The Perfect Punk Rock Playlist for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving—a time of turkey feasts, family gatherings, and expressing gratitude. For a genre that embraces community as family, what better way to celebrate everyone’s least favorite holiday – Thanksgiving – than turning up some of your favorite band’s tunes? There isn’t one. Hope these songs from your punk rock family get you through your “family” family. Cheers!
Unity and Togetherness
Punk rock has always been about breaking down barriers and fostering a sense of unity. It’s a genre that embraces and celebrates differences, bringing people from all walks of life together. And most importantly, punk rock is about community and forming a space where all are welcome to be a freak, artist, misfit, and, well, a punk. For that, I’ve included one of the finest tunes from the originators, and it is “We’re a Happy Family” by the Ramones
Gratitude and Appreciation
Believe it or not, punk rockers can express gratitude and appreciation as well as anger towards society’s oppressors. Take a listen to “Thank You” by the Descendents, “Thanksgiving” by Pennywise, or “Give Thanks & Praises” by Bad Brains for some quality tunes about appreciating one’s life, the people around us, and the bands we love.
Have a Laugh
Punk rock has always loved a good laugh. With that, I figured I’d include some songs that never thought they would make a Thanksgiving playlist. Well, maybe one. But I am talking about “Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie” by Black Flag, a tune I hope plays in your head as someone passes the bowl of mashed potatoes. Then, there is “Lost in the Supermarket” by The Clash for those who have to do a third run to the store for another box of stuffing. And last we have “Macy’s Day Parade” by Green Day, which should help you get through the bountiful floats that I always hope pop at some point. No pun intended. Speaking of “point,” I should point out that “Macy’s Day Parade” is said to be Billie Joe Armstrong’s thoughts on commercialism. A fair play, especially as we avoid the madness of Black Friday.
in the end
And with that, no punk rock Thanksgiving (except this one) would be complete without a playlist featuring iconic bands and songs. Hit play below and enjoy the songs that promote unity, express gratitude, or simply make you want to jump around.
Happy Thanksgiving, swine! Enjoy your time with family, or best of luck in avoiding them.