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October 11, 2014 10:20 am

Fall is the dark horse season no one expected to catch on, especially given the popularity of summer’s beaches, winter’s holidays, and spring’s cute umbrellas. But in the past few years, fall has made a name for itself with the help of a little spiced beverage people wait the whole year to sip. So zip up your hoodie, find a patch to pumpkin-pick, and let this playlist be the soundtrack to your cozy fall days.

For Sweater Weather:

There’s a chill in the air and a mid-’90s groove in your heart. Both these songs embody the spirit of sweaters, a staple to any fall wardrobe worth their weight in layers.

Lovefool by The Cardigans

Undone (The Sweater Song) by Weezer


For Halloween:

Married couple Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore have both sung about Halloween stuff. It’s spooky and kooky and absolutely ooky.

Halloweenhead by Ryan Adams

Candy by Mandy Moore


For Pumpkin Picking:

Fall is the season for trolling pumpkin patches and pointing out which ones look like exes. You’ll need these songs to guide you in finding your perfect carving canvas.

Tonight, Tonight by The Smashing Pumpkins

Pump(kin) Up The Jam by Technotronic

For Foliage:

At no other time of year can you look up at the trees and feel like you’re being cloaked in Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Foliage is nature’s greatest filter. These colorful songs are all about embracing the vibrant parts of your life.

 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes by Elvis Costello

Amber by 311

 Mellow Yellow by Donovan

True Colors by Cyndi Lauper

For (pumpkin) Spice:

Fall and PSLs go together like scarves and infinity. If you want a truly spicy experience you can sip while baking a pie in a flannel, listen to these songs.

Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young

Say You’ll Be There by Spice Girls

Ali Kelley is a freelance writer living in Chicago. She reviews comedy and live lit events for the Chicagoist. You can find her talking about ’90s pop culture, teen angst and absurdist humor on her blog Sleepoverz.

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