Enjoy this with some turkey!
1 – The National – All The Wine
Admit it, most families have an uncle that enjoy a good glass of wine once in a while, preferably at a Thanksgiving dinner. So this one goes out to all you druncles out there (allow me the pleasure of a bad pun). All the wine is all for you.
Written by Max De Moor
2 – Yo La Tengo – Return To Hot Chicken
Thanksgiving is over and you need a chill song to process all the food. You are so tired of turkey, but you still want to eat a bird. We understand you. Yo La Tengo understands you. They made a song about chickens.
Written by Max De Moor
3 – Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair
Although this song is not actually about the food that will be eaten on Thursday, it describes the interactions that will almost surely take place around many of our dinner tables. Sly and his family Stone put relations with relatives into words on this classic funk tune. Anyone can relate to the melancholy themes of struggling marriages in the extended family or the occasional cousin who you’d “just love to burn,” and that’s what makes this song so great. It’s real, it doesn’t try to cover anything up, and it’s none of your business. It’s a family affair.
Written by Charles Weller
4 – “Tonight You Belong To Me”
Although this song has been around since the 20s, I first heard it when Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters rendition it in the movie, The Jerk. It is the sweetest, softest song, and will act as the perfect comfort to you as you doze into your post-turkey slumber. If you’re not into the janked quality of this movie clip, then try Eddie Vedder and Cat Power’s cover, an equally soothing lullaby.
Written by Kelly Mincey
5 – Beastie Boys – Egg Man
With this song, the Beastie Boys explain several uses for eggs. Not only can they be eaten, but they can also be used to harass bald people. In any other setting, this song would make its writers look like jerks, but MCA and his crew bring humor to the situation. It does not exactly work up an appetite, but it is witty and catchy as it sarcastically glorifies the symbolic connection between eggs and life.
Written by Claire Schroeder
6 – Booker T and the MG’s – Green Onions
Green Onions is simply one of the grooviest songs ever recorded. As organ player Booker T. Jones and guitarist Steve Cropper take turns jamming over a bouncing bass line, it’s hard to avoid getting swept up in the coolness of the song. Give this one a spin this Thanksgiving so you can get your groove on while you get your food on.
Written by Eric Holmes
7 – The Beatles – Savoy Truffle
“You know that what you eat you are” sings George Harrison, and in this song stuffed full of desserts, it’s a good reminder as you head into the biggest meal of the year. Taken from the weirdest side of a Beatles album (the White album’s side 4), this song is actually about food; apparently Harrison wrote it as a tribute to his friend Eric Clapton’s chocolate addiction (which might not have been the most harmful addiction at the time, but hmm), this song also can also serve as a dark commentary on the happy worldview perpetuated in other Beatles songs like “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da.”
Written by David Christians