There's a slight chill creeping into the morning air that signals fall is ready to sweep in. It means taking the long walk home from work, digging out your coziest sweater, and indulging in the best of the pumpkin season foods. It also means it's time for a new playlist. We have put together some of the best songs out this fall to have a listen to while you go apple picking or carve a pumpkin — or whatever makes you feel like fall.
The season is bringing us new albums from FKA twigs, Charli XCX, Brittany Howard, King Princess, and more. It also means new music from Camila Cabello, Normani, and Mandy Moore — some of our faves.
Ahead, a selection of songs that will make your fall that much more musical.
Billie Eilish "Everything I Wanted"
New music from Eilish? It's everything we wanted this fall! Now, the real question: does this mean a new album is on the way?
Rosalía "A Palé"
Rosalía dropped a new one to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the release of her album, El Mal Querer. And it is a message to anyone who needs to hear it: you can do this.
Ciara feat. Lupita Nyong'o, Ester Dean, City Girls, La La "Melanin"
How do you get this much melanin on a track? First, start by being Ciara. The track was co-written and produced by Dean (Pitch Perfect), a monster hitmaker who is moving into her new queenly role as a knob-twister. You love to see it!
Maggie Rogers "Love You For A Long Time"
Start the introspective lady dance party with Rogers track, released after a big year for the singer, as a thank you to her fans.
Alicia Keys "Time Machine"
Keys is giving off those San Junipero vibes
in the '80s throwback roller rink video for her new single. The lyrics are, of course, the most uplifting thing you'll hear all season.
Meghan Trainor feat. Lennon Stella and Sasha Sloan "Workin' On It"
Trainor drops a track for everyone out there trying their best. If you need a little nudge to keep on track with whatever you're workin' on, hit play on this song.
Zara Larsson "Invisible"
Larssson's original song from the soundtrack of Netflix's Klaus
is not a holiday song, but it's a song that came out around the holidays that will really get you in the feels.
Dua Lipa "Don't Start Now"
How about a warm slice of independence to go with your pumpkin spice latte? Lipa is serving it up in her latest dancefloor anthem, dedicated to a rotten lover. Cuffing season can eat a fat pumpkin loaf.
Haim "Now I'm In It"
One is the loneliest number and it's the one Haim explores in their latest single. Except, this is no breakup single. The friendship Danielle Haim is examining is with herself and her mind. Yes, you can still put it on your breakup mix if you like.
Sabrina Claudio "Take One To The Head"
Claudio will have you wrapped around her little finger after you hear this song, so prepare to join her fandom. The track is off her current project, TRUTH IS.
Selena Gomez "Look At Her Now"
Selena Gomez made waves with her release of two new singles this fall, ahead of a new album drop. "Look At Her Now" is a solid anthem that advocates for taking a healthy look back at the bad behavior both you and your ex may have gotten up to in a relationship — and then closing the book on it.
Kesha feat. Big Freedia "Raising Hell"
Kesha is back and, why yes, she is ready to raise some hell. Her previous album was an emotional juggernaut with some bangers laced in. If the first single from her next album is any indication, it may be back to mainly bangers for the girl we most want to share the dancefloor with.
Hayley Kiyoko "Demons"
The latest single from Kiyoko's forthcoming I'm Too Sensitive For This Shit project (which is very carefully not being referred to by an album) hits a dance groove that will hold on to you through Halloween.
Doja Cat "Rules"
Doja Cat drops a catchy-follow up to her TikTok viral hit "Mooo!" Her album, Hot Pink, will be out on November 7.
Lauren Alaina "The Other Side"
Dancing With the Stars premiere? Alaina doesn't mind if she does! One of country's up-and-coming ladies returns with a song that might break your heart and that absolutely got Alabama Hannah to dance.
JoJo feat. CHIKA "Sabotage"
JoJo is warming up the fall with a burner that will make your face turn red. It's not easy to talk about self-sabotaging in your relationships, but JoJo is doing exactly that — and facing her fears.
Megan Thee Stallion x VickeeLo "Ride Or Die"
You didn't think the queen of 2019 was done releasing music, did you? Megan Thee Stallion teamed up with VickeeLo for a new single on the Queen & Slim soundtrack that's strictly for those who ain't shy.
Dove Cameron "Waste"
The first singles off of Dove Cameron's forthcoming album, and the first original songs she's co-written, completely took me by surprise with their sound. It's complex, arranged to perfectly suit her voice, and has more than a hint of inspiration from Radiohead, filtered through some more modern pop production methods.
Bishop Briggs "Champion"
"What if there was a world where my vulnerability was what made me powerful?" That is the question Bishop Briggs wanted to ask with her single "Champion" and she did that and more. She's heading out on a tour this fall, so if you're ready to heal those bruises and fight back, get a ticket.
Carly Pearce & Lee Brice "I Hope You're Happy Now"
After her successful debut in the country charts with her last album, Carly Pearce is coming back with a new one. Her first track is a duet with Lee Brice that addresses wishing an ex the best in their next relationship.
Reneé Zellweger & Sam Smith "Get Happy"
Two icons team up to sing their interpretation of one of the great American songbook classics for the Judy soundtrack? Obviously it's a yes.
FKA twigs feat. Future "holy terrain"
After working on it for the last three years, FKA twigs will release her second album, Magdalene, on October 25. "[T]he process of making this album has allowed me for the first time, and in the most real way, to find compassion when I have been at my most ungraceful, confused and fractured. I stopped judging myself and at that moment found hope in Magdalene. To her I am forever grateful,” twigs said in a press release.
Camila Cabello "Shameless"
On her second album, Romance
, Cabello focuses on...well, love. It's a well-timed exploration, given the public fascination with her rumored romance with Shawn Mendes
. "These songs are basically the story of my life the past couple years and the stories I’ve accumulated — I knew for a long time I wanted my album to be called Romance
because these stories are about falling in love," Cabello said in a press release. The album is scheduled to drop on October 12.
Brittany Howard "History Repeats"
She's got a band, the Alabama Shakes, and a Grammy — and now, she's got a solo album. Brittany Howard's debut album, Jamie, dropped on September 20 and it is full of words and sounds worth hearing. The inspiration for the album is named after her sister, who taught her to play piano and write poetry, and who died when the two were still teenagers. "'History Repeats' is as much a personal song as it is a song about us as a human species. Our times of success may propel us forward, but our repeating failures hold us back from evolving into harmony,” Howard said in a press release.
Miley Cyrus "Slide Away"
She just kind of dropped this one without making a statement, letting the song speak for itself. Will Miley Cyrus release a new album soon? Another EP, to follow up She Is Here
? Or is Cyrus just going to drop what she wants, when she feels inspired to record it, from now on? Kinda hoping it's the latter.
After her VMAs performance, it's clear that we're in for a fall dominated by Normani. Her debut album has been delayed a few times, from the first quarter of 2019 to the beginning of August 2019 to...well, still no firm date. Any day now!
Technically, Hasley's next album, Manic, won't be out until the winter — it's got a January 17, 2020 release date. But you know she's gonna drop some killer singles ahead of that, starting with "Graveyard."
Tove Lo "Glad He's Gone"
Sweden makes the best pop, and Tove Lo is one of Sweden's finest. This song has been on my playlist
since it dropped and now I'm dipping into her whole new album, Sunshine Kitty
, which came out on September 20. "Sunshine Kitty
tells some of my teenage love stories, current infatuation, and future fears. Almost like a scrapbook," Lo said in a press release. Time to give that scrapbook a look!
King Princess "Prophet"
King Princess was one of my favorite musical discoveries of 2018
and, finally, her debut album, Cheap Queen
, is set to drop on October 25. She's a songwriter, a producer, a multi-instrumentalist, a singer, and truly a pop star like no other.
Taylor Swift "False God"
Swift's long-awaited seventh album, Lover
, dropped in August but with 18 tracks, you know she's got singles lined up through the fall and winter. My pick for your fall focus? "False God," a torch song about getting over a fight that's got PSL season written all over it.
Caroline Polachek "So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings"
Former Chairlift frontwoman Caroline Polachek is dropping her next album, Pang, on October 18. Her latest single is absolutely ideal for listening to while taking a brisk fall walk.
Mandy Moore "When I Wasn't Watching"
Can you believe it has been 10 years since Mandy Moore released her last album? Luckily for us, she's felt the stirrings and returned to the studio — and her next album will be out early in 2020. Until then, enjoy fall, Southern California-style, with her first single in a decade.
Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "2099"
Fall is only the immediate future. Charli XCX is ready to take you into the deep future. Her track with Troye Sivan, from her September 13 album Charli, is a bookend to their previous "1999" track. It is is a vibe that stands alone on any playlist — you will know it the minute this one comes on.
Alessia Cara "October"
When Alessia Cara drops a single called "October," you know it's going on my fall playlist. Her latest EP, This Summer, dropped on September 6 and is going to keep me going This Fall.
Miranda Lambert & Maren Morris "Way Too Pretty For Prison"
Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris aren't just a team-up of two of the biggest women on the country charts — their song is a collaboration between two East Texas girls. Lambert's new album Wildcard is expected on November 1. If the singles she's already dropped are an indication, she's fooling around with some '70s rock sounds, from the South to the South(ern) tip of California.
Ella Henderson "Glorious"
If you'd like a little British pop in your playlist this fall, let Ella Henderson bring it. Her Glorious EP will drop on November 8, but this teaser song is meant to make you start feeling...well, glorious, right now.
Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Rey "Don't Call Me Angel"Charlie's Angels
is one of the most anticipated movies of this fall so, of course, it needed a lead single from the soundtrack that was mega huge. So huge that they got three insanely successful pop stars to sing it. Hard to make a bigger splash than that!
Kash Doll feat. Big Sean "Ready Set"
If you're looking for a breakout star in the world of women rappers, keep your eye on Kash Dall this fall. Her next LP, Stacked, is slated to drop on October 4.
The Highwomen "Highwomen"The Highwomen
(Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby, and Amanda Shires) made a huge splash with their September album release. This track, which opens the album, features the additions of Yola
and Sheryl Crow — and is an updated version of the original "Highwayman" single that the country supergroup they're modeled after (Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings). It makes a big statement out of the gate and will be on repeat for me all season long.
Angel Olsen "Lark"
Her next album, All Mirrors (out October 4), was meant to be a double album. It finds Angel Olsen exploring her dark side and it's an amazing thing to witness. "In every way — from the making of it, to the words, to how I feel moving forward, this record is about owning up to your darkest side, finding the capacity for new love and trusting change even when you feel
like a stranger," Olsen said in a press release.
Kim Gordon "Sketch Artist"
Can you even believe this will be Kim Gordon's first solo album? After decades in Sonic Youth, one of the most important and influential art rock bands of a generation, and several collaborative projects, Gordon is finally stepping out as the face of her own musical project. No Home Record will be out on October 13.
Maddie & Tae "Everywhere I'm Goin'"
Let their voices wash over you, because harmonies like the ones Maddie and Tae weave together aren't the kind you find everywhere. The duo is back with a new album, which is out October 18.