As I was driving to the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington, Massachusetts, on a spectacular fall day, my iPod Shuffle played an apropos song: James Taylor's Country Road. I decided that instant I needed to research fall songs and create a fall playlist for all of my autumn trips.
If you're planning to hit the highway on a New England fall foliage road trip this year, here are some suggested fall songs for your listening pleasure.
I've selected an eclectic collection of classic New England and fall songs, contemporary tunes and a few songs that simply seem fitting for a fall driving soundtrack. I'd love it if you shared your favorite fall playlist songs, too (contact Kim)!
Kim's Fall Songs Playlist
1. Indian Summer – Poco, from the CD Poco: The Ultimate Collection (Available on Amazon)
2. Country Road - James Taylor, from the CD James Taylor: Greatest Hits (Available on Amazon)
3. Change of Season - Hall & Oates, from the CD Change of Season (Available on Amazon)
4. O New England – The Decemberists, from the CD single Always the Bridesmaid: Volume I (Available on iTunes or Amazon)
5. When Fall Comes to New England – Cheryl Wheeler, from the CD Driving Home (Available on Amazon)
6. Weekend in New England – Barry Manilow, from the CD Barry Manilow Greatest Hits Volume II (Available on Amazon)
7. Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole, from the CD The Unforgettable Nat King Cole (Available on Amazon)
8. True Colors - Cyndi Lauper, from the CD Twelve Deadly Cyns… And Then Some (Available on Amazon)
9. Moonlight in Vermont - Willie Nelson, from the CD Stardust (Compare Prices)
10. Seasons Change – Expose, from the CD Exposure (Available on Amazon)
11. When the Leaves Come Falling Down – Van Morrison, from the CD The Best of Van Morrison, Vol. 3 (Available on Amazon)
12. Boston – Augustana, from the CD All the Stars and Boulevards (Available on Amazon)
13. Beautiful Sunday – Daniel Boone (Available on iTunes or Amazon)
14. Forever Autumn – The Moody Blues, from the CD Lovely to See You (Live) (Compare Prices)
Fall Instrumental Selections
If you'd prefer instrumental songs to accompany your fall ramblings, George Winston's Autumn album of New Age piano music (Available on Amazon) would also be very appropriate.
More Instrumental Songs for Fall
1. The First of Autumn – Enya, from the CD A Day Without Rain (Compare Prices)
2. Falling Leaves – Glen Miller Orchestra, from the CD Glen Miller 100th Anniversary: 75 Top Ten Hits (Available on Amazon)
3. Falling Leaves – Mark Wesling, from the CD A Day of Music (Buy from the Artist)
4. Gently Raindrops Falling on Leaves – Daniel Kobialka, from the CD Pathless Journey (Available on Amazon)