With the temperature wavering between the warmth of summer and the first chills of winter, autumn is officially here. While you may still be singing along to the biggest hits of summer (shout out to “Despacito”), there is little better than prepping for the season with a fall-focused soundtrack.
Few do seasonally-skewed music as well as the K-pop industry does, so here are a few fall-focused songs to help get you in the mood for sweater weather, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, beautiful foliage, and days getting shorter.
The R&B crooner’s jazzy tune relays the feelings of autumn succinctly, while using it as a metaphor for an ended relationship, portraying the season as a time when the warmth of the past lingers and the cold future is daunting.
IU, “Autumn Morning”
This Korean vocalist’s sentimental tone goes almost entirely unaccompanied, while she sings this cover about the delight of waking up on a crisp fall morning.
AKMU, “Time and Fallen Leaves”
The invigorating strings lead the song’s fall-like tone as the melody sweeps and drops, much like the fluctuating temperature as the warmth of summer fades.
Davichi, “Autumn Night”
The softer side of the season is audible in the melancholy, dulcet tones of Davichi as they sing about past romances that, like the summer, are something of the past now.
BTS, “Autumn Leaves”
Ominous in its layered synths, BTS’ “Autumn Leaves,” also known as “Dead Leaves,” evokes the feel of the change of seasons in its bleakness, though bright moments of vocal ad-libs hint to the more delightful sides of the creeping weather.
Kyuhyun, “Autumn Sleeves”
Really every song off of the Super Junior member’s Fall, Once Again album should be on an autumnal playlist, but this mellow tune and its sweater-warm smooth tones evokes the fall time the most.
Roy Kim, “When Autumn Comes”
Lilting in its delicate nature, Kim’s song of longing paints a picture of sitting amid the colorful leaves of autumn with the someone special.
Crucial Star with Kim Na Young, “Fall”
Crucial Star and Kim Na Young’s gentle duet is a mellifluous take on the neither here nor there feelings of autumn, and equating romance with the dead leaves of the season.
Zia with Hong Dae Kwang, “Nostalgic Autumn”
Despite expressing the loneliness that sometimes accompanies the season as the days get shorter, the playful soft pop melody of “Nostalgic Autumn” is more upbeat than the lyrics would suggestm as if the song is about the ups and downs of the season.
K.Will, “Hello Autumn”
This soaring tune is filled with earnestness, as the balladeer greets the season with the song’s building sound, evoking the whirlwind of feelings and weather that join together to create this thing we call “fall.”