Date nights are special, especially those where you get it all perfect down to the last romantic detail. That’s what makes them hard. And they can become particularly nerve-wracking when it comes to first dates—there’s a whole lot you have to worry about already. Beard or no beard? Hair with a middle part or a side one? Do you cook or go out? A dress or a skirt, a jacket or a shirt?
Well, since you already have so much on your mind, it would be nice if you could have one less thing to worry about. You see, the night’s end is arguably the single most important part of the whole date, since that stands to be the most memorable moment. A kiss or a hug? Or something more? Regardless of what you have in mind, you must know that at this point, it’s important to pick the right playlist. And that’s where we come in. Here are 20 songs to get the perfect mood for the end of your date night.
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Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Who doesn’t like to hear you like them just the way they are—no pretense, no posing. Though this one’s written for girls, the message can still be conveyed if you’re trying to tell it to a guy—just sing along and change the lyrics accordingly.
Just Give Me a Reason – P!nk
That you dedicate your S.O. this particular song might be the one reason they need to learn to love you. If not for the lyrics, then focus on the catchy tune and Pink’s perfect singing voice—it’s simply in good taste.
Promises – Calvin Harris & Sam Smith
This song is perfect for a more casual feeling—especially for a first date. If what you want is a cool tune without promises for the future and no strings attached, then this is the song for you.
“Let Her Go” – Passenger
A song for when you want to show that you know how to cherish what stands in front of you and you’re not afraid to show it. And who knows, you might even get your partner to realize they shouldn’t wait to let you go before they truly appreciate having you in their life.
“Horse to Water” – Tall Heights
This one’s a beautiful song to dedicate to your S.O., especially if you share a history. Just let them know you are there to be led back into the joy of being together.
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For the Widows in Paradise – Sufjan Stevens
From the heartwarming master Sufjan Stevens, this is a beautiful, low-key song to set a wonderful atmosphere by the candlelight. Nothing quite as romantic as that.
“Take Me to Church” – Hozier
For the outcast atheist-like worshipers out there, this is a great song with a great melody. It works amazingly in so many levels—to set the mood and to tell them just what they mean to you.
“Falling For You” – The 1975
A great way to tell someone you’re falling for them. If that’s what your date night is about, then this is the perfect song for you. It sets the mood just right, and says precisely the right things.
Visions of Gideon -Sufjan Stevens
You probably know this one from Call Me By Your Name (2017). That was a great movie as much as this is a great song—it’s gentle, melancholic (without being depressive), and amazing for a quiet evening filled with deep conversations with your loved one.
“Skinny Love” – Bon Iver
This one has a great and catchy melody, but its message may better be treated ironically, if you or your S.O. are into that. Still, it’s worth to include it in your playlist, if only as a fun tune.
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“Something” – The Beatles
A classic romantic song for the true lovers out there. This one works great both for casual as for serious relationships—it’s incredibly romantic either way.
“Must Be Dreaming” – Frou Frou
Whether you’re a skeptic or a romantic, if your feelings for your partner seem like a dream, this is the song for you. Play it right before you confess you are falling in love for the best effect.
“The Night We Met” – Lord Huron
A captivating song about nostalgia, regret, and a chance for a new beginning. If it’s your first date, it’ll make you treasure the path you’re on so you never come to feel remorse for the roads untaken.
“Stubborn Love” – The Lumineers
For those who believe that “the opposite of love is indifference,” and that “it’s better to feel pain than nothing at all,” will find meaning in this song. Take a chance, a leap of faith, and don’t be afraid to risk love.
“First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes
For those whose date is about reuniting with a loved one and giving it another chance, you’ll want this song on your playlist.
“Only Love” – Ben Howard
This one can have many layers, so it works for many types of situations—both for the casual nights that are all about the intensity of the moment, as for the deeper, serious commitments whose motto is “only love” above all things.
“I Will Be There” – Odessa
Another jack-of-all-trades kind of song, this one’s great even for friendships. But it is especially meaningful for a deep romantic relationship.
“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
One of my favorites, “Thinking Out Loud” is the quintessential date song to dedicate to that special someone. Don’t forget to kiss “under the light of a thousand stars.”
“All of Me” – John Legend
If you really want to let your partner know you’re all in, then rock this song as loud as you can. It’s also got a really nice tune, so you might as well put it in the background even if you’re going for something less serious.
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
A bit more on the fun side, Bruno Mars never disappoints with his impeccable rhythm and catchy melodies. And the lyrics are perfect if you’re into jewelry and Cadillacs, of course.
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