10 Best Country Songs To Play At Thanksgiving

10 Best Country Songs To Play At Thanksgiving | Country Music Videos

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‘Tis the season! Well, not quite yet!

With the holiday just around the corner, it seems as though Christmas music overtakes any shot at a successful Thanksgiving song.

Although these songs aren’t technically about Thanksgiving, the following ten songs, in no particular order, are about what Thanksgiving is all about: being thankful for what you have.

1. “Thank God For Kids” by The Oak Ridge Boys


Even though this song is included on The Oak Ridge Boys’ 1982 Christmas album, the meaning is all about being thankful! Even when kids get “Kool Aid on the couch”, they are still a blessing.


2. “Thanking The Good Lord” by Merle Haggard


In this song, off Haggard’s 1987 album Chill Factor, he thanks God for the woman he fell in love with and has a one final request. “Help me to prosper and be fair in all things that I do,” he sings.

3. “Thankful” by Kelly Clarkson


“Thankful” is a song from Clarkson’s 2002 debut album of the same title. While this isn’t technically country, she is the daughter-in-law of Reba McEntire, so we’ll let it slide. She is, “So thankful for the blessings and lessons” she’s learned during a relationship.


4. “Thank You For A Life” by Kris Kristofferson


Kristofferson released “Thank You For A Life” on his 2006 album This Old Road. It was his first album of new material in 9 years! In the lyrics, Kristofferson thanks God and his wives for giving him the best gifts of all, his 8 children. “Thank for the little girls you gave me, Thank you for them bouncing baby boys,” he sings.

5. “But For The Grace Of God” by Keith Urban


Urban’s 2000 hit, which was his first #1 single, talks about a man who doesn’t have many possessions, but he has something better, love. He sings, “I must’ve been born a lucky guy, Heaven only knows how I’ve been blessed with the gift of your love.”

6. “Great Day To Be Alive” by Travis Tritt


Tritt covered this song in 2000 and it went to the top of the charts. He sings about not having much, but having enough to be happy. “And it’s a great day to be alive, I know the sun’s still shinin’ when I close my eyes,” he sings as he reflects on the 15 years since he left home.

7. “Blessed” by Martina McBride


McBride’s 2002 #1 hit tells a story of a woman who is blessed in many ways. She “gets to hear [her] children laughing down the hall through the bedroom door,” and sits on the front porch reflecting on how love is a “beautiful gift.”

8. “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton


Shelton’s 2011 version of this song was included on his album Red River Blue. He sings about a man who thanks his wife for being there during the, “ups and downs of his career.” After the original writer, Dave Barnes released the song in 2010, he received letters from fans that said the song, “saved their marriages or became a theme for a couple’s relationship.”

9. “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” by John Denver


Denver included this song on his 1974 album Back Home Again. When writing this song, Denver felt “peaceful, happy and content” about a lot of things in his life.

10. “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton


Parton penned her 1971 hit on a tour bus on the back of a dry cleaning receipt. The song depicts the story of how her mother sewed her a coat made of different colored rags. She beautifully sings, “Although we had no money, I was rich as I could be in my coat of many colors my momma made for me.” It a true story of how thankful Dolly was at such a young age. She thought she was rich because the coat was made out of love.

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