Top 20-ish Songs For a Perfect Date Night

The Best Date Night Playlist

I make a playlist for everything. I have a workout playlist, a “get-ready-get –out-the-door” playlist, a playlist for my time with God, and as the title suggests, a Date Night Playlist. It’s simply called “Chris,” because he’s the only one I’m dating these days 😉


Here’s my conclusion on making a great Date Night Playlist. The songs should be:

  • One part meaningful nostalgia

  • One part fun & playful

  • One part romantic

  • One part pure embarrassment

(c’mon you all know if someone hit shuffle on you ipod you’d be white knuckling it a bit) 😉



  Music is a huge connector for us and these date night songs are proudly sporting all 4 of my requirements! Lol Now, to be clear, my Date Night playlist currently has 70 songs. I’m sentimental like that. BUT I thought I’d spare you a ridiculously long blog post and just give you the “highlight reel.”


 So here is a Top 20 (just kidding its actually 23)List in no particular order. Hope it gives you a little “inspiration” (*see #11) for your own playlist and helps you celebrate the gift of love in your no small life.


  1. The Book of Love – Peter Gabriel

Chris insisted this one be on the list, which made me crazy happy.


  1. Happy Together – The Turtles

Try and listen to this song without smiling. I dare you.


  1. You & Me-Dave Matthews Band

This song is so sentimental, it’ll just touch your heart


  1. Take the World -JohnnySwim

This might be a new one to some of you, but definitely definitely, give it a listen. It’s so endearing, it’ll be an instant favorite.


  1. More than Words-Extreme

I don’t care how many times I hear this song. It will never ever get old to me


  1. To be with you-Mr. Big

And while we’re on the subject of 80’s hairbands….


  1. Better Together –Jack Johnson

Because Jack Johnson arguably puts out some of the best “lets-just-get-in-the-car-and-go-for-a-long-drive-on-a-sunny-day” kind of music there is. And this version is awesome.


  1. Let’s Stay Together-Al Green

This song’s hook is so iconic, you almost get slightly cooler just listening to it


  1. Make you Feel My Love-Adele

There are 8,047 versions of this song. This is my favorite. Her. Voice.


  1. No One-Alicia Keys

 So much emotion in every note. Plus, Alicia’s just so cool.


 11. You’re the Inspiration-Chicago

Ok, this definitely falls under the “slightly embarrassing” category, BUT I so don’t care AND…Chris said this was a must have.


  1. For Once in my Life-Stevie Wonder

In honor of his Life Time Achievement Grammy this year; one of the happiest songs of all time.


  1. Wonderwall-Oasis

This song. Pure Nostalgia. It will always remind me of Chris driving me back home to my parents house after date night in his Geo Tracker. Good Times.


  1. Come Away with Me-Norah Jones

You really don’t need an explanation of why this song is on the list do you?


  1. Feeling Good-Michael Buble

This song is just swanky. If you happen to be walking when this song comes on, your walk will automatically turn into a strut.


  1. Just the way you are-Bruno Mars

Yes, I like this song. Yes, I know, my inner 16 yr old is showing.


  1. The Way I am-Ingrid Michaelson

She had me at Rogain


  1. When You Say Nothing At All-Allison Krauss & Union Station

As a person with a “Words of Affirmation” love language, I really shouldn’t like this song as much as I do 😉


  1. Mercy-Duffy

Feeling Sassy? Now you are. I’m a sucker for any pop with a throwback feel.


  1. Hey Mama-Mat Kearney

This song is pure summertime. Play it and dream of warmer weather together.


  1. Say Hey (I love you)-Michael Franti & Spearhead

Try not dancing when this song is on. Just Try. I. Dare. You.


  1. I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)-The Proclaimers

This might be the Best Weird song of all time.




  1. Have I Told you Lately that I Love You-Van Morrison

Classic slow dance am I right?


 So there you have it! Some of my top fav’s for a GREAT date night playlist. Which ones did I miss?  I’d love to hear your must-have date night songs.  I need to keep adding to my 70 😉

Until Next Time,



  1. You should definitely make a bunch of Spotify playlists because I would follow all of them!


  2. lisa smith says:

    Good ones! How about “This I Promise You” N ‘ Sync. 🙂 “Your Song” Elton John..I have so many I can think of!! I love Wonderwall!!


  3. Lana Alexander says:

    “Happy Together” by the Turtles was one of our Songs back in the day and still IS!!! Thanks for reminding us, Megan (Ha! Ha!) BTW: Dave will be 68 Valentines Day! Love you and Chris! Have a wonderful Valentines Day!!!!!


  4. Our wedding song was, “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith. Yeah, we’re so not a ‘normal’ couple.
    our 1st anniversary song was ‘Amazed’ by Lonestar

    our ‘life theme’ song is “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel.

    Every now and then, Wolf comes home and says, “Look up this song…” and tells me it made him think of me. I’d rather that than chocolates or flowers. *twitterpated*


  5. This is a fantastic list! Thanks so much for joining us at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week!


  6. I love these! I agree with you: Adele’s rendition of “Make You Feel My Love” is by far my favorite. Her voice is to die for! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  7. Jenna @ A Savory Feast says:

    This playlist is perfect for a date night! I love your formula for choosing songs 🙂 Thanks for joining us for Hump Day Happenings!


  8. This is a great list and there are some songs on here that I love that I haven’t heard in ages!


  9. LOVE Jack Johnson. I’m going to have to click through and listen this playlist…so many I am not familiar with or at least not by name.


  10. What a fun playlist! Love all of these!

    Doused In Pink


  11. Great playlist! Ours would also include “Head Over Feet” by Alanis Morissette since that’s “our” song. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty !


  12. Kendra @ says:

    Thanks so much for sharing at our party, Megan! Hope you’re having a great week!


  13. My current fav love song – “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sherran. Also, “Soldier” by Gavin DeGraw.


  14. What fun to create this whole list for everyone, Stevie Wonder was always amazing!!!
    Thanks for sharing on Friday Feature this week, appreciate the visit!!
    Hope you have a great weekend.


  15. dwellinginhappiness says:

    Great list!! I loooove #17; totally my fave! Thank you for sharing this at Motivational Monday! We’d love to have you back on Sunday at 6pm. Hope your weekend is going great! 🙂


  16. Fun post. Pinned and tweeted. We love to party with you, so I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Have an amazing day! Lou Lou Girls


  17. Thank you for linking up your Date Night Playlist at Celebrate It! Your great selection of songs are featured at this weeks party! I hope you can stop by and link up again!


  18. So many good songs! Love this playlist 🙂


  19. Hi Megan, thanks for stopping by again this week. Just pinned!!!
    Have a great weekend!!


  20. Great list! I think “You’re the inspiration” was actually my prom theme (although it was so many years ago, I can’t remember for sure…LOL). I’m always looking for good songs to add to my workout list so I’d love to see that next.

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    • Thanks Lisa! I think that would’ve made a great prom song 🙂 Great Idea! I’m always adding to that playlist too…now my wheels are turning 😉


  21. What a great list!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope you come back tomorrow and share some more…I love having you!! Pinned!!


  22. This is such a great list! I don’t have a date night playlist, but what a great idea.


  23. Fab playlist a few songs I’d not heard of that I’ve looked up
    I recommend Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys!


  24. This is a great list! I just pinned it!


  25. Hi there, stopping over from the link-up! I LOVE this list, amazing!! So many good ones! I need to make a date night playlist and pretty much all of these would be on it!


  26. Aww I LOVE these!! My hubster and I have a couple songs that we refer to as “ours”. Fitz and the Tantrum’s Out of My League always takes us back to when we were newly dating. Yay! I am pinning this list. 🙂


  27. Great playlist! Definitely some good songs picked.



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