Family time over the holidays carries enough stress with all the arguments about who sits where, who brings what, and why Grandpa really shouldn't have another Harvey Wallbanger. Again. So to ease some of your Thanksgiving anxiety, we in the New Times kitchen offer up a bunch of tunes to up your gratitude quotient during these trying times.
Oh, is it our turn? What are we thankful for? Why, it's you, dear readers. We're thankful for you! Now quick now, listen to these 13 tunes before the heartfelt "awwwww" gets too overpowering.
1. Sam & Dave, "I Thank You"
We're thankful for the days when sax players had choreographed dance moves.
2. The Beastie Boys, "Gratitude"
We're thankful this Check Your Head '92 classic is available on Guitar Hero. (Though you may not be after you hear us sing.)
3. Big Star, "Thank You Friends"
We're thankful Big Star have been getting their due recently. The box set Rhino released two years ago is great!
4. Boyz II Men, "Thank You"
We're thankful that no matter the era, there will always be smooth-singing bands with Z's in their names.
5. Antony & the Johnsons, "Thank You For Your Love"
We're thankful a voice like Antony's exists, and that he shares it with the world.
6. Wisin y Yandel, "Gracias a Ti"
We're as thankful for Puerto Rico -- food! beaches! more! -- as Wisin and Yandel are for their fans.
7. Sly & the Family Stone, "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"
We're thankful for YouTube, without which things like "Soul Train" would be harder to track down.
8. Joan Baez, "Gracias a la vida"
We're thankful Joan Baez is still going strong, and for her underappreciated Spanish-language '74 album Gracias a la Vida.
9. Bright Eyes, "I Will Be Grateful For This Day"
We're thankful Connor Oberst was out there for our younger selves, even if we find it a little harder to listen to his tunes these days.
10. The Dynamics, "I Want to Thank You"
We're thankful for Detroit: cars, "Hardcore Pawn," and The Dynamics!
11. The Beatles, "Thank You Girl"
We're thankful for the days when superstar rock bands had their own cartoons.
12. Raffi, "Thanks a Lot"
We're thankful for Raffi. Just because of everything he is.