100 real dating sites


It makes sense that if a potential partner shares your taste in music then you’re off to a good start and a favourite artist/band is a great ice breaker when approaching someone online for the first time. Let’s face it, meeting up with a complete stranger for a first date can be awkward and hideously cringeworthy.

But it’s less so when the date itself is a total riot. The site is all about the actual dating experience and let’s you pick a match based on the date idea they’ve suggested. So, rather than nervously meeting someone for a luke warm coffee in a crowded chain, you could be trying out your culinary skills at a sushi-making masterclass or bonding over super-strong cocktails at a hipster speakeasy. The experts say: It’s a simple and unique approach to online dating which is great for those looking for fun and interesting ideas for first dates.

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This is the ideal site for those who want to bypass the usual filtering of profiles based on looks and focus on getting to know people they know they will be attracted to. A similar taste in music can be a great indicator as to whether you’re compatible with someone, so the fine folks behind Tastebuds have struck gold with their music-based online datingsite.

Getting started is dead simple: pick three artists or bands that you’re interested in, the gender you’re looking to date and press ‘go’.

Just sign up, do the test and get chatting to all those love-compatible people out there. Functionality is limited as the site is more geared up to helping you find a long term partner rather than flirting randomly with people you like the look of. There is also a specific gay version of the site for those looking for a serious committed relationship with a same sex partner. Set up by two friends, Emma and Lucy, in 2006, Muddy Matches is aimed at ‘muddies’, who by the girls’ definition is ‘any person who loves the countryside and is not afraid of a bit of mud’.

The criteria is pretty relaxed and the site uses a Muddy-Townie ratio to match potential dates accordingly.

A great starting point for people who have not tried online dating before and want to try it for free. is the brainchild of TV presenter Sarah Beeny and it works by each member on the site being put forward and described by a friend.