Thanksgiving playlist: Top 20 songs of gratitude

Nothing says muchas gracias like a song. For Turkey Day, we count down our 20 favorite thank-you tunes, plus, hear them with our Spotify Thanksgiving playlist.



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6. "Thank You for Loving Me" by Bon Jovi

Every good playlist needs an over-the-top love ballad. For this very reason, "Thank You for Loving Me," driven by a powerhouse Jon Bon Jovi vocal turn, belongs on our playlist. Bonus points for the the track's romantic video: Footage of guitarist Richie Sambora and Bon Jovi idly sitting by Rome's Trevi Fountain proves that you don't have to be a Jersey girl to swoon for these pop-metal pretty boys.

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7. "Thanks for the Memory" by Ella Fitzgerald

If ever there was a breakup song to leave you feeling blissfully nostalgic, Ella Fitzgerald's rendition of the 1938 Bob Hope and Shirley Ross chestnut "Thanks for the Memory" would be it. Melancholy yet hopeful, with just a bit of Ella's patented wistful charm, "Thanks for the Memory" is the perfect soundtrack for all your fall-nostalgia needs.

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8. "Thank You for the Music" by ABBA

We're all thankful for our family, friends, significant others, pets, etc., and yet, Swedish pop icons ABBA suggest that we shouldn't forget to express our gratitude for something that's arguably just as substantial: the music. This finale-style number is as bittersweet as it is uplifting, praising the very thing that brought us all here in the first place. As ABBA so rightfully muses, "What would life be? / Without a song or a dance, what are we?" You'll hear no argument from us.

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9. "Thank You" by Boyz II Men

While it's likely aimed at a friend or love, this upbeat number is just vague enough that to double as a fan-appreciation anthem. Sit back, and let everyone's favorite '90s-era Philly R&B quartet doo-wop, beat-box, scat and harmonize their way into your heart. Consider us charmed, good sirs.

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10. "Thank You" by Jay-Z

This clever, hard-hitting track by the Brooklyn rap legend addresses the notion that none of his accomplishments would have been possible without the avid support of his beloved fans. However, Jay doesn't stay entirely humble throughout the song, rapping "Please don't bow in my presence / How am I a legend? / I just got ten No. 1 albums / Maybe now 11." But with the former Shawn Carter's grand collection of musical trophies—a total of 14 Grammys and the No. 10 spot on Billboard's list of the most successful artists of the 2000s—his chutzpah seems fairly justifiable, don’t you think?

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Bob Mac
Bob Mac

OK list, but how could you omit the only song written for Thanksgiving, Bing Crosby's "I've Got Plenty To Be Thankful For"? It was written by Irving Berlin for the 1942 film, "Holiday Inn".

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