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The Best Country Songs for Fall

By Soda Canter

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Grab your favorite sweater and stock up on the bourbon - autumn has officially arrived! Have no fear though, we’ll keep you warm with a list to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Filled with harvest tunes to be grateful, nostalgic and a little heartbroken to, here's Holler list of 10 of the best country songs for Fall (plus, check out the full 50-song playlist below!).

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Mercy Bell - Golden Child Album Cover

Bell | 2021

Mercy Bell - 'Atlantic City'

The transition from summer to fall in a beach town is nothing short of tragic; the sun fading into the distance as the landscape braces for the cold.

Bruce Springsteen’s gut-wrenching lyric is stripped back here and reinterpreted through Mercy Bell's nuanced vocal. Through it, Bell presents a deeper understanding of change with the hope of rebirth.

Mercy Bell - Golden Child Album Cover

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Sara Trunzo - Dirigo Attitude Album Cover

2019

Sara Trunzo - 'Late Summer Bouquet'

The changing of the seasons in Maine provides a perfect background for this apt statement about the end of a relationship.

Trunzo’s gritty and superbly honest approach is less about heartbreak and more about raw acceptance.

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The Statler Brothers - Pardners in Rhyme Album Cover

Mercury Nashville | 1985

The Statler Brothers - 'Autumn Leaves'

The former opening act and backup singers to Johnny Cash were famous for applying gospel-infused harmonies into country music.

Alongside this clever lyric, the layered vocals demonstrate such a heartfelt yearning that must only be heard while watching the first fallen leaves.

The Statler Brothers - Pardners in Rhyme Album Cover

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Reba McEntire - Whoever's In New England Album Cover

MCA | 1986

Reba McEntire - 'Whoever's In New England'

With lines like “when the icy winds blow through you / remember that it’s me who feels the cold most of all”, you’ll be hard-pressed to not feel the utter heartbreak yourself.

Reba McEntire delivers a tear-inducing vocal that will have you shaking your fist at this louse in New England.

Reba McEntire - Whoever's In New England Album Cover

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6
Hailey Whitters - Raised

Pigasus / Songs & Daughters / Big Loud | 2022

Hailey Whitters - 'Raised'

The title track to Whitter’s superb 2022 album is an authentic testament to the bond of community.

A seasoned appreciation of individuals and spaces that shape and guide our lives. It's a reminder to give those close to you a call during this season.

Hailey Whitters - Raised

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Album - Cody Johnson - Human: The Double Album

Warner Music Nashville | 2021

Cody Johnson - 'Let's Build A Fire'

Even a consummate gentleman like Johnson likes to have a rip-roaring good time. There's no pause for post-Summer sadness during this celebration of the colder months. Pull on your sweater, put another log on the fire, and get downright cozy.

Album - Cody Johnson - Human: The Double Album

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George Strait - The Chill of An Early Fall Album Cover

MCA | 1991

George Strait - The Chill Of An Early Fall

When Strait’s honey-coated voice lingers into the chorus, you’ll feel the need to pour an extra shot of bourbon into your hot toddy. Who in their right mind would ever think of leaving the King of Country?

George Strait - Chill Of An Early Fall - Album Cover

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Guy Clark - Old No.1 & Texas Cookin' Album Cover

BMG | 1998

Guy Clark - Like A Coat From The Cold

On his 1975 debut Old No. 1, Clark provided this tender but forthright cut about weathering any storm under the protection of a steadfast relationship. It’s a lyrical master class and one of a million reasons why he remains so beloved.

Guy Clark - Old No.1 & Texas Cookin' Album Cover

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Kelsea Ballerini - Kelsea Album Cover

Black River Entertainment | 2020

Kelsea Ballerini - half of my hometown (feat. Kenny Chesney)

Ballerini always writes from a space of vulnerability and lived experience.

This nostalgic but universal reflection on her hometown will have you thinking back with a smile to those moments when your world revolved around Friday night football games.

Kelsea Ballerini - Kelsea Album Cover

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1
Taylor Swift

2021 | Sony

Taylor Swift - All Too Well (10 Minute Version)

Sure, it has one of the most iconic references to a scarf ever. Yet what is outstanding about the original 10-minute version is the precision of Swift’s craft.

The accompanying short film, while a welcome addition, wasn't needed with this strong imagery of lost love. Cozy up with a blanket and let her break you like a promise.

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