Staff Picks: Songs We're Thankful For

Food image by CarbonNYC on Flickr , Bon Iver image by danieljordahl on Flickr.

Family, friends, food, shelter, love, safety, pets, these are all things you'll hear on a typical Thanksgiving "thankful for" list. It's great that we have a day to celebrate these things with the ones we love over a wonderful meal but what is one thing left out of that list? Music! Music is what takes a Thanksgiving gathering from good to great and can really help loved ones come together. 

Our friends at KROQ took the time to put together a great big list of the music they're thankful for and they inspired us to do the same! We asked three MetroLyrics staffers to pick their favorite songs and lyrics of the year...

A.H.: Ellie Goulding - Lights

Favorite lyrics:

 And I'm not sleeping now, the dark is too hard to beat / And I'm not keeping now, the strength I need to push me

Why I Picked It: The first time I heard Ellie Goulding's 'Lights', I'm pretty sure I thought to myself: this girl gets me. The lyrics are all about yearning for the safety of your home, and sometimes I get the same homesick aching like Ellie does. I have a feeling we'd be BFFs if we ever met.

OS: Bon Iver - Holocene

Favorite lyrics:

 And at once I knew I was not magnificent

Why I Picked It: Bon Iver, Bon Iver, the latest album from Justin Vernon's band, is a shoe in on my best of 2011 list and includes more than a few of the prettiest sounding songs of the year. Included on that list is "Holocene," a song that could be the perfect soundtrack to a Thanksgiving weekend, as its poetic lyrics allude to friends, family and perspective. It's only fitting that I pay Thanksgiving thanks to this song.

SJ: Lana Del Rey - Video Games

Favorite lyrics:

Swinging in the backyard / Pull up in your fast car / Whistling my name

Why I Picked It: Lana Del Rey seemingly came out of nowhere earlier this year with her homemade video for 'Video Games'. The song was immediately stuck in my head (I went to bed singing it and woke up singing it) and was like nothing I've ever heard. I hope Lana Del Rey's upcoming full-length album doesn't disappoint!

What songs are you thankful for? Tell us in the comments, and above all, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!