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Want something to happen on happn? Try sending your match ‘Hello’ by Lionel Ritchie

If you can’t say it in words (and pictures get real racy real fast), the next best option when it comes to impressing a potential date may be sending a song. In a day and age where swipes constitute sideways glances and flirting is done via a Wi-Fi connection, our mating rituals are becoming more and more creative, and recently, dating app happn integrated Spotify onto its platform. This allows users of the app to connect with people they’ve crossed paths with and send their matches a musical message. According to its data, there are a few industry standards when it comes to sultry songs that get the message across pretty well.

Happn examined the top songs that users have sent to one another since the app introduced the Spotify integration, and found that some classics are classics for a reason. More than two decades after its release, Lionel Richie’s “Hello” is the most frequently sent song by both men and women for happn users across the world. American men in particular are also partial to the ballad, with Richie’s 1984 hit taking the top spot among most popular songs sent by men in the U.S. No. 2 on the global lists is also a venerable love jam: “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate, first released in 1975, is the second most popular song sent by both men and women around the globe.

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Indeed, when it comes to international trends, happn’s musical data suggests a skew toward the older classics — the Billboard Top 50 aren’t as prevalent when it comes to users outside of the U.S. In fact, three out of the top five songs sent by either men or women globally were released significantly more than 10 years ago — “Hello,” “You Sexy Thing,” Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” (No. 3 for men) and Jennifer Paige’s “Crush” (No. 4 for women).

Popular songs among American women were a bit more contemporary, with tunes like “We Are Young,” “Trap Queen,” and “Cool for the Summer” being sent frequently to their matches. “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Thinking Out Loud” also appeared a couple times across multiple lists, confirming the indiscriminate appeal of artists like The Weeknd and Ed Sheeran. The full lists for all demographics appear below:

Top Songs Men Send (Global)

  1. “Hello” by Lionel Richie
  2. “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate
  3. “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
  4. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  5. “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd

Top Songs Women Send (Global)

  1. “Hello” by Lionel Richie
  2. “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate
  3. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
  4. “Crush” by Jennifer Paige
  5. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

Top Songs Men Send (U.S.)

  1. “Hello” by Lionel Richie
  2. “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block
  3. “Gooey” by Glass Animals
  4. “The Most Beautiful Girl” Flight of the Conchords
  5. “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd

Top Songs Women Send (U.S.)

  1. “We Are Young” by Fun. featuring Janelle Monae
  2. “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap
  3. “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rubert Holmes
  4. “Cool for the Summer” by Demi Lovato
  5. “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate

So if you’re looking for a suave way to send a message, you may want to consider a musical rendition via happn. After all, who knows what may happen as a result?