A Battle of Thanks for this Battle of the Songs

A Battle of Thanks for this Battle of the Songs

November seems to be the month of giving thanks. America and Canada just celebrated Veterans’ Day/Remembrance Day last week. A day where we remember those have served and give thanks to their service. And then, American Thanksgiving is coming up in two weeks. Actually, in truth, autumn tends to be the season of giving thanks. During this time, many thanksgiving celebrations happen all around the world. But for me, since I am an American, I am going to dedicate this Battle of the Songs as American Thanksgiving is drawing near.

Giving Thanks

I have talked about giving thanks during a Mother Day’s post in May. It featured Cheryl ‘Pepsii’ Riley’s “Thanks for My Child“. At that time, I talked about a mother’s love and being thankful for moms.

Yet, being thankful doesn’t have to be during celebrations or special times like Thanksgiving or Mother’s Day. One should be thankful all year round. It should be at least every day. It doesn’t have to be only about big things in life. It can be the little things too. It can be about the people around you or the experiences that have happened.

One should practice giving thanks every day. Some people might say thanks in front of the mirror during their morning routines. Others say their thanks before bed in the form of a prayer or just saying it themselves. There are some who write them down in a daily journal. There are many other ways to show and express thankfulness, these ways aren’t the only ways. Whatever might be your preferred way to express thanks, it doesn’t have to be about big actions. The little things in life add up!

And, one more thing about giving thanks; it’s very healthy. Saying thanks every day will make your life more positive and filled with more happiness. According to the website Liberationist, a study found that regularly and deliberately recording one’s blessings improves our mental health and physical well-being.[1] Giving thanks is more than expressing words, it can improve our mental health.

Gratitude

The Battle of Thanks

For this Battle of the Songs, I choose two songs that focus on different aspects of giving thanks. One with Dido’s “Thank You” which talks about giving thanks to someone who is there for you during tough times. The other is Alanis Morisette’s “Thank U”, a song that talks about reflecting back on the self and thanking one’s adversaries to move life forward.

Who will be the victor: Dido or Alanis Morisette? Listen to both and tell me your favorite in the comments below.


Dido – “Thank You”

Can you believe this song is already 20 years old?! It just feels like it was just yesterday this song was released. This was one of the biggest hits in the early 2000s. I remember hearing it on the radio a lot. It also ranked on BBC’s “Most Annoying Pop Songs We Hate to Love” list as #57 in 2007. It is a great song but it did feel a little bit like this song was played too much.

Dido (A Battle of Thanks for this Battle of the Songs)

“Thank You” is actually based on an event in Dido’s life. She wrote this after experiencing depression and losing her house at the same time. You can see the inspiration in the music video as well. Yet, there is another inspiration: Dido’s former fiancee Bob Page. She uses her relationship with the former entertainment lawyer as a form of an inspirational message: Even though I suffer bad days, I thank you for being there for me when times are tough. Do you have that kind of person in your life? A person who will always be there when you are going through tough times?

I love Dido’s music as No Angel and Life for Rent were my favorite albums when I was younger. Her voice is very therapeutical and her lyrics are very inspiring. I remember listening to “Slide”, “White Flag”, and “Life for Rent” on my favorite show Smallville.


Alanis Morissette – “Thank U”

Note: Even though it is blurred, Alanis does appear naked in this music video.

Alanis Morissette is another singer from my childhood. “Thank U” was another song that got a lot of airplay in the late 90s and early 2000s. Yet, I didn’t know about the history of “Thank You” before I research the song for this post. The song basically “documents the singer’s spiritual awakenings, resultant from her trip to India, as well as other physical and internal journeys.[1].

Alanis Morisette (A Battle of Thanks for this Battle of the Songs)

The theme of “Thank U” is all about thanking life’s lessons and the bad times we have experienced. Because without troubles, how can life possibly move forward? Have you had hard times that taught you a lesson?

The song is a mid-tempo rock song that has a piano introduction and a prominent drum beat. The best thing about this song is Alanis’ strong vocals. I always love her vocals as they are powerful and talented. She can go from having soft, low notes in the verses to reaching top notes, like the ones found around the two-minute mark, instantly. And, with no errors too. Alanis also has a pretty vibrato, especially during the first verse.


Who Will It Be?

Now it is your turn to vote! Who will be the victor? Tell me in the comments below! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

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The Results of the Last Battle of the Songs

Before you leave, check out the results of the last Battle of the Songs: “Inside the Black Mirror: Nine Inch Nails vs. Ashley O”.

The winner is…

Ashley O!

Here are the results, for anyone who is curious:

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References

[1] Why You Should Celebrate Thanksgiving Every Day … https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-adaptive-mind/201811/why-you-should-celebrate-thanksgiving-every-day.

[2] Jonas, Liana. AllMusic, https://www.allmusic.com/song/thank-u-mt0000415140.

This Post Has 56 Comments

  1. Both songs have sentimental value for me, I would never be able to choose which one I prefer!

  2. It all about Alanis for me. Being that she and I are Canadian, I will support her in anything she does.

  3. I’m certainlly going to have to listen to these. I am all for upbeat music that can help make you feel better if you need it.

  4. For me, the winner of this battle is Dido. I love her voice, through which you can feel the passion she sings every song with.

  5. One of my favorite gratitude songs is by Lecrae titled “Blessings”. It helps me to remain grateful and always lifts my mood.

  6. These are both such great songs! I’m not sure which one I prefer. They both are equally good.

  7. I like both songs, but I think I have to go with Alanis. You’re right, though, both singers make me think of growing up and my middle school days when they were popular!

  8. I would vote for Alanis, I love her voice. There are times in life that I have gone through tough times that taught me to be thankful for everything.

  9. I love this! Ah, I don’t know which one I like more but I feel like I am leaning toward Dido… I just love her voice!

  10. I wonder why she was naked in the last video. It was a nice song though

    1. Good question. Here is Alanis’s answer in a Rolling Stone article promoting the album in 1998:

      “I thought of it when I was in the shower, while we were still mastering the record. I was naked, obviously, and I wanted something very raw and present because that’s what the song is. And the last couple of years, the way I feel about my body has changed so that I don’t see it as just an ornament, partly because of the triathlon training. Now, who I inside determine how I feel about my body instead of the other way around. Because I had been at both extremes: seeing my body as just an aesthetic presence and then going to the opposite extreme and wearing overalls for two years. Now I’m somewhere in the middle.”

  11. I am gonna have to go with Alanis Morrisette on this one. Both songs are good but I prefer hers.

  12. Gotta go for DIDO. She should win this easily.

  13. Great post! I believe that both songs are beautiful. Never heard them beautiful, but they are definitely meaningful. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I would have to vote for Dido! Thanks for putting this together. Gratitude is so necessary but so rarely seen.

  15. Thank U is a nice song, but how can you respect Alanis? She got naked to promote the video!

    1. So? What does that have to do with respecting someone? A woman’s body is a natural thing. Who gives you the right to judge?

    2. What Alanis did in her video is her own creative process. Some people might not like but you have to respect her creativity. Remember, “Thank U” is about being humble and thankful for the little things in life: good and bad. She spent some time in India, reflecting back at her life and looking at herself on a spiritual level. That is really bare. Which, the song is: it is a bare electronica rock with really powerful lyrics.

      Also, here is Alanis’ response on why she was naked from a Rolly Stones article in 1998:

      “I thought of it when I was in the shower, while we were still mastering the record. I was naked, obviously, and I wanted something very raw and present, because that’s what the song is. And the last couple of years, the way I feel about my body has changed so that I don’t see it as just an ornament, partly because of the triathlon training. Now who I am inside determines how I feel about my body instead of the other way around. Because I had been at both extremes: seeing my body as just an aesthetic presence and then going to the opposite extreme and wearing overalls for two years. Now I’m somewhere in the middle.”

  16. Oh, these songs are amazing. I haven’t heard them in such a long time!

  17. I vote for Dido! You should find a reason to be thankful every day. If you take stock of the small things, we all have a lot to be thankful for.

  18. Amazing songs, I agree with you, we should be thankful every day and not on occasions.

  19. Alanis has my vote! I absolutely love all of her music. Dino’s song is also nice though, so it was a hard choice!

  20. What a nice song and a great bring back memory. So nice to hear favorites songs.

  21. I’m a 100% Alanis fan. Grew up singing her songs! And yes, amen to practicing gratitude everyday. We definitely shouldn’t need special occasions to remind us.

  22. These are all great songs!

  23. i will have to check out these. songs tanks for sharing

  24. Oh, dear, I can’t choose! Unlike many of your battles, I know AND LIKE both of these songs too much, even before you wrote this post about them! Great face-off!

  25. Wooow both these songs have so much meaning and also so nice.. I couldnt even choose which is my favourite,

  26. They are both great songs but I grew up listening to Thank You by Dido back when it was with Eminem.

  27. I am not really familiar with either of these songs or the performers so it would be unfair for me to choose. It is important to be grateful for the things in our life, the blessings each day and the people in our lives.

  28. I’m not much of a music fan, but both are pretty good songs.

  29. I love Alanis, so you would have my vote. She has an amazing voice. Thanks for sharing this.

  30. I love both of these songs, but Dido would win my battle. Both are perfect songs for this month.

    1. Is Dido still perform nowadays? Back then, she is my favorite singer and performer. Wishing for a comeback.

  31. Nice songs. I always have a hard time choosing!

  32. I love both of these songs and artists. I think Dido would have to be the winner here. Her voice is so soothing and the song feels more moving.

  33. Gratitude goes a long way towards a happy life. 🙂 Even though I’m Canadian, I have to admit, I’ve never liked Alanis’ voice. Too harsh! Dido sounds much more pleasant to my ears and I like the song better, too. Please give my vote to her.

  34. Ah – Dido forever! I haven’t thought about her song Thank you for years – will listen to it right now! Oh, and: thank you – for this post 😉

  35. I love both songs. I have not heard Dido in ages. I use to listen to her back in the day.

  36. I have never heard these songs. However now I love them both and can’t choose. Great songs.

  37. I have always enjoyed both singers as they are truly talented. For this post’s inquiry as to who I prefer with regards to gratitude, I would have to give Dido. I’ve always loved that song!

  38. I have to say, Alanis all the way! Showing gratitude is so hard for some…and easily shown by others.. but, its the best act you can do for another!

  39. Both songs are awesome, its really going to be difficult choosing because both of them have an amazing voice, i didnt know i was going to enjoy the song as much as i did.. but if i must.. My vote will be going to Alanis Morisette

  40. I remember when my daughters used to listen to both of these artists. I always enjoyed their music too. Both songs are nice, but my favorite is Dido.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  41. Oooo these are two stellar songs!!! Hard to choose which is better! I love them both

  42. AMY, I had never heard either of these songs before, so radio overkill did not play any part in my decision-making process. And I really liked the DIDO recording, while the Alanis Morissette song I actually found somewhat annoying in places. An easy vote from me for DIDO!

    ~ Stephen
    DogGtor of Alcohology &
    King of Inebriation Nation

  43. I absolutely adore Dido! One of my favs for sure

  44. Dido hands down! Her voice is so angelic & easy on the ears.

  45. Both of these songs are amazing, but i have to chose Dido! she’s my favorite !

  46. Love the battle! both of the two artists are very talented with beautiful voice, I’ll definitely go for Alanis Morissette, I don’t know why, but she’s just melt my heart. Sorry Dido, this one is for Alanis.

  47. Oh, that song!! ” Thank You” I was a top fan of Dido during my high school days…..I am so glad that you brought back this song. Thank u for the share.

  48. Every time I come to this site, I learn new songs 🙂

  49. Yes, being thankful doesn’t have to be during celebrations or special times like Thanksgiving

  50. Both songs are great but I prefer ” Thank You” by Dido.

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