11 Songs That Give Us Autumn Vibes
It’s common to hear about the perfect summer songs or even the perfect holiday songs, but what about the perfect autumn songs? There are plenty of great songs that touch on the beauties of fall or just simply sound like they should be played on a fall afternoon. We have compiled a list of 11 songs that give off those fall vibes and are great additions to your fall playlist!
- “All Too Well” by Taylor Swift
Often hailed by critics and fans as Taylor Swift’s best song to date, “All Too Well” sees Swift jumping back and forth between the best and worst memories of the relationship, lacing it with autumn imagery such as autumn leaves, cold air, plaid t-shirts and the infamous scarf. It’s also worth mentioning that in the secret messages Swift used to hide in her album liner notes, “All Too Well’s” reads MAPLE LATTES. A sly hint about the times her and ex Jake Gylenhall used to drink them together while on walks through the Big Apple. Not sure what gets more fall-like than that!
Lyric That Gives Us The Autumn Feels: “Autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place and I can picture it after all these days”
- “Autumn in New York” by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
This gorgeous track by these two jazz legends was originally composed by Vernon Duke for the broadway musical “Thumbs Up!” that debuted back in 1934. While this song is definitely an oldie, it is certainly timeless. With lines like “Dreamers with empty hands, may sigh for exotic lands; it’s autumn in New York; it’s good to live it again” you can feel what feels like the ending of dreams but are reminded in New York, just as some dreams are destroyed others are created to take their place!
Lyric That Gives Us The Autumn Feels: “Lovers that bless the dark, on benches in Central Park, greet autumn in New York; it’s good to live it again”
- “November Rain” by Guns’ N Roses
There are a lot of wonderful break-up songs about autumn and we are adding yet another to our list! “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses is a nine-minute ballad about a story of lost love in autumn. Fun fact, the lyrics of this heartbreak tale were inspired by a short story called “Without You” by author Del James.
Lyric That Gives Us The Autumn Feels: “We both know hearts can change and it’s hard to hold a candle in the cold November rain”
- “Pale September” by Fiona Apple
“Pale September” is a cut from Fiona Apple’s acclaimed album Tidal that was released in 1998. The song traces Apple’s feelings of loss, acceptance and hope and continuously compares the feelings to time and various seasons of the year, with fall being the prominent one. She sings about how after the summer was over, the embers that kept the relationship alive died out. The song then transforms into a beautiful love song for another person and showcases Apple’s vulnerable songwriting that we love!
Lyric That Gives Us The Autumn Feels: “The autumn days swung soft around me like cotton on my skin, but as the embers of the summer lost their breath and disappeared, my heart went cold and only hollow rhythms resounded from within”
- “Yellow” by Coldplay
One of the things fall is most known for is its bright and brilliant colors like, as you probably guessed… yellow. “Yellow” is the second single off of Coldplay’s debut album Parachutes. The track has become a staple of their career and they still to this day play it at their live shows. The song compares the feeling of love to something that is bright, daring, devoted and hopeful.
Lyric That Gives Us The Autumn Feels: “I wrote a song for you and all the things you do, and it was called “Yellow””
- “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane
Feel the need to escape to someplace you love? Even if you can’t physically go there at this moment, this song by the English rock band Keane will definitely mentally bring it to the front of your mind. This track is an ode to the places that make you feel safe and loved. It is nearly impossible not for a place to come to mind when listening to this song.
Lyric That Gives Us The Autumn Feels: “I came across a fallen tree, I felt the branches of it looking at me, Is this the place we used to love? Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of?”
- “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day
This iconic song from Green Day’s hit album American Idiot is the only song on the album that isn’t part of the record’s story arc. “Wake Me Up When September Ends” was written after the passing of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s father. The song reflects on the loss of summer and youth as the start of fall begins, which makes it a perfect fall song to add to this list!
Lyric That Gives Us The Autumn Feels: “Summer has come and passed, the innocent can never last, wake me up when September ends”
- “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire
“September” is definitely one of the happiest songs on this list as this Earth, Wind, and Fire classic revisits the feelings of intense happiness and love the singer has in a relationship and how the season of fall brought a love that would last through the rest of the seasons of the singer’s life. It’s hard not to smile when listening to this song on our list!
Lyric That Gives Us The Autumn Feels: “Do you remember the 21st night of September? Love was changin’ the minds of pretenders”
- “Autumn Town Leaves” by Iron & Wine
“Autumn Town Leaves” is a song by singer-songwriter band Iron & Wine about the struggle to keep love alive during the hard seasons and also gently reminds the listener that things that are meant to be will be. This track is dosed with beautiful nature scenery with the sound of warm emotions and feelings. One of the most beautiful things about this song is it’s stripped back production, making it perfect to listen to on any fall afternoon or evening.
Lyric That Gives Us The Autumn Feels: “In this autumn town where the leaves can fall on either side of the garden wall, we laugh all night to keep the embers glowing”
- “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
Written as a love song to his wife, “Harvest Moon” is a gorgeous song about love and dedication and has backing vocals from the one and only Linda Ronstadt! This song has been covered by a variety of different artists and has been played in the background of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” the movie “Eat Pray Love,” and the hit thriller film “A Quiet Place.” Notably, in all three movie/television scenes it was used in, it was always used when a couple was dancing reinforcing its intended meaning!
Lyric That Gives Us The Autumn Feels: “I want to see you dance again because I’m still in love with you on this harvest moon”
- “Autumn Serenade” by John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
The legendary saxophonist teamed up with singer Johnny Hartman to give us one of the saddest – and sweetest – anthems about autumn to date! The song sings about a love that was lost but that the singer always remembers when the leaves begin to fall. One listen to this song and you will understand why it made our list.
Lyric That Gives Us The Autumn Feels: “Autumn kisses we knew are beautiful souvenirs, as I pause to recall the leaves seem to fall like tears”