Sweater weather: The perfect playlist to get you in the fall spirit

Illustration of a sweater-wearing bear walking, with a coffee cup, through Sproul Plaza and listening to music.
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Quick! Grab a sweater and your earbuds, and listen to the Clog’s sweater weather playlist. It’s October, and the weather is starting to turn colder. I’m seeing more and more students on Zoom ditching short sleeves for cozy jackets, sweaters and blankets. So, in the spirit of fall, I’ve decided to make a sweater weather playlist. I’m imagining you waking up, fixing yourself a cup of coffee or tea, sitting all cozied up on your bed and opening up your laptop to tackle your Zoom meetings for the day … while listening to this playlist.

“Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood

This song is a no-brainer because of its title. But besides the title, this song is also fun to listen to. It’s calming and easy to sing along to, and the instrumentals in the background are truly invigorating. This song is such a classic: Back in high school, whenever someone said the word “sweater,” everyone would start singing the lyrics to this song. Maybe that only happened at my high school? Regardless, this song is a gem.

“Waves” by DAMON feat. Daniel Chia

Next up, we have “Waves.” If you’ve never heard of it, you’re missing out. Big time. With DAMON’s breathtaking voice combined with Chia’s disco jazz vibe, this song is soulful and truly beautiful. I seriously cannot get over this song. If you aren’t convinced already, DAMON is also a UC Berkeley student! I mean, how much better does it get? If I could make a playlist with only one song, it would be this one.

“Dirty Old Town” by Craig Cardiff

I absolutely love this song because it has such a soft and warm vibe, making me feel at home. A wonderful song with a graceful voice, “Dirty Old Town” makes you feel at peace. Cardiff resembles a hybrid of Norah Jones and John Mayer — very emotional and evocative.

“The Only Thing” by Sufjan Stevens

Where do you know this artist from? Oh, that’s right, “Call Me By Your Name.” Stevens is what I call someone with pure talent. This song is very soothing and encompasses both sensitivity and genuine love. Although very sad and melancholic, “The Only Thing” is also powerful and authentic.

“Subside” by Eloise 

This is a perfect song — all three minutes and eight seconds of it. Eloise has an angelic voice, and the combination of her vocals with the beat makes this an incredible piece. I think I may hold the record in the number of times I’ve played this song on repeat. I can’t help it. It makes me want to grab myself a hot chocolate, throw on a sweater, stare out the window and get lost in my thoughts.

“Somehow.” by Phony Ppl

Phony Ppl truly kills it every time. I don’t exactly know how to explain my emotions with this song, but I do know that it is riddled with pure talent. When I discovered this song, I felt really lucky, as if I had found a treasure. And I was right: This song is dreamy, and the beautiful instrumentals go up and down throughout, with a special surprise at the end.

“Good Morning” by Ralph Castelli

This song makes me want to wake up at 5 a.m. and watch the sunrise with a hot cup of tea. The repetitions within the lyrics provide for a perfect backdrop to accompany your thoughts. When you listen to this, you will definitely have a good morning. This is one of those songs you never get tired of listening to.

“Skinny Love” by Bon Iver

Wow, how does one even begin to describe this song? It gives off so many emotions and melancholic vibes. It’s a good thing you’re wearing a sweater to feel cozy and wrap yourself up in. I feel like every time I listen to this song, I am forced to take a breath, relax and reflect on where I am at the moment.

“The Girl” by City and Colour

I first listened to this song on a road trip with my mom. She looked over at me and said, “I imagine someone singing a song like this to you one day,” and it filled me with so much joy. Two minutes and 18 seconds in, the song changes course and becomes an upbeat masterpiece. It reminds you to fall in love, experience emotions you’ve never felt before, discover what’s out there and love others as you want to be loved. Be humble. Be appreciative. This song will always be one of my favorites.

Ditch your classical study music for a while and concentrate with these goodies instead. As we are quickly approaching a rainy season, you must add this playlist. Get some sweaters ready!

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