Besides the greeting, the ending is the most awkward part of any date.
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Do you wave? Do you hug? Do you kiss? Do you just sit in your car or living room in silence staring at each other until one of you breaks eye contact and backs out of the room?
No, friend. If you have a date that's going well, why don't you put on a little music, and let that do the flirty for you? Find a good song—something fun, not too cheesy, but songs a little something about you—and let this become a memorable moment. Certainly a song can say what you're thinking way better than you can yourself.
So, sit back, hit play and let these 35 songs end your date on the perfect note. If: You're both still getting over someone else, but still like to have a good time. Hey, breaking up sucks, but one great feeling is when you're done and ready to move on. Sounds like a good time to get back on the market. Sometimes being in love means bettering yourself for someone else. And that's what Yo La Tengo offers in four simple verses. As Amber Mark explains, it's not enough to just tell someone you love them. You have to cute it in more physical and emotional ways than just words.
Remember when Taylor Swift used to sing about love instead of fake news? That's the warm world that Kacey Musgraves transports you to with the sunny "Butterflies.
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It's love summed up in three words—the same three words, in fact. This simple exclamation expressed with such passion by Troye Sivan feels so pure, so contagious that you don't even need the qualification "living for your every move. With her silky smooth vocals, Syd imagines a life with this person where they just do couple things like watch TV in bed. That's real love right there.
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The Carters personify the ups and downs of a romantic partnership as an ocean, with the ebb and flow of relationships and the washing of sins. As the tide of their struggles recedes, it's all making love in the summertime.
Teyana Taylor's "Gonna Love Me" begins with an apology. There are a lot of New York songs.
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It's a romantic place when you're not dying of heat in a moist, rat-filled subway station. But everyone's experience is their own. And St. Vincent's "New York" does a beautiful job in summing up her experience. It's a situation that, somehow, anyone anywhere can relate to. A very useful thing about love is that it supports you when you're down, or scared, or crippled with anxiety. Whenever you need someone to lift you up, you have that person. Hell, if you went on a date the night before a big presentation or test or whatever, just play this song. Kendrick Lamar isn't necessarily one to write love songs or radio-friendly pop songs for that matter, but "LOVE.
Zacari does both. Damn, Kendrick, what emotion can't you sum up in cute than 10 words? Look, this would be the ultimate confidence move. If you think you have what it takes to top Mac DeMarco licking a guitar, then by all means go for it and play this with the video. Hey honesty is the best policy. When it comes to that moment, you just have to say what you feel. Be brave, be forward, make the first move. You won't regret it. If: You need a good sing-along. So let's be clear: If they don't know this flirty, you need to find someone else.
But if you both know it, this will be the perfect song to blast at 1 AM, screaming the lyrics after a few cocktails. If: You wanna let them know they're on your mind. So many couples play games. They hold things back, hide their songs, and are hesitant to reveal true feelings.
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Play it cool—don't tell them that they're on your mind. Frank Ocean cuts through all the bullshit and gets to the real talk. If: You need some tunes for the ride. Drake is always at his best as a cheesy romantic. And when it comes to love songs, occasionally that's the perfect choice.
It might be a little on-point, but if you put this on for the car ride home it fills those potentially awkward moments of travel silence, and says everything you need to say. If: You wanna show that you love your mom. It's not weird. And they will probably find it endearing.
Plus it's a beautiful song—no one is going to judge you. This is jukebox gold and a guaranteed slam dunk in the good-humor department. It's also one of the most identifiable hits of the '80s, a one-hit wonder and a song that practically requires a sing-along in order to exist. You'll laugh. You'll both sound wretched when you belt out the chorus.
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Everybody wins. It's a modern classic, an indie dreamboat anthem and one of the most underrated singles of last year. Father John Misty—as we've discussed before —is your anti-pop star in that he shirks industry standards and just wants to sing and write for his supper. Also: this. A no-brainer for the '90s nostalgia bank alone.
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It's fun, it's head-bang-able in the nerdiest of ways, it'll prompt a conversation about the guilty pleasures of your youth and potentially spark a Pinkerton vs. Blue Album debate.
It's the comfort food of carefree love songs, and a completely un-hate-able one at that. Playing a D'Angelo song—really any one of them—comes with certain assumptions. And while both of you will have his abs circa shimmering in your head, his murmuring voice on this new classic is a more debonair pick. A slinky, sexy duet with Kacey Musgraves your favorite country music artist, trust us that serves as four minutes of body-worshipping foreplay.
Any human knows Miguel is the king of lyrical sex, and the surprise country twang works oh so very well. Don't be afraid of breaking out movie-soundtrack favorites for a person, especially if they're covers: If it's a good one, like Seu Jorge's version of "Life on Mars" from The Life Aquatic, they will be thrilled for the new take on an old favorite and watch the movie that night.
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And likely with you. A telltale favorite rife with implication. Just met? Your good intentions are plain by the second verse.
Breaking up? Send this and save the relationship. Apologizing in any capacity? Relevant, sad, and true.