Thanksgiving is a lot more than loading up on delicious food and entering a turkey-induced coma after dinner—it's the time of year to give thanks, be appreciative of those you love, and of course, a time to jam out to holiday tunes. No no, not those holiday tunes that cater to colder weather holidays like Christmas or Hanukkah—Thanksgiving holiday tunes.
Yes, they exist, and yes, they're actually kind of catchy. Here are the top Thanksgiving songs you should add to your holiday playlist this year that'll for sure have you busting out a turkey trot.
"The Thanksgiving Song" by Adam Sandler
Okay, it may not be as popular or as well-known as Adam's hilarious Hanukkah Song, but at least he tried, right? In 2011, "The Thanksgiving Song" reached the No. 23 spot on Billboard's Holiday 100 chart—so if you haven't heard it yet, we suggest doing so ASAP.
"Let's Turkey Trot" by Little Eva
This 1962 banger is something you should definitely be playing this Thanksgiving to get your guests into the party mood. A feel-good song with a great rhythm for turkey trotting, it'll have the entire dinner table getting up after their coma-inducing meal. The song also hit the Top 40 in 1963, so it has some status in the (small) Thanksgiving song world. I dare you to not sing along to the gobble gobbles in the chorus.
"Thanksgiving Song" by Mary Chapin Carpenter
This slow ballad was featured on Mary Chapin Carpenter's Christmas album titled, Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas. Of course, because it's called "Thanksgiving Song," we know that it's explicitly meant for the November holiday. The song is about being "grateful for each hand we hold, gathered round this table," so it'll for sure spark some loving feelings for your family members.
"Thanksgiving Prayer" by Johnny Cash
A heartwarming song by none other than Johnny Cash, "Thanksgiving Prayer" will have you counting your blessings and feeling grateful for all you have in life.
"Thanksgiving Theme," Vince Guaraldi Trio, for Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Because this song has no lyrics, it's perfect to play during dinnertime while you're enjoying everyone's company (along with your mashed potatoes and stuffing). Who doesn't love a good Charlie Brown theme?!
"Cornbread" by Dave Matthews Band
While this isn't exactly a Thanksgiving-themed song, you can't deny that Dave Matthews songs are perfect for family gatherings. Also—and you can quote me on this—cornbread is hands down one of the best parts of the Thanksgiving meal, and I agree with Dave as he expertly describes it as, "a little bit of heaven, and a little bit of aw yeah."
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