Sad Songs to Match Your Fall Mood

By Zoey Knox

Happy fall, dear friends, and welcome to my favorite time of the year. I love autumn for many reasons, the most notable being that this is the season when my favorite sad songs make their way back into my daily listening rotation. There is something about listening to heavy hearted music on a beautiful, sunny summer day that doesn’t sit right. Now that the weather turned over to overcast and cool days, it is officially Sad Song Season. The playlist below encompasses the melancholy music I have been enjoying so far this month, from the sad-but-hopeful to songs with lyrics so earnest they will cut straight to your heart (there is a lot of Phoebe Bridgers here.) These songs are best listened to while walking home on a chilly day, setting out on a fall road trip or lying on the floor in your apartment / parents’ house / boss’ office.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that our beloved makers of melancholy music, Big Thief, have what could be the perfect fall album, Two Hands, coming out on Oct. 11. I was lucky to hear the album a few weeks early at a listening party in Milwaukee, and it contains all of the hard hitting lyrics, vivid imagery, growling vocals and sweet guitar sounds I associate with Big Thief. They’ll be making an appearance in Madison on Oct. 19 at The Sylvee.

With that, I present to you my collection of songs that encapsulate that tender autumn feeling we Midwesterners know so well. Check out the playlist below, or stream it on WSUM’s Spotify page.

  1. Big Thief, “Forgotten Eyes”
  2. Kurt Vile & The Sadies, “Baby’s Arms”
  3. Whitney, “Giving Up”
  4. Clairo, “Alewife”
  5. beabadoobee, “I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus”
  6. Soccer Mommy, “lucy”
  7. Black Belt Eagle Scout, “Soft Stud”
  8. Stella Donnelly, “Beware of the Dogs”
  9. Caamp, “By and By”
  10. Better Oblivion Community Center, “Chesapeake”
  11. boygenius, “Bite The Hand”
  12. Phoebe Bridgers, “Scott Street”
  13. Emma Louise, “Wish You Well”
  14. Sunny War, “Drugs Are Bad”
  15. Leon Bridges, “Georgia to Texas”