Cold Turkey by John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band

Is There A Specific Thanksgiving Playlist To Go By?  

You know there’s Christmas music. There’s also Halloween music. Did you know there’s also Thanksgiving music? There are plenty of songs to add to your Turkey Day playlist from all genres of music and to save you the time and trouble of looking them up, I have taken the liberty of collecting them all right here for you. Some you will know and some we threw a curve ball at to have fun.

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That’s right! When you talk holiday music, you can talk about Thanksgiving, as well. Sure, the Thanksgiving songs aren’t as popular as Christmas music or even Halloween music, but there are a lot of examples! Some of the biggest and most well-known bands in the world have made music for Thanksgiving.

John Lennon and The Beatles have a Thanksgiving song. So does Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang! Additionally, there’s Adam Sandler and more! Some of the Thanksgiving songs you might not even have realized were in fact about Thanksgiving! Others have it in the title, so it’s pretty clear.

Let’s Get Ready To Celebrate

Here in Detroit, we’re always ready for Thanksgiving. It’s one of the most anticipated days of the year. Not only do we get to stuff our faces, but we also get our annual Detroit Lions football game on Thanksgiving Day. It’s one of the greatest traditions in all of football. Our Detroit Lions playing on Thanksgiving Day has been an annual tradition since the 1930s. Crazy!

In addition to the football game, we also get America’s Thanksgiving Parade which is always a big deal. If you’ve never checked it out you’re definitely missing out! Make this year the year to go!

However you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving, make sure you remember these suggestions and most of all do not discuss politics with Uncle Bob. Here are some songs and Thanksgiving music for your playlist this year! Add these to your Thanksgiving playlist and let the whole family enjoy! Gobble gobble!


  • John Lennon and the Plastic ONO Band

    Cold Turkey,”is a song by John Lennon but credited to The Plastic ONO Band on the record. John submitted the song as a possible Beatles song for Abby Road but Paul McCartney rejected the idea so John released it later and gave himself full credit instead of a Lennon/McCartney release. Eric Clapton also plays on this recording and Ringo Starr on drums.

  • REO Speedwagon The Flying Turkey Trot

    REO Speedwagon – “Flying Turkey Trot” From their breakthrough album, Live: You Get What You Play For which was released in 1977! Written by Guitar player  the late Gary Richrath. A rocking instrumental that was a fan favorite in concert.  

  • Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant

    The title refers to a restaurant owned by one of Guthrie’s friends, artist Alice Brock. Although Brock is a minor character in the story, the restaurant plays no role in it aside from being the subject of the chorus for Guthrie’s visit.

    This song is called Alice’s Restaurant, and it’s about Alice, and the Restaurant, but Alice’s Restaurant is not the name of the restaurant,

    That’s just the name of the song, and that’s why I called the song Alice’sRestaurant.

    What is the meaning behind Alice’s restaurant?
    ”  A series of absurd events, so the Alice’s Restaurant Movement. It is against arresting someone for littering and in favor of ending wars.
  • The Peanuts Gang Trio presents Vince Guaraldi's "Thanksgiving Theme"

    Vince Guaraldi Trio – “Thanksgiving Theme”  The Guy who does all the music for the “Peanuts” TV shows! The man who made all the great music was a gentleman named,  Vince Guaraldi,  was a American Jazz pianist best known for all the music for Linus & Lucy, Snoopy and Charlie Brown shows.

  • Adam Sandler Thanksgiving Song

    Adam Sandler and Kevin Nealon sing a comical ditty celebrating Thanksgiving, how much he loves to eat turkey and peppering in facts that happen to rhyme with what he’s talking about. Done live 1992 on Saturday Night Live. 

  • Led Zeppelin Custard Pie

    Custard Pie from Led Zeppelin was originated from a couple of America blues artists and songs.  Blind Boy Fuller’s 1939 “I Want Some Of Your Pie” and Brown McGhee’s 1947 “Custard Pie Blues. Song was played live during the 1975 Live tour of America

  • The Cranberries - Zombie

    The Cranberries were an Irish rock band formed in Limerick, Ireland. “Zombie” is a protest song about The Troubles in Northern Ireland.  January 2018, O’Riordan the lead singer was found dead by drowning in a London hotel room. The Cranberries confirmed in September 2018 that they would not continue as a band; their final album, In the End, was released in April 2019 and they disbanded afterwards.

  • The Beatles Holiday Message


    The song “Jingle Bells” is sung, followed by individual messages to the fans. John Lennon mocks the script by making it obvious he’s reading from a prepared text; when Paul McCartney asks him if he wrote this himself, he says, “No it’s somebody’s bad handwrouter.”  recorded October 26th 1964.


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