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A Simple Fall Playlist

Jillian Morabito |
October 15, 2014 | 3:44 p.m. PDT

Music Editor

Football, leaves, scarves, “Halloweentown” reruns—who doesn’t love fall? 

Though there are many tunes to listen to in the summer, winter and even spring, fall is a drastically underrated season. It’s laidback, easygoing and should be filled with tunes that move at a slower pace. As the temperature (slightly) dips and you bust out your basic knit sweater, you’ll inevitably need something to listen to, which is where this playlist comes in. 

Though not every song is exactly brand new, these tracks will go hand-in-hand with your pumpkin spice latte. 

“Think Of You” by A Fine Frenzy

Perhaps it is the warm colors on the album or the mention of “green initials on the towels,” but we love the adorable simplicity of this song. In fact, any Fine Frenzy ballad is quintessential for a fall playlist. 

Level of “fall”: A Dallas Cowboys Monday night football game

“Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac

There’s nothing better than a song about how the reflection of life can be mirrored in the changing of the seasons outside. And yes, it must be the Fleetwood Mac version of the song. Upon pressing play of the Dixie Chicks’ version, a spell may be cast over you (never doubt Stevie).

Level of “fall”: Playing in a pile of orange, crunchy leaves

“We’re Going To Be Friends” by White Stripes

First off, the lyrics mention fall so it’s basically essential. Also, who is this Suzy Lee girl? Hmm, maybe she’ll be mentioned in a Jack White rant soon.  

Level of “fall”: Noticing you suddenly have a severe craving for a juicy red apple

“Mess Is Mine” by Vance Joy
Nothing says, “summer is over” like ordering a hot chai tea latte and whipping out a woven blanket. Joy’s music accompanies this action quite well. 
Level of “fall”: wearing an infinity scarf
“Cherry Wine” by Hozier
Hozier’s voice sounds is warm, cozy and sounds like an apple spice scented candle. Thus, it goes perfectly with fall activities. 
Level of “fall”:  buying pumpkin and vanilla scented candles from Bed, Bath and Body Works 
“Left Hand Free” by alt-J
With a bluesy, soulful voice and jazzy beats, this song is definitely a must for dinner parties you’re bound to throw this fall. Okay, so it also sounds straight out of an iPhone commercial but that's pretty "fall" too, right? 
Level of “fall”:  wishing bobbing for apples was actually a thing
“Talkin’ Bout A Revolution” by Tracy Chapman 
There is perhaps nothing better than Chapman’s pure honesty in her lyrics. Similarly, this song not only mirrors the revolution that went on 30 years ago, but also events happening right now. This has absolutely nothing to do with fall except for Chapman’s urge for change is reflected in the temperatures and nature around us. So deep. 
Level of “fall”:  Black Friday shopping 
“These Are Days” by 10,000 Maniacs
Something about the season of fall gives you a warm feeling inside. Similarly, these lyrics also give you that same, cozy feeling. 
Level of “fall”:  using the word “autumn” instead of “fall.”
“Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison
A song to sing while biking through endless roads cluttered with crispy leaves. Maybe we just think that because it’s basically the album cover.  
Level of “fall”: wearing oversized sweaters and leggings
“Rebellion” by Arcade Fire
Because nothing says “lies” like trying to understand why it’s dark at 5 p.m.
Level of “fall”: being excited to turn your clock forward
“Sex & Candy” by Marcy Playground
Perhaps it is the laidback drawl in the song or the subtly darker lyrics, but this song is appropriate for a fall playlist. 
Level of “fall”: buying discounted Halloween candy on Nov. 1
“Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
As much as everyone loves to hate country, no one can deny this cheesy song is hilariously endearing. It also sounds like it should be played in a movie set in Vermont, with changing leaves and troubled hearts. Nicholas Sparks, take note. 
Level of “fall”: posting a Thanksgiving Instagram about how thankful you are for your dog, family, friends, significant other, food, etc.
"You Are The Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne
After all, his voice does sound like warm apple pie. 
Level of “fall”: going apple picking 
“Pursuit of Happiness” by Lissie
Let’s be real. The Kid Cudi version is sooo summer. This stripped-down version oozes fall. 
Level of “fall”: realizing Christmas is just weeks away
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