Top 10 music lists for fall chillin’

Can I get a shout out for Fall? Leaves, smells, football, six dollar lattes… yes, please.

My condolences to our friends in the North, as I know you associate that first cool breeze with several coming months of slush and numb toes. As for the rest of us, namely where I stand here in Central Texas, we know the season has changed when your coffee is warmer than the air. The combination of the two triggers a nostalgic buzz from which my wife and I look at each other and say, “Aw, yee-uh”, and celebrate the absolute best time of the year.

Just as a beverage tastes better or a sweater suddenly makes sense, music fills a room with an entirely new mood in autumn. Open the windows and your mind just got blown (southerners know what I’m saying here). Needless to say, I love this time of year and am thrilled to breathe it in with a bunch of new tunes. Alas, I share them below in the form of a few lists.

Spotify Playlists For You

Lists are tough and can easily change from day to day, so here are a couple of playlists on Spotify that may also work well for the season (for why I use Spotify and instructions on how to follow along with my lists, read this post):

1. Fall 2012 (playlist)

2. Reading & Writing (playlist)

Top Ten Eleven Albums of the Year (so far):

  1. Mumford & Sons, Babel
  2. The Walkmen, Heaven
  3. Grizzly Bear, Shields
  4. The Lumineers, The Lumineers
  5. Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again
  6. Andrew Bird, Break It Yourself
  7. The Shins, Port of Morrow
  8. Of Monsters and Men, My Head is an Animal
  9. James Vincent Morrow, Early In The Morning
  10. Willie Nelson, Heroes
  11. First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar

Top Ten Albums with a Cup of Coffee on the Porch in the Fall:

  1. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
  2. Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again
  3. James Vincent McMorrow, Early In The Morning
  4. Iron & Wine, The Shepherd’s Dog
  5. Van Morrison, Astral Weeks
  6. Lori Chaffer, 1Beginning
  7. James Blake, James Blake
  8. Nathaniel Rateliff, In Memory of Loss
  9. Sufjan Stevens, Seven Swans
  10. Connor Youngblood, Sketches Pt. 1 & 2

Top Ten Fall Tracks:

  1. Mumford & Sons – “Below My Feet”
  2. James Vincent McMorrow – “Hear The Noise That Moves Soft and Low”
  3. Bon Iver – “Come Talk To Me”
  4. Connor Youngblood – “Gold”
  5. Lisa Hannigan – “Lillie”
  6. The Walkmen – “We Can’t Be Beat”
  7. A.A. Bondy – “I Can See The Pines Are Dancing”
  8. Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”
  9. Michael Kiwanuka – “I’m Getting Ready”
  10. Mumford & Sons – “Lover’s Eyes”

You can see that I am digging Mumford & Sons’ recent release, as I hope many of you are. With that, I leave you with their SNL performance from a few weeks ago:

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  1. This list is delightful, and I’m happy to say I own a good few of these! Looking forward to a cool morning on our tiny balcony with some coffee and some Bon Iver. 🙂

  2. Mumford & Sons….sigh. They rock.

  3. I’ve not been able to stop listening to the Mumford & Sons album, but Below My Feet, especially!! Pure beauty.

  4. Wow, we have very identical playlists. This looks a lot like my itunes. You have good taste if I do say so myself. 🙂

  5. I was wondering if you liked Mumford & Sons?!?? Just kidding, I love them, too!

    • I know, right? I was trying to keep it limited with that one. Oddly, I was not as big a fan of Sigh No More, but this is a rare record that I consider truly incredible.

  6. Christina Y says:

    Love your list!!! Grizzly Bear’s “Yet Again” is a totally amazing song, as well as their entire album! Have you listened to Beach House? My husband and I LOVE them, as well! Thanks for the great list!

    • You know, I had Beach House on my top fall albums, but slid it out at the last minute. I do enjoy them and, yes, Grizzly Bear’s new one is super.

  7. Because it seems we have very similar likes in music , I will step out and point you to the following songs if you haven’t already found them: A.C. Newman “I’m Not Talking”, Patrick Watson “Into Giants” and The Great Lake Swimmers (too many I like of theirs songs to pick one). Keep on listening…!

  8. Please keep sharing these with us, Josh! I love your playlists. I’m familiar with most of the artists but there’s a few I’ve been meaning to listen to, so I’m glad to have the reminder.

  9. this is some good stuff.

  10. Thank you, thank you for posting this. I have been wanting some good music recommendations and didn’t know where to start.

  11. Thanks so much for this list. My hubs and I are headed to the mountains this weekend and I used it to make a playlist for our trip! I am looking forward to your next lists!! (Christmas?!)

  12. Great collection, Appreciate all the pointers to songs I didn’t know before! Luckily, even if I tire of one song, there is always another that will inevitably lift my spirit. Thanks for sharing

  13. Can’t stop listening to Babel song and this is what i love about Mumford & Sons:
    – I got chills everytime i heard their songs.
    – I love how the lead singer never stands in front so he can shines and take all of the glory, but instead he stands beside them and sometimes he let them to stand in front of him.

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