THANKSGIVING DINNER PLAYLIST
Here’s a list of songs that capture the mood lyrically while keeping a groove going that keeps heads nodding without disrupting digestion.
I’M BLESSED – Charlie Wilson featuring TI
Here’s a man testifying is gratitude for a second chance at life. And if you haven’t heard the song, you will be singing the chorus by the second verse.
A SONG FOR MAMA – Boyz II Men
A song about Mama cooking a gang of food for the family. And it’s Boyz II Men. No brainer to be on the list.
FAMILY REUNION – O’Jays
A grown folks classic. A perfect example of the positivity that was a highlight of Philadephia International songs.
FAMILY REUNION – Jill Scott
Jill does her take on the family get together, with a great comedic tone and a lovely bounce of a groove.
GRANDMA’S HANDS – Bill Withers
No specific Thanksgiving reference, but can you think of Thanksgiving without your grandmother?
HARVEST FOR THE WORLD – The Isley Brothers
You can’t enjoy abundance without taking a moment to think of those who don’t have it. Also from The Isley Brothers: CARAVAN OF LOVE, which could also be on this playlist.
BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU GOT – William DeVaughan
This smooth-as-baby-hair jam gets the to heart of the matter – whatever you have, appreciate it.
I WANT TO THANK YOU – Alicia Myers
This disco anthem of the “I Will Survive” category straight up gives thanks to God, so it’s also on brand for Thanksgiving.
BLESSING IN DISGUISE – Sly Stone
This is an obscure track from late in his career, but Sly Stone has written many songs that are “on theme” like THANKFUL AND THOUGHTFUL and THANK YOU FOR TALKING TO ME AFRICA. Play them all!
WHY GOD LOVES YOU – P.M. Dawn
Underrated hippie hip hop who delivered the beautiful DIE WITHOUT YOU for my BOOMERANG soundtrack back in the day. I just love this song and how it extends the boundaries of what hip hop can be.