Top Ten Songs For The Fall
Fall is just about here so let's look at the best songs to play at any fall event.
Well, well, well. We’ve almost reached fall and you know what that means. College football on Saturdays, the NFL on Sundays, and inter splice some fall activities like picking pumpkins and running through corn mazes.
Fall is my favorite season and certain songs get me in the mood to partake in any activity between September and November. Here are my top ten songs for the fall.
Quick disclaimer, I didn’t add any songs like Monster Mash because that’s just one day of the season and shouldn’t represent the entire season.
Another quick disclaimer, this list was tough, extremely tough to put together.
Honorable Mention: Turf by JR Specs and Spose, City On Down by O.A.R., Fast Car by Tracy Chapman, The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco, Five More Minutes by Scotty McCreery, Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears, Weekend by Mac Miller, Read My Mind by the Killers, I Miss You by Blink-182, Feel So Close by Calvin Harris
10. Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots: “Waiting, On a Sunday afternoon”. Welcome to the top ten, and we’re kicking it off with a song that gives off immaculate fall vibes. Interstate Love Song has a great, low key guitar beat to start the song and then immediately turns it up.
The lyric I used at the beginning though is a great one because for me, “Waiting, On a Sunday afternoon” means that I’m waiting for the NFL slate of games to start.
I also used Interstate Love Song as my alarm at the beginning of my freshman year at college when I needed to wake up for early morning practice so it does hold some nostalgia for me in that regard.
9. Heartbeat of a Small Town by Travis Denning: Heartbeat of a Small Town is the perfect example of a fall song for so many reasons. First off, it’s a country song, which immediately gives it a bit of a leg up on its competition.
Another reason is that Travis Denning starts the song with “Friday night home team, marching band, Whole crowd stomping in the stands, You can hear them pads popping a mile away.” High school football in any town screams fall nights, much like the number one song on this list.
I really wish this song was out and prominent when I was playing high school football because this would’ve been the anthem. It’s just an awesome song to blast with your friends before a game or even after.
8. Off-Road by Spose and The Mallet Brothers Band: Off-Road gives me late fall vibes, closer to winter and is a prime song to be played in November. Some how, the King of Maine was able to throw his bars into a country style song and made it work.
The reason that this song is top ten is because it reminds me of the time when the weather shifts at the end of the season and the winter blues kind of set in. While the song is about driving off road, it’s perfect to play while sitting at the fire or driving by yourself while taking in the beautiful scenery that fall has to offer in New England. Just a good vibe.
7. 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins: The Smashing Pumpkins have a lot of songs that could have made this list but 1979 was the clear winner to get into the top ten. The light guitar in the song just radiates a fall feeling like none other.
1979 has the vibe that you’re driving to a fall activity like picking pumpkins or getting apple cider donuts because it’s a mellow song with awesome drums and guitars. I also think that the bands name helps them make the top ten because if you’re going to smash a pumpkin, you’re going to do it in the fall right after Halloween.
6. Meet Me in the City by Bruce Springsteen: When it comes to fall songs and listening to music in the greatest season ever, I really don’t want to hear rap unless I’m getting ready for a football game. Meet Me in the City gives that flare and energy you want without listening to rap.
The Boss kills this song and it just gives off immaculate vibes of the fall season if you’re driving with friends to hangout somewhere or if you’re heading to a fall party. The horns and guitar push this song over the top and make it a top ten fall song.
5. The Boys Are Back in Town by Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back in Town is a song that just feels right whenever you and your friends are hanging out and to me, the fall gives me great memories of hanging out with my friends. Whether it’s watching college football on a Saturday in September or by the fire around Thanksgiving.
With that being said, this song is even more relevant now because all of my friends from back home are either in the service or off at college like myself so when Thanksgiving rolls around, prepare to hear a lot of Thin Lizzy.
4. Kids by MGMT: This song gives me a big time blast back to high school, like the start of high school. When I found kids it was around the time I got my license which was late my sophomore year but when I would drive to school in the fall, I would play this song first when I pulled out of the driveway.
The beat of the song just gives me vibes like life is good. It’s a song that makes you feel somewhat invincible I guess. It made the top five because of when I would play it and it solidified my junior year football season drive to school.
3. Centuries by Fall Out Boy: So Centuries doesn’t have a country theme about drinking beer with your boys or a real fall theme but there is a great reason that it made the top three. Do you remember waking up on a Saturday and putting ESPN on? If so, then you’ll remember Centuries.
Every time, and I mean every time I heard Centuries at seven in the morning on a Saturday in high school, I knew there was a great slate of games starting at noon. Whether I was watching Iowa vs Michigan at three or San Diego State at Wyoming at midnight, Centuries always fired me up. It’s a song that brings back fond memories.
2. Mr. Jones by Counting Crows: This song right here just fills my veins with serotonin. It has an amazing guitar and vibe that will give the proper amount of energy to a bonfire or drive to a corn maze that you and your friends need.
While the song is about not wanting to be lonely and wondering if the girl is staring at you, it fits the fall vibes. I think of fall as a time where you’re hanging with friends, a time where you’re not lonely. Whether you’re watching college football on a Saturday or just bull shitting with each other around the kitchen table, it gets the job done. I had no problem throwing this at number two.
1. Boys of Fall by Kenny Chesney: If you didn’t guess Boys of Fall at number one then you need to hit the road. This song hits so deep on so many different levels for me and just gives me the biggest goosebumps imaginable.
If you have played high school football, you know that when you walk out on senior night as a senior with your family around you, you’ll hear Boys of Fall over the speakers. It’s a feeling that is so difficult to articulate to someone who hasn’t experienced it. It’s truly special.
Even out of high school, Boys of Fall hits. About ninety percent of my friends from home are dudes I played football with so if you throw Boys of Fall on when you’re hanging out, prepare to hear about every touchdown and block thrown in our senior season. Just an awesome song about being a football player in the fall.