Whether you’re planning to go camping and set up a bonfire with friends or take your new crush out for an indoor date, we’ve got you covered with some of the best autumn/fall tunes.
So sit back, cuddle up with a loved one and be ready to get lost in these beautifully sad but captivating songs about the fall!
1. Autumn’s Not That Cold – Lorrie Morgan.
If you’re going through a heartbreak, this is a song to bring you clarity and hope.
In this 1st track from her 2nd album -Something In Red, Lorrie shows us how to remain strong during trying times.
The country singer sings, “I thought I’d stop living without you here to hold. But I’m not that lonesome, and autumn’s not that cold.”
2. September – Corb Lund
In a contemplative song about life during fall in New York, Corb Lund asks his lover to stay with him till the end of September.
The nights are getting cold, and the singer-songwriter has done his fair share of starving.
“Well, I can picture how you’re livin’
In a tiny fourth-floor flat
Well, there are times that a thousand acres in the Rocky Mountains
Can’t compete with that.”
In this track that shows loneliness and sorrow, the Canadian country singer begins to accept and enjoy his state of being.
3. Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood
“Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood first got recognition through TikTok. This Indie tune took on a new meaning on social media platforms.
It came to be known online as a ‘Bisexual Anthem’.
Simply playing a song clip or writing the words “sweater weather” signals viewers that the video’s subject is bisexual.
As The Neighbourhood’s lead singer Jesse Rutherford explained to ABC News Radio, the lyrics to “Sweater Weather” are about intimacy — and are relatively genderless.
4. We Fell In Love In October – Girl In Red
This is another song that appreciates ‘Bisexual Love’. This Indie song describes the beauty of falling in love during fall. A love song written for her sweetheart, Girl In Red, shows the innocence involved in the early stages of romance.
The music video shows the lovers running around the trees in the forest and making love on the fallen autumn leaves on the ground. Overall, a song that describes the magical things that happen during the beautiful fall months.
5. Just Like Autumn – The Tuesday Crew, Jordy Searcy & Carly Bannister
Is there anything better than falling in love with someone at the beginning of a season? Just moving on from summer, The Tuesday Crew sings:
“Sidewalk painted color red
Leaves are taking final breaths
Something’s different; something’s new
Something’s better; I think it’s you.”
With imagery about autumn being sung about in such detail, one can’t help but imagine oneself in the middle of this song!
6. When Fall Comes To New England – Cheryl Wheeler
In this autumn anthem, Cheryl Wheeler drives us through all the beautiful things that happen to birds, animals and trees as fall begins. This fun-filled country fall song asks us to slow down the speed of our lives.
Cheryl is known as a “folk luminary’, an “unassuming folk star”, and a ‘folk diva”.
The Boston Globe appreciated her uncanny ability to have her audience laughing during one song and silently tearing up with the next!
This song can introduce you to the beautiful world of Cheryl Wheeler if you haven’t yet discovered this soulful queen of folk!
7. A Little More Sunshine – Jason Aldean
None of us can deny having felt this way at some point or the other. The summer is just about over. We can feel the fall approaching as the sun begins to dim.
The chorus to this shift from the summer song goes as: “If that sun would have just hung up in that sky just a little bit, yeah. Just a little bit longer.”
In this No.1 hit single, Jason sings that his lover wouldn’t have left his arms if he just had a little more summertime.
This song appeals to many people as it expresses our wish of wanting to hold onto summertime just a little bit longer.
8. Cold One Comin’ On – Montgomery Gentry
This country falls classic deals with a wife who loses her husband in the hospital due to sickness.
Though not singing about the fall directly, Montgomery touches on the sensitive topic of a slowly dying man and its impact on his wife.
The country singer pauses in the chorus before softly singing, “I’ve got a cold one comin’ on”. We feel the total weight of death that autumn brings with this trick.
9. Thank You For A Life – Kris Kristofferson
Rather than directly talking about fall, this song sings about the most famous holiday in fall – Thanksgiving.
The season of fall is seen as a season of nature being cold on us by throwing difficulties our way. Thanksgiving serves as a reminder for us to be grateful for the joys of life.
The singer-songwriter uses this song as an opportunity to thank life for all the love that he’s given.
10. Autumn Town Leaves – Iron And Wine
If you ever wanted to go camping with friends and wanted the perfect song to start a bonfire, then do not look further!
In a song about love and friendship, the American singer-songwriter talks about the universal nature of what different people want out of life.
Sam sings how some want love while some want gold. But I want to see you in the morning.
A beautiful song to hum on a cold autumn night as you cuddle with your beloved!
11. Unforgettable – Thomas Rhett
This fall anthem is about a guy telling the girl he loves, “I remember everything about the night I met you.
I remember what you were drinking, what you were wearing, what you smelled like, and the environment.”
The singer, Thomas Rhett, says, “A lot of the time, us guys get a bad rap for not remembering a lot of the small things.
But if you can remember details of the night you fell in love with somebody, I think a girl would like to hear that, and so that’s where the idea of the song came from.”
12. Pale September – Fiona Apple
The mesmerizing Fiona Apple starts off this ‘shift from summer’ song with a diminished chord progression, which immediately makes us feel the seasons’ shift.
The American singer-songwriter sings, “But as the embers of the summer lost their breath and disappeared. My heart went cold, and only hollow rhythms resounded from within.”
Fiona doesn’t leave any room for the warmth of summer to shine through, as this song stays sad and depressing the whole time.
13. I Fall – Brooks And Dunn
This autumn ballad takes on a unique perspective on fall. ‘I Fall’ is about a man who dreams about coming close to his new crush.
The irony of the song is that the sunlight seems to fade away every time he comes close to his beloved.
As soon as his lover enters the room, he loses confidence in himself, and he ‘falls’!
14. Graduation (Friends Forever) – Vitamin C
Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick, better known by her stage name Vitamin C sings this autumn anthem based on graduation day, which occurs during the autumn months.
The accompanying music video shows the sad parting of high school friends as they know that their lives will never be the same again.
The leaves of summer come down during autumn, and we look past at the memories of the year past.
Similarly, the whole class sang the words “Friends Forever”, which shows the excitement of passing out of school and the sadness of leaving friends behind.
15. Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
A shift from their regular hard punk rock style, Green Day gives us an iconic autumn ballad which is as sad as it is memorable.
A touching song about two lovers who promise never to leave each other but feel the summer slowly fading away.
Holding each other tightly, they wish they could be on the other side of September when the fall is over.
Afraid of what would happen during the month of gloomy September, Billy Joe sings the fan-favourite chorus “Wake Me Up When September Ends!”
16. Forever Autumn – Justin Hayward
This 1978 classic fall tune takes us on a rollercoaster of emotions as Justin describes the deep sadness of how his lover isn’t with him right here.
This autumn classic which reached No.5 on the UK singles chart in 1978, makes you want to enjoy the pain of missing a lover.
With overlapping flute melodies, the British songwriter sings how his life will forever be autumn since his lover isn’t here.
Finding a love song so profoundly connected to fall might be challenging!
17. Colder Weather – Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown sings about the cold weather has created distance between him and his lover in this classic country tune.
Since the writer is born with a gypsy soul, he suffers from the inability to commit to his lover. Blaming the cold weather, Zac tries to convince his lover that it isn’t his fault.
Both lovers know that Zac will leave again as soon as summer turns to fall despite his attempts.
18. Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole
“Les Feuilles Mortes” (Autumn Leaves in English) has this nostalgia and fits perfectly for the autumn season when summer is long gone, and the prospect of a cold winter is ahead.
It gives its name to a Hollywood movie in 1956 starring Joan Crawford. Nat King Cole sang “Autumn Leaves” in the film’s title sequence.
Among Eric Clapton, Dalida, Serge Gainsbourg, Juliette Gréco, Patricia Kaas, Tino Rossi, and Frank Sinatra, who have covered this song, Nat King Cole’s version is the one which makes us want to slow dance!
19. Autumn In New York – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
This timeless autumn classic has made the weather of New York famous because of its beautiful description of the autumn months.
Ella Fitzgerald sings, “Autumn in New York, the gleaming rooftops at sundown. Autumn in New York lifts you when you’ve been let down.”
Along with Louis Armstrong’s jazzy solo, Ella makes you wonder what it would be like to sit with your lover on the benches in Central Park during autumn.
The vivid imagery in these lyrics makes you want to visit New York during autumn!
20. September – Earth, Wind & Fire
We saved the best for the last! A track to make anyone jump onto the dance floor, ‘September’ is as spiritual as it is boogie.
The groovy 70’s chart-topper suggests a carefree attitude toward life. It asks us to live in the moment and shake our hips to this groovy classic. Energetic band members dancing along to the tune makes the video extremely addictive.
The song has become very known for its ‘ba de ya’ lyric, which has made it a September anthem!