For your information, we are so ready for fall. Seriously, what’s not to like? We have a breathtaking view of the colorful leavesa chance to go pumpkin picking at our local party and ultimately change our bathing suits for cozy sweaters. So whether you map the perfect fall date or gather your family and friends around a bonfire, we’ve got you covered with a playlist that will give you all the feelings of fall. From Earth, Wind & Fire to Ed Sheeran, here are 18 of the best fall songs to get you ready for the season.
1. “Autumn Leaves” by Nat King Cole (1955)
This track, originally sung in French, has been covered countless times (by icons like Bing Crosby, Doris Day and Frank Sinatra, to name a few). But it’s Nat King Cole’s cover that makes us dance by the fire.
2. “Autumn in New York” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (1956)
With lyrics like “Autumn in New York, rooftops sparkling as the sun goes down.” Fall in New York lifts your spirits when you’re disappointed…” you can’t help but book a trip to the Big Apple if you do not have lived the fall season there. Plus, with vocals from Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong and jazzy beats, this track is an essential part of any playlist.
3. “Autumn Serenade” by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (1963)
Nothing says love for fall quite like this 60s cover. The vocals mixed with the saxophone solo make this a piece to listen to with a nice cup of hot apple cider in your hands.
4. “Autumn Almanac” by The Kinks (1967)
This rock classic transports you to the UK in autumn. With lyrics like “I like my football on Saturday, roast beef on Sunday, okay. I’m going to Blackpool for my holidays, I sit in the sun”, it’s easy to see why singer Ray Davies was inspired of his London neighborhood. .
5. “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire (1978)
OK, nothing reminds us of September like this classic bop. It’ll have you on your feet at any fall function (and we sure hope you’re celebrating really hard if it’s the 21st of the month).
6. “Autumn Forever” by Justin Hayward (1978)
With lyrics like “Through the golden robe of autumn we used to wend our way, you always love this time of year. These dead leaves are undisturbed now…”, this 1978 hit will take you on a roller coaster of emotions about the memory of an old love.
7. “Autumn Ain’t So Cold” by Lorrie Morgan (1991)
Heartbreak has nothing on Lorrie Morgan. If you’ve recently been going through a breakup, let Morgan’s voice give you a sense of clarity and hope during the season with lyrics like “I thought I’d quit living, without you here to hold on.” But I’m not so lonely and the fall is not cold.
8. “When Autumn Comes to New England” by Cheryl Wheeler (1993)
We don’t know about you, but every fall we seriously yearn for a trip to New England. This 1993 track paints the perfect picture of fall with colorful leaves, blustery weather and wildlife.
9. Yo La Tengo’s “Autumn Sweater” (1997)
OK, this bop is less on the season. However, remembering your love’s fall sweater has to count, right?
10. “Wake Me When September Ends” by Green Day (2004)
Although this song is based on sadness and grief, it is still a song we play to whenever September rolls around. (And if you’re planning on watching the music video, we hope you have some tissues handy.)
11. “Harvest Time” by Luke Bryan (2011)
Nothing says fall like spending time outdoors under the red moon. Luke Bryan channels fall in a small farming town we can’t wait to visit one day.
12. “Autumn Leaves” by Ed Sheeran (2011)
Grab a blanket, a good fall book and listen to the sweet tones of Ed Sheeran. Let him sing (while the acoustic guitar plays in the background) as he talks about a special someone from his past.
13. “September” By Corb Lund (2012)
If you need another reason to love September, here’s this country track for proof. Corb Lund does a great job of convincing us that the start of the season is worth enjoying.
14. “Weather Sweater” by The Neighborhood (2013)
The independent piece that drives us to seek our most comfortable sweater. We also can’t forget to use this song title to caption all of our Fall 2013 Instagrams. Let’s be honest: this song screams fall, love, and enjoying the weather with a cute sweater.
15. “City Fall Leaves” by Iron & Wine (2018)
We’ve found the perfect song to play on your next camping trip. It will also help you appreciate the changing nature a little more in the fall.
16. “We fell in love in October” by Girl In Red (2018)
Looks like your date just got a lot more romantic. This indie-rock song is about falling in love with someone and how confession has sparked greater appreciation for the season.
17. “Just Like the Fall” by Tuesday Crew, Carly Bannister, Jordy Searcy (2018)
With lyrics like “Weather jacket, take my hand. Seeing October in your eyes feels like I just walked out…” comparing love to fall is probably the sweetest thing in the world.
18. “Harvest Fair” by Summer Salt (2019)
A fall date at the fair? It seems like a great idea to us. If you need a song to play your way through, pick this 2019 hit.