Play it, Sam. Play “As Time Goes By.”

Happy Thursday, doll. It’s a week until turkey day. If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving shindig, and have been using our Party Planning Checklist as a guide, you know that, this week, you’ll need to carve out some time to think about those other drumsticks, the tunes that will comprise your party day playlist. Looking for inspiration? Feast your eyes on what we call our Turkey Top 40, the 40 best songs for Thanksgiving entertaining. Like the banquet you’ll be serving, this musical cornucopia has a little something for everyone.

  1. Flying Home – Lionel Hampton
  2. Isn’t It a Lovely Day – Jane Monheit
  3. Thanksgiving – George Winston
  4. Thank You – Dido
  5. Glad Tidings – Van Morrison
  6. Carvin’ The Bird – Charlie Parker
  7. Roots and Herbs – Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
  8. Count Your Blessings – Diana Krall
  9. My Way Back Home – Dawes
  10. Thank You For Being A Friend – Andrew Gold
  11. Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole
  12. Our House – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  13. Autumn in New York – Ella Fitzgerald
  14. Key Lime Pie – Kenny Chesney
  15. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jourdan
  16. Thanks For The Memory – Bing Crosby
  17. Cornbread Pudding – Cyrus Chestnut
  18. Harvest Moon – Neil Young
  19. Everybody Eats When They Come – Cab Calloway
  20. All That Meat and No Potatoes – Louis Armstrong
  21. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  22. La Vie En Rose – Edith Piaf
  23. Pass The Peas – The J.B.s
  24. Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke
  25. Stuffy Turkey – Thelonious Monk
  26. At Last – Beyonce
  27. Holiday – Madonna
  28. Sweet Potato Pie – James Taylor
  29. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  30. Thank You – Bonnie Raitt
  31. Homeward Bound – Simon and Garfunkel
  32. Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie – Jay and The Techniques
  33. Gratitude – Earth, Wind and Fire
  34. I Want To Thank You – Otis Redding
  35. Simple Gifts – Jewel
  36. I Thank You – Sam and Dave
  37. Grateful – John Bucchino and Michael Feinstein
  38. Harvest For The World – The Isley Brothers
  39. Thank You For The Music – ABBA
  40. Washing Dishes – Jack Johnson

Find it on our Spotify page at Turkey Top 40.

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