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10 Playlists to Match Your Thanksgiving Vibe, From Honky-Tonk to Cali Cool

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You've set the Thanksgiving table; you've cooked all the things (all the things!); you've lit a candle in the bathroom. That's right: You lit a candle in the bathroom!

But still, something is incomplete. And when there's a lull in conversation, you can hear guests chewing their crostini or the tines of their silverware hitting the plates.

Photo by Bobbi Lin

So what's missing? Music! It's music. A good soundtrack to your party will make the room feel fuller and cozier, and the guests feel free to add their voices.

When choosing what to pay is stressful, with limitless options, look here: We've got 10 playlists for Thanksgiving, from Drake-inspired to California cool.

Turn It On, Turn it Up

Cooking Marathon Pump-Up

It's not Eye of the Tiger on repeat (though that wouldn't not be appropriate).

Calming Chill Pill (The Musical Equivalent of the Puppy Channel)

If your in-laws are driving you up the wall (or the turkey didn't cook quite as planned).


Your guests can thank you now (and oh my goodness, they're welcome).

Singalong Thanksgiving

If you'd rather sing than speak. (A little something for everyone, from Dashboard Confessional to Bon Jovi.)

Divas of the 80s

Big hair turkey, don't care.

A very electronic Thanksgiving

Interesting enough to show your friends you're cool; not so interesting as to be distracting.


Cowboy boots not required (but highly recommended!).

Mario Batali's BIG American playlist

Almost like you have a seat at Mario's table. Almost. (Plus: Kanye West, Rosanne Cash, and Moby?!)

California cool

To put your guests at ease (and justify your decision to wear bell bottoms).

Dishwashing dance party

After the eaters leave (or after you've enlisted their help...), the real party starts.

And, if you're looking for even more music choices, don't forget our three playlists from last year's holiday:

What We're Listening to Today While We Cook the Turkey
What We're Listening to Today While We Cook the Turkey

What's playing during your Thanksgiving meal? How about when you're cooking? Share a selection in the comments!

Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!
Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!

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