Top 11 best thank you songs

A famous songwriter once wrote that he would have to say he loved you in a song, and along those lines that Jim Croce created for us all, it is probably just the same for telling someone, "Thank you." After all, few of us are wordsmiths extraordinaire, and with all the music out there, there is a good chance a great songwriter has put our exact feelings into words better than we ever could, no matter what we are thanking someone for doing. Just like the plethora of greeting cards in the aisle at the supermarket, there is a song out there on the radio or on the Internet for all of us to choose when giving thanks.

On that note, we thank you for reading our list of the Top 11 best thank you songs ever. Enjoy!

11. Otis Redding: "I Want to Thank You"

We start with an oldie but a goodie. Redding's soulful delivery of thanks sticks in the mind of the listener for a long time. It may not be one of his better-known songs, but this track really has the impact of thanks that the words themselves necessitate. When Otis sings, "Sweet kisses to you and everything you do," we cannot help but feel it in our own souls.

10. Alanis Morissette: "Thank U"

The opening keyboard hook gets a listener right away. And when she thanks (in order) India, terror, disillusionment, frailty, consequence, and silence, we can connect the subsequent line—"how good it feels to finally forgive you"—and remember that it is not always about the other person when we give thanks for something.

9. John Denver: "Thank God I'm a Country Boy"

Any child of the 1970s knows this song by heart, even if s/he was raised in a city or a suburb. It may feel a little cornball today, but the sentiment is real. When Denver sings of a fine wife, an ole fiddle, and cakes on the griddle, you know he means it when calling life a funny riddle. It is true, whether you are from the country—or a big metropolitan landscape.

8. Fall Out Boy: "Thnks fr th Mmrs"

We do not know where the vowels went, either, but it does not really matter, does it? A backhanded compliment, "Thanks for the memories even though they weren't so great," still counts as a "thank you" in our book. The band's rhythm and creativity still gives us a fun chorus to sing along with every time we hear it.

7. Cynthia Fee: "Thank You for Being a Friend"

Andrew Gold wrote the song originally in the late 1970s, but it was Fee's version in the mid-1980s that rolled in the opening credits of the television show The Golden Girls we all remember and love. After all, "if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew ... 
Well, you would see the biggest gift would be from me, and the card attached would say, 'Thank you for being a friend.'" Indeed.

6. ZZ Top: "I Thank You"

Our guess is most people have heard this song, while not knowing which band performed it. All makes sense, however, when we sing the line, "You didn't have to squeeze it but you did ... and I thank you." Yes, the meaning is not hard to decipher, but we are all adults, so we roll with it. Just make sure not to play this one anywhere near your pre-teen children, ever.

5. Dido: "Thank You"

One of the most beautiful songs on this list, it is hard not to connect this song to our own lives. All of us have had these kinds of days, and are we not thankful for loved ones who make it all worthwhile in the end? Love does have that unique ability: "I want to thank you for giving me the best day of my life," even when we think it is starting out to be a horrible day.

4. Blood, Sweat & Tears: "You Made Me So Very Happy"

The words "thank you" appear in this song three times, mostly at the end, but the sentiment is clear from the first stanza of lyrics. The pace of this song, which rises and falls throughout, is like the rollercoaster ride of life, and like a great rollercoaster, this song is unforgettable, really. Taking a page from Redding's soulful sound, the band really connects the audience with the message quite effectively here.

3. Sly & and the Family Stone: "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"

Perhaps no other song on this list will make you dance like this one. But hey, if we cannot be ourselves, what is the point of hanging out with anyone? Sly gets this, and so do we when we listen to the song today. He was way ahead of his time when this song was written and recorded in the late 1960s. The message here is something we should know very well in the 21st century.

2. Led Zeppelin: "Thank You"

Ironically, this track is also from 1969, and it reveals the tender, sweet side of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. The lyrics were written for Plant's wife at the time, and they reflect some true beauty: "If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you. Mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me." Those words still bring a smile to our faces almost 50 years later.

1. John Lennon: "Woman"

The keyword only appears in this song once and in an alternate form: "I will try to express my inner feeling and thankfulness for showing me the meaning of success." However, this may be the ultimate tribute of thanks from one person to another ever expressed in song. Why? Because it came from the pen of Lennon himself, that's why.