One could argue that Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but I like to think Canada borrowed it because we’re always up for a good party. Now, Thanksgiving should be completely stress-free but it rarely is. There’s pressure to make a big meal and to organize your family and friends around the dinner table. But once everyone is there and the bottles of wines have been opened and football is blaring on the TV, everything just seems to fall into place. If you’re having Thanksgiving with family, friends, or alone, these are songs that you should be playing.
The Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane: This will have you jumping around in the kitchen.
The Clash – Lost in The Supermarket: I hope for your sake you don’t have to make a trip to the supermarket Thanksgiving weekend, that place is a war-zone. have a plan of attack if you dare make the trip.
Harry Nillson – Jump Into the Fire: This song will make you feel invincible — Just what you need to quell the stress of the weekend.
The Cave Singers – Hay Stacks: Sounds like it should be out of the ‘60s. The older generations feasting will enjoy the Motown gospel chorus too. They better like it, if not then make sure their turkey is dry.
Neil Diamond – Kentucky Woman: Because what holiday is complete without Neil Diamond? You think I’m being ironic with that song choice but trust me, it’s sincere. I almost have a shrine built for this guy.
Dusty Springfield – Son of A Preacher Man: From personal experience, this is the perfect song to calm everyone down after Grandma’s cat leaps at one of the kid’s face. Also, if the cat’s name is Mittens you’re in trouble. He’s been reincarnated.
The Heavy – Set Me Free: Soul music should be playing a lot during Thanksgiving, because family brings that out in you. Or Not. Whatever, it’s a good song. This is soul-revival at its damn finest.
The Lumineers – Ho Hey: Every family member will be mumbling the chorus of this one after that second bottle of wine gets popped open.
The Rural Alberta Advantage – North Star: After moving to Toronto, lead singer Nils Cline missed his home province Alberta so much he named his band after his longing for it. This band is all about missing something that’s important to you, but being adult enough to accept and deal with its absence. This song’s for those who are spending their long weekend solo. If you are, my home is always open – I’ll be cooking fish sticks with a side of Five Minute rice. I shouldn’t be surprised that nobody’s jumped on that invitation, yet.