Checkin’ ‘Em Twice (Thanksgiving Edition): Turkey Day Playlist

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While Christmas and Halloween are jam-packed with traditional and/or novelty music, Thanksgiving is usually drowned out by the sound of gorging, the drone of NFL football, or tryptophan-induced snores. Hell, NYE is all about the music, so why has Thanksgiving been swallowed into the non-musical void? Fear no more intrepid readers. I’ve compiled a list a the Top 10 food/holiday/movie related Thanksgiving tunes to kick your dull family or semi-awkward Friendsgiving party into high gear.

10. Adam Sandler – “The Thanksgiving Song”

While justly overshadowed by “The Chanukah Song,” this might be Sandler at his most boy/mannishly annoying. Yet, it’ll be just the right, un-filling appetizer to your big day.

9. Blur – “Coffee and TV”

Before hitting the hard stuff, it’s probably best to perk up with some coffee and whatever classic 80s comedies TBS/VH1 is running.

8. Ween – “Booze Me Up and Get Me High”

Let’s be honest: it’s usually best to get in a few glasses of booze and/or a joint before the big event.

7. Addams Family Values – “Eat Me”

This is a personal favorite of mine, and while not technically a fully-formed song, it’s pretty goddamned hilarious.

6. Tom Waits – “Eggs and Sausage”

Probably the coolest song ever written about food. ‘Nuff said.

5. Golden Smog – “Pecan Pie”

One of the goofier cuts from the alt-country supergroup, it is what it is: a simple ode to the pleasures of pecan pie. At least, I don’t think it’s a double entendre.

4. Coyote Shivers – “Sugarhigh”

The closing song to a soundtrack I love, but a movie I hate (Empire Records) this little slice of pop punk is the perfect antidote to heavy gravy.

3. Dead Kennedys – “Holiday In Cambodia”

Jello Biafra, off the album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. It works.

2. Paul Young – “Every Time You Go Away”

The end credits to arguably the greatest Thanksgiving movie (Planes, Trains, and Automobiles) while obviously not about food, will leave you full and satisfied.

1. “Weird Al” Yankovic – “Eat It”

C’mon, was there any doubt?


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