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Thanksgiving Day Playlist

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Thanksgiving is a great holiday, but it tends to be eclipsed by the larger and more flamboyant celebrations that surround it.

Namely, Halloween and Christmas.

As you're surely aware, Christmas leads in dramatic fashion when it comes to music.  In fact, Christmas music is considered its own genre due to the sheer number of Christmas songs that have been recorded. After all, one only needs a good three chord hook, some jingle bells and some winter imagery for a hit Christmas song.

Halloween, although much smaller than Christmas, still offers a plethora of songs to choose from when crafting a playlist.

But Thanksgiving is more difficult.

Yes, I have included no-brainers like "The Thanksgiving Song" by Adam Sandler, "Alice's Restaurant Massacre" by Arlo Guthrie and "Thanksgiving Day" by Ray Davies, but I've also included a smattering of overlooked tracks that fit perfectly within the Thanksgiving theme. Some speak directly to the spiritual aspects of the holiday as with Bob Marley's "Give Thanks And Praises", while others deal with more earthly pleasures, like eating! 

What would you add to this musical Thanksgiving stew?

The Playlist:

1. I've Got Plenty To Be Thankful For - Bing Crosby

2. Thanksgiving Day - Ray Davies

3. Thanksgiving - Loudon Wainwright III

4. Give Thanks & Praises - Bob Marley 

5. Alice's Restaurant Massacree - Arlo Guthrie

6. The Thanksgiving Song - Adam Sandler

7. Eat It - Weird Al Yankovic

8. Sweet Potato Pie - Ray Charles 

9. Collard Greens And Yams - Sir Stan

10. Vegetables - The Beach Boys

11. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly & The Family Stone

12. Stuffy Turkey - Thelonious Monk 

13. Making Pies - Patty Griffin

14. Pumpkin Pie - Joe Thompson

15. Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel

16. Thank You Friends - Big Star

17. Thanks - The James Gang

18. Be Thankful For What You've Got - Massive Attack

19. The Thanksgiving Song - Fred Holstein

20. Pilgrim's Progress - Kris Kristofferson 

21. Thanksgiving - Poi Dog Pondering

22. Thanksgiving Day Parade - Dan Bern

23. Thanksgiving - Mary Gauthier

24. Be Thankful - Natalie Cole

25. (I'm Gonna Eat) On Thanksgiving Day - Laurie Berkner 

26. Sweet Potatoes - Pete Seeger

27. Thanksgiving Theme - Vince Guaraldi 

28. Thankgiving Hunger Drives - Harry Chapin 

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