“What a wonderful world”, Louis Armstrong
At its core, Thanksgiving is about being thankful. You’d be hard pressed to find a song more impressive than Louis Armstrong’s ode to everything around us.
“We are a family,” Sister Sledge
If you don’t sing this at the top of your lungs at some point during the holidays, take it as a cue you need to spice up your family reunions.
“Where you lead”, Carole King
You could associate this with Gilmore Girls, but Carole King’s classic song is perfect for celebrating the bonds that unite and the home you make with those you love.
“Take Me Home, Country Roads,” John Denver
Whether you’ve got a long trip home or staying put on vacation, you’ll find yourself singing along to this classic tune on the return home.
“Prayer of Thanksgiving”, Johnny Cash
This heartwarming song will leave you truly grateful for what is important in life: family and friends.
“Cook something good”, Mac DeMarco
This cheerful beat would serve as the perfect background music as you cook the most important meal of the year.
“It will be (an everlasting love)”, Natalie Cole
Not dancing around the kitchen while this is playing is nearly impossible. Go ahead, try it.
“Fall in New York”, Billie Holiday
A song of well-being to play around the table with your loved ones.
“Crowded table”, The Highwomen
While your table might literally being crowded for the holidays, this heartwarming song from The Highwomen is gorgeous on a metaphorical level as well.
“House”, Phillip Phillips
This sentimental choice proves that as long as your family is by your side, home is where you want it to be.
“God only knows”, the Beach Boys
Family bonds and relationships with loved ones are complicated, but in the spirit of gratitude this song is a lovely way to pay tribute to your support system.
“Sweet Potato Pie”, Ray Charles and James Taylor
This track has more than another compelling song title, it was originally recorded by James Taylor but later recreated with Ray Charles to produce a more joyful version.
“I couldn’t ask for more”, Edwin McCain
Whether or not you are in love like Edwin McCain in this song, it’s a good reminder to be grateful for what you have.
“Let’s Turkey Trot,” Little Eva
Get ready to dance with your loved ones while listening to this upbeat soul song from 1962.
“You learn”, Alanis Morissette
In case all the time spent cooking and cleaning has resulted in a little too much soul-searching, allow Alanis to remind you to be grateful for the (perhaps difficult) lessons you have learned this year.
“I have a lot to be thankful for,” Bing Crosby
This 1942 jazz hit gives us great holiday vibes.
“Very good”, Mary J. Blige
A piece that makes you want to dance and promotes contentment? Sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving song.
“Thanks for being a friend”, Andrew Gold
This classic song becomes even sweeter on this special holiday.
“All that meat and no potatoes”, Fats Waller
Because meat and potatoes are the most important part of a Thanksgiving meal.
“American pie”, Don McLeon
The 1971 classic is the perfect song to sing along with your friends and family gathered nearby.
“House”, Edward Sharpe and the magnetic zeros
We can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love to whistle this popular 2009 folk-rock song.
“Family business”, Kanye West
If your Thanksgiving is full of a more modern crowd, blow up that Kanye song and the party will surely start.
“Thanksgiving Theme”, Vince Guaraldi Trio, for Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Attract people to the table with this light and cheerful melody.
“Beginning of Autumn”, Ella Fitzgerald
This beautiful melody stages the autumn scene in the tastiest way.
“Cornbread”, Dave Matthews Band
Everyone in the family will dance to this happy beat, even after a big meal.
“Thank you”, Dido
Be grateful to all your loved ones and sing along to this classic melody.
“Make the mashed potatoes”, James Brown
“Harvest Moon”, Neil Young
The quintessential fall love song.
“Apples, peaches, pumpkin pie”, Jay and the techniques
It’s pie season.
“Autumn Leaves”, Nat King Cole
Get your final touches of fall hues with this seasonal pick.
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