30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Festivals, BBQ’s, and summery pleasantries are now just a nostalgic glow; the imminent darkness and excessive jumper wearing is here. Jess Dawson argues that's no reason to feel gloomy - here's 30 songs to get you in the autumnal mood, with Earth, Wind & Fire – September to kick off the season.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

The White Stripes – Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground Jack White, instead, takes to tinting the autumnal ideal in a gloomy and hopelessly lonely shade, singing that ‘I didn't feel so bad till the sun went down’.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

The Kinks - Autumn Almanac The 60’s four give their take on Autumn with the classic ‘Autumn Almanac’ – a chirpy, playful song, making the good ol’ days seem quite desirable.

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Jake Bugg – Country Song The 19 year old leaves the gritty vocals from 'Lightening Bolt' behind, instead adopting a romanticised simplicity and folksy picture of countryside autumns.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Green Day – Wake Me Up When September Ends Another band drawing parallels between Autumn and death – this time Green Day have dedicated it to the death of Billie’s father – autumn being so dismal that he wishes to skip it completely.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

John Coltrane - Autumn Serenade The legendary jazz saxophonist teamed up with singer Johnny Hartman for this sweet, sad song: ‘Thru the trees comes autumn with her serenade / Melodies the sweetest music ever played / Autumn kisses we knew are beautiful souvenirs.’ 

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Manic Street Preachers – Autumnsong The alt-rock Manics provide a rather more uplifting view of the season – telling us to ‘wear your hair in bunches, and your jacket loose’. Bunches? I think we’ll pass.

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Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater A mellow indie song from the American trio comes as a pleasant welcome to September and beyond – making those days when it’s pissing down with rain a little brighter. Follow their advice and 'slip away'...

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Eva Cassidy – Autumn Leaves For those days when wallowing in a melancholic despair seems a desirable option, Eva is here to supplement you with a dose of sadness - even if the autumn doesn’t actually remind you of your ex. Yay.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Moody Blues – Forever Autumn Sounding rather like a medieval pipe tune in the melody – which was originally written to be a jingle in a Lego advert - the Moody Blues also relates Autumn to an ex-lover.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Johnny Cash - 'I See A Darkness'. The Man In Black's cover of the title track of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's 1999 album perfectly evokes the drawing in of the colder months.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Simon & Garfunkel - Leaves That Are Green A harmonious folk song by the 60s American duo who sing of 'leaves that are green turn to brown' and use them a extended metaphor for a deteriorating relationship. Boo.

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The Vines – Autumn Shade II A beautifully psychedelic tune by the Australian rock band, The Vines, who made four versions of this song and put each one on different albums. Let's be "looking at the autumn shade, oh yeah"...

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

The Cure – Last Days of Summer We can always rely on the chronic bed-head sufferer to rub it in how rubbish our British weather is when the summer is over, it 'never felt so cold'.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Neil Young - Harvest Moon The soothing vocals of the much critically applauded 70s musician chooses to illustrate the autumn as a romantic ideal – complete with harmonicas and folksy guitar strumming, 'On this harvest moon'.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong - Autumn in New York is a gorgeous evocation of ‘fall’ in America’s most bustling city: ‘Autumn in New York / Why does it seem so inviting / Autumn in New York / It spells the thrill of first-nighting’.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

The Small Faces - The Autumn Stone The 60s bands certainly seem in touch with nature, and The Small Faces are no different. A wonderfully relaxing autumnal song complete with flutes and ukulele, singing of how i>'tomorrow changes'.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Donna Summer - Autumn Changes Donna, who has sold 170 million tracks worldwide, brings 70s disco to the season with 'Autumn Changes'.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Broken Bells – October Formed of Brian Burton (or Danger Mouse, to me and you) and James Mercer, the lead singer of The Shins, the Broken Bells project have constructed a indie beauty with 'October'.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Don Henley - The Boys of Summer Move over DJ-Sammy and your noughties cover – Don Henley's song signifies the end of summer in this soft-rock classic.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Fleet Foxes - 'Sun It Rises' Just as 'White Winter Hymnal' soundtracks the final season of the year, then the track that preceeds it on Fleet Foxes' self-titled record is unmistakeably autumnal.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

U2 – Autumn The 22 Grammy Award winners (more than any other band) go all soft in this emotive track, which is just 2.21 minutes long and mopes about how 'the trees are stripped bare'. 

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Walk The Moon – Anna Sun OK, this song isn’t explicitly an autumn song. But its fun melody and chanting chorus brightens up an otherwise dreary season – reminding us to wait for summertime’.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Sons & Lovers – Set My Heart The upcoming indie-pop band and their song ‘Set My Heart’ sets the tone for an seasonal romance. Its music video is tinted with an autumnal glow, and even embracing the weather with the lyrics ‘Let it rain’. But don’t rain, really.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

The Last Bison – Autumn Snow Bison like to combine indie-folk with classical and orchestral elements – and this song encapsulates their eclecticism. You can almost imagine you, too, are a 1900s farmer sowing crops in 'the autumn snow'.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Sparks The Rescue – Autumn Another song from the American rockers reminding us that the summer is definitely over – just in case you didn’t know already.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Sea Wolf – Leaves in the River There seems to be a pattern emerging: folk artists are inspired by the autumn season. This is a hopeful, soothing melody with the sound of rain in the background – you can't get more autumnal than this.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

The Crocketts - Autumn Afternoon. A moody but emotive indie-rock track from the 90s band dwelling on the joys of typical British weather.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Chase Coy – All Those Nights The upcoming musician/producer from Nashville gives his take on autumn with a harmonica melody and poetically romantic lyrics – for all you lurrrrv birds.

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30 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Autumn

Ed Sheeran - Autumn Leaves The quintuple platinum artist who brought you over-played radio hits like 'A-Team' – 'Autumn Leaves' is a relaxing, mellow song with autumnal imagery.

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