5 Thanksgiving Songs You Should Know

5 Thanksgiving Songs You Should Know

Dedicated to my Thanksgiving loving Americans: Ya'll are great

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Last Thanksgiving, as my friends and I were at my house drinking wine, sparkling grape juice, and preparing the stuffing and dinner rolls, my friend who looks like a Greek princess started her yearly complaint.

"I just wish there were songs about Thanksgiving! It's my favorite holiday," she moaned.

"What, you didn't like the song I made up last month?" I asked while winking at her (I'll call her Annie). Annie and I had just gone up to see a Notre Dame football game, and on our way back to St. Louis, I had free-styled a ridiculous song about our friend group celebrating Thanksgiving at my house.

You see, Annie had been talking about her favorite holiday (right by her birthday) never getting any attention from songwriters. Instead, they all just want to redo the overdone classic Christmas songs.

She laughed at my comment, and so did our other friends. They had all heard the rough draft version of my "Friends-giving" song. It was terrible and immature, which was the point.

"I liked it, but I want something serious. Christmas gets all of this amazing songs and Thanksgiving has NOTHING," she responded.

This article is for Annie and all the other people who crave more than stuffing and mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving holiday.

This article is for the people praying for that amazing Thanksgiving holiday album to drop. I obviously don't have that holiday album for you (it's in the works), but I found 5 Thanksgiving songs you should know.

I start with the ridiculous ones and end with the sweetest song I've found about this holiday.

Listed in order of humor, let's start with "It's Thanksgiving," sung by Nicole Westbrook.

1. "It's Thanksgiving" by Nicole Westbrook

This song went viral overnight in 2015. It was created by the same person who made "Friday" with Rebecca Black, so that means the lyrics and production value are sub-par (but her voice is pretty good!).

For example, the chorus includes random mentions of EGGS! while mentioning other foods they are eating (turkey and potatoes). When it went viral, Nicole was pretty ecstatic that the song got 5 million views.

She even recorded and made a music video for another song about a young crush called "Smile." Truly, it was a young crush since Nicole was only 12 years old when "It's Thanksgiving" was produced and made.

It is the funniest Thanksgiving song I've found because I know its supposed to be serious, but I can't help but giggle when I view it.

I feel bad because 1) Nicole is from St. Louis (just like me) and I wish she had been given a better song to sing and 2) I wish she had realized it was a not-so-hot song and never sung it because now everyone who looks up her name on Google or Bing for a future job ... well, they're going to see this song.

Although it's a bad song, I did smile during it and afterwards, so I am also grateful. I encourage you to check it out.

2. "Thanksgiving Song" by Adam Sandler

You can find it on Spotify and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. How could it - it's Adam Sandler singing about TURKEY and cranberries and other funny jokes (the ones that go over my head because they relate to whatever political/social upheavals SNL was covering in the 1980s).

This live performance was an instant hit during SNL's Weekend Update with Kevin Nealson (Season 18, 1992). You can find the link here to see this hilarious performance of how Adam Sandler is a good boy by eating his turkey and taking his naps during Thanksgiving.

3. "Thanksgiving Song" by Linda (Bob's Burgers)

Linda is a hardworking mom rocking trendy red glasses, a middle part, and black hair that perfectly curls just above her shoulders (like the 1950s housewives would've had it permed back in the day).

She pulls on her tight turquoise dress as she and her family walk to the house they are celebrating Thanksgiving in. In her manly voice she poetically states the following lyrics:

"Pass the cranberry sauce / We're having mashed potatoes / Ooh the turkey looks great. / Thank you for loving me / Thank you for being there / Thank you for loving me / Everyone's thanking / The whole world's thanking you / Kill the turkey."

Thank you, Bob's Burgers, for giving us an iconic Thanksgiving song from an iconic character. #killtheturkey

4. "FUNNY Thanksgiving Song: The Turkey Song" by Bryant Oden 

You know who has fun on Thanksgiving? Everyone!

... except for the turkey. (La la la la la la) *sung cheerfully*

You know who smiles on Thanksgiving? Everyone!

... except for the turkey. (La la la la la la la) *sung cheerfully*

This song is a feel-good song for everyone except (yup) the turkey! It was one of the songs that I found randomly on Youtube that deserved a shoutout. I'm sure there are other kid-like songs out there that are just as humorous, but this is the one I enjoy.

It even includes a warning to all the turkeys that are still alive to run away to a distant land that actually likes turkeys. My goodness, this is a great song. Thank you, Bryant Oden, for making it.

5. "Thanksgiving Song" by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Now this is a song I would want my Thanksgiving album to have.

It has heart, it has intelligent and meaningful lyrics, and it sounds like a Thanksgiving song. You know how everyone knows a Christmas song by its tune? This is definitely a Thanksgiving song.

It might be the only good one out there, so please give it a listen. And although Mary Chapin Carpenter has a lot of songs on Spotify, this wasn't listed on their song list (at least, not that I could find). Thank goodness for Youtube!


I know that was a lot of information, but I thought it would be valuable for all the people like Annie who are craving more than the mediocre/funny when it comes Thanksgiving songs. Maybe, if all of America prayed this prayer this year with their loved ones, we could get what we want:

"Lord, please hear our prayer. Help someone artistically talented and intelligent produce an amazing Thanksgiving album fill of fun and deep Thanksgiving songs.

Amen."

and #eatmoreturkey #noleftovers

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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Do Not Be Ungrateful This Thanksgiving, Here Are 33 Reasons Why You Should Be Thankful

We do not spend enough time being thankful, and that is unfair

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Thanksgiving is a beautiful, unique and American holiday. Thanksgiving is about food, about family, but especially is about being thankful. I know, we spend a lot of our time complaining about several things, our job, our professor, our boss, our partner, our family, ourselves, our politicians, our favorite artist, our car and much more.

We do not spend enough time being thankful, and that is unfair. We have many reasons to say thanks; I give you thirty-three. Here are my reasons to be thankful (and I think they are yours too):

1. Our family. Even if you don’t like them, they made you like you are.

2. To be alive. You may not like your life, but it is an opportunity.

3. To live in the US. Have you seen all the people in the world who want to live here? The US is a country full of opportunities.

4. Our jobs. I don’t like mine either, but it pays my bill, and it reminds me I can do something better.

5. Our schools/colleges/universities. We are so lucky because we have the chance to study.

6. To vote. It took thousands of years to get the right to vote and chose our representatives, governors, presidents, senator and others (if you’re a woman or part of a minority you must be more thankful).

7. For Facebook. The best way to know our friends and relatives’ lives

8. For our favorite TV shows. We are living in the golden age of TV; we are so lucky (and we have TV Reboots & Revivals).

9. We can dream. We can change our lives; we can choose our destiny. Half of the people in the world do not have that chance.

10. For love. It does not matter if you have a partner or you don’t; enjoy the fact you have your stories and you will have more.

11. For babies, puppies, cats and dogs. What would we do with all those hours watching their videos on Youtube?

12. Free sexuality. We are living in the time where you can be anything you want, and you can love anybody you want. Just think, fifty years ago, we were prisoners of society.

13. “Game of Thrones” is back in April 2019. We have been waiting too long.

14. For books. Reading makes us better people.

15. For Instagram. Food never was more important than now. IG is the best way to know how our celebrities’ lives are.

16. For our friends. I cannot imagine my life without my friends; they are my rock and the best support in the worse moments.

17. For Netflix. How did we spend our Sundays before?

18. We are the last generation who can handle climate change and save the world.

19. For Christmas. 

20. For your kids. I am talking about your own, your nephews, nieces, siblings, godchildren, step kids, even your neighbors.

21. For alcohol and all the good memories (and really bad decisions), it made us have.

22. Freedom of the press. Today more than any other time we must be thankful about freedom of the press (and we must protect it).

23. For our health. Even if you are not completely healthy, you are in the era where medicine is available and improving every second.

24. For #Metoo movement. Finally, we can share our experiences and stop them for the next generations.

25. For traveling. You can go to Australia, Madagascar, France or Chile if you want. There are no limits.

26. For freedom.

27. For second chances. We all need them in all the moments of our lives.

28. For food. Because it makes our lives better and delicious.

29. For memes. Now each picture has a huge potential to be famous.

30. For God or the Gods. Be thankful because you have somebody who listens to your prays.

31. For the Future. Because we can make it.

32. For the past. Because it is our history.

33. For the present. We are living the best of all the times. Today, most of the social movements have had important advances. It is easier to be a woman, a minority, a refugee, an immigrant or have a disability. 

Yes, probably I am missing some important motives to be thankful which means there are dozens of more reasons. By the way, Happy Thanksgiving!

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