The grooviest songs you should play to bag a second date – and those to ditch

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IF you want your road to romance to be smooth . . . play your beloved some songs with a groove.

Researchers say “groovy” tunes – rhythms that make you want to move your body – are more likely to bag you a second date, and Stevie Wonder’s Superstition could, er, work wonders.

Striking up the right connection on a date could come down the the music
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Psychologists at Canada’s McMaster University played 15 songs to speed daters and rated each one for “groove”, “enjoyment” and “familiarity” then took the average to give the songs a final “wow” rating.

The ones with higher “wow” scores sparked more romantic attraction between couples.

Groovy music got them swaying their bodies, creating a bond and subconsciously making them find each other more desirable.

Sarah Grealish lists the songs to date by – and the ones to ditch.

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Stevie Wonder: Superstition

IF you’re superstitious about first dates then this 1972 hit is the one to play.

The iconic bass line made this song one of Stevie Wonder’s biggest hits.

Groove: 8.11

Enjoyment: 7.53

Familiarity: 8.95

WOW RATING: 8.19

Beyonce: Naughty Girl

AN instant club classic when it dropped in 2003 on Queen B’s debut solo album.

Groove: 7.9

Enjoyment: 7.53

Familiarity: 8.42

WOW RATING:7.95

Patti LaBelle: Lady Marmalade

SINCE this song literally asks: “Do you want to sleep with me tonight?” in French, the language of love, it’s surprising it isn’t higher up the list.

The 1974 song was covered by Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilera and Pink in 2001 for Moulin Rouge and charted again.

Groove: 8.08

Enjoyment: 7.26

Familiarity: 8.26

WOW RATING: 7.86

Plain White Ts: Hey There Delilah

REACHED No1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 2007 after being one of the most played songs on the radio for that year.

Groove: 5.68

Enjoyment: 8.37

Familiarity: 9.53

WOW RATING: 7.86

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Earth, Wind & Fire: September

HIT No3 in the UK singles chart in 1978.

Groove: 7.84

Enjoyment: 7.16

Familiarity: 6.16

WOW RATING: 7.05

Taylor Swift: Shake It Off

AN instant hit in 2014 with its “sick beat” and helped Taylor change her image from a country sweetheart to a pop sensation.

Groove: 7.63

Enjoyment: 6.84

Familiarity: 6.05

WOW RATING: 6.84

John Mayer: Daughters

THIS ballad asking parents to nurture their daughters in childhood won the blues rock singer- songwriter song of the year at 2005’s Grammys.

Groove: 5.05

Enjoyment: 7.11

Familiarity: 8.11

WOW RATING: 6.75

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Shake It Off by Taylor Swift scored highly in the study[/caption]

Green Day: Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

THE band surprised fans in 1997 with this acoustic song that’s very different from their usual sound.

Groove: 4.95

Enjoyment: 7.11

Familiarity: 8.11

WOW RATING: 6.72

Bee Gees: How Deep Is Your Love

THIS 1977 pop ballad is most known from the film Saturday Night Fever.

Groove: 6.16

Enjoyment: 6.11

Familiarity: 5.79

WOW RATING: 6.02

Death Cab for Cutie: I Will Follow You Into The Dark

THE American indie rock band’s best-selling 2005 hit featuring in countless TV shows and movies.

Groove: 3.89

Enjoyment: 6.32

Familiarity: 7.58

WOW RATING: 5.93

Justin Bieber What Do You Mean?

GLOBAL chart-topper from 2015 surprised fans when it revealed Bieber’s catchy new dance sound.

Groove: 6.26

Enjoyment: 5.32

Familiarity: 5.11

WOW RATING: 5.56

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Madonna did not score as highly in the study as she might have liked[/caption]

Madonna: Like A Virgin

HIT from 1984 cemented Madge’s position as a pop culture icon.

Groove: 6.42

Enjoyment: 5.05

Familiarity: 4.53

WOW RATING: 5.33

Pink Floyd: Comfortably Numb

FROM the prog rock gods’ 1979 album The Wall, this hit is renowned for its two guitar solos.

Groove: 4.26

Enjoyment: 5.79

Familarity: 5.89

WOW RATING: 5.31

Simon & Garfunkel: America

CLASSIC from 1968 is considered one of Paul Simon’s strongest songwriting efforts.

Groove: 4.11

Enjoyment: 5.79

Familiarity: 5.74

WOW RATING: 5.21


David Bowie: Space Oddity

INSPIRED by sci-fi movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, the tale of astronaut Major Tom was Bowie’s first single to chart in the UK.

Groove: 3.63

Enjoyment: 5.05

Familiarity: 6.32

WOW RATING: 5

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