Top 10 Thanksgiving Tunes For That Pre-Christmas Music Need

People always seem to complain that there are no Thanksgiving songs. Granted, most of them were not written explicitly for Thanksgiving, but we know you need some a cappella to add to your holiday playlist! Without further ado, here are your top 10 Thanksgiving Tunes!

1. "We Are Family" apb. Altoona Chorus


Whether with your given or your chosen family, Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness, gratitude, and family. With that in mind, please enjoy Sweet Adelines’ Altoon Chorus performing the Sister Sledge hit at their annual "Singing With the Stars" show in November of 2010.

2. "Thank You For Being A Friend" apb. The Overtones


Sometimes more important than the family you’re given is the friends you collect. Even though they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Germany, The Overtones definitely get the message in this Andrew Gold classic, known best as the Golden Girls Theme.

3. "Thinkin' Bout You" apb. VoicePlay


Then there are those people who you just can’t get together with on this day of togetherness. This song is for you (and Frank Ocean fans). Also, there is literally no way to have an “aca top 10” without featuring VoicePlay!

4. "Thanksgiving Song" apb. Fifth Element


The reality is that whenever you bemoan that there are no good Thanksgiving songs, someone always brings up this Adam Sandler “classic” that is honestly just a (second) sequel to his Chanukkah Song. Although, we have to admit it’s fun nonetheless!

5. "Change The World" apb. Take 6


Here’s another hit of idealism, hope, and change originally written and performed by Eric Clapton. Take six recently released a new album entitled “Iconic” that just hit No. 1! Harmony is how we’re going to change the world!

6. "Amazing Grace" apb. Peter Hollens featuring Home Free


A track featuring Peter Hollens and Home Free feels a bit like an embarrassment of riches, but we are certainly not complaining! This vocal staple finds its place on many occasions and for a day meant to reflect and give thanks, it’s a great addition to your playlist. Plus, it’s an absurdly incredibly sung track.

7. "Happy Thanksgiving" opb. Accent


Accent’s smooth vocal harmony and impeccable voice leading just can’t be matched. This is definitely one of their lesser-known songs and it’s brilliant just the same: a real Thanksgiving song! Accent is one of the few groups out there today releasing original music (check out their EP “In this Together”). How do you feel about the aesthetic effect choices?

8. "Give Thanks To Thanksgiving" opb. Duwende


Here’s another actual Thanksgiving song written by Duwende. In 2007, Duwende released an album of completely original songs called “The Collective” that is a staple for any a cappella fan. If you haven’t heard it, what are you waiting for?!

9. "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" apb. Street Corner Symphony


It’s difficult to discuss and celebrate Thanksgiving without acknowledging the colonialism surrounding it. While you ponder the holiday we’re celebrating, here’s Street Corner Symphony singing a Tears for Fears classic as their very first performance on the second season of NBC’s The Sing-Off.

10. "Thank You" opb. Boyz II Men


A classic through and through. Whether you know Boyz II Men from back in the 1900s or you met Shawn Stockman watching NBC’s The Sing-Off, this song continues to be a bop. Originally released in 1995, this “New jack swing” tune will brighten your day, every day.

Which was your favorite? Who did we miss? Let us know on social media, and we wish you and your family an incredible Thanksgiving!

Varsity Vocals: The Road To Finals

The big dance in New York is a little over a month away, but the road to get there started long before even this school year for many of the groups who will advance to the stage at PlayStation Theater.

What It Takes To Be the Best

Each day, in schools around the country, students enter a classroom and create music using their voices or any number of instruments. Starting with simple unison songs and plastic recorders, America’s youth can quickly advances to include repertoire from the world’s finest composers. It’s part of everyone’s education at some point, but what does it take to really be the best?

FloVoice & Varsity Vocals Announce Historic A Cappella Partnership

The world’s biggest a cappella event to air exclusively on FloVoice.com

The Effects Of Classical Music No Matter What Genre You Love

Incorporating pop music into traditional music education is a hot topic for school teachers as of late. However, the greatest thing about music is that you don't have to love and practice just one style or even just one instrument. In fact, some of the best musicians out there, pop or not, have a deep history with classical and traditional styles.

#BHSOpry Comes To A Grand Close

After nearly a week of barbershop excellence, the curtain has closed on the 2019 Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter Convention, where singers young and old crossed the Grand Ole Opry stage, historic contests were held and thousands of people had their love of singing renewed.

A Variety Of Excellence At #BHSOpry Chorus Invitationals

null

They may have all been singing the same style of music, but Day Two at the BHS Midwinter Convention was anything but indistinguishable.

Next Generation Barbershop Brings Electric Energy To #BHSOpry

null

In a ballroom full of singers and fans of all ages, the first Next Generation Junior Quartet Contest took the stage at Gaylord Opryland. The BHS Next Generation Program serves the youth population with two divisions: Junior (18 & younger) and Varsity (25 & younger). 

Seniors Will Shine At 2019 Midwinter Convention #BHSOpry

There have been a deluge of studies lately proclaiming the benefits of music. We’ve of course known it all along, but there is now verifiable proof that singing in a group can combat loneliness, keep the mind active and even lead to some physical health benefits. Everything from finding new friends to syncopating heartbeats can happen on the risers.

Making History Where History Happens: Inside The Grand Ole Opry

After 80 years as a men’s organization, the Barbershop Harmony Society announced in 2018 that membership would now be open to all. This year’s Midwinter Convention will be the first since the membership change and as the society descend on Nashville this week, we look back at why the Grand Ole Opry may just be the perfect place for Society to make history.

A Spectacular Saturday Night At The Opry: Midwinter Convention Approaches

Final preparations are underway for the Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter Convention in Nashville next week, and while the competitors are putting on the final polish and everyone is packing their bags, we’re looking ahead to what’s primed to be a fantastic night in barbershop.