When people think of songs for Thanksgiving, it is mostly just children's songs or hymns that come to mind. However, there are great pop songs that celebrate giving thanks in various ways. This is a list of 10 of the best.
Mary Chapin Carpenter quietly celebrates the gratitude in having family gather around. This is an instant contemporary Thanksgiving classic.
From Natalie Merchant's second solo album, Ophelia, comes this near perfect pop song for thanking the valuable individuals in your life. It has been used extensively to celebrate personal generosity and will be instantly familiar for many.
Louis Armstrong sings this beautiful ode to the world and all the wonderful things you may see if you simply open your eyes. "What a Wonderful World" is a perfect song for helping give thanks during the holidays.
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This song is a rousing gospel-tinged call to giving thanks from pop/soul vocalist Natalie Cole. It will lift any Thanksgiving celebration.
Often used to close concerts by Abba, this simple song is a durable celebration of the gift of music. It works for fans wanting to thank their favorite artists as well.
This powerful R&B classic has been used as an anthem for single mothers everywhere. Riley's vocals touch the heart and dramatize the gifts that children bring to the lives of their parents.
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What would Thanksgiving be without some humor? Adam Sandler's ditty on the glories of eating turkey just might make you laugh out loud.
Dido's quiet tune reminds us that there is much to be thankful for even in times of low spirits.
You could use this song to help thank anyone who is special in your life. Kelly Clarkson is in a very soulful mode here.
The ultimate classic pop song about togetherness with family.