Why Don’t Radio Stations Play Thanksgiving Music? – The Ultimate Thanksgiving Playlist

Well, it happened. Our local radio station has switched to Christmas music. On Friday at 4 pm, to kick off the holiday season, they replaced Adele with Jingle Bells and never looked back. “But it’s not even Thanksgiving!” protested my daughter, in what was the first of what I’m sure will be many lifelong complaints. And so I explained to her that there simply weren’t as many Thanksgiving songs out there, so the radio stations wouldn’t really be able to fill airtime indefinitely with songs on this specific theme.

She wasn’t buying it. Ruby pointed out that “Jingle Bells” is technically not a Christmas song and would work very well for Thanksgiving. And if radio stations could play hymns like “Silent Night” for Christmas, why couldn’t they play hymns like “Now Thank We All Our God,” or “Come Ye Thankful People Come” for Thanksgiving? But of course Christmas is a Christian holiday, and Thanksgiving is a…Puritan holiday?

Perhaps the problem is that Thanksgiving is unfortunately tied to an imperialistic genocide that some people have a hard time reconciling with. Or perhaps Thanksgiving just doesn’t inspire song like Christmas. Gratitude is a kind of calm, laid-back emotion. It just may not inspire the passion of childbirth, resurrection, independence, true love, or leprechauns. So we don’t have people putting out special Thanksgiving albums.

If you did want to take over a radio station until the end of the week and play nothing but Thanksgiving songs, would you be able to do it? Could you even get 24 hours of music that you could repeat and mix? I mean, there must be some Thanksgiving songs out there, right? Well, obviously, I’ve started a list. And if you have anything else to add to it, let me know!


  1. Jingle Bells
  2. Now Thank We All Our God
  3. Come Ye Thankful People Come
  4. Give Thanks (Praise Song)
  5. Five Fat Turkeys Are We
  6. I Thank You (Sam & Dave)
  7. Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself (Sly and the Family Stone)
  8. Over the River and Through the Woods
  9. The Thanksgiving Song (Adam Sandler)
  10. I Thank You (ZZ Top)
  11. The Story of Thomas the Turkey (The Wiggles)
  12. Thank You (The Doodlebops)
  13. Thank You (Dido)
  14. Theme from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  15. I’m Gonna Eat on Thanksgiving Day (The Laurie Berkner Band)
  16. Thank U (Alanis Morissette)
  17. Thank You (Boyz II Men)
  18. Thanksgiving (George Winston)
  19. Thank You (Sister Hazel)
  20. Thank You For Being You (Mr. Rogers)
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