The Adam Sandler Thanksgiving song isn’t his most famous holiday tune. Yet the Adam Sandler Thanksgiving song is the headline number for the holiday, just as his Chanukah number came to define that day. Nowadays, today’s holiday is seen as a prelude to Christmas, and all the bells and music that come from that day. While Christmas has enough traditional tunes for dozens of soundtracks, the other holidays aren’t left with that much to sing along to. Therefore, Sandler’s Thanksgiving tune serves as the closest thing to an anthem for Turkey Day.
Before Sandler became the music ambassador to Chanukah, he musically spoofed other holidays in his typically random fashion. In 1992, he commemorated Thanksgiving while peppering in references to Darryl Strawberry, Mike Tyson, Betty Grable and Sammy Davis Jr.
Perhaps without the Adam Sandler Thanksgiving song, he wouldn’t have been able to sing about Chanukah – and then do two more songs and a movie about it. Similar Turkey Day spinoffs haven’t emerged from this number, however.
Nevertheless, it seems to serve as an anthem for the holiday, especially since it doesn’t have traditional ones. The day is defined by parades, football, massive eating, and the first signs of the Christmas season. Yet it isn’t usually considered to be a musical holiday.
For the next month, Christmas music will be invading radio stations and stores, with dozens of tracks to choose from. However, Sandler’s song is cited as the best, and one of the few, choices for a Thanksgiving soundtrack.
The number isn’t crude or dirty, unlike much of Sandler’s material, so it is safe to sing along to. Of course, the bizarre, random lyrics aren’t exactly traditional, and may not sound as funny from people other than Sandler.
This isn’t the only Thanksgiving song from Sandler, however, as he also did one while impersonating Bruce Springsteen one year. Of course, it had the same kind of crazy lyrics and references, which the real Springsteen isn’t that creative to come up with.
After today, the main Sandler songs on holiday soundtracks will be the three Chanukah songs. Meanwhile, Thanksgiving will fade away, as the holiday and its music will give way to the Christmas stampede, like always. Then, 12 months later, the Turkey song will be dusted off again as the day’s biggest hit.
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