Songs That Say Thank You: A Thanksgiving Mixtape

It’s been a hard year for everyone — so much so that it might be difficult to cultivate that attitude of gratitude this Thanksgiving. Try these songs to inspire a little thankfulness this holiday weekend.

Sam & Dave, ‘I Thank You’

We’re thankful for the days when sax players had choreographed dance moves.

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The Beastie Boys, ‘Gratitude’

We’re thankful for this Check Your Head classic.

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Big Star, ‘Thank You Friends’

We’re thankful Big Star have been getting their due.

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Boyz II Men, ‘Thank You’

We’re thankful that no matter the era, there will always be smooth-singing bands with Zs in their names.

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Antony & the Johnsons, ‘Thank You For Your Love’

We’re thankful a voice like Antony’s exists, and that he shares it with the world.

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Wisin y Yandel, ‘Gracias a Ti’

We’re as thankful for Puerto Rico — food! beaches! more! — as Wisin and Yandel are for their fans.

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Sly & the Family Stone, ‘Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)’

We’re thankful for YouTube because things like Soul Train would be harder to track down.

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Joan Baez, ‘Gracias a la vida’

We’re thankful Joan Baez is still going strong and for her underappreciated Spanish-language ’74 album Gracias a la Vida.

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Bright Eyes, ‘I Will Be Grateful For This Day’

We’re thankful Connor Oberst was out there for our younger selves.

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The Dynamics, ‘I Want to Thank You’

We’re thankful for Detroit: cars and The Dynamics.

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The Beatles, ‘Thank You Girl’

We’re thankful for the days when superstar rock bands had their own cartoons.

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Raffi, ‘Thanks a Lot’

We’re thankful for Raffi. Just because of everything he is.

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ABBA, ‘Thank You for the Music’

We’re thankful for the music, too. All of it!

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in November 2011 and has been updated.

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