Autumn is all about rebirth. You cycle out your wardrobe, swap out your sandals for boots. For many, you head back to school, immersing yourself in new opportunities and knowledge. The air changes, and so should your music. Even the leaves are telling us it’s time for something new. So whether you are walking around campus this autumn or sipping on a Pumpkin Spice Latte at home, we have curated the 10 songs you need on your autumn playlist this year.
This 2018 single “We Fell in Love in October” by Marie Ulven Ringheim, publicly known as indie-pop singer girl in red, is the perfect song to kick off your Autumn playlist. Her honest lyrics are paired with a killer rhythm that you can’t help but nod along to. If this song doesn’t make you want to take a walk in the chilly air and watch the leaves fall, we don’t know what will.
You might be more familiar with the American rock band, Dr. Dog than you think. This five-piece group has been making music together since 2003, perfecting their sound as a band and discovering exactly what type of music they love to make. If you watched season two of Netflix’s Outer Banks you would have heard “Where’d All the Time Go?” playing as the group drives across a bridge in Charleston, North Carolina. Not only did it capture the scene perfectly, but we instantly found ourselves adding it to our own playlists. It’s a song about reflection and change, everything that Autumn stands for.
Maybe it’s the soothing tone of Lizzy McAlpine’s voice combined with the strumming of the guitar or maybe it’s the fact that actual apple pie reminds us of all things Autumn, but you have got to check this out. “Apple Pie” is featured on Lizzy’s Give Me a Minute album that was released back in 2020. It reminds us of soft days spent outside or baking in the kitchen, two of our favorite autumn activities. Her entire discography encapsulates what peace is, even if the lyrics don’t exactly match up. This is something so many try, but few can get right.
While “All Too Well” might be the staple to “sad girl fall” (the moody, dramatic sister to hot girl summer), “Begin Again” captures exactly what it feels like when the seasons start to change. Taylor Swift paints a picture of finally finding someone who sees all the good inside of you even if “he never did.” As the song progresses, you realize that nothing is finite. Everything eventually begins again.
Donovan Woods is a folk and country artist based in Ontario, Canada. This song feels like a warm drink on a cold day. It is simple in a way that only makes it more interesting. The lyrics tell a story of leaving someone now to spare a heartbreak later on. It’s about new beginnings and taking different paths. A story we’re sure everyone can all relate to in one way or another.
“Too Young to Burn” might be the oldest song on this list, but that doesn’t mean it falls short in any way. In this song, Sonny & the Sunsets create a feeling that perfectly represents the melancholy feeling of being too old, but too young at the same time. It combines the idea that you have the whole world waiting for you and the feeling that it is too late to see it.
Would this even count as an autumn playlist if Sweater Weather wasn’t included? This smash hit by The Neighbourhood was released in 2013 and has since become a staple song for the colder months. It is about love, longing and starting a journey with someone new. Or just a reminder that it’s time to dig those sweaters out of your wardrobe.
Ryn Weaver’s music became popular on social media earlier this year. You may know her 2015 hit “Pierre” from TikTok, but “Here is Home” is just as good. This indie alternative song from the same album is about finally finding and coming home. Her vocals provide an almost eerie feeling to a hopeful song.
Singer-songwriter Wyatt Pike was on American Idol this past season before exiting the show due to personal reasons. After his time on Idol he released “Diana” as a single. This heartbreak anthem is about finding yourself again after a breakup. Wyatt writes about the all too familiar struggle of not being able to talk to that one person who at some point took up so much space in your life.
What a perfect song to end on. “Autumn Leaves” by Ed Sheeran is a classic that just has to be on your playlist. The tempo of this song emulates the slow falling colorful leaves from a tree. You are swept into a story about the inevitable ending of all things as his voice softly plays.
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