Top 10 Thanksgiving Songs
The time of year has come once more; Autumn, one of the most colorful seasons. With Halloween in October and New Year’s Eve on the final day of December, the Fall and early Winter season is punctuated by a number of significant holidays. Family get-togethers and joyous occasions are bound to run rampant. However, Thanksgiving Day is the main event in the United States at this time of year. Being a national holiday, it is arguably the most American of all occasions.
Giving thanks is a universal act that doesn’t call for specific occasions. After all, we ought to be appreciative always. Thanksgiving has roots that may be traced back to the colonial era of what would become the United States of America. Thanksgiving-themed music is scarce, in contrast to the spooky music associated with Halloween and the familiar songs associated with Christmas.
Due to the abundance of Christmas songs and the fact that they are played nonstop practically everywhere throughout the holidays, a soundtrack plays in your head whenever you think about the Christmas. However, we at “Yours Truly” would want to add an even cooler twist to that. To help you and your family celebrate Thanksgiving, we’ve put together a playlist of the top ten Thanksgiving songs. Let’s get into them, shall we?
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10. “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge
Sister Sledge, an American vocal group, released the song “We Are Family.” The song was written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, who both pitched it to Atlantic Records. Despite the record company’s initial rejection, the song was released in April 1979 as the lead single from the album bearing the same name. It quickly gained club and radio play and eventually became the band’s anthem.
9. “I Want to Thank You” by Otis Redding
Redding’s sultry song is all about telling your partner how much they mean to you. Saying (or singing) a simple “thank you” can occasionally be the finest way to express your gratitude for the person who brightens your day every day. Everyone enjoys a little appreciation, or don’t you?
8. “Give Thanks and Praises” by Bob Marley and the Wailers
This carefree song by Bob Marley and the Wailers calms our minds and tenderly reminds us that even in the worst of times, there is always someone (or many people) we can turn to for comfort. The music is ideal for Thanksgiving dinner. With candles lit, laughter and the sounds of utensils filling the air and this song playing gently in the background, nothing can go wrong.
7. “Mashed Potato Time” by Dee Dee Sharp
Although Sharp is ostensibly referring to a new dance, the lyrics “It’s the latest, it’s the greatest” aptly capture how we feel about our go-to dish during the holidays. You’re welcome to revive the routines Sharp made famous and possibly launch the most recent TikTok dance fad if you like. There is nothing new under the sun, anyway.
6. “Thank You” by Dido
Dido, an English singer-songwriter, composed and sang the song “Thank You.” On the soundtrack to the film Sliding Doors, the song first debuted in 1998. In one of her biggest singles, “Thank You,” Dido simply cannot keep a smile off of her face. Funny how love functions. Realizing that you have someone chomping at the bit for you on the other side, whether it’s a romantic partner or your family, helps even the most difficult situations seem less unpleasant.
5. “Happy” by Pharrell
To get in the spirit to celebrate, you sometimes need to play the proper song. Pharrell’s song “Happy” is an outright invitation to start appreciating life.
4. “Home” by Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé, a Canadian singer, released “Home” on January 24, 2005, as the second single from It’s Time, his second studio album. “Home,” which is maybe Bublé’s breakthrough single, is about missing your loved ones while you are unable to easily see them. It’s alright to feel a little down sometimes, but as the song reminds us, you’ll soon be able to go home.
3. “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick
Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder—some of the greatest artists of all time—joined forces to create this powerful cover song about the enduring bonds of friendship in an effort to raise money for AIDS research. With the folks who lift you up when you’re at your lowest, it’s the ideal song for a home karaoke party.
2. “Thanksgiving Day” by Ray Davies
Thanksgiving is one of the few occasions when the entire family can be together, thus there are many traditions and ingrained customs. In a time when we have more questions than ever, there is something lovely about knowing what to anticipate—knowing who will take care of the greens, and who is strictly assigned to fixing the turkey.
1. “Gratitude” by Earth, Wind & Fire
Earth, Wind & Fire consistently delivers catchy songs with a heartwarming message. As we get closer to Thanksgiving, let’s all focus on the energy of “gratitude,” which calls for mental calmness and the opening of our hearts to love.