As a Scorpio born only a few days before Halloween, October is by far my favorite month. I grew up in a small town comparable to Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls, and whether I’m spending a weekend there or going about business as usual in Boston, I always feel a sense of magic in the air around autumn. The songs consuming my Spotify this month echo that sentiment and make me feel everything from bittersweet nostalgia to spooky excitement . With a mix of old comforts and new (for me, literally none of these are new) discoveries, here are my top eight songs for October:
1.) Zombie – The Cranberries
I found this on Spotify’s Ultimate Halloween playlist! All I can say is I’m dumb for stopping my exploration of The Cranberries at “Linger”. This song definitely gives me Halloween vibes, but can be listened to year-round. You can listen to it here.
2.) Sunrise – Noah Jones
My dad is an AVID Norah Jones fan, so I’ve been listening to her longer than I can remember. Even as a kid her songs made me feel sad/nostalgic/lost in the middle of a large field, but as an over-emotional college student, I have come to embrace these feelings, and on a cloudy Sunday, even enjoy them. You can listen to this song here.
3.) Don’t Do Me Like That – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Has this song been in a season of Stranger Things yet? If not, it should be. I can picture Nancy and Jonathan out on the town with this playing in the background before some science fiction character tries to destroy everything they hold dear to them. Honestly, just a classic pump-up song. You can listen to it here.
4.) Donna – The Lumineers
I’ve been meaning to listen to the Lumineers more for AWHILE. About a week ago I was journaling and wanted some relaxing music and finally put on their playlist. This song was one of my favorites. You can listen to it here.
5.) I Put A Spell On You – Creedence Clearwater Revival
When I think of this song, my mind always goes to the iconic Hocus Pocus scene, so when I found out one of my favorite bands did a cover of it, I was surprised but NOT disappointed. This version combines spooky with classic rock, and I am spellbound. You can listen to it here.
6.) Dirty Work – Steely Dan
The story being told in this song is kind of a bummer. It’s about a man who’s being used by a woman in a different relationship that feels powerless when it comes to leaving. That being said, the tune and instruments are very relaxing and this is a studying background music favorite of mine. You can listen to it here.
7.) Sweet Thing – Van Morrison
This song makes me want to slow dance beneath the moonlight with my soulmate. Oddly specific, but I’m manifesting it! You really can’t go wrong with Van Morrison. You can listen to the song here.
8 .) If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out – Yusuf / Cat Stevens
This is my go-to daytime song while I’m getting ready or doing work. It’s calm, joyful and wise. I feel comforted whenever I play it, and it reminds me of rays of sunlight spilling through a window during early afternoon. You can listen to it here.
I hope that you all enjoy these recommendations and recognize and/or give some of them a try! As always, let me know what you think and leave your own recommendations below!