Besides the dry Turkey, political arguing and clothes that don’t fit too good, our Thanksgiving gift to you is the Top 5 Thanksgiving Songs that aren’t turkeys. So, pass the gravy and let’s dig in.
Top 5 Thanksgiving Songs
Sly and The Family Stone
This entry is the funky #5 song that reached #1 Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1970. This classic has been covered, sampled and featured many times;
Soundgarden covered it their 1989 tour and the John Peel BBC Sessions,
Gladys Night and the Pips also covered this R&B hit,
It was sampled in Janet Jackon’s ‘Rhythm Nation’ song (Do you remember hearing the sample?)
It was also in the ‘Shrek’ soundtrack
4. Thank U
Released on Alanis’ sophomore album, “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” (1998) three years after her smash “Jagged Little Pill” album. This song was written and inspired by Alanis’ visit to India. She stirred up quite a stir by appearing naked on a bus in the music video. Another point that made this rock song rather unconventional was composed in the key of C Major, which isn’t the go to rock key of the key of E.
3. Thank You
Not really known for their love songs, Led Zeppelin released ‘Thank You’ on their 1969 album, ‘Led Zeppelin II’. This song was written by Robert Plant as a tribute to his wife, Maureen. The false fadeout ending caused problems with radio stations that played the song. Dead air (silence) is a huge no-no on radio and because of the silence at the end of the song, sometimes radio stations end the song on the initial fade out.
2. I Thank You
This song was written by Issac Hayes and David Porter. The incredible, Sam and Dave originally recorded and released this song in 1968. ZZ Top funkily covered this classic on their 1970, Deguello album.
1. Thank You For Being A Friend
Okay, this is not necessarily one of my favorites. This is for my Grandma (she loved ‘The Golden Girls’) and for me. I was an Andrew Gold fan way back when he released ‘Lonely Boy’ the same year that ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ was released. It turns out that Andrew could play just about any instrument there was and he worked with a ‘who’s who’ of musical artists throughout his career. Even though ‘Lonely Boy’ was a hit (peaked at number 7 in the U.S.), ‘Thank You For Being A Friend’ was the hit that became the theme song to a TV show. The song was re-recorded by Cynthia Fee for ‘The Golden Girls’ and that’s probably the version most people remember. According to Andrew, this song was a bit of a throwaway song that took about an hour to write. This one’s for you, Grandma.
If you could choose a Thanksgiving song, what would it be?