‘The Journal’s’ 2023 Sad Girl Autumn playlist

Songs to keep you company as seasonal affective disorder sets in

These songs are guaranteed to make you cry.

Sad Girl Autumn is officially upon us.

The nights are getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and before you know it, it’s 6 p.m. and pitch-black outside. Summer is over and the previously green leaves have surrendered their colours to vibrant shades of crimson, amber, and burnt orange.

Whether you’re experiencing the annual end-of-year existential crisis or just have a flair for the dramatic, it’s time to delve into the bittersweet and melancholic spirits of the season. This carefully curated list of songs is the quintessential soundtrack for those looking to get in touch with their emotions this autumn.

“That Funny Feeling” by Bo Burnham (Phoebe Bridgers cover)

A Sad Girl Autumn playlist wouldn’t be complete without Phoebe Bridgers’ soft, angelic voice.

Her hauntingly beautiful rendition of Bo Burnham’s “That Funny Feeling” captures the essence of fall with its melancholic and reflective tone. The song’s lyrics address themes of uncertainty and explore the feelings of anxiety created by modern society.

Bridgers’ cover infuses the track with a profound sense of emotional depth, making it the perfect song for fall, if you ask me.

“Roslyn” by St. Vincent and Bon Iver

All you Twilight b—ches, this one’s for you.

I had a very hard time limiting myself to just one Bon Iver song, but this evocative and emotional ballad perfectly encapsulates the mood for fall. The song’s delicate acoustic guitar, ethereal harmonies, and Justin Vernon’s raw, emotive vocals create a sense of wistfulness.

Who knows, you might even stumble across a hot vampire while listening to this song.

“Monogamy” by Leith Ross

“Monogamy” by Leith Ross seamlessly fits into any sad playlist. The lyrics are true, honest, and overly self-aware, evoking a deep sense of self-reflection.

Even if you don’t relate to the lyrics, the song’s gentle melody and Ross’s emotive vocals capture the sense of longing and emotional depth we all feel.

“If We Were Vampires” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Noah Kahan cover)

If you’re going to add any of these songs to your Sad Girl Autumn playlist, let it be this one.

Noah Kahan’s cover of “If We Were Vampires” is a hauntingly beautiful rendition of Jason Isbell’s song, adding a delicate, ethereal quality, and enhancing its bittersweet essence. Isbell’s lyrics are pure poetry and paint a portrait of passionate love and mortality in a new light.

I’ve never willingly listened to any of Kahan’s songs, but what sets this cover apart and arguably makes it better than the original is his unique vocal timbre and ability to infuse the song with even more raw emotion and vulnerability.

The one downside: it’s not available on Apple Music. Sorry!

“Sullen Girl” by Fiona Apple

Nobody does Sad Girl Autumn like Fiona Apple.

Featured on her debut album “Tidal,” this song is beautiful and dark at the same time. The melancholic piano, poetic lyrics, and Apple’s tender vocals set this song apart from all the others on this list.

The meaning behind the song is layered with complex emotions and themes, making it a compelling and thought-provoking ballad. The sadness you’ll feel when listening to this is almost comforting in a sense, which is extremely rare.


 Your Sad Girl Autumn playlist is officially complete. If any of these songs make you cry, then consider me good at my job.


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