Thanksgiving Playlists

We asked our music writers to share with our readers a short playlist of songs they’d like to listen to as background music while stuffing themselves with stuffing on Thanksgiving day. Whether you want to shock Grandma or find some common ground with those family members on the opposite side of the political divide, we’ll hope you’ll find a suggestion here that will do the trick. And remember: If the conversation gets too heated, just turn up the music.


HxC, Matt Morales

  1. Descendents, “Thank You”
  2. Bad Brains, “Give Thanks and Praises”
  3. Bad Religion, “Lost Pilgrim”
  4. My Head In Clouds, “Donut Run”
  5. Orchid, “Anna Karina”


EDM, Melanie Bertoldi

  1. Kill The Noise and Dillon Francis, “Turkey On Wheels”
  2. GriZ and Big Gigantic, “Good Times Roll”
  3. Kygo, “ID”
  4. Skrillex and MUST DIE!, “VIP’s”
  5. Major Lazer featuring Ariana Grande and Machel Montano, “All My Love (Remix)”

Roots, John Fuzek

  1. Arlo Guthrie, “Alice’s Restaurant”
  2. The Beatles, “Savoy Truffle”
  3. Willy Wonka, “Pure Imagination”
  4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Theme Song
  5. Temple of the Dog, “Hunger Strike”

Hip-Hop, Spocka Summa

  1. Jay Rock FT. Kendrick Lamar + AB Soul, “Vice City”
  2. Raury, “Devils Whisper”
  3. Mick Jenkins, “Drowning”
  4. Kid Cudi, “Frequency”
  5. Boogie, “Negro Needs”

Alt, Marc Clarkin

  1. Foo Fighters, “In The Clear?”
  2. Bob Dylan, “Don’t Think Twice”
  3. Rolling Stones, “Mother’s Little Helper”
  4. Frank Black & the Catholics, “Back to Rome”
  5. Ray Davies, “Thanksgiving Day”


Super Alt in Holiday Spirit, Alyssa Cavallo

Oasis, “Champagne Supernova”

“Where were you while we were getting high?”

Poppin bottles, or smokin’ joints – perfect holiday celebrating! Who can resist the mellow, guitar riffs on low volume in the dining room.

Our Lady Peace, “Somewhere Out There”

Feeling sad about the election? Don’t think you getting a PS6? It’s somewhere out there, “I know you’re out there SOMEWHERE out there!” Preferably a new president. That would lighten the holiday spirit.

Gary Jules, “Mad World”

Donnie Darko fans rejoice! This can pass with the cute piano in the beginning and as long as no one actually listens to the breathy meaning.

Weezer, “Island In The Sun”

A song that someone will recognize and sing. While you’re holding a napkin of stale crackers and wine wishing you were in Bora Bora, far away from being Trumped.

Miser, “I’m Really Starting to Hope the World Ends in 2012”

Me too.


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