July 16

Top 10 Country Songs to Play on Thanksgiving

As the Christmas holidays approach, Christmas music dominates every house in town. Indeed, ‘tis the season to be jolly… Well, quite, but not yet!

Before we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we first get to be thankful for the blessings and everything He has showered upon us. We get on our calendars and check that it is the fourth Thursday of November. It means it’s Thanksgiving Day!”

Officially a national holiday in the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in the country on the fourth Thursday of November every year. It actually originated as a harvest festival. In 1789, through a proclamation by George Washington, the festival had since become the Thanksgiving Day.

Country music, on the other hand, offers songs that talk about gratitude and appreciation — the message in the songs spans from being thankful to family, lovers, friends, and especially to God.

With this, here are ten country songs that talk about what Thanksgiving is all about – being thankful for what you have!

1. “Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks

“Unanswered Prayers” is a classic from Garth Brooks that talks about being thankful to God for not granting the narrator’s original prayers. Interestingly, God gave him more than what he asked for. This just proves that God’s power and decision are better and stronger than ours.

2. “Blessed” by Martina McBride

This song, released in 2002,  became Martina McBride’s number one hit. “Blessed” narrates the story of a woman blessed in many ways. She tells an inspirational story and reflects on how love is a beautiful gift.

3. “Thank God for the Kids” by The Oak Ridge Boys

Included on the Oak Ridge Boys’ 1982 Christmas album, the message of the song is simply about being thankful. The song treats kids as a blessing no matter what one may go through.

4. “Thank You for a Life” by Kris Kristofferson

This song, released in 2006, was rendered by Kris Kristofferson on his album This Old Road. The lyrics talk about being thankful to God for everything in life. Kristofferson thanks God and his wives for giving for giving him the best gifts of all – his eight children.

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

A classic hit of John Denver, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” was included on his 1974 album Back Home Again. In the song, Denver expressed his feeling of “peace, happiness, and contentment” in life.

6. “But for the Grace of God” by Keith Urban

This song released in 2000 became an instant hit and a favorite Keith Urban song. Also, it became Urban’s first No. 1 single. “But For The Grace Of God” sings about a man who doesn’t have a lot of possessions. However, he has something better than all riches in the word – love. And, he is contented with it.

7. “Lucky Man” by Montgomery Gentry

In 2007, country music duo Montgomery Gentry released this song, and it went to no. 1 on the Billboard country charts. With the powerful vocals of the two, the song is not surprisingly a top contender. The song talks about the things that annoy the narrator. For example, his favorite football team lost, and he hates his job. However, he is still thankful for everything he has and thinks that he is a lucky man.

8. “It’s a Great Day to be Alive” by Travis Tritt

In 2000, Travis Tritt rendered his version of “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive.” Interestingly, it went No. 1 on the charts. The song is all about not having much but having enough to be happy. Also, it presents a reflection of the narrator on his life 15 years since he left home.

9. “Thanking the Good Lord” by Merle Haggard

This song was a part of Merle Haggard’s 1987 album, Chill Factor. In the song, he gives gratitude to the Lord for the woman he fell in love with. In addition, he noted in the song that he has one final request.

10. “I Could Not Ask for More” by Sara Evans

In 2001, Sarah Evans took this song to number two on the country charts. However, this was actually an original of Edwin McCain in 1999. The entire song talks about being thankful for what the narrator has in her life from the rain to smiles, to love, and many others

More songs talk about being thankful, and these are just a few of them. This Thanksgiving Day, we hope that we all be grateful for everything that we have. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Y’all!


Garth Brooks, John Denver, Keith Urban, kris kristofferson, Martina McBride, merle haggard, montgomery gentry, Sara Evans, The Oak Ridge Boys, Travis Tritt

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