Gratitude Playlist: 49 Pop, Rock and Country Songs That Say Thank You
Gratitude Is A Tool For Happy Relationships
How long has it been since you have expressed heartfelt appreciation to someone in your life — a friend, mentor, relative, or lover? Perhaps they lent you an ear and offered advice. Or helped you out in material, pragmatic ways. Or wiped your tears and provided a warm hug and some encouragement when you especially needed it.
If there's someone you want to thank, then why not create a custom playlist for them? Songs can help you express your appreciation. We have a large list of pop, rock, and country favorites to get you started.
1. "In My Life" by The Beatles
In this classic 1965 Beatles song, the narrator pays the highest tribute of gratitude to the loved one he addresses. He explains
But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you.
The remarkably talented Ed Sheeran played the song at The Beatles' 50th Anniversary Show in 2014 and gained the solid approval of Sir Paul McCartney.
What are you most thankful for?
2. "Every Day" by Rascal Flatts
This 2008 song is a thank you to someone close who is the narrator's rock of emotional support. They are the guardian of his secrets, the only one who truly understands him, and the one who saves his life by lifting him from the deep, dark and desperate place that he sometimes decends into.
3. "Kind & Generous" by Natalie Merchant
This 1998 song is a humble, loving tribute to a friend who has opened their heart charitably to her. It shines with genuine appreciation and affection:
You've been so kind and generous
I don't know how you keep on giving
For your kindness I'm in debt to you
For your selflessness, my admiration
And for everything you've done,
4. "Thank You" by Dido
In this 1999 song, even when it feels like the world is working completely against the narrator, she can count on one person to center her and provide comfort. Against the backdrop of bills, body aches, bad weather, and other life hassles, she remains thankful for having a soft place to land.
5. "In This Life I Was Loved By You" by Collin Raye
This 1992 country ballad shows deep gratitude for a soulmate. Amidst all of the blessings that the narrator can point to in his life, he points to his partner's love as a dream come true.
6. "Thank You" by Keith Urban
The important helper in the narrator's life found him when his days were bleak and empty. She was a friend and provided guidance and support when he was surrounded by strangers. Then, she became his wife. In the 2009 song, he declares her intervention in his life a personal miracle. One must wonder whether this is about his wife, Australian actress Nicole Kidman.
A Dozen Low Cost Ways To Say "Thank You"
write a poem (it doesn't have to rhyme) or compose a handwritten letter
send a digital greeting card or paper card with a heartfelt note
make their favorite casserole or a pot of their favorite homemade soup
make a small crafted item (e.g., ornament)
look them in the eye and tell them from your heart what they mean to you
bake them cookies or cupcakes
present them with a pack of lifesavers and describe the ways they're been a lifesaver to you
develop a top 10 list of why you appreciate them
prepare a video expressing your gratitude and include photos of both of you
make a customized playlist for them
send them a small gift card, treat bag, or a bouquet of balloons
deliver a small potted plant, kitchen herbs, or inexpensive flowers, along with a thank you hug
7. "Because You Loved Me" by Céline Dion
This inspiring 1996 song was a Grammy award winner and a worldwide hit. In a display of unflinching gratitude, the narrator puts her lover on a pedestal, thanking him for all the strength and inspiration that he has provided. She declares, "I'm everything I am because you loved me."
Céline Dion met her late husband when she was 12 and he was a successful record producer. He mortgaged his home to finance the girl's blossoming career. They started to date when the singer was 19 and Angélil, twice divorced with three children, was 45. Am I the only one who finds their relationship a little creepy?
8. "God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton
In this 2011 country song, the narrator admits to having been a "walking heartache" who "made a mess of me." However, he is ever-thankful for the lovely angel in his life who helps him with his ups and downs. In 2015, following a four-year marriage, Blake Shelton divorced fellow country star Miranda Lambert, about whom he sang this song.
9. "Your Song" by Elton John
What bigger expression of gratitude could there be than telling someone, "How wonderful life is while you're in the world"? The narrator in Sir Elton John's 1970 signature song doesn't have the money that Elton does, so his gift is his song.
10. "Thank God For You" by Sawyer Brown
It's important not to forget where you came from. The protagonist in this fun country hit from 1993 thanks the many people in his life for making him the man he is today:
I got to thank mama for the cookin'
Daddy for the whuppin'
The Devil for the trouble that I get into
I got to give credit when credit is due
I thank the bank for the money
Thank God for you.
11. "Thank You For Being A Friend" by Andrew Gold
If it's your BFF you want to thank, then this classic is a perfect way to do it. The song may be from 1978, but it'll never go out of style.
The narrator recounts that the two have been friends for a long time and hopes they will always stay that way. He is appreciative of his pal for keeping his confidences and for reliably being there.
12. "I Thank You" by ZZ Top
The narrator in this 1979 song thanks his partner for loving him and for opening his eyes to a brand new world of adventure. Even though his sweetheart has taken her love elsewhere, he is grateful for what she taught him, if you know what I mean.
13. "This" by Darrius Rucker
Looking back at all of the heartaches, mistakes, and lost opportunities he has endured, the narrator in this 2010 song sees that it has nevertheless all been worth it. He is thankful for his life now and sees every step as necessary to getting him to where he is today.
14. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin
In this 1967 song, the "Queen of Soul" describes a woman who felt uninspired and without purpose in life until she met the person she's singing about. Then, her life did a 180-degree turn, and she stepped up to being the woman she was always meant to be:
Before the day I met you, life was so unkind
But you're the key to my peace of mind.
Actress Candice Bergen famously sung the song in a 1992 television episode of "Murphy Brown." Bergen's character, an unmarried woman, gave birth and became a single mother on the show. It prompted Vice Presidential candidate Dan Quayle to criticize the character's decision to have a baby out of wedlock as an example of the crumbling of traditional values in America.
15. "Thank You For Loving Me" by Bon Jovi
The narrator in this 2000 song wants to ensure that his beloved knows how deeply appreciated she is. When he was at his lowest points, she lifted him up. She believes in him and his dreams. He expresses his unending gratitude: "Thank you for loving me."
16. "I Could Not Ask For More" by Sara Evans
Like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow — that's how the protagonist in this 1999 song views the person she is thankful for. She feels thankful to be alive, just to be beside her partner. She his presence in her life as proof that heaven must exist. Syrupy? Maybe. But the girl is blissing out on the drug called love.
17. "Thank You" by Hellyeah
Perhaps you wouldn't expect this 2008 song of gratitude from a heavy metal supergroup like Hellyeah, but give it a try. It's about expressing appreciation to someone close who has already passed and feeling regretful that you didn't say "thanks" when you had the chance.
Believing late is better than never, the narrator in the song expresses his gratefulness and then extends it to several people in his life who are still here. Take the song as a positive lesson to go ahead and say what you need to say now before it's too late.
18. "Thank You" by Johnny Reid
This compelling 2007 song is an appreciation song for someone close who is dying. As the narrator wishes they had one more day together, he thanks his loved one for all that they have given him. He is grateful that they have shared their love and dreams, helped him through life's storms, and shared in his joys.
19. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" by James Taylor
In this classic 1975 hit, the protagonist is overjoyed that his sweetheart has come into his life. Her love provides shelter, and he is thankful for her "sweet love and devotion." He compares their attraction to honey and a bee.
20. "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler
A signature song for "The Divine Miss M," this thank you ballad was the theme song for the 1989 movie "Beaches" which told the story of a friendship spanning 30 years. The song expresses appreciation for the friend who offered quiet support and allowed another to shine in the spotlight:
Did you ever know that you're my hero?
You're everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
'Cause you are the wind beneath my wings.
Even More Songs About Being Thankful
22. Thank You
23. What A Difference You've Made In My Life
24. Thank You
25.There You'll Be
26. (I've Had) The Time of My Life
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
27. Thank You
28. Thank You
29. He Didn't Have To Be
30. I Have You To Thank
31. Thank You For The Music
32. Thank You
Boyz II Men
33. Thank You Baby (For Makin' Someday Come So Soon)
34. Thank You (The J.G. Interlude)
35. I Thank You
36. Thank You
37. Thank You
39. Thank You
40. Unanswered Prayers
41. Here Today
42. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf)
Sly and the Family Stone
43. Thank God I Found You
Mariah Carey, Joe, 98 Degrees
44. Lucky Man
45. Everything Is Fine
46. What a Wonderful World
47. Thank U
48. Thank God I'm a Country Boy
49. But For the Grace of God
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What and whom are you thankful for? Why? How do you express gratitude in your daily life?
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