With the holidays just around the corner, we've put together a list some of the most inspiring and motivational country songs about celebrating life's blessings. Plus everyone needs a holiday playlist before all the Christmas songs take over. (No, Adam Sandler's thanksgiving song didn't make the list. We're focusing on feelings here.)
Give these a listen while you're cooking up the mashed potatoes and sweet potato pie for your own turkey day this year. This list doesn't necessarily include Thanksgiving songs for children such as a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (still a classic), but these songs are guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings and provide you the Thanksgiving song that speaks to you personally this season.
10. "As Easy As Our Blessings"- Tracy Lawrence
Lots of people spend more time praying about things they want than being thankful for what they have. In this song, Tracy Lawrence reminds us what our Thanksgiving prayer should be about.
9. "Rain is a Good Thing" - Luke Bryan
This may not be the most obvious choice for a Thanksgiving song, but what better way of turning a negative into a positive than celebrating rain? And hearing about it from American treasure Luke Bryan is a win-win for me. When 99% of songs about rain see it as a bad thing, Luke reminds us how incredibly important it is. And you can't have Thanksgiving dinner without giving thanks for the food on your plate.
8. "This" - Darius Rucker
Along the lines of Garth Brooks' "Unanswered Prayers," Darius Rucker's "This" is a reminder that just because you don't always get what you want, doesn't mean you're headed down the wrong path. This thanksgiving music will inspire you to be patient and trust the path you're on.
7. "Be Grateful" - The Farm
While your situation in life may not be ideal, "Be Grateful" reminds us that things could be much worse. Find joy about where you're at in life this Thanksgiving while you're cooking up something good in the kitchen. Who doesn't feel better with a apple pie warming in the oven?
6. "Danny's Song" - The Swon Brothers
The Swon Brothers breathed new life into this Kenny Loggins' hit when they performed it on The Voice several years ago. I listen to this song and feel warm and fuzzy. I can see autumn leaves falling outside the window and smell turkey in the oven filling my heart with gratitude.
5. "I'm Alive" - Kenny Chesney featuring Dave Matthews
Sometimes you just have to give thanks for the simple fact that you're alive and breathing. This is a perfect Thanksgiving theme to remind you that you have more than you thought.
4. "But for the Grace of God" - Keith Urban
Some love songs make the best Thanksgiving songs. With just a guitar and Keith's voice, you can really hear the message, "Through all of the trials and tribulations of life, but for the grace of God go I."
3. "The Best Day" - Taylor Swift
Confession time: This video makes me cry every time I watch it. Every time! It's just filled with so much love. You can tell how much Taylor's family loves her, and it's wonderful to see her repay them with such a beautiful tribute. This song reminds us that sometimes you've got plenty to be thankful for.
2. "Lucky Man" - Montgomery Gentry
One of the best country songs of the past 20 years, "Lucky Man" really drives home how important it is to be grateful for your blessings. A definite must add to your Thanksgiving playlist. It's too easy to complain about what gets you down, take a second and be thankful for what you have.
1. "Blessed" - Martina McBride
If Thanksgiving day had an official theme song, this would be it. Martina McBride sure is blessed with her incredible beauty and the voice of an angel, but in this song she celebrates her most important blessing of all: her family. Of all these holiday songs, this truly encompasses the meaning of the season.
Bonus) "Coat of Many Colors" - Dolly Parton
This song is so beautiful that it deserves a special place on the list. There isn't much that can be said about Dolly's "Coat of Many Colors," it's simply a perfect country song performed by a living legend. There are plenty of versions out there, but this one recorded at The Ryman is one of the best. Dolly really explains why the song is so important to her.