The 10 Best Autumn Songs for a Romantic Dinner in 2018
Believe it or not, it’s already the middle of autumn (fall for the Americans). The leaves have mostly fallen, and all the cloudy, rainy weather will soon turn to snow.
But it’s not Christmas yet, and the darkness and gloom can leave you feeling a bit blue.
But why so sad? Autumn is a wonderful, peaceful season.
A romantic dinner with your love or soon-to-be-love needs just the right kind of music—calm, uplifting but not too upbeat, slow but not sad.
The best autumn songs: how are they chosen?
One important thing to consider is how we’re choosing our best autumn songs.
Well, first of all, they obviously have to be about autumn.
It can either be in the title, or in the theme of the song.
Secondly, they have to have that peaceful mood of autumn.
Some have that end-of-summer/beginning-of-autumn peaceful mood (which is slightly uplifting, slightly sad), while others have that deep, gray autumn jazzy feeling.
Think black and white images of a cold New York City.
And the rest, well—you’ll see.
So, without further ado, we’d like to share with you our favorite autumn songs for a romantic dinner.
#10 The Flaming Lips – My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion
“They tell us “Autumn’s a comin’ and soon everything around us will die
Only a fool believes that he is different from the birds in the sky”
This is one of the more modern autumn songs, and it should go right at the beginning or in the middle of your dinner. The song is rather psychedelic, but these uptempo songs are good for setting the mood. When you’re having dinner, just remember to keep the volume low.
#9 Mamas & Papas – California Dreamin’
“All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray
I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day”
Yes, this is an autumn song. Okay, technically it’s a California winter song, but that’s pretty much autumn for the rest of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
Happy, relaxing, and upbeat, this is a song to dance to or talk over (you can even raise the volume a bit). I would put this at the beginning of your dinner though and set a good mood for the evening.
#8 Frank Sinatra – September Song
“Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December
But the days grow short when you reach September”
Frank Sinatra’s music, for some reason, always reminds us of Christmas and snow. However, this smooth crooner’s voice works very well for autumn too. “September Song” uses the metaphor of a year as a life, but it focuses on love and is never sad.
It’s perfect for taking your guy or girl by the hand in between courses and slow dancing cheek-by-cheek.
#7 Ella & Louis – Autumn in New York
“Autumn in New York, the gleaming rooftops at sundown
Autumn in New York, it lifts you up when you’re run down”
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong—how can you go wrong? This is one of the best romantic autumn songs. The jazzy trumpet, the smooth, sultry voice, the lyrics.
This is a song you play to show off your elegant, refined side. You don’t even have to dance to this one. Every conversation will be made smooth when you play this song in the background.
#6 Van Morrison – Autumn Song
“Leaves of brown they fall to the ground
And it’s here, over there leaves around”
This is the type of song that puts a smile on your face. Morrison’s voice has always been gospel-type, sultry and relaxing, and almost all of his songs will ensure a beautiful evening.
This is a relatively upbeat song for autumn. However much of a killer you are on the dancefloor, for this one just be smooth and simple. “Autumn Song” gets extra points for being extra-long, clocking in at more than 10 minutes, perfect for when you just don’t want the music to end.
#5 Eric Clapton- Autumn Leaves
“The falling leaves, drift by my window
The autumn leaves, of red and gold”
Although there are quite a few renditions of this song from many jazz masters, this one remains one of our favorites. The jazz level is in that great middle of not too much and not too little. Not too jazzy, and not too boring. Clapton’s guitar works amazingly well with the backing orchestra and soft drums.
#4 John Coltrane – Autumn Serenade
“Through the trees comes autumn with her serenade.
Melodies the sweetest music ever played.”
An upbeat, romantic music. You can dance to this one, but it works exceptionally well as background music to a fun, light conversation (no politics!) near the beginning of dinner. Hartman’s smooth voice and Coltrane’s usual virtuoso saxophone, mixed with soft autumn lyrics makes this one of the top romantic autumn songs.
#3 Guns N’ Roses – November Rain
“So if you want to love me
Then darlin’ don’t refrain
Or I’ll just end up walkin’
In the cold November rain”
Although a lot of hair band ballads can be quite cheesy, this song works by making it nice and slow. It’s slightly sad but not depressing, and the guitar and Axl’s voice really lend themselves to a smooth, throwback night.
I’d probably keep this in the background and save the jazz and soul for the dancing.
#2 Chet Baker – Tis Autumn
Okay, so technically this is an autumn song by name only seeing as there’s no lyrics. Nonetheless, it still has the quiet theme of autumn.
Chet’s undeniable trumpet gets deep down into your bones, in a good way, and soothes away the problems.
#1 Van Morrison – Moondance
“Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
‘Neath the cover of October skies”
This is it. This is how you end the evening. Not with anything too upbeat, not with anything too jazzy or slow. Just that sweet middle that hints at a wonderful dinner and a hopefully longer, wonderful evening.
Don’t sit down with your date on this one. You need to get up and moving. Show off all your dancing skills and charm your date with this romance classic.
The best songs for autumn
So, what do you think?
How do you like our little playlist for a romantic dinner in autumn?
Do they help you set that slow, adult, romantic mood?
A lot of these are connected with our memories and our experiences, and they hold a special place for us.
We’d love to hear from you—what are some of your favorite autumn songs for a beautiful, romantic dinner? Let us know in the comments below!