The Surprising Origins of the Bagel Bites Theme Music

“Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at supper time!”

If you’re a millennial like me, than this super catchy mid-90s commercial jingle has probably also been stuck in your head for 25 years.

And there’s a reason for that…

Sure, it gave millions of kids permission to eat pizza anytime of day, but musically, something deceptively complex is going on here.

We’ve (justifyingly?) traced the origins of this melody and rhythm all the way back to the mid-1800s, from classical Europe back to the streets of Havana, Cuba, and up through the American pop music of the 1950s.

If this melody is anything, it’s both familiar and nostalgic.

And that’s, mostly, by design. The focal lyrical imagery repeats on the 1 in every bar, the melody is cyclical (kinda like a bagel!), and the melody is always hungering to return back home (probably to heat up some Bagel Bites!). And no, this isn’t promotion for the product, we promise.

You can call it cheesy, you can even call it doughy, but this bite-sized melody packs one heck of a punch. Now, who’s hungry?

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