Songs We’re Thankful For

To anyone who celebrated today, Happy Thanksgiving from the Daily Slice staff! To anyone who doesn’t celebrate, we hope you have lots to be thankful for and you ate lots of yummy food today anyway, even if it wasn’t for a holiday. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the songs we’re thankful for this holiday season. What songs are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, and on Twitter!

The Naked and Famous – “All of This”

“I’m thankful for this song because #1: it open the record in the style of a really well thought out thesis statement, foreshadowing all that is to come and all the musical stylings that are to be expanded upon through the rest of the album. I usually throw on this album after an exhausting day or when I just need to decompress my whirlwind mind and chill out for a bit. #2 I’m a total theory nerd and love that it’s in quintuple meter which most pop songs don’t do. It gives it an impossibly cool feel and works so well for the whole vibe of the track. #3 it’s just a really damn good, timeless song with great lyrics AND on top of all that it’s got a sick guitar solo too so what’s not to love??” –Nick 

Frank Turner – “Get Better”

“Really, I’m thankful for all of this album, Positive Songs for Negative People. ‘Get Better’ in particular exemplifies the optimism and belief in oneself that makes the album so inspiring, and even outside of the lyrical content is just a fun song to dance to. It’s the first song that Frank Turner has played live with an electric guitar, rather than his trademark acoustic, and his performance always releases a contagious flow of positive energy. ‘Get Better’ is a reminder that there is always room for improvement, and getting better is always possible.” –Sam

Have Mercy – “The Place You Love”

“I am thankful for this song because its actually gotten me through a lot. The destruction of one of my favorite places, and the destruction of one of my favorite friendships, specifically. It reminds me of a great time in my life (having the ability to interview and photograph this band in Baltimore) and that I am capable of that. This band means as much to me now as All Time Low did in 2012 and I never thought that was possible.” –Rachel

Blue Swede – “Hooked on a Feeling”

I am abundantly thankful for this trash little 1974 pop radio sensation because it reminds me of a moment of absolute joy and closeness with those I am most grateful for. In December of last year, my family went to go select a Christmas tree for the holidays, a long-standing tradition. We had just haphazardly strapped a much-too-large-for-our-living-room tree to the roof of our much-too-small-for-an-eight-foot-tree sedan, the scent of sap and pine seeping through car vents. My brother and I were swapping increasingly ridiculous pun-based names for our tree and as Treeoyncé Knowles just narrowly beat out Spruce Willis, Blue Swede’s ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ came on the radio. My mom thumbed the dialed, letting the opening chants echo and reverberate through the car so loudly that you could feel each beat like a pulse in your throat. And my dad, like me, usually reticent and self-conscious, began to belt the lyrics with reckless abandon, a grin spread across his face. Like dominos, we all followed until we were full on Patridge-family-sing-a-longing in this tiny little car. My brother cracked the window, allowing frigid December air to pour into and our voices to pour out. I cherish this song and I cherish that moment for the same reasons; it was irreverent, a few minutes of pure elation.” –Alanna

Demi Lovato – “Fire Starter”

“I’m extremely thankful for this song because it’s overall about empowerment and being yourself. The lyric “there’s nothing more to be afraid of,” hit me hard and really taught me to go ahead and take the leap when it comes to wanting to achieve something. It means a lot to me, and is something I’m getting tattooed next month.” –Alex

Jack’s Mannequin – “Chapter 1: Holiday From Real”

“Honestly, I’m thankful for this whole album, but I chose ‘Holiday From Real’ specifically because it can make any day feel like a vacation. Music can complement the good times and take us away from the bad times, and I remember this song being a part of every one of those circumstances. It reminds me of the last summer before college, when things were carefree. I was scared of how different things would be, but I just listened to this album on repeat while laying at my Grandma’s house in Florida, a storm raging outside. I repeated the words in my head and for a little while, it felt like everything would turn out okay. No matter what, ‘Holiday From Real’ makes me want to put on a pair of sunglasses and remind myself that I deserve to be happy. ‘Fuck yeah, we can live like this.'” -Michael

Knuckle Puck – “Untitled”

“I am so grateful for this band, but this song in particular because it keeps me going no matter what lately. This time of year is difficult for me, but I saw Knuckle Puck perform this song live for the first time last week, and the whole crowd started singing ‘I’ll tell you everything is copacetic’ while they were having some technical problems. It sent chills down my spine. I can’t put my finger on why, but this song is a really great motivator that keeps me pushing forward.” –Tori

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