19 Great Songs About Being Grateful

Songs About Being Grateful
Written by Corey Morgan

Best Songs About Being Grateful

A Whether it’s a lover, a friend, or the lovely earth, there are many things in life for which to be grateful. Listening to this playlist full of songs about gratitude and sharing that feeling with someone else is sure to put you in a grateful frame of mind.

19 Top Songs About Being Grateful

1. Bob Marley’s “Give Thanks and Praise”

Bob Marley - Give Thanks And Praises

This is almost certainly going to be the first song that comes to anyone’s mind when they are asked to mention songs about being grateful.

In this song, Bob Marley gives thanks and praise to Jah. He has complete faith that Jah will watch over him during all of the difficult times and that he won’t lie to anyone. A couple of years after his death, this track was finally released.

2. Dan + Shay’s “Glad You Exist”

Dan + Shay - Glad You Exist (Live at iHeart Radio Music Awards 2021)

This is one of the songs about being grateful that reflects on a lot of things. After being unable to tour or visit family and friends for over a year, Dan + Shay were moved to write this song as a gift to everyone they care about.

The song is universal enough to be played to a lover, friend, or member of your family. This song of genuine gratitude reached number 21 in the United States.

3. Alanis Morissette, “Thank U”

Alanis Morissette - Thank U (Official Video)

Alanis Morissette found true happiness for the first time after traveling to India and letting go of her worries. She gives thanks to many things, including India, terror, and disillusionment, because those are the things she had to experience through to finally find peace. Both the UK and the US charted the song at number 5.

4. Thank you – Dido

Dido - Thank You (Official Video)

Dido wrote this song about her ex-boyfriend because he was a positive influence on her life at the time. Even on her worst days, she claims that just being in his presence makes it better than any other day.

5. Sly & The Family Stone –

Thank You

Sly & The Family Stone - Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Official Audio)

The song’s sarcastic expression of gratitude stems from its author’s frustration with the way many fans misunderstand Sly & the Family Stone’s music.

Although the majority of their songs were meant to promote racial harmony and tolerance, many listeners only heard surface meanings. A majority of listeners in the United States apparently did not understand the meaning of this top-charting song.

6. The song “Thank You for Being a Friend” by Andrew Gold

Thank You for Being a Friend (2020 Remaster)

This song is a heartfelt expression of gratitude to a person—likely a friend—who is there for you no matter what. The song originally charted at #25 in the US and #42 in the UK when it was released in 1978, but it was given new life in 1985 and beyond thanks to Cynthia Fee’s cover for The Golden Girls.

7. Thank U, Next – Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande - thank u, next (Official Video)

You might expect Ariana Grande to be sarcastic about thanking her exes in a song like this, but she comes across as sincere in her gratitude.

She expresses gratitude to all of her exes for the lessons they imparted, which have helped her become the independent, self-assured person she is today.

She acknowledged that her exes were instrumental to her success. She attributes the song’s success at the top of the US and UK charts to her attitude of gratitude.

8. Thank God I Found You – Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey, Joe, 98 Degrees - Thank God I Found You (Official HD Video)

This track closed out Mariah Carey’s Rainbow album. This song serves as the rainbow after the storm since the majority of the album is about relationship issues.

Carey expresses her gratitude for finding her boyfriend in this song, singing that she would go through it all over again if it meant she could feel this happy. Both the US and UK Top 10 charts featured the song.

9. Kelly Clarkson: “A Moment Like This.”

Kelly Clarkson - A Moment Like This (VIDEO)

After becoming the first person to ever win American Idol, Kelly Clarkson released her debut single. It’s a fitting song for her victory because it talks about how people wait their entire lives for a special moment.

There was a time when this song’s meteoric rise from position 52 to number 1 on the charts was unmatched. When the Beatles’ record was broken in 2007, Maroon 5 quickly followed suit and set a new standard.

10. Bon Jovi’s “Thank You for Loving Me”

Bon Jovi - Thank You For Loving Me (Official Music Video)

Lyrically, this is one of the best songs about being grateful. It was Brad Pitt’s character in the film Meet Joe Black who provided the inspiration for this song, and the title is an exact quote from his character.

In the song, the protagonist expresses gratitude to his partner, saying that they were his “eyes” and “the reason he could breathe” at various points in their relationship.

Having this person in his life has made an impact on the man, and he is very appreciative. Multiple countries, including Belgium and Portugal, ranked this song highly on their respective charts.

11. Aretha Franklin’s

A Natural Woman”

[You Make Me Feel Like] A Natural Woman

This is one of Aretha Franklin’s popular songs, but she didn’t pen the lyrics. In fact, it was not even written by a woman; Gerry Goffin was responsible for the lyrics.

The woman in the song describes how her lover’s kiss makes her feel whole and complete. Even though the song doesn’t define what it means to be a “natural woman,” it’s clear that happiness and thankfulness are central themes.

12. Natalie Merchant’s “Kind & Generous”

Natalie Merchant - Kind and Generous

Natalie Merchant set out to write a universally accessible song by expressing gratitude to an individual who had shown her kindness and generosity.

The song is truly universal in the sense that it would be totally appropriate to sing it to anyone who has been kind to you. The song was successful commercially, peaking at number 18 in the United States.

13. Louis Armstrong’s song “What a Wonderful World”

Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World (Official Video)

Even though he doesn’t explicitly express gratitude, Louis Armstrong’s voice conveys appreciation for the opportunity to live on a planet with such lovely flowers and adorable babies.

If you’re in need of a moment of reflection and gratitude for the little things in life, this song will help you do just that. It was well received around the globe, ranking in the Top 10 in a number of countries.

14. Queen, You’re My Best Friend

Queen - You're My Best Friend (Official Video)

King’s bassist John Deacon penned this tune for his better half. It is said that Deacon was so shy that he rarely shared his musical ideas with anyone, but that his wife provided him with enough encouragement to finally record his first album.

The song’s upbeat narrator is in love and thankful for his lady, who he is certain will never leave his side. The single peaked at number seven in the UK and at number sixteen in the US.

15. Carrie Underwood: “Thank God for Hometowns”

Thank God For Hometowns

Underwood, C. takes a moment to appreciate small hometowns. Even though most people ignore them, and most kids hope to leave one day, returning to your hometown as an adult can be a comforting experience that helps you feel loved and at home again.

16. In My Life – The Beatles

In My Life (Remastered 2009)

This song was autobiographical for John Lennon because he wrote it while thinking about people and places from his life in Liverpool, which is where he was born and raised.

After revealing so much about himself in his books, Lennon was asked why his songs weren’t personal. When “In My Life” was first being written, it referred to very specific places; however, as time went on, the song became more general.

17. Celine Dion’s song “To Love You More”

Céline Dion - To Love You More (Official Audio)

To Love You More’ was recorded for the Japanese television show Koibito yo, which translates as My Dear Lover. The song topped the charts in Japan and performed well in the rest of the world as well.

The song’s narrator expresses a desire to be reunited with their significant other and assures them that she will be waiting for them when they return.

18. Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family,”

Sister Sledge - We Are Family

In the 1970s, the four sisters who made up Sister Sledge provided backup vocals for a wide variety of recording artists. The sisters are praised in the song for their strong bonds and ability to rely on one another in any situation.

19. Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings”

Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings (Official Music Video)

Before Bette Midler released her version of “Wind Beneath My Wings” for the 1988 film Beaches, the song had already been recorded by a number of artists.

The singer expresses gratitude to her partner for constantly pushing her to improve and supporting her when she’s down.