Turkey Tracks: Expert tips on Thanksgiving entertaining

Pair your turkey and side dishes with music playlists to help elevate your Thanksgiving dinner

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Nashville-based entertainment company Premier Entertainment is offering its professional tips on how to create a memorable Thanksgiving dinner beyond the food and small talk, and into a fun and memorable experience.

“For most of our customers, Thanksgiving can be a stressful experience,” said Jason Middleton, a veteran professional DJ and chief executive officer of Premier Entertainment. “You’re either preparing a big family meal or traveling on the busiest day for the year, not to mention the awkward small-talk with relatives you haven’t seen in over a year. The team at Premier wanted to share our favorite tracks and tips to help people not only relax from the holiday prep, but to them create a fun and memorable experience for the whole family.”

Here are Premier Entertainment’s tips for creating a festive Thanksgiving experience beyond the meal:
Pair a classic meal with all-time favorite tracks: “These are the songs we all grew up with singing together on car rides, family vacations, and reunions,” said Middleton. “This playlist is grate for not only elevating the mood, but for reminiscing of happy memories.”

Track + Artist
Satellite Dave – Matthews Band
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing – Jack Johnson
Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls
Push – Matchbox Twenty
Meet Virginia –  Train
Two Princes – Spin Doctors
No Rain – Blind Melon
Jumper – 1998 Edit – Third Eye Blind
The Freshmen – The Verve Pipe
Drops of Jupiter – Train
One Headlight – The Wallflowers
The Way – Fastball
Every Morning – Remastered – Sugar Ray
One Week – Barenaked Ladies
Let Her Cry – Hootie & The Blowfish
Fly – Sugar Ray
Everything You Want – Vertical Horizon
Hook – Blues Traveler
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen
Bohemian Rhapsody – Remastered 2011 – Queen
The Joker – Steve Miller Band
Moves Like Jagger – Studio Recording From The Voice – Maroon 5
Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Jack & Diane – John Mellencamp
Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
Roxanne – Remastered 2003 – The Police
Let It Be – Remastered – The Beatles
Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
My Girl – The Temptations
Somewhere Over The Rainbow_What A Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye
I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
Another One Bites – The Dust Queen
Your Song – Elton John

Mix the oldies with new hits that cover multiple decades and genres: “It’s fun for multiple generations to share their favorite songs with each other,” said Middleton. “The younger generations might not know who Otis Redding or Steely Dan are, and the older generations might have never heard of Imagine Dragons or Ellie Goulding. It’s a great way to keep the conversation upbeat while learn something new.”

Track + Artist
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) Four Tops
(What A) Wonderful World Sam Cooke
Superstition – Single Version Stevie Wonder
Be My Baby The Ronettes
Respect Aretha Franklin
Bernadette Four Tops
Best of My Love The Emotions
California Dreamin’ Bobby Womack
Chain Gang Sam Cooke
I’ll Take You There The Staple Singers
Walk Away Renee Four Tops
(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
For Once In My Life Stevie Wonder
Love Train The O’Jays
Loco in Acapulco Four Tops
One Of These Nights Eagles
Have You Ever Seen The Rain? Creedence Clearwater Revival
Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin
Riders On The Storm The Doors
Sharp Dressed Man – 2008 Remastered Version ZZ Top
Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac
I Feel the Earth Move Carole King
Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 Pink Floyd
Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
You’re Beautiful James Blunt
I’m Yours Jason Mraz
When We Were Young Adele
You’ve Got The Love Florence + The Machine
Somebody That I Used To Know Gotye
Secrets OneRepublic
Til Kingdom Come Coldplay
Pumped Up Kicks Foster The People
My Fault Imagine Dragons
Paradise Coldplay
Anywhere Passenger
Up&Up Coldplay
Waste A Moment Kings of Leon
King And Lionheart Of Monsters and Men
Still Falling For You – From “Bridget Jones’s Baby” Ellie Goulding
Wild World Yusuf Cat Stevens
Blackbird – Remastered The Beatles

Let Thanksgiving themes be your inspiration for creating an upbeat playlist: “Thanksgiving is usually the kick-off of the holiday season, but unlike Christmas, it does not have a collection of songs dedicated to the day,” said Middleton. “From side dishes to the long weekend with family, we used the themes of Thanksgiving to create this playlist.”

Track + Artist
One Lovely Day Citizen Cope
Granny Dave Matthews Band
Love on the Weekend John Mayer
Drive By Train
Send Me On My Way Rusted Root
Washing Dishes Jack Johnson
XO John Mayer
Drive in Drive Out Dave Matthews Band
Riders On The Storm The Doors
In The City Eagles
Carolina In My Mind James Taylor
Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac
Love Will Keep Us Alive Eagles
Landslide Fleetwood Mac
Tenerife Sea Ed Sheeran
Hymn For The Weekend – Seeb Remix Coldplay
Stressed Out Twenty One Pilots
Skinny Love Bon Iver
Together The xx
Home Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Love Love Love Of Monsters and Men
Amber 311
Little Talks Of Monsters and Men
Dog Days Are Over Florence + The Machine
A Long December Counting Crows
Holland Road Mumford & Sons
Linger The Cranberries
The House Of The Rising Sun The Animals
Under Pressure David Bowie
Lookin’ Out My Back Door Creedence Clearwater Revival
Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver
Omaha Counting Crows
Daylight Matt and Kim
Sullivan Street Counting Crows
Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton

“Music and Thanksgiving have one thing in common—they bring people together,” said Middleton. “Regardless of what’s on your Thanksgiving playlist, the most important thing is to be present in the moment with those you love.”

For more ideas on holiday entertaining or to learn more about Premier Entertainment’s professional services, visit requestpremier.com or call 615-671-9744.

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