The Refreshing Sounds of the Autumn’s Golden Tunes

The Refreshing Sounds of the Autumn’s Golden Tunes

🍂 Happy Autumn, everyone! 🍂

How is autumn/fall treating you? The weather has slightly changed here in Japan. It isn’t super hot anymore nor super humid. Time to slowly take out the autumn clothing collection while sipping on some warm herbal tea. The streets will soon flood with various shades of yellow, orange, and red as the leaves change color. Ahhh, I can’t wait to stroll under the autumn color during the crisp morning.

Autumn: Inspired Through Songs

As I mentioned in the current Battle of the Songs, there are many songs that can help us enjoy autumn. Music is necessary as it helps to experience the season. remember past memories about the soothing season, and help us to connect our senses and emotions about fall together.

Now, I picked two songs for that battle: OFF COURSE’s “I Love You” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Leaves That Are Green”. But, there are so many wonderful songs from every corner of the world that help us experience autumn. That is why I put together a 55 song playlist on Spotify! This came together to highlight some great songs and inspired your autumn:

Now, I can’t feature all 55 songs in one blog post! That would be crazy! I thought about how to showcase the uniqueness of each song featured on the playlist as each tune is important. This was the answer: showcase fives songs per week. I already showcased three before: two in the current Battle of the Songs and then last year with Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “September”.

Each song has its unique characteristic that makes parts of the sounds, feels, and memories of fall. Let’s take a look at five songs and see why do I think they embodied autumn.


England: No-Man’s “Days in the Trees (Mahler)”

My mother and I would always visit the local thrift store to buy used records, CDs, or cassette tapes. One of the gems I found there was a compilation album Indie Top 20 Issue 13 that was released on 1991. I played that cassette tape over and over, especially with the song “Days in the Trees (Mahler)”.

I fell in love with this song the moment I first listened to it. It is such a very beautiful song, especially with the various violin solos featured in different sections (listen for that violin and guitar duo in the chorus! It is so beautiful). The main topic of the song is about love. However, I feel like this a perfect listen for autumn because of it’s beautiful melodies, the relaxing and slow-down atmosphere, and with natural, earthen lyrics.


France: Futuro Pelo’s “Automne” (featuring Chima Anya)

When I was searching for songs on Spotify, I came across French musician Futuro Pelo‘s 2018 song “Automne”. This song features a seamless blend of various genres: pop, electronic, pop-rock, dream pop, rap, soul, and hip-hop. This blend makes this song a great listen. It has a soothing atmosphere that makes that scenic car ride more enjoyable.

The marvel of the song is the seamless transition between the various genres within the song. When the song goes from the dream-pop chorus to a rap verse featuring English rapper Chima Anya, there is no discord or disconnection within the notes. Everything is blended seamlessly to create a unified song.


Denmark: Ray Dee Ohh’s “Efterår”

Ray Dee Ohh was a pop-rock band from Denmark that was active between 1988 and 1992. The members were: Maria Bramsen (vocals), Caroline Henderson (vocals), Michael Bruun (guitar), Poul Halberg (guitar), Jan Sivertsen (drums), Simon West (keyboard) and Christian Dietl. They had three albums, which “Efterår” is featured on their second album, “Too”.

Known for their radio-friendly songs, Ray Dee Ohh would be a perfect contender for my autumn playlist. I feel like “Efterår” would be labeled as an AOR (Adult Oriented Rock) song. It features some key elements: an electric guitar solo, a mid-tempo beat, a soothing melody, and a carefree atmosphere. And looking at the translated lyrics, it has that basic premise about one’s love. A theme that is commonly found in AOR songs. Because of these AOR elements and the fall references, “Efterår” is a great fit for this fall playlist.


South Korea: IU’s “Autumn Morning” (가을 아침)

I have talked about Japanese folk numerous times before on this blog, but how about other Asian countries? Do they even have folk music? Yes, they do! Here is one example of Korean folk with IU’s “Autumn Morning”.

A cover of the 1991 same-titled song by Yang Hee-eun, IU’s version keeps thing to a minimal. Her version mostly features her vocals with little to no instrumentation. The song starts off with IU singing acapella. When we get to the minute mark, the guitar comes in, playing a mellow, folksy backing. The song features a little more instruments by the end and picks up some steam. But, the main highlight of the song is IU’s soft, wistful vocals.

By the way, you can check out the translation of the lyrics here. It gives you more insight into the lyrics’ main story: one who recounts, in detail, about a fall morning.


Argentina: Dread Mar-I’s ” Otoño”

The last song to be featured in today’s post in “Otoño” by Argentinean reggae band Dread Mar-I. I pulled a curveball on you, my lovely readers, as “Otoño” is an upbeat tune that is a standard reggae tune with the reggae beat played by the piano, the horns, and the theme of resignation embedded in the lyrics.

“Otoño” isn’t a stereotypical autumn song as it isn’t soothing or has a mellow melody. It is exactly the opposite. But don’t tune this an autumn tune out as you may need an upbeat song or two to make those autumn mornings more upbeat.


So Tell Me What You Think!

What were your favorite songs featured in today’s post? Do you have any favorite autumn tunes? Tell me in the comments below!


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  1. This is an amazing collection of songs, thanks for putting in all of the hard work to create this collection!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed the songs!

    1. I really should check this out. Thanks for sharing this article

    2. Thanks! What is your favorite song on the playlist?

    3. Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  2. Awesome post keep up the great work!

  3. I love fall and this beautiful list. Thank you for sharing

    1. You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Oh I will have to check these out! What a great list of songs for fall!

    1. What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  5. Autumn is simply the best. THE BEST I tell you! I love everything about this season… However, Los Angeles hasn’t quite caught on to the fact that it is in fact FALL!

    1. Hahaha, do you guys experience all four seasons?

  6. This is a fabulous list of autumn inspired music to get me in the mood for fall! Thank you!

    1. Autumn is really beautiful in western countries. But in South Asia ii is normal and most of the time it’s hot.

    2. Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

    1. What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  7. This is awesome!!! I love the Fall-inspired playlist, it is great. Thank you.

    1. Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  8. I love this playlist! September by Earth, Wind & Fire is one of my favorite songs!

    1. That is a great song! Such a classic!

  9. Wow, I didn’t realize there are so many songs about the Fall season. I’ll have to give your playlist a listen to try to get into the mood since the temperatures aren’t aware it’s fall yet.

    1. Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  10. Autumn is my favorite season ever, the beautiful colors make me so happy. Now, thanks to your post, I have a wonderful list of music.

    1. Autumn is such a treasure! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  11. This is a very creative article with music from different countries. I love the diversity of the songs.

    1. I am glad you love it!
      What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  12. Fall is my favorite season! This playlist will make autumn even better!

    1. Adding to my fall playlist now. Thanks!

    2. Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

    3. It is a beautiful season. Glad you liked the playlist! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  13. I love everything fall! These are great tunes to get you in the fall mood! It’s really creates a vibe!

    1. It does! Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  14. So many of these songs are new to me! Fall is my favorite! Can’t wait to listen to these tunes.

    1. Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  15. I have been eagerly waiting for it to be fall! This is helping the suspense!

    1. Hahaha! What is the thing you most love about autumn?

  16. I love fall! How cool that you have such an amazing list of songs to accompany the season. I’ll check these out.

    1. Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  17. I never thought of putting a fall playlist together before. This is such a great idea ! Perfect for getting you into the mood.

    1. Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  18. Autumn is my favorite season, thanks for sharing some great music to go along with a great season.

    1. Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  19. Beautiful playlist for autumn. Too bad it still feels like summer here in georgia to even enjoy fall.

    1. Ahaha, when does it become autumn in Georgia?

  20. Autumn makes me so happy and alive. This is the weather for going out in the woods. 🙂

    1. It does! I have the same feelings about autumn!

  21. So many songs..that’s amazing looking for good songs for a quite while….on my travel.. will try out these songs thanks…! 🙂

    1. Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  22. Had no idea about these many songs about the fall. Thanks for sharing

    1. Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

    2. Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  23. Nice, I can’t believe there can be such a long list of music that can be dedicated to autumn.

    1. Haha, What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  24. This is a great collection. So many songs to choose from! I love autumn. The leaves are changing here in Alaska, and they are beautiful.

    1. I miss Alaska and the natural beauty it has (and that midnight sun, that was the best thing of my childhood).

  25. SO many songs. I will be checking them out. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Glad you liked it! What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  26. Adding to my fall playlist now. Thanks!

    1. What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

  27. very nice song choices, relaxing and upbeat though i have to search for other songs first before I know the song, asI can’t play your audio. love your #1, september by earth wind and fire

    1. September is a classic autumn song! Glad you enjoyed the list!

  28. That’s quite a list though. I haven’t heard any of these songs before. Won’t be a bad idea to listen to them.

    1. What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

    1. What is your favorite song from the Playlist?

    1. What is your favorite song about autumn?

  29. I dont experience this part of seasonal change here in Nigeria. But from stories i have heard about it, this play list sure does fit well for all reasons.

    1. Ahhh really? I am never been to Nigeria but do you have certain seasons or is it just one season? (Some countries don’t experience the traditional four seasons but have different seasons)

  30. I’m not good at searching around for a good song to accompany my day and this article is a true treasure for me.

    1. You are so welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

  31. I am not really familiar with the songs except for ‘September’.
    However, I played some of the songs and all I can say is it’s awesome and I liked it! 🙂

    1. Really? That is pretty interesting! It is a staple of 70s American disco. I am glad you liked it!

  32. I am not familiar with the songs in the playlist but if you recommended it, I am sure they are worth listening to. I don’t have a favorite song for fall, but I will take inspiration from you and build a Fall playlist too.

    1. Thanks! What is your favorite song on the Playlist?

  33. Autumn has such great vibes!

  34. We don’t have autumn in our country but your list is something uplifting. Love your choices

  35. Those are some great music suggestions, will have to check them out someday. I love Fall season and it’s nice to pair it up with great music.

  36. Otono. I grew up in New York City in the 50’s and 60’s and heard a lot of Latin-flavored music on mass transit. Besides the reggae vibe of this song, I loved the instrumentation. both the horn section and some of the electronic effects.

    1. I am glad you like Otono! It is a great song! Be sure to check out other songs from the artist!

  37. Fall is my favorite season, so of course I’m loving your song list in its honor! 😉 Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  38. This is perfect for the recent change in seasons — really great suggestions!

  39. What a lovely playlist! And I like that you have it available right on this page. Thanks for the post and suggestions.

  40. What a beautiful collection. I am addicted to a few of your suggestions.

  41. Very cool playlist. There’s some really great songs on there (of what I could see on the pic) 🙂

  42. This is a good playlist! Most of it I’m not familiar but I recognize at least 2: September and Leaves that are green. Both songs remind me of my dad.

  43. Woww! These are really some of the great sounds for relaxing soul. Great collection!

  44. I wish that we have autumn here in the Philippines but it is my favorite season when we were still residing in the US. Thank you for sharing these songs. Love the one from Simon & Garfunkel.

  45. I would pick September by Earth,wind and fire. It’s very lively and it is one I am familiar with.

  46. Looks like a great playlist. I haven’t hear most of them though. I will give them a try.

  47. Thank you so much for the songs! I love new music!

  48. I am not familier with this at all. It was very interesting to read. Thank you for sharing!

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