November 24

5 Country Songs to Awaken Your Thanksgiving Spirit

Thanksgiving is here once again to bring us together with our families and closest relatives. Even our favorite country stars are no strangers to the warm, positive vibes that Thanksgiving season delivers in the atmosphere. As such, to help you enjoy and bask in the homey and delightful feast that is Thanksgiving, we give you 5 of the perfect tunes to accompany your sweet family reunions during this very special holiday.

5. Thank God I’m a Country Boy by John Denver

The country and pop chart-topping song from John Denver describes the beauty and joy in the simplest forms of pleasure. It shows how country life, although it requires hard work in the field, for the most part, can be uncomplicated and a source of genuine happiness once you reap the rewards of all your efforts. In other words, all the diamonds, jewels, glitz and glamour in the city can never amount to the fulfillment of a sunshiny lifestyle in the country.

Thank God I’m a Country Boy ended up being his second number 1 country hit and third pop chart-topper. At present, the feel-good melody of this song continues to light up the faces and Thanksgiving dinner tables of countless fans.

4. Thank You For A Life by Kris Kristofferson

Thank You for A Life is a classic song by Kris Kristofferson. With lyrics that go, ‘Thank you for a life that I’d call happy/ Overlooking all that we’ve been through, the perfectly combined lyrics and warm, wistful melody deliver the straightforward and thoughtful emotions that a thank-you note from someone you care about can bring. This Thanksgiving, you can dedicate the song to your family, your close friends, or even to God if you’re feeling really overwhelmed with happiness.

According to Kris, the song is his way of looking back at how far he has been in life as well as how it has helped change his perspective. It is also his way of expressing his appreciation and gratitude for all the good things and gifts he has received.

3. Top of the World by Lynn Anderson

Lynn Anderson’s title track for her 1973 album nearly reached the second spot in the country charts. It was written by John Bettis and Richard Carpenter. Originally, Richard recorded the song with his sister, Karen first. They did so for their 1972 record with their band, the Carpenters. But after encountering the massive success brought by Anderson’s version, they were prompted to release their own single of the tune as well.

2. I’m Alive by Willie Nelson

The free-spirited and rockin’ Willie Nelson also has some really good melodies to share with you this Thanksgiving. Minus all the material things we receive, Nelson sings to us that we should also be appreciative and thankful for the mere fact that we are alive.

And today, you know, that’s good enough for me / Breathing in and out’s a blessing, can’t you see? / Today is the first day of the rest of my life / And I’m alive and well

It was written by Dean Dillon, Mark, Tamburino, and Kenny Chesney, and was included in Nelson’s 2008 album, Moment of Forever. If you incorporate Willie Nelson’s past—where he had to grow up during the Great Depression and face countless tragedies and challenges in his personal life, you will surely have a deeper understanding and feel a greater emotional connection to the song’s message.

1. It’s A Great Day to Be Alive by Travis Tritt

When Travis Tritt combined a feel-good country song with his devil-may-care style of delivery, It’s a Great Day became nothing but pure magic to the listeners’ ears. Debuting at number 2 on the charts, this song that was written by Darrell Scott is a whimsical tribute to the things that can brighten up a person’s day. It speaks of a wish list and a string of needs, like some rice, the ability to grow a Fu Man Chu mustache, owning a microwave, and a little hot soup, and how all these things can come together to bring a collective form of satisfaction. It’s A Great Day to Be Alive is a part of Tritt’s album, Down The Road I Go.



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