What background music do you associate with a naughty dating service dedicated to romance? Picture those rom-com moments when the lead characters gaze into each other’s eyes. The music tugging at your heartstrings is usually a powerful soul singer delivering a sincere ballad, or some sweeping classical orchestra. Could you imagine the same scenario with Motorhead blaring? Why not? The passion and drive of heavy metal are more capable of getting the adrenaline flowing than any wishy-washy serenade! So whether you meet in an online environment on a matchmaking platform or in a more traditional offline setting, those crashing power chords and ear-shredding solos will pump you up before an actual date – and here are five of the best.
Motorhead by Motorhead
Motorhead were formed by former Hawkwind bassist Lemmy in 1975, and have been credited with injecting heavy metal with a new lease of life, especially when the punk revolution occurred, making many older bands sound tired and dated. From the moment his thundering bassline kickstarts their eponymous debut single, to the song’s rollercoastering finale, this exhilarating classic is the perfect way to psyche yourself up for your impending date.
Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin also need little introduction. Formed in England in 1968, together with Black Sabbath they were regarded as amongst the key instigators of the heavy metal genre. Despite their awesome, full-bodied sound, courtesy of guitar maestro Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant’s incredible vocal range, and the towering rhythm section of John Paul Jones on bass and John Bonham on drums, their influences were often derived from subtler sources, such as blues or folk. But when it’s date night, stick on the opening track of the ‘Led Zeppelin II’ album, ‘Whole Lotta Love.’ This is one of heavy rock’s most iconic tracks.
Cascade of Scars by Noisem
You could imagine Led Zeppelin II playing in mixed company. But Noisem are a doomier proposition altogether. There’s a lengthy intro with the guitars grinding like the wheels in some monstrous truck prowling over an apocalyptic wasteland. Then the tempo picks up and the track launches into a metal powerhouse. Is it thrash metal? Grind? Punk rock? Death metal? It has snippets of all of the above. But despite the album cover that spawned this track depicting scarred forearms, and lyrics about death, decay and various non-too-romantic topics, the overall sound is uplifting. Once the guitars launch into the main riff you’ll be bouncing around, eager for your evening out.
Master of Puppets by Metallica
Californian band Metallica have shifted over 125 million albums to their global fanbase, and are rightly regarded as giants of the metal world. ‘Master of Puppets,’ the title track of their groundbreaking third album, presents the blend of thrash metal that was to become so influential. As you listen to James Hetfield roaring the lyrics “Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream/Master, master!” while the rest of the band in full throttle for eight minutes plus, you’ll be eager to unleash even a fraction of this passion on your date night.
Any Means Necessary by Hammerfall
Swedish rockers Hammerfall started back in the early 90s, playing covers of melodic but loud songs by Alice Cooper and Judas Priest. ‘Any Means Necessary’ is a rousing anthem, reminiscent of either influence with its blend of melody and crunch. Mid-song the two guitars launch into an inspiring harmonized solo that will have you punching the air with anticipation as you prepare to embark on your night of passion. And get these lyrics: “Kill by any means necessary/Win by any means necessary/Live by any means necessary/Die by any means necessary.” This song is for anyone who means business!