Fall is in full swing, and it brings a whole host of changes with it. The weather gets colder and the days get shorter. Often, we find ourselves in a sort of slump during this time of year, since everything seems to be in flux. The following songs on this list will help you take a step back from that slump and recharge. Sit down, press play, and embrace the funk.
5. “Omen”—Disclosure feat. Sam Smith
This is your “walk to the gym even though I don’t want to” song. By that, I mean that this song is for the moments when you find yourself looking for some ounce of motivation to do what you need to do, but don’t necessarily want you to. The reason for this is because of how vibrant and upbeat this track is. Much like “Slip,” this song is best listened to when you are feeling anything but motivated, because its infectious beat and positive vibe will get you feeling motivated as soon as you press play.
4. “No Diggity”—Chet Faker
Okay, honestly, how could you listen to this song and NOT start to feel better as it goes on? This is a great track for those moments when you need a solo pick-me-up. The throaty-whispery quality of the vocals combined with the lyrics make this song an instant confidence booster. Press play on this track and do what you need to do—whether that means cleaning your messy room or having a 30-second dance party—to embrace the flux of fall.
3. “Do It”—Tuxedo
Whenever I find myself in a fall-induced slump, my biggest problem is that I lose all motivation to do the really small—but really necessary—things that are part of my daily routine. This song will inject that motivation into your life if you have a similar struggle. I mean, it’s called “Do It,” for crying out loud. Aside from its title, this track is unassumingly optimistic, combining a solid beat with guitar and piano motifs that will infuse your day with the right amount of positivity to get you moving.
2. “Slip”—Elliot Moss
I love this song for the way its elements take on an almost liquid-like quality. This song undulates, and the combination of a steady synthetic beat with floaty harmonies lends a certain sexiness to the song as a whole. And that’s why this song is so appropriate for when you’re feeling the flux that this time of year brings. Listen to this song for when you’re feeling anything but sexy, and watch how it can turn your mindset around completely.
1. “Ain’t No Sunshine”—Bill Withers
This song is a timeless blend of bluesy soul and steady rhythm, made even better by the crystal clear smoothness of Bill Withers’ voice. Its subtle soulful energy contrasts beautifully with the melancholy lyrics of the song, but the rhythm of the song prevents the melancholy from evolving into straight sadness. While it might not make sense to listen to a blues song if you’re already in a slump, sometimes embracing the emotions that put us there in the first place is what helps us overcome them.