A Playlist For … Sad Girl Autumn

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While our playlist for you last week was reminiscent of a fall rom-com, I decided to do the opposite for this one …sorry, happy people. I have made countless playlists trying to come up with the best mix of songs to listen to during the fall, ones that I play when I walk to class in the morning or go for a walk in town. Even if you’re not sad, I think there’s some enjoyment to be found in putting your headphones on and listening to some good, sad songs.

Each one has a different theme and sound to it. Some directly mention fall, which I find to be even better for a little fall playlist. I feel like there’s a big distinction for me between what songs fit the seasons, and fall is one that I’ve always loved finding new songs for. My go-tos are ones with a dimmed acoustic guitar, hushed vocals and never too much extreme production. From new ones that are the sadder counterparts to past ones like, girl in red’s October saga to Mazzy Star’s grainy 1990 track, all are a great accompaniment to a good, cloudy fall day — especially Taylor Swift’s ten-minute “All Too Well,” although any song from “Red (Taylor’s Version)” would be suitable, too. Happy sad girl autumn to all. 

“October Passed Me By” by girl in red

“Rockland” by Gracie Abrams

“Solo” by Frank Ocean

“Grapevine” by Weyes Blood

“Hard Times” by Ethel Cain

“Half of Me” by Faye Webster

“Souvenir” by boygenius

“Supermodel” by SZA

“Skinned Knees” by Soccer Mommy

“Soren” by beabadoobee

“Oh Well” by Fiona Apple

“c. Et Al.” by Snail Mail

“Surrounded by Heads and Bodies” by The 1975

“Halah” by Mazzy Star

“All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

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Justin Donders is a second-year journalism major, with a minor in creative writing. This is his first year with The Oracle. He has always enjoyed writing, specifically poetry or music reviews. Outside of school, he works at a cafe and enjoys spending time with friends and listening to new music.