They said it couldn't be done. They said there weren't enough Thanksgiving songs in the history of the world to make up an entire Thanksgiving music playlist. But it must be a Thanksgiving miracle because we have put together the ultimate Thanksgiving playlist!
It turns out that there really aren't too many songs about Thanksgiving. But there sure are plenty with "thanks" or "thank you" in them, and that's close enough for me. I had to include Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant which tells the story of a very strange incident that took place on Thanksgiving day 1965. (It's 18 minutes though... you've been warned). I also included The Weight, the best-known song by The Band — in honor of their final concert on Thanksgiving day 1976 (which was later turned into the film The Last Waltz).
Bonus: Scroll to the bottom for the direct link to our Spotify Thanksgiving playlist.
Here are 30 songs to add to your Thanksgiving music playlist:
- Thank You - Dido
- The Weight - The Band
- Eat It - Weird Al Yankovic
- Thanksgiving Theme (from Peanuts) - Guaraldi Trio
- Be Thankful - Natalie Cole
- Sweet Potato Pie - James Taylor & Ray Charles
- Alice's Restaurant - Arlo Guthrie
- Homeward Bound - Simon and Garfunkel
- Thank You - Bonnie Raitt
- Thanksgiving - George Winston
- Everybody Eats When They Come To My House - Cab Calloway
- Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep - Bing Crosby
- Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
- How Sweet It Is - James Taylor
- We Are Family - Sister Sledge
- Thank You For Being a Freind - Andrew Gold
- You Are The Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne
- Stand By Me - Ben E. King
- Cheek To Cheek - Fred Astaire
- All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
- Everybody Needs Somebody To Love - Solomon Burke
- I Want To Thank You - Otis Redding
- The House That Jack Built - Aretha Franklin
- Thank You Friends - Big Star
- The Makings Of You - Curtis Mayfield
- What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
- California - Joni Mitchell
- Lovely Day - Bill Withers
- Gratitude - Earth, Wind & Fire
- Blue Ridge Mountains - Fleet Foxes
We hope our Thanksgiving Playlist helps you enjoy an amazing holiday. Just remember to save some for leftovers! Hungry for even more Thanksgiving jams? Check out the Top Songs for a Thanksgiving Wedding.
Find more Thanksgiving celebration ideas on The Bash.