Top Thanksgiving Songs For Children

A Collection of Kid-Friendly Holiday Songs

Finding family-friendly holiday music can sometimes be challenging, especially for less commercial holidays like Thanksgiving.

If you are looking for kid-appropriate music for your next Thanksgiving dinner, here are some of the top tunes ready for digital downloading.

​From classics from the Peanuts to upbeat a cappella tunes, you are sure to have the perfect music mix for the big day.

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"Over the River and Through the Wood" - Dog On Fleas

Courtesy Dog On Fleas
Considered the unofficial anthem of Thanksgiving, this poem was written by Lydia Maria Child and originally published in Flowers for Children, Vol. 2 in 1844. This is a quiet, pretty version by Dog On Fleas, flavored by a pedal-steel guitar and Debbie Lan's voice. You can find the tune on their 2003 album Cranberry Sauce Flotilla. Buy from Amazon »

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"Thanksgiving Theme" - Vince Guaraldi Trio

Courtesy Fantasy Records
Even though this is an instrumental tune, it'll get everyone in the Thanksgiving mood. Guaraldi composed this song for A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, which originally aired in 1973. An official soundtrack was never released for this Peanuts special, but you can find "Thanksgiving Theme" on Fantasy Records' 1998 CD Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits. Buy from Amazon »

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"Thanksgiving Song" - The Uncle Brothers

Courtesy The Uncle Brothers

This cheerful, countryish shuffle is all about food, family and fun. The Uncle Brothers included their ode to Thanksgiving on the 2007 CD Mooseletoe. Buy from Amazon »

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"(I'm Gonna Eat) On Thanksgiving Day" - Laurie Berkner

Courtesy Two Tomatoes
Here's a fun, a cappella round from Laurie Berkner's 1997 debut kids' album Whaddaya Think of That?. Buy from Amazon »

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"Thanksgiving Day" - John McCutcheon

Courtesy Rounder Records

This strident piano ballad reminds us of everything we should be thankful for. Cowritten with Si Kahn and originally released in 1998 on the album John McCutcheon's Four Seasons: Autumnsongs. Buy from Amazon »

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"Thanksgiving with Aunt Pearl" - Erin Lee and Marci

Courtesy Gotta Play Publishing
Erin Lee Kelly and Marci Appelbaum rejoice in the fact that they finally get to sit at the grownup table for Thanksgiving dinner! This rambunctious rock tune is from their second kids' CD Snowdance, released in 2006. Buy from Amazon »

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"Happy Thanksgiving" - Debbie Friedman

Courtesy Sounds Write Productions
A rousing sing-along by one of the most popular creators of Jewish music. Her amusing Thanksgiving folk song was recorded live in southern California in 1990 and released on the album Live at the Del. "Aren't you glad you're not a turkey on this Thanksgiving Day?" Buy from Amazon »

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"My Mom's Thanksgiving Dinner" - Children from New York P.S. 24

Courtesy Smithsonian Folkways

Gil Slote was a teacher at P.S 24 in Brooklyn, where he organized a children's singing group. The kids sang these songs on WNYC radio and the CBS television program On the Carousel, as well as recording them for Folkways Records in 1956. Buy from Amazon »

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"Thanksgiving" - Si Kahn

Courtesy Strictly Country Records

The title tune from Kahn's 2007 album reminds everyone of all the things we should be thankful for. Kahn gets vocal help on this gentle tune from Annemarieke Coenders and Linde Nijland from the group Ygdrassil. Buy from Amazon »

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"Over the River and Through the Woods" - Quincy Choral Society

Courtesy Quincy Choral Society
Here's a nice version of "Over the River" sung by the children of the Quincy Choral Society, accompanied by piano. The "school presentation" feel of the recording should appeal to kids and families alike, from learning the song for the first time to listening to the tune by the fireplace. From the 2003 CD Come, Ye Thankful People, Come. Buy from Amazon »