LAMag Playlist: 10 Non-Annoying Songs to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Here’s our playlist of songs designed to help you navigate Turkey Day without pissing off the family (too much). No “Alice’s Restaurant” here
Harry Styles performs on the Coachella stage during the 2022 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 22, 2022 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Harry Styles)

Harry Styles Music for a Sushi Restaurant”
It was a cultural faux pas not to have some kind of opinion on Harry Styles in 2022. So let this Harry’s House highlight rock, take a generous swig of your pumpkin spice martini, and watch the hot takes roll in.

Maren Morris “Humble Quest”
Gassed from another tumultuous year? Some words of motivation from the big-hearted Texas country queen might help replenish the soul.

August 1975: Rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) performing live on stage. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)



Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds”
Baz Luhrmann’s thoroughly enjoyable biopic has set yet another Elvis revival in motion, so what better excuse to dive back into his greatness?

Big Thief “Simulation Swarm”
Should anyone ask what the best album of 2022 is, the indie-rock group’s sprawling Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You is a solid and credible response. And this track is proof.

Leon Bridges “Coming Home”
Sometimes you just need a warm hug to greet you at Thanksgiving. This Leon Bridges classic never fails at that.

Steve Lacy “Sunshine,” featuring Fousheé
Lacy is enjoying a bona fide pop hit with “Bad Habit” right now, but his superb second album, Gemini Rights, is filled with brilliance, including this soulful gem.

Elton John goes rhinestone cowboy for an appearance, 1980

Elton John “I’m Still Standing”
Elton’s final show will stream live from Dodger Stadium on Disney+ on November 20, so the holidays will be filled with debates on his life, legacy, and best song. We vote for this one.

Soccer Mommy “Shotgun”
Dreamy melodies and a beautiful dream-pop haze come courtesy of Nashville’s eminently gifted singer-songwriter Sophie Allison.

Foo Fighters “Times Like These”
We miss you, Taylor Hawkins. Thanks for everything.

Vince Guaraldi Trio “Thanksgiving Theme”
It’s the bare minimum of holiday tradition. And a damn sight shorter than Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant.”

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