Switching the “Seasonal Playlist” from Summer to Autumn is always bittersweet. While I enjoy my summer songs, I am always anxious to say goodbye to the sweltering heat and welcome the crisp, cool air, drink the seasonal pumpkin spice everything, and watch the leaves change.
While summer songs are typically light, fun, and have an island feel to them, autumn music is much more somber. For me, it’s mellow, has a down-home, relaxing feel. There’s classic songs I have been listening to for years and I also like to throw some new ones into the mix each year, so here they are. Hope you enjoy!
- “Home Again” by Carole King : Songs about going home and being comforted are great fall songs. Every time I hear this song, I want to curl up at home on my couch with a hot cup of cider.
- “Country Road” by James Taylor: Something about James Taylor’s voice makes me think of fall. Songs about traveling or roads are popular too. They bring about thoughts of traveling to family for Thanksgiving among multi-colored leaves.
- “Let it Be” by The Beatles : This is one of those songs that makes me feel a little cold and a little sad, but it reminds me to just go with the flow.
- “September” by Earth, Wind, & Fir e : A fun-loving song about September. I can’t help but jam this one!
- “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young : This is always a fall classic because it talks about a harvest moon, but I like it because it’s slow and mellow.
- “Operator [That’s Not the Way it Feels]” by Jim Croce: This song has nothing to do with fall, but I always associate it with fall because I think of fall as being the season of contemplation.
- “Bad Moon Rising” – Creedence Clearwater Revival : This one is pretty self-explanatory. Who can get through pre-Halloween season without listening to this song or at least one of the remakes?
- “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel : This is one of those songs that reminds me of home, comfort, family, and friends.
- “Autumn in New York” by Frank Sinatra: I have never been to New York, but darn it, this song makes me want to go…during Autumn.
- “California Dreamin'” by The Mamas and the Papas : I swear, I used to think this song was about summer time…until I listened to the lyrics. It talks about being cold and wishing for California. Who’da thunk it?
- “Carolina in My Mind” by James Taylor : Here we go with James Taylor again! I can’t help it! This song is another one of longing and contemplation.
- “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King : Another one of those comforting songs that brings about memories of the warmth of friendship.
- “Fields of Gold” by Sting : Fields of gold? Of course this would remind me of fall.
- “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival : Rainy day songs don’t always remind me of fall, but when they do, they are by CCR.
- “It’s Too Late” by Carole King: One of those longing, somber songs…
- “October Road” by James Taylor : songs about October…and roads…are awesome for fall.
- “October” by U2 : This song is more in the instrumental side and very somber. Perfect for a chilly October day.
- “True Colors” by Cindy Lauper : I never thought of this song as being a fall song until someone made a point that it reminded them of the leaves changing in the fall. I definitely like it!
Hear the songs here!
- “Autumn Leaves” by Ed Sheeran : Ed Sheeran does a really good job writing mellow and somber music that is upbeat enough to keep us off the ledge. Perfect for fall!
- “October” by Jonas Alaska : This song is surprisingly upbeat for a song about someone dying.
- “Come Rain or Come Shine” by David Francey : This is a very sweet little love song that always reminds me of fall.
- “The Leaves Will Change” by Take Cover: This is another little love song about changes and such, but it does talk about leaves changing…FALL!
- “September” by Daughtry: This song is sad, but contemplative as well.
- “Dance in the Graveyards” by Delta Rae: There are many songs about a lot of different topics, but very few are about graveyards. Who can resist adding this to their fall playlist? Not me.
- “Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day: Sometimes after summer we just want to curl into the fetal position and wait for spring.
- “Autumnsong” by Manic Street Preachers: This is one of the very few upbeat and excited songs about fall.
- “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson: Offering sweaters when someone is chilly is very appropriate fall weather – as any man dating a woman that gets cold easily will tell you.
- “Golden” by Lady Antebellum: This song isn’t so much “fall” related, but another song that reminds me of family and just how much we love them.
- “Home” by Micael Buble or Blake Shelton: Fall always makes us want to go home.
- “I Shall Believe” by Sheryl Crow: Sometimes fall makes seasonal depression start.
- “Lullaby” by the Dixie Chicks: The sweet, simple harmonies are perfect in this song.
- “Bottom of the River” by Delta Rae: I associate this song with fall because the video is creepy and reminds me of Halloween.
- “This Years Love” by David Gray: Simple piano music is perfect on a fall day.
- “Change the World” by Eric Clapton: Eric Clapton’s voice and guitar remind me of driving through the country, which reminds me of fall.
Hear the songs here!
If I’ve missed any, let me know! Hope these songs gave you some ideas for your own fall playlist!