Fall Playlist: Music to set the mood for all your favorite autumn activities

I don’t know about you, but my taste in music tends to change a bit along with the transition to a new season. Winter needs a background of pretty, classical music and slow, contemplative songs to set the mood for curling up with a book under a blanket. Spring sends me searching for cheerful tunes bubbling with lyrics about new life, hope, and change. Summer’s soundtrack is a mix of peppy dance music and classic ballads to play on the boom box while lounging by the pool. Now that fall has officially arrived, and it should be set to folksy tunes with lots of fiddle solos. Autumn makes me think both of wandering adventures and longing for home (apparently I turn into a bit of a hobbit this season) and I choose my music accordingly. Obviously music preference is super subjective and individual, but in case you happen to agree with my sensibilities I decided to share my fall playlist with you here.

I love Spotify, and we actually pay for the premium subscription so that we can listen to our playlists in order commercial free, but the free version is fine too. In case you don’t have access to Spotify, here are the songs and artists listed in the order they are found on my playlist:

  • Something Wild – Lindsey Stirling
  • My Roving Heart – All Sons and Daughters
  • Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  • Your Hands – JJ Heller
  • Autumn Leaves – Ed Sheeran
  • Where Do We Go – Lindsey Stirling
  • Beyond the Blue – Josh Garrels
  • What I Wouldn’t Do – A Fine Frenzy
  • Run Free – Jon Foreman
  • Wolf – Tailor
  • Kickin’ da Leaves – Judah & the Lion
  • Shadows – Au Revoir Simone
  • Second Best – Joshua Calhoun
  • Campus – Vampire Weekend
  • Free – Dara Maclean
  • Jesus Set Me Free – Ben Calhoun
  • Rangers – A Fine Frenzy
  • Wayward and Torn – Gungor
  • Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men
  • You Are My Vision – Rend Collective
  • Warpath – Ingrid Michaelson
  • Soar – Meredith Andrews
  • Into the Wild – Lewis Watson
  • Autumn (Act 5) – Josh Abbott Band
  • Gather the Owls – Martin Simpson
  • Great is Thy Faithfulness – The Classic City Collective
  • River Lea – Adele
  • Reckless Forgiver – Jars of Clay
  • Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars
  • Wayfaring Stranger – Jack White
  • Ghost – Ingrid Michaelson
  • Live and Die – The Avett Brothers
  • Sparrows – Jason Gray
  • Make This Leap – The Hunts
  • From the Woods – James Vincent McMorrow

I spent way to much time compiling this list, but it’s so nice to have a go-to playlist to call up for a drive to the pumpkin patch, or while folding stacks of sweaters, baking pumpkin spice muffins, curling up with a spooky mystery, or raking leaves (just kidding, we don’t have any trees, but that sounds more autumnal than scooping dog poop). These songs are a mix of “secular” and “Christian,” but I think each one has spiritual truth to share. I’ve recently re-discovered how much music affects our mood, so I try hard to steer away from songs that are too dark or directly opposed to my spiritual beliefs. On the other hand, a fall playlist without some Fine Frenzy or Lindsey Stirling would just be incomplete. 🙂

Do you have seasonal music favorites? Any autumn tunes that I forgot (or don’t know about)? Please let me know!

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