If there’s one thing that’s certain in life, it’s that cooking Thanksgiving dinner tortures you for hours with delicious smells.
Sure, eventually you and your family will all sit down and stuff yourselves into food comas, lying all over the living room like you just drank a magnum—when all you did was graze on apps for hours, then eat both drumsticks, two plates of sides, and one piece of each dessert.
Balancing a big group of people and perfectly timing a turkey is rough—but it doesn’t have to be. This year, consider trying a Spotify Time for Turkey Playlist to keep your guests and your turkey in check.
Just move the slider to your turkey’s weight, then choose whether you’re cooking it stuffed or unstuffed. Spotify used the USDA’s turkey roasting timetable to create playlists for each selectable genre based on recommended turkey cooking times at 325F.
Since Thanksgiving traditionally gathers a lot of people who don’t necessarily listen to the same music under one roof, most of these playlists reflect that. Your choices are: Americana, Feeling Thankful (which does include Jay Z’s “Thank You (Amended)” and Drake’s “Thank Me Now”), Club Kitchen, Freshly Baked, and Golden Oldies.
Spotify recommends that these playlists are “best enjoyed without shuffle”—probably because at the end of each of them, a little old-school timer bell dings to let you know to check whether your turkey’s done.
The good news: all Spotify listeners can access these playlists, whether your subscription is free or paid.
But there’s some bad news, too: if you use the mobile app and you’re a free subscriber, you can only listen to these playlists on shuffle.
So if you want to play any of them straight through and have that turkey timer ding at the end, as intended—you’d better use the Spotify web player and hook up that laptop to your speakers.
If you do go the Spotify playlist route, make sure you back it up with a thermometer.
According to the USDA, safe internal stuffing temperature should be 165F. You should also be sure the turkey is 165F at the thighs, wings, and breasts.
For safest results, the USDA recommends that you whip out that thermometer even if your turkey has a pop-up temperature indicator.