From Los Angeles to Philadelphia, it’s almost time for North Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving. (Other countries have similar holidays but we shall leave that for other authors to discuss.) Since you all seemed to enjoy other editions of the “Holiday Hits” series, it seemed only fitting to come up with a playlist for Thanksgiving as well. This time we focus on “thankful” tunes. In no particular order, here they are:
“Thank You for Being a Friend”–Andrew Gold: This one hit number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. This is the same tune that was later re-recorded by Cynthia Fee for the theme song for the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls. It’ll make your grandmom happy when you play it as you sit down to dinner. It was also used on other TV shows like The Simpsons’ episode “Double, Double, Boy in Trouble”.
“Kind and Generous”—Natalie Merchant: This is the first single off her 1998 album Ophelia. It might not actually have “thanks” in the title but it’s a simple song that got massive airplay on VH1 and adds a female vocalist to the mix.
“Thanks to You”–Tyler Collins: This one adds some R&B to the mix. It was part of the film soundtrack for Andre. it was a Top 20 Adult Contemporary tune in 1994.
Thank You”–Yolanda Adams: This is a song from an American gospel music singer. This was featured on her “Believe” album released in 2001. Remember the key to an interesting mix is variety. Besides, a bit of gospel music can be good for holiday like this.
“Thanksgiving Man”—Lars H.U.G.: This one is from the Kiss & Hug From A Happy Boy. (Yours truly downloaded the song itself for free. It seemed like a Thanksgiving Day tune that most people would not have or even know of, ya know? The song goes back to at least 2004 and the album was originally only available as an import.
“Thank You”–Boyz II Men: This goes back to 1995. It’s from their second album II. This is a new jack swing song that climbed up to number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also hit number 17 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs.
“Thank You”—Ray Boltz: This one is from 1988. It’s Christian music by a performer who recently came out of the closet. This will surely add some originality to your mix.
“Thank U”–Alanis Morissette: This is a tune from her 1998 album “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.” It broke into the top in more than one country. The music video for the song was a bit controversial in that it included nudity. The track was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2000 Grammy Awards.
“Bitchin’ Camaro (The Best Thanksgiving Ever)”–Dead Milkmen: This goes back to 1988. If you use the live version, it’ll add another twist to the mix. Besides, how many holiday CDs have you heard that feature ANY Dead Milkmen cuts?
“Thank You”—Dido: This is her second single and was released in 2001. It was actually first out in 1998 on the soundtrack to Sliding Doors not that most people noticed. It was later included on her debut disc No Angel. To date, it is her biggest song in the US and the only one to break into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
“Thank You”—Led Zeppelin: This was the first song to which Robert Plant wrote all the lyrics. It was dedicated to his then-wife. It’s from the album Led Zeppelin II. If you want to add yet another live track to your mix there are live versions of this one available as well. Bet your momma never play Led Zep on the holidays, huh?
“Thank You”–The Redwalls: This is from the band’s second album De Novafrom 2005. This was a song the original duet (now quartet) from Deerfield, Illinois wrote for their fans.
“Thank You For Loving Me”–Bon Jovi: This is a ballad written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. It was the third single released in 2000 off their Grammy-nominated album Crush. Bryan Adams also did a version of this song in 2003 if you enjoy him more than Bon Jovi.
“Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”-Sly & the Family Stone: This was a hit single in 1969 and is considered one of the most influential funk songs of all time. It reached number one on the soul single charts and stayed for five weeks. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. It was supposed to be on an in-progress album but it was never finished. It was later included on their 1970 Greatest Hits LP. Add some funk to your holiday, folks!
“Thank You Girl”—The Beatles: This is from 1963. It was not originally released on an album in the UK but was included on The Beatles’ Second Album in the United States. As the B-side to “Do You Want to Know a Secret?“ it reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964. Yes, this is an encore suggestion but as regular readers know every truly complete music mix must include a Beatles-related, track. So let’s go with this one.
So there you have it, folks. Enough music to make your own new Thanksgiving memories! Add your own favorites and amaze your guests with your ability to have a unique music mix specifically for the holiday!
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