Your ultimate all-things-fall playlist
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
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
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.