Our Sensory Speed Dating series have been an international hit since 2013. Now it’s time for you to bring the mood home with our “science of attraction” playlist inspired by our live event. Fair warning: some NSFW songs (so ready your earphones). As always, consent is sexy!

You wanna know what love is? So I’m going to show you. This playlist will take you on a speedy tour of what science has to say about attraction and three of our senses, in the order that you’ll probably be using them if you get lucky.


Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen

You Had Me From Hello – Kenny Chesney

You spot that special person on the dance floor (or phone screen).
Your heart lurches.
Suddenly, there are butterflies in your stomach.
Time stops.
Could it be love at first sight?
Recent studies show that it only takes 1/5th of a second for the pleasure centres responsible for feelings of passionate love to be activated. We’ve known since the 1980s that holding mutual eye contact can stir up desire between strangers, however, now we think that smizing is more alluring than keeping it cool and mysterious.


My Neck, My Back – Khia

Candy Shop – 50 Cent

There’s a good bit of evidence that what we eat can make us look and smell more attractive. Turns out a vegetarian diet can give you an upper hand on a night out. A study from Prague found that body odours (BO) of men on a veggie diet are more attractive, more pleasant, and less intense than the BO of meat-men. Plus, a carnivorous diet is not as much of a winning trait as it has been in previous years. Potts and Parry discuss how, as the number of vegetarians and vegans increases, the idea that meaty = manly = sexy is getting old fast.

Additionally, eating more fruit and vegetables can make you look better too. A high veg diet promotes the creation of carotenoids — a pigment that gives the skin a more golden undertone. People rated this glow as more effective than a natural-looking tan in getting them hot under the collar.


Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira

Slow Motion – Juvenile

Our last indicator of sauciness is not usually thought of as a sense, however, movement actually plays a key role in attracting a mate (even in humans). Sexy movements can be seen as an indicator of health because those smooth, co-ordinated gyrations are hard to ignore and hard to fake. Scientists claimed to have cracked the code of sexy dancing. For men, the secret is to move the head, neck, and torso and put in some fancy footwork. For women, it’s all in the hips, thighs, and arms.

So, that’s it! You’ve got our science-inspired starter pack to end that dry spell.

And if none of those work, then you might as well just be blunt.


You can find The Sensory Speed Dating Sexy Songlist on Spotify:

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