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November 23, 2010 11:15 AM   Subscribe

Suggestions for an edgy, down-to-earth Thanksgiving playlist?

My husband and I are going to be spending T-giving mostly by ourselves, probably cooking for most of the day, and I got the notion of making a CD as a soundtrack. I'm looking for good songs about gratitude/thankfulness.

I would definitely prefer songs that are upbeat (although laid-back a la Grateful Dead is OK too) and not sticky-sentimental, and while I AM grateful for the love of my mate, that seems to be the primary topic of most songs about gratitude I've been Googling and I'd like something a little more original. Neither of us are religious, so overtly religious songs are right out unless they've got a REALLY kick-ass arrangement.

I have seen this AskMeFi, but I'm asking again because it seems like that guy wanted mellower stuff than I do.

"Gratitude" by the Beastie Boys and "Wonderful World" by the Ramones are the only songs I'm REALLY set on at this point. What works with that?
posted by dlugoczaj to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Can't have a Thanksgiving Soundtrack without Arlo Guthrie.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 11:25 AM on November 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

Rilo Kiley, Spectacular Views
posted by spinto at 11:25 AM on November 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

"Valley Winter Song" by Fountains of Wayne is lovely for a cozy indoors new england day.
posted by sweetkid at 11:28 AM on November 23, 2010

Not exactly a song about gratitude or thankfulness, but you are having a laid-back, thoughtfull day off you have to include your favorite version of Pressure Drop --- the Clash cover will pair nicely with the Ramones.
posted by Dr Dracator at 11:33 AM on November 23, 2010

A couple hip hop picks:

Nujabes (with Apani B) - Thank You (Nujabes on the blue).

Blackalicious - The Craft (Religious, but in more of a spiritual, non-specific way).
posted by domnit at 11:45 AM on November 23, 2010

Rise Up With Fists - Jenny Lewis.
posted by dirtdirt at 12:02 PM on November 23, 2010

Days - The Kinks
Thank You - Sly & The Family Stone
Thank You Very Much or Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes - Kevin Ayres
posted by misteraitch at 12:05 PM on November 23, 2010

Perhaps some biting sarcasm from Reel Big Fish with We Care?
posted by General Malaise at 12:13 PM on November 23, 2010

Ain't Got No by Nina Simone is my favorite gratitude song and seconding Alice's Restaurant. It just isn't Thanksgiving for me until I have listened to the long version of Alice's Restaurant.
posted by calumet43 at 1:02 PM on November 23, 2010

Thank You by The Redwalls. It is so awesome.
posted by cyndigo at 1:51 PM on November 23, 2010

Gratitude by Oingo Boingo. I assume you already have this, because everyone owns the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, right?
posted by klangklangston at 2:41 PM on November 23, 2010

Bright Eyes is always good for that if he's not too sentimental for you. There's even one called I Will Be Grateful For This Day.
posted by troublewithwolves at 9:43 PM on November 23, 2010

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