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5 Songs to Stream this fall

A new season means new music

The arrival of autumn marks the time to switch out the camis for cardigans, iced lemonades for pumpkin spice lattes, and the energized songs of summer for the softer, more solemn songs of fall. This season happens to be my favorite for music. If you’re also in love with fall songs, or just in need of recommendations, here are five songs to add to your next playlist.

5. “Apple Cider” by beabadoobee

Though I love a warm beverage, I happen to believe this song is just a bit better. It’s a fun song that encompasses the moment you realize that you’ve developed feelings for someone. I didn’t discover beabadoobee’s music until earlier this year, and I’m really enjoying my venture through her discography. If you still haven’t given her a listen, this song is a great place to start.

4. “We fell in love in october” by girl in red

If you’re anything like me, you love the thought of falling in love in the fall, which is why this song about starting a romance in October is perfect to stream throughout the season. This song is girl in red’s most popular for good reason. The lyrics are catchy, and the music is infectious. It’s a wonderful listen for more than just those who fell in love in October.

3. “1980s Horror Film” by Wallows

If you think horror films are one of the best parts of fall, perhaps you’ll find this song just as intriguing! It recounts a story about having your feelings not reciprocated by a friend, and there’s a bit of a plot twist at the end. If you’re looking for a more upbeat version of this song, check out “1980s Horror Film ll.” Both versions are lovely, and I go back and forth on which one I prefer.

2. “Pumpkin” by The Regrettes

You can’t talk about fall without talking about pumpkins, so of course, I had to recommend a song with pumpkins in the title. If you haven’t heard of The Regrettes, you’re missing out on the excellent vocals of Lydia Night. This love song makes a few movie references, including “The Notebook” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” It may have been released as a single for Valentine’s Day, but I believe that it’s a perfect song to listen to on an autumn afternoon.

1. “Halloween” by Phoebe Bridgers

I might be a bit biased because I believe that Phoebe Bridgers is one of the most incredible songwriters of her generation, but a fall playlist is not complete without the addition of this track from her sophomore album, Punisher. If the title isn’t convincing enough, an ethereal production and the somber lyrics about a dead relationship that can’t even pretend to be perfect for one night work together to create a sound that just feels like a fall evening.

As much as I love to blast upbeat party songs with the windows rolled down on hot summer afternoons, or sit in front of a fire with Christmas carols playing in the winter, there is something so wonderful about the earnest songs of autumn. There are so many songs to choose from, but this list includes five of my favorites. If you might enjoy any of these, make sure to add them to your streaming libraries and listen all through fall!

Sydney Gray

Wisconsin '25

Hey, I’m Sydney! I’m a current sophomore at UW-Madison. I love reading, iced coffee, and making playlists on Spotify.