A Romantic Dinner Date Playlist

What to have playing to set the perfect mood


A night out on the town for cocktails and dinner can be fun. But with the deafening restaurant noise, the tiny tables crammed into an even more snug space, and the awkward dates around you, taking your date out can sometimes put a damper on your evening’s plans. So, instead of dining out, treat your date to a romantic dinner at home.

After you’ve planned and prepared the meal, there are a couple of things to keep in mind to really set a romantic scene: lighting and music. Read more of our tips for setting the scene for date night, then create your own playlist, starting with these date night songs below that are favorites below recommended by TDM editors. (Adding something by Michael Bolton is up to you.) Then be sure to read up on what date night mistakes you should avoid making to ensure your night goes smoothly.

Is there a date night favorite that we missed? Leave a comment below with the title and artist!


"Come Away With Me" — Norah Jones 

"What You Thought You Need— Jack Johnson 

"I Can’t Make You Love Me— Bonnie Raitt 

"When We Dance— Sting

"Somebody’s Baby— Jackson Browne

"Waltz Across Texas Tonight— Emmylou Harris 

"Have I Told You Lately" — Van Morrison 

"Take My Breath Away— Berlin 

"Brighter Than Sunshine— Aqualung 

"(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night— Shawn Colvin 

"What the World Needs Now— Burt Bacharach

"Time to Say Goodbye— Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

"I Wouldn’t Miss it for the World" — Jonathan Rice 

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