Ah, Thanksgiving. A day stuffed with all of our favorite things: Family and football. Stretchy pants and second helpings. Homecomings and homemade pie. To set the scene, here are some multi-generational grooves for getting your gravy on this year. Don't forget to scroll down to the bottom for an easy-to-play list of each of the songs below.
1. Leon Bridges: “Coming Home”
Kick off the celebration with this smooth, soulful track from Ft. Worth’s favorite son.
2. Charles Bradley: “Good to be Back Home”
It’s hard to believe this self-described "screaming eagle of soul,” who once made his living as a James Brown impersonator, didn’t release his first studio record until he was in his 60s.
3. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: “Home”
Ubiquitous? Yes. Catchy? Yes. Are we sick of it yet? Not quite.
4. Drake: “Keep the Family Close”
Even the rich and famous get let down by friends and need their families to pick them back up.
5. The Apache Relay: “Home is Not Places”
“Home is not places, it is love.” Hard to argue with the Nashville-based folk rock band’s sentiments, especially if you’re far from home during the holidays.
6. Kayne West: “Family Business”
Ah, old photo albums, embarrassing childhood stories and family squabbles — Thanksgiving at its realest.
7. Miranda Lambert: “The House That Built Me”
The country queen shows a softer side in this tearjerker about the old family home.
8. 2Pac: “Dear Mama”
Make sure to turn up the volume on the hip hop great’s tribute to to his mother, who “made miracles every Thanksgiving.”
9. Dolly Parton: “Coat of Many Colors”
Proving that certain thematic material crosses genre, here's another homage to a family matriarch, this time from the one and only Dolly.
10. The Shins: “Young Pilgrims”
Leave it to the Australian indie darlings to pen a perfect song about a very American holiday.
11. Vince Guaraldi Trio: “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”
Who doesn’t get all the feels just hearing the opening bars of this holiday classic?
12. Hank Williams: “Hey Good Lookin’”
Yeah, it’s a little dated and more than a little bit sexist, but dang, if this song isn’t utterly charming and perfect for a food-focused celebration.
13. Louis Armstrong: “All That Meat and No Potatoes”
This sly Satchmo song will have you dancing off your meat and potatoes to make room for some pie.
14. The Kinks: “Maximum Consumption”
Clam chowder. Beefsteak on rye. Pumpkin pie. We’re stuffed after listening to just the first line of this British rockers’ ode to gluttony.
15. John Legend: “Save Room”
Okay, technically, the song’s about love, not food, but you can’t go wrong with a little John Legend on your playlist.
16. Kesha: “Praying”
This powerful, soul-baring anthem will surely please the youngsters at your table.
17. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats: “Thank You”
This song goes down as easy as that second helping of mashed potatoes.
18. Bob Marley: “Give Thanks and Praises”
The Jamaican artist sums up the spirit of the holiday.
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