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The Best Thanksgiving Songs of All Time to Keep Dinner Humming

Esquire 12 hrs ago Emma Carey, Matt Miller
Here are 45 songs to play on Thanksgiving, as you're cooking, eating, and drinking with the family. © Courtesy Here are 45 songs to play on Thanksgiving, as you're cooking, eating, and drinking with the family.

Friends, we're officially in the great month of November. You might be stoked to make stuffing, eat pie, entertain your little cousins, and be merry with the whole group. You might also be dreading the arrival of a certain couple of relatives. Totally normal! If and when those aunts or uncles start veering the conversation towards places you'd rather not go, it’s a must to have a playlist on hand to keep things light and festive.

So here are some tunes that are the perfect soundtrack for snacking all day, enjoying autumn, and expressing gratitude to the ones you love. Whether you’re the type to start your day lacing up for a Turkey Trot or you’re waking up hungover to catch the tail-end of the Macy’s Parade, these are the best of the Turkey Day tunes.

"Family Affair" — Sly & The Family Stone

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"NFL on Fox Theme Song" — Phil Garrod, Reed Hays, and Scott Schreer

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"Stuffy Turkey" — Thelonious Monk

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"Hungry Like the Wolf" — Duran Duran

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"Celebration" — Kool & The Gang

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"All The Debts I Owe" — Caamp

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"This Must Be The Place" — Talking Heads

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"Don't Worry" — Leon Bridges ft. Ink

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"Crowded Table" — The Highwomen

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"Candyman" — Jim James & Friends

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"Waiting On A Friend" — The Rolling Stones

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“I’m Just Snacking” — Gus Dapperton

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“We Are Family” — Sister Sledge

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“Harvest Moon” — Neil Young

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“American Pie” — Don McLeon

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“Thank You” — Dido

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“Shower the People” — James Taylor

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"Thank U, Next" — Ariana Grande

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"Food" — Ghostface Killah, BADBADNOTGOOD

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"For the Hungry Boy" — Jonny Greenwood

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"Thursday Girl" — Mitski

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"Thanksgiving" — Pinegrove

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"Roll Plymouth Rock" — Brian Wilson

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"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" — George Winston

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"Young Pilgrims" — The Shins

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"Be Thankful For What You Got"—Love

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"Kitchen"—Mary J. Blige

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"Knives Out" — Radiohead

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"Sweet Potato Pie" — Ray Charles

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"Cooking Up Something Good"— Mac DeMarco

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"Do the Mashed Potatoes" — James Brown

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"Dinner" — Blood Orange

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"The Thanksgiving Filter" — Drive-By Truckers

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"Family Business" — Kanye West

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"Turkey Dog Coma" — Flying Lotus

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"Keep the Family Close" — Drake

"Family Tradition" — Hank Williams Jr.

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"Give Thanks & Praises" — Bob Marley & the Wailers

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"Autumn in New York" — Billie Holiday

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"Home" — Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

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"I've Got Plenty to be Thankful For" — Bing Crosby

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"Ode to my Family" — The Cranberries

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"Macy's Day Parade" — Green Day

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"Thank You Too!" — My Morning Jacket

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"The Thanksgiving Song" — Adam Sandler

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