Song-Off Jr.: Fast Food Burgers

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As people eat more meals outside the home, they consume more calories, less fiber, and more fat. Commodity prices have fallen so low that the fast food industry has greatly increased its portion sizes, without reducing profits, in order to attract customers. The size of a burger has become one of its main selling points. Wendy’s offers the Triple Decker; Burger King, the Great American; and Hardee’s sells a hamburger called the Monster. The Little Caesars slogan “Big! Big!” now applies not just to the industry’s portions, but to its customers. Over the past forty years in the United States, per capita consumption of carbonated soft drinks has more than quadrupled. During the late 1950s the typical soft drink order at a fast food restaurant contained about eight ounces of soda; today a “Child” order of Coke at McDonald’s is twelve ounces. A “Large” Coke is thirty-two ounces-and about 310 calories. In 1972, McDonald’s added Large French Fries to its menu; twenty years later, the chain added Super Size Fries, a serving three times larger than what McDonald’s offered a generation ago. Super Size Fries have 610 calories and 29 grams of fat. At Carl’s Jr. restaurants, an order of CrissCut Fries and a Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger boasts 73 grams of fat — more fat than ten of the chain’s milk shakes.

–from Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

Michael McDonald – “It Keeps You Runnin’”

Placebo – “Burger Queen”

Concrete Blonde – “Tomorrow, Wendy”

Carl Dobkins, Jr. – “For Your Love”

Ice Cube – “Jack N the Box”

Semisonic – “Closing Time”

Phoenix – “Rally”

The Smithereens – “Whitecastle Blues”

Iced Out Eskimoz – “Whataburger”

Bon Jovi – “In and Out of Love”

Morrissey – “You’re the One for Me, Fatty”

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As people eat more meals outside the home, they consume more calories, less fiber, and more fat. Commodity prices have fallen so low that the fast food industry has greatly increased its portion sizes, without reducing profits, in order to attract customers. The size of a burger has become one of its main selling points. Wendy’s offers the Triple Decker; Burger King, the Great American; and Hardee’s sells a hamburger called the Monster. The Little Caesars slogan “Big! Big!” now applies not just to the industry’s portions, but to its customers. Over the past forty years in the United States, per capita consumption of carbonated soft drinks has more than quadrupled. During the late 1950s the typical soft drink order at a fast food restaurant contained about eight ounces of soda; today a “Child” order of Coke at McDonald’s is twelve ounces. A “Large” Coke is thirty-two ounces-and about 310 calories. In 1972, McDonald’s added Large French Fries to its menu; twenty years later, the chain added Super Size Fries, a serving three times larger than what McDonald’s offered a generation ago. Super Size Fries have 610 calories and 29 grams of fat. At Carl’s Jr. restaurants, an order of CrissCut Fries and a Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger boasts 73 grams of fat-more fat than ten of the chain’s milk shakes.




  • lisa marie smith

    What about Rock and Roll McDonald's? I'm all about the outsider music!

  • Elaine

    I should vote for McD just because I saw a “2 Big Macs for $4″ sign this week. That's a good deal, 'In this economic environment.' I just can't vote Mickey D for any reason. Someone needs to write a song about Rubio's.

  • The Man I Used To Be

    In N Out RULES….

  • http://www.popdose.com Zack

    For my money, Wendy's + Concrete Blonde is the best burger + song combination.

  • James B

    What about You BE Illin by Run DMC? “Yo Yo is this Kentucky Fried?” – for my two cents Fatburger and In&OUT rule and should not be compared to the rest.

  • David_E

    Weird Al's “Trapped In The Drive Thru” deserves mention here.

    In-n-Out does rule.

  • kingofgrief

    It's not exactly fast food, but how about “Big Boys” by Elvis Costello? It's one reason I'd love to live in California (In-n-Out and Fatburger being two other) as I collect Big Boy paraphernalia (using a BB mousepad as I navigate this page). Still, we got Whataburger, and that's something to take pride in.

    I'd also at least include an SCTV clip featuring 5 Neat Guys!

  • Arend Anton

    Something tells me Morrissey would never support Fatburger.

  • http://popdose.com/ Matchup Monkey

    5 Guys and Big Boys actually made the shortlist, but I was trying to restrict it to places that feature a drive-through. Which makes Fatburger a bit dicey, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to post Morrissey.

  • http://www.canuckflack.com/ Colin McKay

    BNL had a great song “McDonald's Girl” … “she's got a gold tooth, you know she's hardcore, she'll show you a good time and show you the door ..”

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