35 Thanksgiving Songs About Food, Family, and Gratitude

Queue up the ultimate Thanksgiving music playlist.

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Serve Thanksgiving dinner with a side of seriously good music. We cooked up one tasty Thanksgiving playlist filled with songs about food, family, and gratitude. Our list of Thanksgiving songs spans multiple genres (including plenty of country, of course!) and is meant for guests of all ages. There's even a section of Thanksgiving songs for kids, so choose your favorites and queue up the ultimate turkey tunes. Then, when dinner is done, check out our fun Thanksgiving games and best Thanksgiving movies for the whole family.


Thanksgiving Songs

"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," George Winston

The theme from your favorite Thanksgiving movie is a must...

"I've Got Plenty To Be Thankful For," Bing Crosby

... so is the Thanksgiving tune from the musical Holiday Inn.

"Thanksgiving Song," Mary Chapin Carpenter

No other song sums up the reason for the season quite like this one.

"Country Bumpkin," Cal Smith

Okay, okay, so this one isn't technically about Thanksgiving, but it does contain the word pumpkin.

"Young Pilgrim," The Shins

Any song that references pilgrims automatically has a place on this playlist.


Thanksgiving Songs About Food

"Turkey Chase," Bob Dylan

Gobble down to this fun number from 1973's Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid soundtrack.

"(Do the) Mashed Potatoes," James Brown

The classic Thanksgiving side dish deserves a shout-out, too!

"Sweet Potato Pie," Ray Charles

And for dessert, a song that sounds as sweet as Grandma's sweet potato pie recipe tastes.


Thanksgiving Songs About Gratitude

"I Want to Thank You," Otis Redding

Throw on this tune to get everybody at the dinner table grooving.

"Thankful," Kelly Clarkson

Everyone on your guest list loves Kelly Clarkson, we promise.

"Thank God I'm a Country Boy," John Denver

If anyone asks you what you're thankful for this year, queue up this catchy song.

"Thankful," Celine Dion

Celine's got soul, and this melody touches our souls every time.

"Thanking the Good Lord," Merle Haggard

Take a cue from the country star and look up.

"Blessed," Martina McBride

The singer counts her blessings in this 2001 hit.

"I'm Alive," Willie Nelson

Life and health are two of the greatest gifts of all, as Willie Nelson croons.

"Thank You," Keith Urban

"I Could Not Ask for More," Sara Evans

The title does not apply to second helpings—we could always ask for more Thanksgiving food.

"A Moment Like This," Kelly Clarkson

Yet another Kelly Clarkson song that reminds us how lucky we are.

"Lucky Man," Montgomery Gentry

In the wake of Troy Gentry's death last year, this song is even more meaningful.

"But for the Grace of God," Keith Urban

"I'd be lost, but for the grace of God," Keith Urban sings.

"Thankful For," Adam Sanders

Wake up feeling grateful, just like this song starts.

"What a Wonderful World," Louis Armstrong

What a wonderful world, indeed.


Thanksgiving Songs About Family and Home

"Home," Johnnyswim

The Fixer Upper theme song contains a sweet message about the importance of home.

"Coat of Many Colors," Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton turned a real-life experience about being proud and thankful for what you have into a heartwarming hit.

"(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays," Carpenters

It may appear on their Christmas Collection album, but the Carpenters song suits Thanksgiving just as well.

"Fire and Rain," James Taylor

Being featured on Remember the Titans made this melody feel especially fitting for football season, while wistful lyrics solidify its place on this list.

"Tennessee," Johnny Cash

The Man in Black belts out a simple song about building a life in Tennessee (and homemade apple pie gets a mention).


Thanksgiving Songs About Fall

"Autumn in New York," Billie Holiday

Possibly the most iconic song about autumn ever.

"Autumn Leaves," Eva Cassidy

Put this one on your playlist in honor of those who you may be missing this time of year.

"Harvest Moon," Neil Young

Neil Young's romantic words will have everyone feeling the love.

"Sweet Seasons," Carole King

When Carole King sings of "sweet seasons," she means so much more than winter, spring, summer, and fall.


Thanksgiving Songs for Kids

"Five Little Turkeys," The Learning Station

Don't forget to include a few Thanksgiving songs for children. Preschoolers and kindergarteners will appreciate this pick.

"If You're Thankful and You Know It," The Kiboomers

Get people of all ages singing, clapping, and stomping.

"It's Thanksgiving," Nicole Westbrook

Older elementary and middle school kids can get down to this poppy number about the holiday.

"Turkey Lurkey Time," Megan Sikora, Mayumi Miguel, Cameron Adams

The song from Broadway's Promises, Promises goes over best with a younger crowd. Plus, it's a perfect segue into Christmas songs.

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