Women are suckers for a well thought-out playlist. Whether you’re looking for some background music to play while we’re at your place, trying to DJ your making-her-dinner date or just cruising in your car, there are some sure fire winners you should add into rotation.

These thoughtful little ditties are part soul-baring, part love-professing, but all couched entirely in girl-loving goodness. This is the beginning of an ongoing feature, kicked off by my own favorites, but open to suggestions from my fellow females. Hit it, maestro.

  • “Shelter” – Ray LaMontagne
  • “I Was Made For You” – Rivers Cuomo
  • “Twenty Years” – Augustana
  • “First Day Of My Life” – Bright Eyes
  • “The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out Of His Mind” – Griffin House
  • “You Make It Real” – James Morrison
  • “Arms of a Woman” – Amos Lee
  • “Angel” – Jack Johnson
  • “Won’t Back Down” – Mat Kearney
  • “Don’t Let Me Down” – Stereophonics
  • “Say Yes” – Elliott Smith
  • “Love Will Come Through” – Travis
  • “Question” – Old 97s
  • “Happy Ever After In Your Eyes” – Ben Harper
  • “Can’get You Off My Mind” – Lenny Kravitz
     And if that still isn’t enough to win her over:

  • “Longing To Belong” – Eddie Vedder
  • “Lovely Tonight” – Joshua Radin (or anything by him, really)
  • “The Trapeze Swinger” – Iron & Wine
  • “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” – Death Cab For Cutie (cue up anything from Transatlanticism and you’re golden)
  • “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right” – Even though it’s a Dylan song, something about the Brett Dennen and Ted Lennon version is just…sweeter. Almost makes you forget it’s actually about breaking up. No matter, still woos.
  • “No One’s Gonna Love You” – Band Of Horses
  • “First In Line” – Matthew Mayfield
  • “Atlas Hands” – Benjamin Francis Leftwich

And the granddaddy of all swoon-worthy tunes, “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. If you play that song for her and she doesn’t melt, check her pulse. Or you could just go the conventional route and throw on an entire Radiohead album, that ought to do the trick.

Of course a lot of these songs may make anyone without ovaries gag, but they’re not for you – they’re for you to win us over. Never underestimate the power of music to put us in the mood, men. Hey, it worked for John Cusack, right?iWINGMAN

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2 thoughts on “SONGS THAT WILL WOO HER: VOL. 1

  1. Great selections. I and some from have, over the years, cultivated a no-fail DYP mix – you know what that means, and who those friends are that helped in its creation – and I have to say that the right musical selections really do set the tone for the evening. Keeps the tracks coming…must of us guys need all the help we can get.

  2. You forgot H-Town’s Knockin’ Da Boots. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to buy Plan B after hearing that song.

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