Before (or after) all of that food, you’ll need a soundtrack to get yourself moving. So we put together a list of songs to cut a turkey (or rug) to.
A Thanksgiving playlist needs to be like the Thanksgiving spread: there needs to be something for everyone, from your too-cool-for-school cousin to that great aunt that brought her dancing shoes.
You can’t have Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes and cranberries, right? Likewise, a Thanksgiving Playlist needs to lean on the classics. That’s why ours starts with Aretha Franklin’s foot-stomping cover of “The Weight” (with a young Duane Allman on guitar).
- The Weight by Aretha Franklin
Good to Be Back Home by Charles Bradley
- I’m Easy by Boz Scaggs
- Sweet Baby (featuring Erykah Badu) by Macy Gray, Erykah Badu
- Everybody’s Got Something To Hide (Except Me And My Monkey) by The Feelies
- You Can Make It If You Try by Sly & The Family Stone
- I’m a Fool for You by James Carr
- 96 Tears ? & The Mysterians
- Looking For The Magic by Dwight Twilley Band
Cissy Strut by The Meters
How Long Do I Have To Wait For You? by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
No Ordinary Love – Remastered by Sade
- Congratulations Baby by Barbara West
- King Harvest (Has Surely Come) by The Band
Lovely Day by Bill Withers
Kingdom Come by Raury
Rent I Pay by Spoon
Everything Was Changing by EZTV
Stay Hungry by Talking Heads
Borrowed World by Widowspeak
Making Breakfast by Twin Peaks
- I’m Glad by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Amoreena by Elton John
Memo To My Son – Remastered by Randy Newman
In My Time (Album Version) by Kurt Vile
- The General Specific by Band of Horses
Dearest by Buddy Holly
Thanksgiving without pie? Impossible. The musical version is the sweet Randy Newman nugget “Memo to My Son,” a deep cut about a messy baby (many Thanksgiving tables have one of those).
Turkey making you fall asleep? Wake up with that pistol-like snare drum on Spoon’s “Rent I Pay.” (The volume and the clattering makes this very good material for washing dishes, too.)
Finish the night off with a tender Buddy Holly tune, the perfect song for sitting with any lingering guests, sipping some Wild Turkey, and reflecting on the night that just was.
by TOMMY WERNER10.10.16