Thursday, November 25, 2010

So Much To Be Thankful For

I've heard a lot of arguments about Christmas taking over Thanksgiving. Should we put up the Christmas lights while the weather is still good, or hold out for the day after Thanksgiving? Should radio stations start playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving? Should I start listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving?

Part of the problem is that there is not a lot of recognizable Thanksgiving music. There are the good old hymns, like Now Thank We All Our God, that have been around forever. But most radio stations (other than BYU Radio) are not going to play old church hymns on a regular basis.

So in my campaign to keep Thanksgiving from being overshadowed, I went searching for more popular songs about thanks and gratitude. I came up with a surprisingly long list, ranging from pop to rock to gospel to country. But one of the best is found on Josh Groban's Christmas album Noel. (Go, Josh! Way to sneak one in there!) Here it is for your listening pleasure, with a really nice video by (Keep reading below the video for the rest of my Thanksgiving song list.)

Now some of these songs on my list are religious, and some are not.

Thank You - Led Zeppelin
Thank You - Sly and the Family Stone
Thank You - Dido
Thank You - Alanis Morisette
Thank You for Being a Friend - Andrew Gold
Thank You - Keith Urban
I Thank You - Sam and Dave
Thank You for Sending Me An Angel - Talking Heads
Thank You Girl - The Beatles
Thank You for the Music - ABBA
Thank You Song - Linvingston Taylor
Thank You Friends - Big Star
I Thank You - ZZ Top
Thank You - Ashanti
Thank You - Boyz II Men
Thank You for Loving Me - Bon Jovi
Kind and Generous - Natalie Merchant
Thank You - Simple Plan
Thank God I Found You - Mariah Carey
Thank You - Bleach
Thank You - Jamelia
Thank You Baby - Shania Twain
Thanks for the Memories - Bob Hope
Thanks for the Memories - Fall Out Boys
Gratitude - Paul McCartney
Thank You for Hearing Me - Sinead O'Connor
Thank You - Jay Z
Give Thanks and Praises - Bob Marley
A Thousand suns - Hey Rosetta
Be Thankful for What You've Got - William DeVaughn
Let the Day Begin - The Call
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dione
Thankful Man - Trace Adkins
If Tomorrow Never Comes - Garth Brooks
Lucky Man - Montgomery Gentry
It's Good to Be Us - Bucky Covington
Last Day of My Life - Phil Vassar
I Hate Everything - George Straight
Good to Go - Jason Aldean
Blessed - Martina McBride
God Bless the Broken Road - Rascal Flatts
Thank God for the Road - The Flatlanders
Thank You for a Life - Kris Kristofferson
Lucky Stars - J. P. McDermott
Lucky - Pat Green
Happy to Be Here - Todd Snyder
Thanks - Chatham County Line
Everything is Fine - Josh Turner
But for the Grace of God - Keith Urban
Thank You World - The Statler Brothers
These Are the Good Old Days - Roy Rogers
I'll Thank You All My Life - Jean Shepard
Thanking the Good Lord - Merle Haggard
Thank God for Believers - Mark Chestnut
Thank God I'm A Country Boy - John Denver
Unanswered Prayers - Garth Brooks
It's a Great Day to Be Alive - Travis Tritt
A Satisfied Mind - Vince Gill
Thankful - Mary Mary
Thankful - Johnny Long (with Michael McDonald)
We Have Overcome - Israel Houghton and New Breed
The Color Green - Rich Mullins
Gratitude - Nichole Nordeman
Blessed and Highly Favored - The Clark Sisters
Thankful Boys and Girls - Billy Crockett
A Grateful People - Watermark
Thankful - Kelly Clarkson
You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban
For Good - Kristen Chenoweth

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