Top 20-ish Songs For a Perfect Date Night

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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,


Comments (49)

  • Kaleigh Quinn Reply

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

    February 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm
    • meganrea Reply

      That means a lot coming from you! #MissSpiritualGiftOfPlaylist ?

      February 13, 2015 at 12:42 pm
  • lisa smith Reply

    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!!

    February 13, 2015 at 2:32 pm
    • meganrea Reply

      N’Sync! Oh man, I’m all of a sudden 17 again! Ha, love it Lisa, Great songs!

      February 13, 2015 at 2:55 pm
  • Lana Alexander Reply

    “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!!!!!

    February 13, 2015 at 10:41 pm
    • meganrea Reply

      Happy Birthday to Dave! I love that that was one of “your songs!” 🙂 Love you Lana, Happy Valentines Day! ?

      February 15, 2015 at 12:36 am
  • The Imp Reply

    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*

    February 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm
    • meganrea Reply

      I love that Aerosmith was your wedding song! And I agree, finding each other a song = Super Romantic! So glad you stopped by 🙂

      February 15, 2015 at 12:42 am
  • Kristen from The Road to Domestication Reply

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

    February 16, 2015 at 2:44 am
    • meganrea Reply

      Thanks so much Kristen & thank u for hosting! 🙂

      February 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm
  • Maria from Collecting Moments Reply

    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 🙂

    February 16, 2015 at 3:55 pm
    • meganrea Reply

      Isn’t it though??! Thanks Maria, so glad you enjoyed and stopped by ?

      February 16, 2015 at 6:11 pm
  • Jenna @ A Savory Feast Reply

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

    February 18, 2015 at 11:17 pm
    • meganrea Reply

      Haha, thanks Jenna! Maybe there’s a few wedding reception songs in there for you 🙂

      February 19, 2015 at 6:51 pm
  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom Reply

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

    February 20, 2015 at 11:17 pm
    • meganrea Reply

      Yay! Hope I revived some favorites for you! ?

      February 21, 2015 at 10:44 pm
  • Jenny Coleen (The Littlest Way) Reply

    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.

    February 21, 2015 at 2:52 pm
    • meganrea Reply

      Me too! Hope you find some new favorites!

      February 21, 2015 at 10:43 pm
  • dousedinpink Reply

    What a fun playlist! Love all of these!

    Doused In Pink

    February 21, 2015 at 7:26 pm
  • Brittany Reply

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

    February 21, 2015 at 10:14 pm
    • meganrea Reply

      Good choice! I think I had that whole CD memorized at one point ?thanks for stopping by Brittany!

      February 21, 2015 at 10:42 pm
  • Kendra @ Reply

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

    February 24, 2015 at 5:09 am
    • meganrea Reply

      Thanks Kendra! Thanks for hosting 🙂

      February 24, 2015 at 6:41 pm
  • Virginia Knowles Reply

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

    February 25, 2015 at 12:13 pm
    • meganrea Reply

      Ooo gotta check those out, thanks! Love both of their styles.

      February 25, 2015 at 3:47 pm
  • Oh My Heartsie Girl Friday Linky Reply

    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.

    February 27, 2015 at 11:56 pm
    • meganrea Reply

      His music is just so fun! Thanks Karren!

      February 28, 2015 at 3:48 pm
  • dwellinginhappiness Reply

    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! 🙂

    March 1, 2015 at 4:13 am
    • meganrea Reply

      Ingrid Michaleson! That song is so fun! Thanks Amanda!! I’ll “see” you tonight 🙂

      March 1, 2015 at 9:43 pm
  • Lou Lou Girls Reply

    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

    March 2, 2015 at 6:52 pm
  • Teri@The Freshman Cook Reply

    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!

    March 6, 2015 at 3:35 am
    • meganrea Reply

      Thank you so much Teri! So honored! 🙂

      March 9, 2015 at 2:27 am
  • Liisi Reply

    So many good songs! Love this playlist 🙂

    March 6, 2015 at 9:44 pm
    • meganrea Reply

      Thanks Liisi! Glad you enjoyed it!

      March 9, 2015 at 2:29 am
  • Oh My Heartsie Girl Reply

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

    March 7, 2015 at 12:42 am
  • Lisa @ Fun Money Finds Reply

    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.

    March 8, 2015 at 3:31 pm
    • meganrea Reply

      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 😉

      March 9, 2015 at 2:33 am
  • elaine Reply

    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!!

    March 12, 2015 at 2:42 am
    • Megan Reply

      Thanks so much Elaine!

      March 12, 2015 at 2:50 am
  • Amanda Reply

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

    March 16, 2015 at 3:43 am
    • Megan Reply

      Thanks Amanda! So glad you stopped by 🙂 Hope you found some new favorites

      March 16, 2015 at 4:50 pm
  • Alice Megan Reply

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

    March 29, 2015 at 10:51 pm
    • Megan Reply

      thanks so much Alice Megan! I love that version of “Baby I’m Yours.” Thanks for introducing me to it 🙂

      March 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm
  • logancan Reply

    This is a great list! I just pinned it!

    April 6, 2015 at 8:28 pm
    • Megan Reply

      Thanks SO much Logan!! Huge fan of your blog, so glad you stopped by 🙂

      April 7, 2015 at 8:43 pm
  • Julia Reply

    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!

    April 15, 2015 at 6:37 pm
    • Megan Reply

      I’m so glad you liked it Julia! Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

      April 18, 2015 at 6:19 pm

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