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Thanksgiving songs don’t get the attention that their Christmas counterparts get, but we’re hoping that this collection might change that!


Music For Thanksgiving Tracklist
Loudon Wainwright – Thanksgiving
Little Eva – Let’s Turkey Trot
The James Brown’s – Pass The Peas
Sly & The Family Stone – Thankful N’ Thoughtful
Adam Sandler – Thanksgiving Song
Bill Monroe, Doc Watson – Turkey In The Straw
Vince Guaraldi Trio – Thanksgiving Theme
Fats Waller – All That Meat And No Potatoes
Ray Davies – Thanksgiving Day
Massive Attack – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got
Fats Waller – All That Meat And No Potatoes
Graham Parker – Almost Thanksgiving Day
Thelonious Monk – Stuffy Turkey
Natalie Cole – Be Thankful
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Thanksgiving Song

Thanksgiving arrives on the fourth Thursday of every November and marks the beginning of what is known as the ‘Holiday Season’ in the United States, which culminates on December 25th. It a national holiday and a huge family occasion, characterised by a communal dinner with turkey as the centerpiece.

Despite the fact that Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays of the year there are precious few songs written about the occasion. So thin on the ground are they, compared to Christmas for example, that we’ve had to be creative in bringing you a playlist that celebrated a bumper harvest. So while the joyfully funky ‘Pass The Peas’ may not have been written about the holiday it sure is a feature of the big day as the green filled bowl is passed around the table. And like Massive Attack’s cover of William DeVaughn’s song you should ‘be thankful for what you’ve got’ even if it is just peas.

That most English of artists Ray Davies might not be someone you’d associate with an American holiday but he released a whole EP dedicated to the day back in 2005. Vince Guaraldi Trio are another surprise given that it is their soundtrack to Charlie Brown’s iconic ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ that is remembered so fondly. What is often forgotten is that they recorded the music for ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ in 1973 and you can hear the main theme on this collection.