Lyrics don’t only work as tweets and Instagram captions, you can use them in real life, too, in your own love endeavors—as long as you pick the right ones. Lucky for you, we compiled some of the best and brightest lyrical lines from your faves in the scene—that are ripe for romance. Buckle up, memorize these bad boys, and get ready to kiss! Something’s in the air…
Taking Back Sunday – “You’re So Last Summer”
Lyric: “The truth is you could slit my throat/And with my one last gasping breath I’d apologize for bleeding on your shirt”
Why it works: You’d literally die for this person! That’s love, man.
How to use it: Ideally, the person you’re using this on is a little morbid and will be into the idea of a cemetery date, or something.
Secondhand Serenade – “Fall For You”
Lyric: “Tonight will be the night that I will fall for you over again/Don’t make me change my mind/I won’t live to see another day/I swear it’s true/Because a girl like you is impossible to find”
Why it works: Pretty much all Secondhand Serenade songs fall under the pickup-line umbrella, but this slice of sentimentality takes the cake.
How to use it: When you’re asking someone for a moonlit stroll. Can you feel the romance?
Fall Out Boy – “Just One Yesterday”
Lyric: “Anything you say can and will be held against you/So only say my name”
Why it works: You’re asking another person to hold you, more or less — but like, sexily.
How to use it: When you’re looking for a short-term fling.
All Time Low – “Your Bed”
Lyric: “So take me to your bed/And we can mess around”
Why it works: There’s no metaphor here. It’s all about getting it on.
How to use it: While listening to this song in your significant other’s bedroom, ideally. Anywhere else is just completely inappropriate, probably?
Panic! At The Disco – “Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off”
Lyric: “Let’s get these teen hearts beating faster, faster”
Why it works: This is assuming you’re both teenagers, or are at the very least young at heart. Whatever the case, who could say no?
How to use it: Before asking your crush to Warped Tour.
Twenty One Pilots – “Tear In My Heart”
Lyric: “The songs on the radio are okay/But my taste in music is your face!”
Why it works: You’re telling another person that they’re better than even the most popular songs, and that’s sweet as heck.
How to use it: While asking someone out on a record shopping date.
Blink-182 – “First Date”
Lyric: “When you smile, I melt inside/I’m not worthy of a minute of your time”
Why it works: Honestly, most of “First Date” works as a pickup line. Other options: “Is it cool if I hold your hand? Is it wrong if I think it’s lame to dance?” and “I dread the thought of our very first kiss/A target that I’m probably gonna miss.” Desperation doesn’t work on everyone, but these are definitely the sweet kind of nervous.
How to use it: When your crush loves nerds and on your way to a science museum.