My October Playlist

Playlists are usually released during the summer months, maybe because we spend more time celebrating with our friends during the summer and fire playlists are in demand. Also, most new music is released during the summer, so there’s plenty of songs to source a summer playlist from.


But as we settle into October, maybe your music needs an update. If so, here are some song suggestions in a range of styles, both old and new.


  • You Don’t Know What’s Going On by Nickel Creek

Many people think that country is the music of summer, but country music thrives in fall. Nickel Creek is more bluegrass than country, but its homey Americana sound is great for this time of year. The fiddle and mandolin work together for a toe-tapping beat that has you on the edge of your seat.


  • The Distance by Cake

Need some confidence before a big presentation? Try The Distance for some inspiration. The spoken style gives extra emphasis to the rhythm of the words, making it extra catchy, and the chorus will have you ready for any challenge. I half believe I could win the Daytona 500 if this was playing.


  • Way it Goes by Hippo Campus

Way it Goes captures the lazy Sunday afternoon feeling you get when you’re considering quitting school and traveling the world. Tempting as that might be, this song should be a suitable replacement to your wanderlust!


  • Sober Up by AJR

Besides their most famous song Weak, I hadn’t heard of AJR.  They remind me of Jon Bellion, with the incorporation of artwork and nostalgic reflection. Sober Up is one of my favorites from them, especially the use of violin and tambourine. Give it a listen if you like indie pop or need inspiration for an Instagram caption.


  • Crazier by Taylor Swift

This song has been out for a while; you may remember it from Hannah Montana: The Movie. Taylor Swift sings this at the barn dance while Miley and Travis dance. Not only did this song make that scene five times more romantic, it’s also got the kind of sweet, slow melody that stays with you long after you’ve stopped listening.


  • Talk Too Much by COIN

This song is a whole vibe. The drum and guitar breakdowns, the echoes, the intro - everything about it screams at you to dance around like a goof with your friends. It truly belongs in a movie montage (just look at how well it works in the music video).


  • Jealous by Labrinth

Ed Sheeran works with this guy. He’s got major chops and his star is on the rise. Jealous itself is a moody, reflective, wishful look at love - so simply sung and performed that the raw emotion just pours through. If you’re going through a break-up or just need to freshen up your sad songs playlist, Jealous is definitely worth a look.


  • Grove St. Party by Waka Flocka Flame

Here at UK, they play this song in the stadium for the fans. People go crazy for good reason - Party makes you want to dance! Maybe this is the song you need to let loose and have some fun!


Hopefully these songs will get you out of your midterm slump and up and moving! If you don’t like any of them, keep exploring to find something you like - expressing yourself through music is just as important as the music itself.