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56 Best Thanksgiving Songs to Play on Turkey Day

Most people like November and December; it is their favorite time of year, especially for those who reside in the mid-west of the United States, where they can appreciate all of the hues of the trees as they begin to drop their leaves for the winter season. It serves as a gentle reminder that the Thanksgiving holiday is approaching. Every day should be a moment of gratitude and praise to God for everything He has done for us as Christians. Our crew puts out unique Thanksgiving songs that we have been singing for years and years to coincide with this time of year. Our staff has compiled a list of the twenty finest Thanksgiving songs for you in this post.

Every November, individuals from all across the country gather around a food-covered table with family, friends, and chosen family to reflect on their blessings and give gratitude. They sing and enjoy themselves while eating or after dinner. As a result, individuals look for Thanksgiving music. Here is a collection of songs that can be played around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Some are about gratitude, some about family, yet others about food, and still, more than just ‘feel’ appropriate for the holidays. We’ve compiled a selection of 60 songs that include Thanksgiving songs for kids, Thanksgiving songs for toddlers, hilarious Thanksgiving songs, children’s Thanksgiving music, and more. 

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Thanksgiving isn’t about overindulging in food till you’re sick of it and then falling asleep while watching football. We’re all aware of the true nature of the situation. Thanksgiving is a time for you and your loved ones to gather together and be grateful for what you have. Naturally, music should be at the top of everyone’s gratitude list, as many people cannot live without it. Unfortunately, there aren’t many songs explicitly about Thanksgiving, but there are many that cover the holiday. The following is a list of Thanksgiving songs. I hope you appreciate these tunes.

Count Your Blessings – Songs of Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving Day,” Ray Davies

This song’s lyrics will make you feel grateful. The statement, “We enjoy the line,” is one of our favorites “Thank you for keeping us well. Thank you for providing a haven for us.”

Thanksgiving Song – I Love To Praise by Natalie Grant

“I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For,” Bing Crosby

…as is the theme from the musical Holiday Inn’s Thanksgiving song.

Thanksgiving Prayer – Thanksgiving Worship Songs

“Thanksgiving Song,” Mary Chapin Carpenter

This song perfectly encapsulates the reason for the season.

“Country Bumpkin,” Cal Smith

Okay, so this one isn’t really about Thanksgiving, but it does use the word pumpkin.

“Young Pilgrim,” The Shins

Any song that includes the word “pilgrim” is automatically included in this playlist.

Thanksgiving Songs About Food

“Wild Honey Pie,” The Beatles

While kneading your grandmother’s renowned pie crust recipe, you’ll undoubtedly be humming this catchy tune.

“Cooking Up Something Good,” Marc DeMarco

As you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner, crank this one up. It’s a piece of relaxing music that will help you relax a little.

Food Glorious Food – Songs About Thanksgiving

“(Do The) Mashed Potatoes,” James Brown

The traditional Thanksgiving side dish is also deserving of a mention.

“Sweet Potato Pie,” Ray Charles

Then there’s a tune that sounds as sweet as Grandma’s sweet potato pie recipe.

Thanksgiving Songs About Gratitude

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“Be Thankful,” Natalie King

“You might be in the large metropolis or driving down a country lane” (for your Thanksgiving meal with your family). This upbeat song serves as a fantastic reminder to be grateful at all times!

“Thanksgiving Prayer,” Johnny Cash

This year, let Johnny say grace. “I’m Thanking the Lord He Made You” is another name for this song.

Thanksgiving Song – My Favorite Things by Julie Andrews

“Be Thankful for What You Got,” William DeVaughn

This song will remind you to be grateful for what you have. After all, there’s someone out there who would appreciate what you have.

“I Want to Thank You,” Otis Redding

Put this song on to get the whole family dancing at the dinner table.

Adam Sandler Thanksgiving Song

“Thankful,” Kelly Clarkson

We guarantee that everyone on your guest list adores Kelly Clarkson.

“Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” John Denver

If someone ever asks you what you’re grateful for this year, play this charming tune.

“Thankful,” Celine Dion

Celine has soul, and this tune never fails to touch our hearts.

We Gather Together – Celtic Spirits Thanksgiving Songs

“Thanking the Good Lord,” Merle Haggard

Take a page from the country singer’s book and do some research.

“Blessed,” Martina McBride

In this 2001 hit, the vocalist thanks her lucky stars.

“I’m Alive,” Willie Nelson

As Willie Nelson sings, life and health are two of the greatest blessings of all.

 I Am Thankful – Happy Thanksgiving Song

“Thank You,” Keith Urban

“I thank you for my heart, I thank you for my life,” the lyrics say.

“I Could Not Ask for More,” Sara Evans

Second helpings are not included in the title; we can always ask for more Thanksgiving food.

Jimmy Fallon Thanksgiving Songs

“A Moment Like This,” Kelly Clarkson

Another Kelly Clarkson song that makes us realize how fortunate we are.

“Lucky Man,” Montgomery Gentry

This song is even more poignant in the aftermath of Troy Gentry’s passing.

“But for the Grace of God,” Keith Urban

Keith Urban sings, “I’d be lost if it weren’t for the mercy of God.”

“Thankful For,” Adam Sanders

Just like this song, start each day feeling thankful.

“Give Thanks and Praises,” Bob Marley

Bob Marley is a great addition to any playlist since he is constantly cheerful.

“Thank You,” Led Zeppelin

The iconic Led Zeppelin is a must-have on every playlist.

Thanksgiving Songs About Family and Home

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“We Are Family,” Sister Sledge

This music will have everyone moving and grooving. It might be the only movement you perform all day!

“Home,” Johnnyswim

The Fixer Upper theme tune has a beautiful message about the value of having a home.

“Coat of Many Colors,” Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton made a touching song out of a real-life story about being proud and appreciative of what you have.

“(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays,” Carpenters

The Carpenters’ song may feature on their Christmas Collection CD, but it’s just as appropriate for Thanksgiving.

“Tennessee,” Johnny Cash

The Man in Black performs a straightforward song about making a living in Tennessee (and homemade apple pie gets a mention).

Thanksgiving Songs About Fall

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“Autumn in New York,” Billie Holiday

Possibly the most famous fall tune of all time.

“Autumn Leaves,” Eva Cassidy

Put this on your playlist in honor of individuals you might be missing at this time of year.

“Harvest Moon,” Neil Young

The beautiful lyrics of Neil Young will let everyone feel the love.

“Sweet Seasons,” Carole King

Carole King’s song “sweet seasons” refers to much more than the four seasons of winter, spring, summer, and fall.

Thanksgiving Songs for Kids

Thanksgiving is a unique holiday in that it brings families together and instills in us the feeling of gratitude for the blessings we have received throughout the year. It’s a fantastic holiday for the kids since it allows them to reconnect with family members they don’t see very frequently and share a beautiful supper at the conclusion. Thanksgiving songs for kids, on the other hand, are the ideal method to genuinely educate your children on the true spirit of the holiday. Such songs allow children to learn about Thanksgiving pleasantly and simply. We’ve compiled a collection of Thanksgiving songs for kids that you may perform for them this Thanksgiving.

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Thank You, Lord, by Don Moen – Thanksgiving Worship Songs

Five Little Turkeys – Thanksgiving Preschool Songs

“Five Little Turkeys,” The Learning Station

Don’t forget to include a couple of children’s Thanksgiving songs. This selection will appeal to preschoolers and kindergarteners.

“If You’re Thankful and You Know It,” The Kiboomers

People of all ages should sing, clap, and stomp.

Turkey Hokey Pokey – Thanksgiving Songs For Toddlers

“It’s Thanksgiving,” Nicole Westbrook

This peppy festive song is appropriate for older elementary and middle school students.

A Turkey Dance – Songs of Thanksgiving

Gobble Gobble – Thanksgiving Turkey Song

“Turkey Lurkey Time,” Megan Sikora, Mayumi Miguel, Cameron Adams

Promises, Promises, a song from Broadway’s Promises, Promises, is best received by a younger audience. It’s also a great transition into Christmas music.

Do The Turkey Hop or Turkey Hop Song – Preschool Thanksgiving Songs

Little Pilgrim – Thanksgiving Songs For Preschool

These Thanksgiving songs are available for free download and sharing. You may use social share buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and WhatsApp to share these wonderful Thanksgiving songs with your friends, brother, sister, family, or someone special. You may also leave a comment below with your favorite music. We are always interested in hearing from our readers. For those who don’t have a song, we’ve compiled a collection of Thanksgiving songs on this page. This is a work in progress, and we’ll be adding music regularly, so check back often. If we’ve missed any of your favorites, please let us know and we’ll add them to the list. You might also find the resources mentioned below useful for further information on Thanksgiving Day. Happy Thanksgiving in the year 2023!!

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