My Fall Playlist

The last time I shared a playlist it was my Quarantine Playlist in April, and I wrote, “Fingers crossed there isn’t one of these next month!” Hahaha. Oh, sweet, naive Gen. Though, in my defense, who would have thought that we’d still be isolating all these months later?

Now, it’s fall, my kids are back doing virtual school, and we are still wearing masks, social distancing, and staying home as much as possible. And even though we are used to this new routine, things are still hard. There are just so many new issues, circumstances, and emotions to navigate every day. 

The things getting me through these weird, tough days still include exercise, time in nature, and music. I wanted to share my fall playlist, in case you use music for coping as well. Here are the tunes I’ve been listening to on runs, hikes, and just when I need to calm my brain.

Give it a listen, and then let me know what songs you like to play on rough days. I’d love to know!

My Fall Playlist

“Ain’t Gonna Drown” by Elle King

“Half Asleep” by School of Seven Bells:  “I don’t know what it is about this song—maybe the raspy and sweet voice of the singer or the beat in which she sings it—but this song makes me excited and very mellow and chill at the same time.”

“The Way it Was” by Coast Modern

“Caution” by The Killers

“Someday” by Flipsyde: “Great song. It just is.”

“Gun In My Hand” by Dorothy

“Cringe” by Matt Maeson

“The Railroad” by Goodnight, Texas

“Colors” by Black Pumas: “I’m obsessed with this band and this song. It reminds me of being out on the boat in Lake Austin and letting loose.”

“Heart” by Rainbow Kitten Surprise

“Crowded Table” by The Highwomen

“(Im Gonna Get Over This) Some Day” by Logan Ledger: Ledger reminds me of my father-in-law’s favorite singer, Roy Orbison. There is something so cheerful and sweet about this song and his deep voice.

“Falling Asleep At The Wheel” by Holly Humberston

“Takeaway” by The Chainsmokers

“Hurt” by Oliver Tree

“Day ‘n’ Night” by Kid Cudi

“Unforgettable” by French Montana

“The Last Song” by Tom Misch & Carmody

“Mountain at My Gates” by Foals: “What can I say? I love Foals. This song always gets played during a workout for me. I find it incredibly motivating.”


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  • Hailey Owens

    You’ve always had such a great taste in music. This is definitely a good playlist to clean the house, crochet, and water my hundreds of plants to. Also, I’m in love with your tie dyed cardigan! Where did you get it?

    • Ginger Rapien

      Listened t a few tracks. I can so get behind this.
      Love finding new artists
      I find that with the world turning and burning music has become my safe space
      Thanks for sharing!

  • Nastaran

    Thanks Jen for these songs I really needed a new playlist . ❤️

  • Sara

    I have a ‘Driver Picks the Music’ playlist…mostly songs that have been featured on Supernatural(some from some of my other favorite shows too) along with other favorites! Music is deifinatley a calmer for me, especially, like you when it’s artists & songs that I am obsessed with! Keep the music going ❤️🎶

  • Cori Dean

    Can you please upload it to spotify? I would give it a listen and add to my list, also I love the tie dye sweater. 🙂

  • Annie

    There are rough days where I need rough music and then there are rough days where I just need a mental break. My mental Time Out songs:
    That It Moves – Greg Laswell
    Peach Fuzz – Camp
    Lost in Space – Emmit Fenn
    Holding Back the Years A Simply Red (and the song is simply timeless.)
    You’re Somebody Else – Flora Cash
    Gold Rush – Death Can for Cutie
    I also have The Killers and Black Pumas, but you were kind enough to list those already.
    Enjoy the music and here’s to better days ahead!

  • Kelley

    This is really similar to one of my Pandora stations! If you ever have a chance to see Rainbow Kitten Surprise live, you should. Great band, love Devil Like Me and Lady Lie.

  • Maayan

    Thank you so much! I was hearing the same artists in a loop since March, can’t wait to actually hear something new!!

  • Gail H7nter

    A 1000 times yes to “Caution” – Brandon Flowers is one of the, if not the, best showmen there is these days, but he doesn’t half tire me out watching him – he’s like a whippet in a three piece suit!

  • Yara Hossam

    Love this playlist. Honestly Day N’ Night is one of my favorite songs. I’m glad to find it here.

  • Coty

    Hey I just left you a comment on facebook, however I forgot to ask, can I follow you on Spotify?

  • Ann

    I will not bow by Breaking Benjamin is my go to get pumped song.

    • Nikki

      Thank you for new songs to help get thru the days! A good mix is good for the soul, especially this year. I just added Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles new song tonight. Thought you might like it too.

      Keep Staying Safe!
      Virtual Hugs!

  • Sarah Meza

    Loving this playlist. Especially love that you included Tom Misch.

  • Christina Brotto

    Thanks for sharing your playlist. I love listening to rock and heavy metal. I know to many that doesn’t seem calming, but the music has a cathartic effect on me. I like to listen to “Fading Like a Flower” by Roxette, “Unforgiven” by Metallica, “2 Minutes to Midnight” by Iron Maiden, “Alive” by Pearl Jam, “Devil’s Child” by Judas Priest, “I Was for Lovin’ You” by KISS, “Shot in the Dark” by Ozzy Osbourne, and so many more!!

  • Rebecca Medley

    Always on the lookout for new music. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Side note, that cardigan is AMAZING!!!

  • Andrea S.

    I’m recommending a song from my sister’s
    favorite band, Beautiful Ones by Hurts. This is a great song to walk/run/dance to!

  • Shannon Jody

    Nice….will be adding to my playlist. Currently a wide variety of music in my playlist…a few:

    Strength – The Alarm
    Whole of the. On = The Waterboys
    Lovely Day – Bill Withers
    September – Earth, Wind, and Fire
    Hammer and a Nail – Indigo Girls
    The Bright Side – Summercamp
    Middle Fingers – Missio
    Lost in a Crowd – Fantastic Negrito
    Return to Love – Black Atlass
    Shingaling- Tom Swoon
    DNA – Kendrick Lamar
    Fight for Your Right – Beasrie Boys
    Rusty Cage – Johnny Cash
    Six Different Ways – The Cure

  • Amy

    Don’t feel bad about being optimistic. I didn’t go get my dual monitors from my office until last Monday. I just kept expecting that we would go back to working there. Alas. It is not to be.

  • Paige Walker

    I love this playlist!!! Thanks, Gen! ❤

  • Sonal

    Gen, I love this playlist — it’s introduced me to musicians who are totally new for me. I listen to it at least once a week while working — it’s grounding and keeps me focused. Please keep the playlists coming! 🙂

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