Thanksgiving Playlist

There’s about a thousand songs you can listen to get into the Christmas spirit.. In fact, most towns dedicate one station to only Christmas music starting in about mid-November. Halloween music includes any spooky organ piece you can find while Easter’s a religious holiday for those who celebrate it and, therefore, has its own set of Church hymns. Thanksgiving, however, isn’t tied to a religious celebration and doesn’t have the same hype of the other holidays mentioned so, consequently, it doesn’t have a soundtrack. So, I have taken it upon myself to make a Thanksgiving soundtrack so the holiday does not feel left out. For me, Thanksgiving has always been about good food and good company; Thanksgiving is about home. So without further ado, here are my top five songs about home that I think perfectly capture the Thanksgiving spirit (this is a real thing).


1. Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


This song is featured twice in Stuck in Love which features Thanksgiving as both the starting point and ending point of the film so I’ve always connected it to Thanksgiving.


2. Rivers and Roads by The Head and The Heart



I love The Head and The Heart’s music but especially this song. The day before Thanksgiving is the most traveled day of the whole year and as someone who is always itching to get home, the idea of “rivers and roads ‘til I reach you” has always resonated with me.


3. Almost Home by Ben Rector



Ben Rector’s, piano-filled song acknowledges the, in my opinion, wonderful unpredictably of travel and the different paths life can take you on, but it also reminds me of the special quality that home and family have for each of us.


4. Home by Ingrid Michaelson



“I know everything about this place...This is my home…” Is there anything more comforting than returning to your hometown and driving past your favorite diner, coffee shop, or in my case, the library and feeling an overwhelming sense of peace and familiarity?


5. We’re Going Home by Vance Joy



The line “When I see your light shine I know I’m home” always makes me picture the front room of my house lit up with my mom curled up in the recliner by the window and my sister on the couch reading. This songs makes me think about both the physical light of my house as well as  the metaphorical light my family gives me.


Thanksgiving, for me, is about nothing more than being home with people who love me and these songs always remind me of that. Happy Thanksgiving, to wherever home may be for you- with family, friends, or just by yourself resting.