner, not only distributes scattered, smothered, chunked and diced hash browns but also puts out some of the catchiest music this side of Sun Records. The music that is featured on the jukeboxes in Waffle Houses across the South comes from Waffle House Records, the chain’s very own label that they started back in the ‘80s to help create that special Waffle House ambiance. Here are the ten best songs you might hear while you’re in Waffle House or at home if you buy either of their compilation CDs.
Jerry Buckner performed what may be the finest song to appear on the Waffle House jukebox. It tells the tale of the special kind of love that can occur between a diner and server over a plate of smothered and scattered hash browns.
“Waffle House for You and Me”
This track by G’Ane is a smooth R&B jam that pairs perfectly with peanut butter waffles.
“Waffle House Steaks”
This bluegrass tune, performed by Northwest Territory, is a homespun ode to the busy trade in T-bones that takes place underneath the welcoming yellow sign. The company is one of the largest purveyors of T-bone steaks in the entire world, so they deserve a theme song.
“Waffle House Family”
Is there a better way to start your day than with eggs anyway you like them, chunked hash browns, a cup of coffee, and a rousing round of this chipper song? This was performed by Mary Welch Rogers, then wife of Waffle House founder Joe Rogers Sr.
“877,739 Ways to Eat a Hamburger at Waffle House”
Billy Dee Cox sizzles on this song dedicated to Waffle House’s angus beef burgers. Not to spoil the ending, but when you’re facing down the many mathematical possibilities of a Waffle House hamburger, sometimes it’s best just to eat it plain.
Country singer Sturgill Simpson couldn’t help but be inspired by his many meals at the Waffle House, so he and Stephen Colbert traveled to South Carolina to surprise late-night diners with an appetizing and awe-inspiring song, that can be played on the restaurant’s jukeboxes.
“No Shoes, No Shirt, No Knuckleheads”
After their success with “Waffle House” Sturgill Simpson decided to write another song to his favorite waffle purveyor. He premiered the new Waffle House-themed song on The Late Show and it too was an immediate hit.
Eddie Middleton performs this inspired ode that pays tribute to both waffles and those kinder gentler happy days of the 1950s.
“Raisins in My Toast”
This song by Danny Jones is a culinary-inspired riff on Frankie Valli’s “Sherry” offering the perfect soundtrack to your breakfast.
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While we have no definitive proof, it’s easy to assume that this song was inspired by Bert’s Chili, the sausage and bean dish that has been a mainstay on the Waffle House menu since longtime employee Bert Thornton created the recipe.