Thanksgiving Songs

CelebrationJoy Staff Nov 17, 2018
It has been proved with time that one of the best ways to praise and thank the Lord is through song. So when a festival calls for it, you know there are songs made especially for the occasion.
Governor Bradford may not have known the true extent of his Thanksgiving proclamation in 1623. He, along with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, set forth one of the best American traditions to date: Thanksgiving Day. And with every holiday, come holiday songs. So pick up as many songs you can from the following lists and have a great Thanksgiving party!

Top 10 Thanksgiving Songs

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
- Vince Guaraldi Trio

Ever since it was aired in 1973, 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' has been a Thanksgiving tradition. It has the prime time spot on ABC every November and its theme song is played by every radio at least once.
Alice's Restaurant
- Arlo Guthrie

This song is always the first one that comes to mind when you think about Thanksgiving. The track is 18 minutes and 34 seconds long and is usually played by the radios only on Thanksgiving. There are many versions of this song, the two most prominent ones being the original and Arlo's re-recording of it in 1995.
Indescribable
- Chris Tomlin

Another great addition to the Thanksgiving playlist this song by Chris Tomlin. Widely considered as his masterpiece, Indescribable praises God and thanks Him for everything.
Kind And Generous
- Natalie Merchant

Natalie did mention that she made this song with Jesus in mind. You can sing it to or even dance with that special someone in your life. It's the perfect song for when you don't have any words to tell someone just how grateful you are to be with them.
Thank You
- Led Zeppelin

'Thank You' is an absolutely beautiful song, made even more special due to the fact that Led Zeppelin usually doesn't do songs like this. The lyrics were written by Robert Plant alone, for his wife Maureen. Page helped perfect the song by playing an all-acoustic guitar solo. It gives the song a very earthly and joyous feeling.
Thank You For The Music
- ABBA

This song is, quite literally, a song that makes you feel thankful that there are songs! Agnetha Fältskog sings it like she means every single word in it, and we in turn are thankful to her for giving us this great track.
Thanksgiving Song
- Mary Chapin Carpenter

It's a Thanksgiving song about being thankful for Thanksgiving. You can't get more festive than that! Play it when everyone is at the dinner table, talking and laughing, while constantly staring at the turkey and drooling.
The Thanksgiving Song
- Adam Sandler

Okay, this isn't one of Adam Sandler's best works; it's a novelty piece with a crude sense of humor. In the interest of you seeing the reaction on your family's face when this song plays, we included it.
We Are Family
- Sister Sledge

It is the classic song to play if you're looking for some family grooving time. Sister Sledge isn't known for their other songs, at least not as much as this one. But it does make for some funky bonding music!
What a Wonderful World
- Louis Armstrong

You can't sing with a holiday spirit if you don't believe in all the good things in the world. That's what this song is about - kindness, care, love and optimism. This song is actually perfect for any huge holiday, because the song is perfect.
If you didn't find the Top 10 entertaining enough, here's a list of the other great songs that go perfectly well with the celebrations.

More Hymns And Songs for Thanksgiving Day

Thankful - Kelly Clarkson
A Song of Thanksgiving - Ralph Vaughan Williams
Everybody Praise The Lord - Lincoln Brewster
Thank God for kids - Kenny Chesney
Thank You For Loving Me - Bon Jovi
I've Got So Much To Give - Barry White
Be Thankful - Natalie Cole
American Land - Bruce Springsteen
Eat it - Weird Al Yankovic
That's What Friends Are For - Dionne Warwick
Nothing Compares - Third Day
Travelin' Prayer - Billy Joel
Baseball Turkeys - QCS Kids & Friends
Be Our Guest (OST) - Beauty & The Beast
Life Of Praise - Casting Crowns
Give Peace A Chance - John Lennon
Cannot Say Enough - MercyMe
Wonderful, Merciful Savior - Selah
(I'm Gonna Eat) On Thanksgiving Day - Laurie Berkner
I've Got Plenty To Be Thankful For- Bing Crosby
In Your Presence - Jeremy Camp
The Throne - Michael W. Smith
Thank You - Dido
Hosanna - Kirk Franklin
Thank God I Found You - Mariah Carey
Thank You Lord - Shaggy
Give Thanks And Praise - Bob Marley
November Rain - Guns N Roses
All Things Bright and Beautiful
First Americans, and So Proud - Barbara Speicher
Give Thanks - Pam Minor
I'm Thankful - Jack Hartmann
Now Thank We All our God - Martin Rinkart
We Gather Together - Catherine Winkworth
As always, there are a few rhymes meant for the tots to sing along to.

Songs for Children

Albuquerque, He's My Turkey

(Sing to the tune of 'Clementine')
Albuquerque, he's my turkey,
and he's feathered and he's fine.
(contd..)
He wobbles and he gobbles
and I'm awfully glad he's mine.
He's the best pet you could ever get,
better than a dog or cat.
Albuquerque, he's my turkey,
and I'm awfully glad of that.
Albuquerque, he's my turkey,
he's so cozy in his bed.
Because for Thanksgiving dinner,
We had scrambled eggs instead!

Five Little Turkeys

5 little turkeys standing by door,
One waddled off, and then there were 4
4 little turkeys under a tree,
One waddled off, and then there were 3
3 little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off, and then there were 2
2 little turkeys in the noon day sun,
One waddled off, and then there was 1
One little turkey better run away,
For soon will come Thanksgiving day!

Mr. Turkey Song

I heard Mr. Turkey say,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble.
Soon it will be Thanksgiving day,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble.
People say that it's much fun,
But I think I'll run and run
And hide until the day is done,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble.
Some of these songs entertain you, some teach you about the traditions associated with this day, while others are meant to show one's gratitude to Lord. So, sing or play them throughout the day and celebrate!