30 Songs to Pump You Up for a First Date


There's nothing like a first date to get your nerves going. You start questioning everything. Should I wear this? Does my hair look better with a side part or a middle part? What should I say if he asks about my past relationships? Too many questions to worry about, if you ask me! You're trying to play it cool and confident — not a ball of beautiful nerves.

What better way to ease your anxieties than with a pump-you-up kind of playlist.

Here are 30 songs that will make you feel confident and excited for date number one. Your date won't know what hit him or her.

1. "All About that Bass," Meghan Trainor

Let this Meghan Trainor song bring the confidence out before your big date — no matter what size you are.

2. "Bang Bang," Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj

This catchy single will have you feeling bold and determined for any first date. Sing along with these powerful women and get your sexy on.

3. "Dancing Queen," ABBA

Who doesn't love a good ABBA song?! This classic tune is perfect for getting pumped up. Put those dancing shoes on because tonight you'll be a "dancing queen."

4. "Don't Stop Believin'," Journey

"Don't stop believin' " in yourself. This song is exactly what you need to take those nerves away before the big meet n' greet.

5. "Drunk in love," Beyoncé, Jay-z

Let's hope by the end of your date you'll be feeling "drunk in love." Maybe not so drunk, but yes, in love.

6. "Everywhere," Fleetwood Mac

This 1987 Fleetwood Mac song is perfect to put on a pre-date playlist. Get in touch with your inner Stevie Nicks and bring out that gypsy in you.

7. "Falling," Haim

These three sisters want to help a sista out before her date. Listen to their smooth voices to soothe your soul. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

8. "Fancy," Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX

You will be feeling oh, so fancy, after listening to this Iggy Azalea number-one hit.

9. "Feel This Moment," Pitbull, Christina Aguilera

On any date, you should be in the "moment." So, this song is a great precursor to pumping you up for that. And I mean, who doesn't love a little Pitbull and Christina duet?

10. "Fly Me to the Moon," Frank Sinatra

There's nothing like a little Sinatra to put you in the mood for a wonderful date night. This 1954 classic will have you feeling classic yourself.

11. "Get Lucky," Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers

If you want to get lucky, then listening to "Get Lucky" is your best bet.

12. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," Michael Jackson

This 1979 Michael Jackson hit will have you more than thrilled to meet your date. "Don't stop" listening to this song, because it's just what you need to pump you up.

13. "Hallelujah I Love Her So," Ray Charles

This rock n' roll single is just the song you need to psych you up for this date. Ray Charles had a way with the women, so he sure knew what he was singing about.

14. "Happy," Pharrell Williams

If you need a small dose of happiness before your date, then this is the song to listen to. Pharrell sure knows how to put a smile on your face.

15. "I Can't Help Myself," Four Tops

This 1965 Motown jam will have you dancing and singing all the way to your date. If this song doesn't put you in the mood, I don't know what else can.

16. "I Gotta Feeling," The Black Eyed Peas

This is the quintessential get pumped up song. If you want to have a good feeling about your night then turn up this Black Eyed Peas song and sing along.

17. "Raise Your Glass," Pink

"Raise your glass" to this song because Pink sure knows how to thrill us. You'll be going on this date and raising your wine glass with a little more confidence now.

18. "I'm Coming Out," Diana Ross

You'll be ready to "come out" of your shell during your date after listening to this Diana Ross empowering song.

19. "Lonely Boy," The Black Keys

This 2011 Black Keys song will make you feel the opposite of a "lonely boy" with their rock hit.

20. "Moves Like Jagger," Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera

You'll be feeling cool and confident while listening to this song. Maroon 5 and Christina sure know how to make you feel like you've got some "moves like Jagger." And you won't be afraid to show them off.

21. "Naughty Girl," Beyoncé

Sometimes feeling like a "naughty girl" is all you need to pull out your sexy side. So, turn up this song and get your naughty girl on.

22. "Primadonna," Marina And The Diamonds

Get your prima donna on with this fun song by the indie pop star, Marina And The Diamonds.

23. "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People

You can't have a pumped up playlist without adding this classic "pumped up" song. Play this song and you won't even know where your nerves went.

24. "Don't Stop Me Now," Queen

This Queen classic will have you feeling like no one can stop you. And hopefully on the date, you'll be saying, "Don't stop me now. I'm having a good time."

25. "SexyBack," Justin Timberlake

If you want to feel a little bit sexier, Mr. Timberlake has got your back.

26. "Teenage Dream," Katy Perry

Who remembers how amazing young love was? This is just the song to make you feel that again before a new date. Live that "teenage dream" again, girl.

27. "The Way You Make Me Feel," Michael Jackson

You can't go wrong with a little Michael Jackson to ease those nerves prior to a date.

28. "The Head I Hold," Electric Guest

This song will have you moving and grooving while getting ready for your first date. Lead singer Asa Taccone's voice and the groovy beats will put you in the perfect mood for this date.

29. "We Found Love," Rihanna, Calvin Harris

You found love and it's this song by Rihanna and Calvin Harris. This uplifting song will have you ready for any date night.

30. "You're the One That I Want," John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

This Grease soundtrack jam will put you in that perfect groovy mood.

Written by Sara Altschule

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