The times may be tough, but they are not impossible, and this eclectic music collection will remind you of the blessing of family, friends, love, and all that endures to bring meaning to the season.
Give Thanks and Praises Bob Marley and the Wailers Like many music lovers in America, I came to love Bob Marley and his musical legacy after he was gone. I first heard this song from the posthumously released Confrontation album of 1983 in a live performance clip from one of those omnipresent all-night video programmers, and the passion that was emitted from the screen dropped me. Hearing it and letting it absorb in the soul is as powerful and reflective as any congregation service. It’s also guaranteed to give you a groove while you give thanks!
I Thank You Sam & Dave I still cherish this 1968 version by the beloved R & B duo above other versions. The song has been covered by everyone from ZZ Top to Bonnie Raitt, and is a favorite of Paul Shaffer and his gang on The David Letterman Show, for filling commercial space. The sweet ditty was written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, and got to No. 9 on the charts, but is always on my thankful season playlist.
Thank You (Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Again) Sly & the Family Stone Whatever his personal struggles, Mr. Stone and his kin were a great gift to music, and took a great twist with a word and a beat! The 1969 classic is a song of thanks, fun, and family, and a great song to celebrate what really matters in this life.
Thank You Boys II Men This easy, soulful tribute from the quartet, now trio, with wondrous harmonies echoes from 1995. They sold 60 million albums because they know how to tug on a heart like nobody’s business, and this one, especially will make you cherish what you already have.
Thank the Lord for the Night Time Neil Diamond If you’re counting the hours until the company leaves and the dishwasher is loaded, this song is for you! A 1967 rocker, the track will have you in a gospel vibe and ending the day in grace. The song has appeared on many Diamond collections, most notably onhis In My Lifetime anthology from 1996.
Thank You Girl The Beatles I dare anyone not to answer back in this sing-songy tune that was part of The Beatles Second Album in the U.S. and also included in the Rarities and Past Masters collections. It will bring a smile, and maybe an extra piece of pie if you mean it to the lady of your life!
Thank You Led Zeppelin This track was groundbreaking for the band in 1969, when it was included in the Led Zeppelin II album. Robert Plant solidified his credentials as a songwriter with the homage to his then wife, Maureen, and the Hendrix-feel and fading organ at the close only to return after 10 seconds was most perplexing to radio stations back in the day. It’s definitely a touch of something different for Thanksgiving!
Thank U Alanis Morrissette Written after the artist’s pilgrimage to India, the song was released as a single in 1998, and nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2000 Grammy Awards. Morrissette’s unclothed video for the song has been very parodied likely more than the song has been played, and while the lyrics may be confusing, they resonate a commitment to gratitude in all circumstances that is a worthy reminder.
Thanks for the Pepperoni George Harrison A final track on Harrison’s iconic All Things Must Pass, the song is a perfect example of the themes of the big within the small, the profound within the simple, and the humor and playfulness that was always evident in Harrison’s life and art.
The Thanksgiving Song Adam Sandler Technically, the song may not fit this genre, but Sandler certainly is entrenched as part of the era, and his vocals are better than some who earned Gold records! The song was originally performed on Saturday Night Live in 1992, but then a following live performance was included in Sandler’s debut album, They’re All Gonna Laugh at You. Nothing wrong with a little laughter along with your turkey!
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