Music always offers the best way helping to get people in the spirit of the holiday or party, and there is featured music for the special occasion, like Christmas Carol for Christmas, The Wedding March for weddings, etc. Before and since the third Thursday in November became a national holiday, many family gatherings on that special day have featured music along with the turkey and all the trimmings. Then what music goes best with this big Thanksgiving dinner?
If you plan music for your celebration, it will be better for you to choose from two types: background and sing-along. Background music may accompany the sit-down dinner to set the mood, but without being too loud and intrusive. You can select CDs of appropriate music or mix your own on continuous-playing CDs free from internet sites.
Thanksgiving Dinner Music List
Thanks for the Memories by Bob Hope
Thank You for Being a Friend by Andrew Gold (Golden Girls theme)
Thank You, Girl by The Beatles
We Are Family by Sister Sledge
You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel by Shirley Jones
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
That’s What Friends Are For by Dionne Warwick
Sweet Potato Pie by James Taylor and Ray Charles
O Sole Mio by The Three Tenors
Singin’ in the Rain by The Three Tenors or Gene Kelly
Carmen Suite by Bizet (A classical or two wouldn’t hurt)
If you plan to put on a sing-along after dinner, print some one-page sheets with familiar song lyrics on them. Some old camp songs could induce the younger guests to join in on the sing-along. Here are some songs you could take into account (You can find and download online music over online music sites):
Over the River and Through the Wood.
Five Little Turkeys
If You’re Happy and You Know it
Help digest the huge Thanksgiving meal and top off the sing-along with all joining in on:
God Bless America by Kate Smith
Battle Hymn of the Republic by the Mormon Tabernacle Chorus
God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood
Your Thanksgiving dinner should be a happy experience for everyone there. Some familiar and enjoyable music can greatly enhance the fun, and wish you all a jolly Thanksgiving!