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Love songs lure in the ladies

The ladies can't get enough of your love songs, Barry.
The ladies can't get enough of your love songs, Barry.Getty images

Looking to get lucky? You might want to load up your iPod with some Barry White. Apparently, music with romantic lyrics can help you get a date, reports LiveScience. In a study conducted by at the Universite de Bretagne-Sud and published in the journal Psychology of Music, French researchers set up two scenarios with 18- to 20-year-old single women and a handful of male volunteers picked for their average looks. In one scenario, the single women spent time in a waiting room where a well-known French love song was playing. Another set of women hung out in a room where a non-romantic, “neutral” song was playing (basically, the French version of “Send in the Clowns”). Both sets of women were then cloistered in a room with one of the “average Joes” where an interviewer asked the pair to discuss two types of cookies. Then they were left alone for a few minutes, just long enough for the man to ask the woman for a date (and her digits). Interestingly, 52 percent of the women who listened to the love song beforehand agreed to a date and handed over their phone number while only 28 percent of the women who listened to the “neutral” song were willing to give the guy the time of day. Researchers call the results “significant” but believe more studies need to be done on the subject (oh, those French). What do American women think of the findings? “If you go to a dance club and they’re playing certain songs, I feel like that could put you in a certain mind frame, like I’m here to just dance with random guys and be flirty,” says Laryssa Wirstiuk, a 25-year-old copywriter from Jersey City, N.J. A tip for the gentlemen: Death Cab for Cutie is the way to this lady's heart. And Wirstiuk says there’s definitely music that would have the opposite effect. “Country music would not work,” she says, “That would be like ‘OK, I’m walking away now.’” What songs get you in the mood? Tell us in the comments.You can also find us on Twitter and on Facebook