Gobble Gobble Hey! Thanksgiving tunes to put you in the mood!

Has Thanksgiving snuck up on you (the way it snuck up on me)?  Here’s some thankful tunes and some food songs to get your Thanksgiving cooking, gathering and eating in gear. Gobble Gobble

Stream the whole set of songs on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/user/mybellhaven/playlist/3dBrQ8hHQleWJjG8kLySEa

Or enjoy the visual versions at YouTube below!


Thanksgiving – Poi Dog Pondering

Poi Dog Pondering got their start in Hawaii and then moved to Austin, TX where they recorded their album Wishing Like a Mountain, Thinking Like the Sea which features their song Thanksgiving. Now they’re based out of Chicago, still playing and recording tunes.


Thank You Friends – Big Star

Maybe you do a Friendsgiving gathering. This classic song from Big Star is a wonderful celebration of friends, love it.


The Thanksgiving Filter – Drive-by Truckers

Southern rockers, The Drive-by Truckers released their homage to Thanksgiving in 2011. Their song The Thanksgiving Filter was released on a special Record Store Day single and then later on the album Go-Go Boots.


Pilgrimage – REM

From REM’s first full length release Murmur in 1983. Pilgrimage…Pilgrims…First Thanksgiving…Yup this song works on a Thanksgiving playlist.


Harvest Breed – Nick Drake

Beautiful and haunting, that probably best sums up this song and Nick Drake in general.


Thanksgiving  Loudon – Wainwright

A song about a dysfunctional family gathering at Thanksgiving. It could happen.


Autumn Sweater – Yo La Tengo

Hoboken’s own Yo La Tengo remind you that in the Fall, you’d better wear your Autumn Sweater when you go to your Thanksgiving dinner, cause it gets chilly this time of the year.


Ode to My Family – The Cranberries

2 major components of Thanksgiving dinner are cranberries and family, so here’s The Cranberries with their song Ode to My Family.


Thank You – Dido

Thank you, no, thank you. Here’s Dido giving thanks all over the place.


Mashed Potato Time – Dee Dee Sharp

Mashed Potato, it’s a dance, it’s a song, it’s a side dish


Surfin’ Bird (Bird is the Word) – The Trashmen

What’s the star of the Thanksgiving table? Turkey of course so that means bird is the word. Thanks to The Trashmen for letting us know.


Plymouth Rock – Satan’s Pilgrims

Cowabunga, there’s a surf music song for Thanksgiving, thanks to Satan’s Pilgrims out of Portland, OR. A song about Plymouth Rock where The Mayflower landed, nice!


Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly and the Family Stone

Thank you, Sly and the Family Stone for adding some grooviness to our playlist.


Pecan Pie – Golden Smog

This Minnesota alt-country supergroup includes members of Soul Asylum, The Replacements, Wilco, The Jayhawks, Run Westy Run, The Honeydogs and Big Star. This Thanksgiving selection is for the dessert course – Pecan Pie courtesy of Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo).


Nothing Short of Thankful – Avett Brothers

Will we ever get home? Life on the road is tough, hopefully you’ll be home in time for Thanksgiving.


SPECIAL BONUS TRACKS (Not on the Spotify playlist)


Turkey Dinner – The Hoodoo Gurus

The Aussie Rockers, The Hoodoo Gurus serve up their song Turkey Dinner, the b side of their 1986 single Death Defying. This video is from a show that I was lucky enough to be in the audience of in 2010 and they were awesome!


Thanksgiving Day – Ray Davies

Here’s Ray Davies (The Kinks) song Thanksgiving Day from the 2005 EP by the same name.