Thanksgiving Music: Living under the Shadow of Christmas


November 21, 2012 by finetuningblog

Thanksgiving is this week, so that means one thing: Christmas music has already been on the radio for two weeks now. Christmas has slowly expanded commercially to the point where Thanksgiving lives in the shadow of Christmas. It’s getting to the point where even Halloween doesn’t get as much attention anymore.

But, the thought occurred to me earlier: there is a surprising lack of Thanksgiving-themed music out there. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Christmas is both a religious holiday for many, and a commercial holiday for many more. But I think that’s unfair, Thanksgiving can be a cool holiday if you make the most of it. After all, who needs presents and pine trees?

I did some research on the matter. Thankfully, the Internet is awesome, and I was able to troll the web to compile the Fine Tuning Thanksgiving Playlist! Start your holiday right with these Thanksgiving-themed songs, and rock it until you pass out from all the turkey (or tofu if you’re a vegan.)

To get things started, have a listen to a song that echoes my thoughts on the lack of Thanksgiving tunes. Thanksgiving, by the Stuffing is a perfect parody song for the holiday, provided your family can take a joke. And their band name is so festive!

Another great song that has a Thanksgiving feel is from the musical, Godspell. Be mindful, this is a Christian play, so if you’re not into religious music, you may want to skip this one. (Godspell? Never would have guessed)

But Godspell really is a brilliantly composed musical, with meaningful lyrics that in many ways transcend the religious meanings.

The next song is one those ‘so-bad-you-gotta-hear-it’ songs. Nicole Westbrook released It’s Thanksgiving, which recently went viral on youtube. Amazingly, this song has almost the same level of hatred as the dreaded Friday. With 143,000 dislikes and counting, it sounds like Nicole channeled her inner Rebecca Black.

At the very least, you and your friends can get a good laugh out of this song.

And now for some real laughs, courtesy of Adam Sandler. Be warned, this song is not safe for work, and especially not safe for conservative family members.

My good friend Brendan “Snails” Strickland reminded me that no holiday is complete without the Peanuts. So, I had to include the Peanuts Thanksgiving piano piece. And if you’re really lacking in the holiday spirit, you should watch the Peanuts Thanksgiving special.

Thank You by Led Zeppelin is a classic from Led Zeppelin II (if you’re not a Zeppelin fan, pick up Zeppelin II, it’s an incredible album.) Though it’s more of a love song, Thank You fits into our Thanksgiving playlist. I mean, let’s be serious here: no playlist is complete without Jimmy Page.

Mary Chapin has a song called “Thanksgiving Song.” I don’t think I need to explain this one, am I right?

I realized after some thought that What A Wonderful World by Louie Armstrong would be a beautiful finisher for this playlist. It really leaves me with a warm and fuzzy feeling every time I listen to it.

But I’ll give you a choice on this one: you can go with Louie’s beautiful original version, or Joey Ramone’s cover. Both versions are incredible songs.

I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving with your family, friends, pets, or whoever. And I really hope that this playlist helps give Thanksgiving music get a little more love.




One thought on “Thanksgiving Music: Living under the Shadow of Christmas

  1. Louie, This is GREAT!!! Nice job!!!

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