Picture this: It’s finally mid-September, and the leaves on the trees are turning a bright orange. You can finally wear your favorite hoodie and jeans outfit (without being drenched in sweat walking to class). You add a pump of “Pumpkin Spice” to your D-Hall coffee, and all you want to do is sit outside and finish up some class readings. But wait! What should you be blasting through your ears? Well, duh! The perfect Autumn playlist. Luckily, I have the best songs to add to your Autumn playlist this year.

The first, and best, song on this list, is: “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer. The opening to the song is the only way that I can musically describe what fall sounds like to me. It’s a cute song to have in the background as you sit on one of the blue chairs on Hartman Green but also to have blasting while studying with friends. Just in these past two weeks, my friends and I have screamed out “Kiss Me!” after spending the past 20 minutes in silence. I recommend doing that too. Makes the whole listening experience even better.

Next up, is the song “Let You Break My Heart Again” by Laufey. Now I warn you, this song is extremely sad. But, disregarding the lyrics, this song is the best background song to feel like a movie character. When I’m walking to class with this song in the background I automatically feel like Sally Albright from “When Harry Met Sally.” This song does a great job of capturing the simplicity of life in fall. 

I may be slightly biased on this song recommendation since I am a huge Taylor Swift fan, but the song “State Of Grace” from the Red album is an upbeat song I believe is perfect for fall. “State Of Grace” is the perfect song to play while in your room with the blinds open, preferably when the sun is setting. I hope you are picking up on my daydreaming habits.  This song is one of my top listens to just close my eyes and do exactly that. To be quite honest, the entire Red album is a Fall album. Just go watch the “All Too Well” short film, and you’ll understand exactly why I say that. 

Last, but not least, is the song “Alright” by Supergrass. This song should only be played as you leave your final class of the day and head toward CC to eat dinner with your friends, and yes, maybe I did do that the other day. The essence of fall in this song really shines through its ability to remind me of a coming-of-age movie where the main character just came back from their inspiring first day of school with Paul Rudd as their professor (hope everyone gets the reference here). 

Sadly, that is the end of my list. I hope you give these songs a listen and you feel as though fall is truly here at F&M!

Paola Pardo is a Contributing Writer. Her email is ppardo@fandm.edu.