From "Proud to be an American" to "The Monster Mash," Americans have always found a way to wedge popular music into our favorite holidays. But what of the holiday that predates America itself, Thanksgiving? We don't sing cranberry sauce carols or look forward to hearing a cornucopia of Turkey Day tunes blaring through shopping mall speakers. Yes, there are certainly plenty of songs about thanks in general, but they all overlook the elephant (or poultry) in the room: The turkey. Here are seven songs that at the very least mention the centerpiece of our favorite fall meal.
1. "Turkey in the Straw" The Original Schnickelfritz Band
In looking for turkey-themed songs, the list is short and rarely about actual turkeys. The most well-known turkey-titled song of all time is no exception. In fact, the original lyrics are a meta exercise in writing a song about the song itself. Popularized (unfortunately) by minstrel performers in the 19th century, this folk song sticks around because it's so damn catchy.