Editors’ Picks: Songs of November

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“Jersey Giant” by Tyler Childers: Margaret Latenser

November means Thanksgiving, visiting home and seeing loved ones. This season brings back core memories and ignites nostalgia. “Jersey Giant” is the perfect song to look back on happy times and remember the good, even if it makes you a little sad they’re over. The simple beat and heartwarming lyrics soothe my wandering thoughts as I reminisce. 

“Ragged Wood” by Fleet Foxes: Meredith McCalmon

Winter can be cold and desolate, but this song reminds me of all the joy this season brings. The indie folk sound paired with raw vocals feels reminiscent and inviting. “Ragged Wood” is the perfect song to listen to as the air continues to cool and the final November leaves fall off the trees.

“November Air” by Zach Bryan: Cole Bertelsen

“November Air” is a fitting addition to this list not only for its name, but especially because of its theme. The lyrics reference the cold feeling that comes with missing a loved one. While that’s a sad thought, the poignant song leads me to reflect during the Thanksgiving season. This especially is the time to appreciate those you love, and this song reminds me that time is precious. 

“Don’t Take the Money” by Bleachers: Grace Needham

Let’s be honest — things are dreary right now, with finals looming and winter drawing near. “Don’t Take the Money” is a pick-me-up with its leg-bouncing beats, despite its roller coaster lyrics. If you’re a fan of Jack Antonoff’s behind-the-scenes work with superstars like Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey, bump this song to hear what he sounds like as the vocal lead.

“Double Vision” by Ocean Valley: Catherine Eldridge

It’s that time of the year — I’m missing summer and the beach, but this band helps me cope. I’ve been listening to them nonstop this past week. Their psychedelic surf-rock sound makes me feel like I’m lying in the sun again.  

“Steve’s Going to London” by AJR: Carter Schaffer

From AJR’s newest album “The Maybe Man,” “Steve’s Going to London,” while not the strongest song on the disc, is definitely one of the most memorable. The humorous track breaks up the rather somber lyrics the album features with a light-hearted theme of friends stuck in different problems.

“Here You Come Again” by Dolly Parton: Kaitlynn Faber

From dancing in my tiny childhood living room while my family decorated for Christmas to watching “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” with my great-grandparents, Dolly Parton always brought my family closer. This bright, playful song makes me feel optimistically nostalgic, reminding me of my family and how excited I am to see them for the upcoming holidays.

“Blessings” by Hollow Coves: Avery Johnson

As Thanksgiving approaches and I begin to pack my bags to spend a week at home with the people I love, I am reminded of all the things I am thankful for — whether I’m in Manhattan or in my hometown. “Blessings” reflects on the idea of holding your loved ones close while you can. As I continue to grow and when I am hours away from home, I have learned to appreciate the little things I am thankful for in my hometown even more. 

“Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake: Cole Deutschendorf

This song encapsulates chill vibes, which is coincidentally the same vibes I believe Thanksgiving and November emit. Between the leaves continuing to fall, the pumpkin pie coming out of the oven and the candles producing the most comfortable scents, you can’t get much better than November. Again, the relaxed vibes of the song mixes perfectly with the ambiance of November. 

“Mind Over Matter” by Young the Giant: Luke Lazarczyk

As we near the end of the semester, it’s time to push forward. All I want to do is to enjoy my Thanksgiving and winter breaks and relax. Still, I must mentally push through to the end. Simply put, mind over matter.

“Harvest Moon” by Neil Young: Gwyneth Davidson

“Harvest Moon” is the perfect song to listen to driving home for Thanksgiving, passing through the winding Flint Hills. You can almost imagine dancing under the big orange harvest moon Young describes. Put on your flannel, enjoy your pumpkin pie and vibe to the sweet classic. Sadly for Spotify listeners, this masterpiece is only available on Apple Music.