Editors’ Picks: Songs of October

(Graphic by Catherine Eldridge | Collegian Media Group)
“Homesick” by The Marcus King Band: Grace Needham

As October ushers in the cold weather, I begin to miss the people I love that seem a “hundred miles” away. “Homesick” by The Marcus King Band perfectly represents this feeling and is one of the most romantic songs I’ve ever heard. Marcus King reminds himself that his “heart is due back south” through soulful vocals and passionate crescendos. “You’re the only one [who] makes me homesick.”

“Little Freak” by Harry Styles: Cole Deutschendorf 

I think a lot of Harry Styles’ most recent album “Harry’s House” fits the fall and October vibe, but I chose to go with “Little Freak.” In the song, Styles reminisces about a past relationship. I think the softer nature of the lyrics, Styles’ voice and of the instrumentals emit some fall vibes as we transition from the heat to the cool autumn weather. 

“Wish I Knew You” by The Revivalists: Meredith McCalmon

Though “Wish I Knew You” released in 2016, I believe it’s timeless. This is one of those songs you love when you’re a kid, forget about for years and rediscover when you hear it on the radio one day. The mix of jazzy sound and storytelling lyrics make it the perfect tune for an airpods-in walk around campus.

“The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie” by Colter Wall: Cole Bertelsen

The haunting lyrics in “The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie” recount a man selling his soul to the devil. Colter Wall’s gravelly voice paired with the guitar creates the perfect eerie atmosphere as Halloween approaches. Wall’s gruff singing harkens back to outlaw country icons like Johnny Cash. The storytelling in this song is mesmerizing and a big reason why it’s one of Wall’s most popular songs. Wall said this song is based on the legend that blues artist Robert Johnson sold his soul to play the blues exceptionally well. 

“I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin: Catherine Eldridge

Aretha Franklin’s smooth and soothing voice has calmed me down from the stress of the semester all month now. I’ve been playing this song on repeat while walking from class to class, and it just makes me feel at ease. 

“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder: Kaitlynn Faber

If anyone has seen me dancing on the way to class, it’s because of this song. The funky bassline hits year-round, but the supernatural lyrics always get me into the Halloween groove.

“Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest: Margaret Latenser

This classic song will always remind me of late night fire pits, warm hot chocolate and happy conversation. The fun beat is guaranteed to get people moving and put a smile on anyone’s face. Even if the weather is a little chilly, play this song and your group is sure to warm up with laughter and dancing. 

“You’re Gonna Go Far” by Noah Kahan: Avery Johnson 

As the leaves fall and the air turns cold, I begin to miss home. This song reminds me of the comfort of what I know home to be while reminding me it’s okay to be away from home to work toward my future. Everything left behind at home will still be there when I return, and this song reminds me of that. Fall is the time of feeling nostalgic and this song does that perfectly.

“From the Inside” by Linkin Park: Luke Lazarczyk

Nothing is better than one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands. As the weather gets colder, it’s an excellent song to listen to while walking to class in the cold or working out in the gym. It’s a song you can either loudly scream along to by yourself or get yourself locked in.

“Amber” by 311: Carter Schaffer

Much like the color of October’s leaf canopies around campus, the laid back, upbeat tune of “Amber” is exactly what every listener needs to mellow out to. It’s a perfect playlist option for background studying music or singing along with a lover on a long car ride. Over 20 years later and the song still holds up as a simple yet catchy chill October beat.