Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. For all you singletons, that means swiping vigorously on Tinder for two weeks straight trying to catch the perfect date.
Okay. So you’ve got your date’s number after a few pickup lines about the Office. You’ve invited him/her over for a nice dinner date of mushroom carbonara with the bottle of the Pinot Noir that your aunt gave you for Christmas. The table is set. Only to be met with dead air – there’s no atmosphere because something is missing…
There’s no music! No dinner date is ever complete without some sultry yet tasteful tunes playing in the background.
A good playlist can salvage even the most terrible of meals (at least you’ve got that going for you). Here’s how you can make a playlist for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner date.
1. Loves Me…Loves Me Not
It’s really important not play anything that your date hates. Why? So that your date won’t affiliate his/her dislike of your music with his/her dislike of you. Now that it’s settled, do some research and figure out what genres your wonderful companion enjoys listening to. Finding common music tastes and shared secret pleasures are the perfect way to break the ice.
“Finding common music tastes and shared secret pleasures are the perfect way to break the ice.”
You can literally ask her who her favorite artists are. If your date listens mainly to 2000s Pop but you enjoy House, play something that you both like – “Something About Us” by Daft Punk can be a good place to start!
Pro Tip: Use Mixonset’s Find My Vibe feature on Daft Punk’s “Something About Us” – you’ll instantly get a 100-song playlist based one that retro house-pop vibe with zero effort.
2. Be Cute But Cool
Now that you’ve got your date’s attention, it’s time to switch gears and steal his/her heart by showing off your personality. There’s no better way to do than to change the music to amp up the Romance factor. That means cute but not cloyingly cute since you don’t want to come off as clingy on the first date (you might want to rethink playing “My Heart Will Go On” on replay). Sprinkle some crooners into your playlists like Daniel Caesar, Etta James, Hozier or Amy Winehouse.
Pro Tip: If your Valentine’s Day playlist only has 7 songs, use Mixonset’s Fill in the Gaps feature to expand that sound to 100 songs so that you can spend more time on good conversation and less time on playlist-making.
3. Dirty Dancing
You’re almost done with the meal. Your date is complimenting you on the cherry cobbler you made for dessert (thanks Claire from the Bon Appetit test kitchen). Now you’re both ready to move on – the dirty dishes can wait. To quote Nelly’s 2002 classic, “it’s getting hot in herre”.
Right before you light up the candles, change the atmosphere with music that has a touch of sensuality. It’s important not to play anything too cheesy or too graphic because both of those are ultimate mood-killers. Don’t be THAT guy.It’s important not to play anything too cheesy or too graphic because both of those are ultimate mood-killers. Don’t be THAT guy.
“It’s important not to play anything too cheesy or too graphic because both of those are ultimate mood-killers. Don’t be THAT guy.”
Pro Tip: To maintain that romantic intensity, use Mixonset’s “Party Mode” feature so that you’ll be having a sultry soiree all night.
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