Holiday Themed Playlist: Thanksgiving Day

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Holiday Themed Playlist: Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, rekindling family bonds and devouring excessive amounts of food. Soundtrack your holiday with this playlist.

Returning to your hometown for Thanksgiving is a yearly soul-warming dose of nostalgia that deserves a soundtrack. Whether you’re focused on family, food, football or a combination of the three, music can be the connective tissue that binds it all together. Let this playlist guide you through every step of your holiday.

Playlist

  1. Come Home Anderson .Paak
  2. Homecoming Kanye West
  3. Family Chance The Rapper
  4. Family Business Kanye West
  5. Curry Chicken Joey Badass
  6. Thanksgiving YBN Cordae
  7. Pecans Smino
  8. Apple Pie Travis Scott
  9. Thank You Jay-Z
  10. Come Back Home TOBi

Tracklisting

Come Home – Anderson.Paak
Homecoming – Kanye West

The journey to a Thanksgiving family gathering is full of bottled-up excitement and pure anticipation. What better way to release these suppressed emotions than by blasting a rapid-fire Andre 3000 feature in-between lush Anderson .Paak harmonies begging you to “please come home”? The cinematic entrance is the perfect introduction to your holiday experience. Kanye West then follows this up on his classic cut “Homecoming” with powerful gospel-style piano riffs to prepare you for the warm embrace of home. The comparison of his beloved Chicago roots to a lost girlfriend should inspire even the gloomiest family member to get into the Thanksgiving spirit.

Family Reunion

Family – Chance the Rapper
Family Business – Kanye West

These tracks represent the unique bonds that link families together and how strong this unit can morph into with the proper amount of love, care, and respect. Chance the Rapper wields a minimalist beat with deep 808s like a grizzled veteran, trading nostalgic stories with Vic Mensa and celebrating a time when everything felt simpler. Of course, no family is perfect, as Kanye West illustrates in his soulful tribute to an imprisoned family member on “Family Business,” (“Who knew that life would move this fast? / Who knew I’d have to look at you through a glass?”) but the unconditional love that is shared amongst everybody rises above that.

The Feast

Curry Chicken – Joey Bada$$
Thanksgiving – YBN Cordae

When endless plates of food begin lining up and down your dining room table, it’s time to give proper thanks and remember the sacrifices put in to ensure this tradition remains a family staple every year. “Curry Chicken” may not be a normal dish in the Thanksgiving pantheon of foods, but Joey Bada$$ uses it as a reminiscing tool when showcasing how hard he and his mother work to make each other proud. His repeated chants of “you got to give to get and then you give back” in the hook highlights the timeless theme of Thanksgiving — pay selfless deeds forward and you’ll receive generosity in return. YBN Cordae makes your mouth water with visions of mac & cheese and banana pudding his grandmother is cooking on his fittingly titled track “Thanksgiving.”

Dessert

Pecans – Smino
Apple Pie – Travis Scott

Alright, you’ve eaten enough plates of turkey and mashed potatoes to last you until the next year, but hopefully, you’ve saved some room for dessert. Smino and producer Terrace Martin start you off with smooth and seductive chemistry on “Pecans,” reflecting on a rough past while also crafting a tender soundscape that leaves the listener hopeful for a brighter future. Smino even concludes the track with a satisfying drum solo. Travis Scott embodies the post-feast celebration on “Apple Pie” with his own metaphor on the staple dessert. He reminds his mother that life can’t always be as sweet as apple pie and he’s finally ready to leave the loving confines of his family home in order to chase success.

Saying Goodbye

Thank You – Jay-Z
Come Back Home – TOBi

It’s now the moment nobody has been waiting for — lengthy embraces and tearful goodbyes from family members and loved ones. Jay-Z begins the process with an emphatic “Thank You.” For him, it’s a Kanye West and No I.D. produced acceptance speech praising his accomplishments and firm grip on the music industry. For you, it’s an appreciation for the delicious food and fond memories from this Thanksgiving that will live with you forever. TOBi takes us home on the vulnerable cut “Come Back Home.” Leaving a Thanksgiving gathering where you’re surrounded by everyone you love is a somber experience, but the joyful reunion has the ability to reinvigorate your mindset and remind you about the importance of a family bond. Plus, it’s never too early to start thinking about the food next year.

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