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Top 10 Prom Songs 2011

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1. Jennifer Lopez - "On the Floor" featuring Pitbull

Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull - "On the Floor"
Courtesy Island Def Jam
Jennifer Lopez has returned with one of the hottest dance hits of the moment. This song is sure to fill the floor as everyone puts it "on the floor."

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2. Allstar Weekend - "Not Your Birthday"

Allstar Weekend
Courtesy Hollywood Records
This spring in late April the new movie Prom will hit theaters. The band Allstar Weekend have one of the key songs from the soundtrack. The band encourages everyone to hit the floor and party like it's "not your birthday."

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3. Bryan Adams - "Heaven"

Bryan Adams - "Heaven"
Courtesy A&M Records
Every prom needs a few great romantic classics. Few are more romantic than Bryan Adams' #1 80s smash hit "Heaven." It might sound a bit cheesy, but staring into your date's eyes and slow dancing you just might feel like you're in "Heaven."

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4. We the Kings - "We'll Be a Dream" featuring Demi Lovato

We the Kings featuring Demi Lovato - "We'll Be a Dream"
Courtesy S-Curve
This song had prom written all over it from the moment it was released. This is a great song for a singalong with great friends as well.

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5. Ke$ha - "Blow"

Ke$ha - "Blow"
Courtesy RCA
Ke$ha means good times and party music. Her latest hit is no different. Let "Blow" bring everyone to the dance floor.

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6. Paramore - "The Only Exception"

Paramore - "The Only Exception"
Courtesy Fueled By Ramen
This is one of the best slow dance songs released in the past year. That gentle sway combined with Hayley Williams' beautiful vocals will have everyone staring happily into each other's eyes and gliding across the dance floor.

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7. Edward Maya - "Stereo Love" featuring Vika Jigulina

Edward Maya featuring Vika Jigulina - "Stereo Love"
Courtesy Ultra
Add a touch of the exotic to the evening with this worldwide smash dance hit. There is a truly international feel to the instrumentation, but at heart "Stereo Love" is a straightforward club dance song.

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8. Justin Bieber - "Never Say Never" featuring Jaden Smith

Justin Bieber - "Never Say Never" featuring Jaden Smith
Courtesy Island Records
Opinions are likely to be split on Justin Bieber. However, "Never Say Never" with its uplifting message is a great mood lifter for this special night.

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9. Peter Gabriel - "In Your Eyes"

Peter Gabriel - "In Your Eyes"
Courtesy Geffen
Dig deep into the classics again for one of the most romantic pop hits of all time. There is a perfect midtempo dance beat to accompany you singing along as you gaze into your date's eyes.

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10. Miley Cyrus - "When I Look At You"

The Last Song
Courtesy Walt Disney
This is another song that went on to the prom playlist almost instantly upon release. Miley Cyrus sings the praises of a special person who turns all of the negative in life around.

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Top 10 Prom Songs 2010

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1. Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"

Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feelin'
Courtesy Interscope
"I Gotta Feeling" is one of the biggest pop hits of all time. The Black Eyed Peas' spirit of expectation for a special evening makes this a perfect song to kick off an event like prom.

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2. Selena Gomez and the Scene - "Naturally"

Selena Gomez and the Scene - "Naturally"
Courtesy Hollywood Records
The breakthrough hit single from Selena Gomez expresses wonder and joy in one's partner in love. This makes the dance-pop song a perfect one for dancing with your date at prom.

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3. Boys Like Girls and Taylor Swift - "Two Is Better Than One"

Boys Like Girls and Taylor Swift - "Two Hearts Are Better Than One"
Courtesy Sony
Pop punk group Boys Like Girls join the pop-country ballad talents of Taylor Swift in a song that illustrates the joy in two hearts blending together as one.

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4. Kelly Clarkson - "My Life Would Suck Without You"

Kelly Clarkson - "My Life Would Suck Without You"
Courtesy Sony BMG
If your relationship is one that has had a few bumps, then this is your Prom song. Kelly Clarkson sings an uptempo danceable song about a pair who have split up but get back together realizing life would be much less enjoyable apart.

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5. Sean Kingston - "Fire Burning"

Sean Kingston - Fire Burning
Courtesy Beluga Heights
Sean Kingston will get the party moving with one of the most fiery pop-dance hits of the year. This is a perfect song for the peak moments of the night.

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6. Mario - "Let Me Love You"

Mario - "Let Me Love You"
Courtesy J Records
Six years ago R&B singer Mario became a superstar with this #1 smash hit. "Let Me Love You" is a slow dance ballad of praise for the wonderful young woman in your life on prom night.

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7. Cobra Starship featuring Leighton Meester - "Good Girls Go Bad"

Cobra Starship - Good Girls Go Bad
Courtesy Fueled By Ramen
Would prom night be enough to make a good girl go bad? Watch the crowd join in to sing along with this uptempo crowd pleasing smash hit.

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8. David Guetta featuring Akon - "Sexy Chick"

David Guetta - One Love
Courtesy Astralwerks
Dance music producer David Guetta, who also worked on "I Gotta Feeling" above, delivers one of the most infectious dance songs of the year. Everyone will feel sexy dancing to this hit.

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9. Savage Garden - "Truly, Madly, Deeply"

Savage Garden - "Truly, Madly, Deeply"
Courtesy Columbia Records
13 years after Savage Garden hit #1 on the pop singles chart with this song, it has become a true romantic classic. "Truly, Madly, Deeply" is perfect for a wide range of occasions from first date to wedding to a slow dance at prom.

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10. Orianthi - "According To You"

Orianthi - "According To You"
Courtesy Geffen
Orianthi emerged as one of the most promising new pop stars of the last year. Her breakthrough single is a self esteem boost for listeners. The uptempo pop-rock is a perfect choice for dancing at prom.

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Top 10 Prom Songs 2009

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1. Lady GaGa featuring Colby O'Donis - "Just Dance"

Lady GaGa featuring Colby O'Donis - Just Dance
Courtesy Interscope
Lady GaGa is the hottest new star of 2009, and her first hit single captures perfectly a spirit of fun for prom. It is a must for the night's playlist.

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2. Taylor Swift - "Love Story"

Taylor Swift - "Love Story"
Courtesy Big Machine
Taylor Swift is a phenomenally talented young songwriter as well as singer. This smash pop and country hit is a compact love story in song. She is the hottest pop and country star of the moment so her music is bound to please the crowd.

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3. The Veronicas - "Untouched"

The Veronicas - "Untouched"
Courtesy Sire Records
If the energy level is flagging, these sisters from Australia, full of attitude, will be certain to turn it back up. "Untouched" is their breakthrough US hit. Many at the prom will remember the video featuring the Veronicas performing at a dance.

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4. Boys Like Girls - "Thunder"

Boys Like Girls
© Red Ink Records
Current wistful, longing slow dance love songs don't get much better than this one from teen favorites Boys Like Girls.

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5. Sarah McLachlan - "I Will Remember You"

Sarah McLachlan
Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images
This is a classic Sarah McLachlan hit from the '90s. It works perfectly as a closing last dance at prom. McLachlan's voice is haunting here as she asks, "Will you remember me?"

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6. Plain White T's - "1,2,3,4"

Plain White T's
© Hollywood Records
The Plain White T's positively ooze sweet charm here. On a night like prom night it may be just the sentiment that is called for.

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7. Akon featuring Colby O'Donis and Kardinal Offishall - "Beautiful"

Akon - Freedom
Courtesy Universal
This is a classic tribute song to the beauty of the one you're with. The song makes a great mid-tempo dance.

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8. Oasis - "Wonderwall"

Another classic from the '90s to inject into the evening. Oasis are at their peak here. This is a great slow dance for rock fans.

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9. We the Kings - "Check Yes Juliet"

We the Kings
Photo by Shane McCauley, courtesy S-Curve Records
We the Kings turn up the energy and tell how to make the fairy tale come true.

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10. Ne-Yo - "Closer"

Ne-Yo - Closer
Courtesy Def Jam
On a night when the guys are as well-dressed as Ne-Yo, he's a must for the playlist.

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Top 10 Prom Songs 2008

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1. Chris Brown - "With You"

Chris Brown
Courtesy Jive Records
This is possibly Chris Brown's greatest accomplishment so far as a pop artist. It is on the verge of reaching #1 on the pop singles chart this spring, and is one of the sweetest of love songs.

2. Lifehouse - "You and Me"

Courtesy Geffen Records
Yes, it's already been featured as a prom song on TV with the band performing live on the series Smallville, but this Lifehouse song has not lost any potency for a happy couple on prom night. Love can leave one a bit dizzy and transfixed.

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3. Jonas Brothers - "When You Look Me in the Eyes"

Jonas Brothers
Photo by David Livingston / Getty Images
The red hot brother act will have fellow teens gazing in each other's eyes completely lost in the moment. The Jonas Brothers' latest is just hitting its peak on the charts this spring.

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4. OneRepublic - "Stop and Stare"

OneRepublic - Dreaming Out Loud
Courtesy Interscope
OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder is something of a melodic genius. The band also have a sure feel for slow dance rhythm. "Stop and Stare" will bring the crowds to the dance floor.

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5. Aerosmith - "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"

Photo by Frank Micelotta / Getty Images
Every prom needs a few classic love songs. Power ballads don't get much bigger than this #1 Aerosmith smash from 1998.

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6. Elliott Yamin - "Wait for You"

Elliott Yamin
Courtesy Hickory Records
Elliott Yamin quickly graduated from American Idol also-ran status with this huge hit single. Sometimes, love must simply wait for both parties to realize what they could have together.

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7. Paramore - "Misery Business"

Courtesy Atlantic Records
It can't all be slow songs. Inject some much needed energy into your prom with Paramore's big breakthrough single.

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8. Taylor Swift - "Our Song"

Taylor Swift
Courtesy Big Machine Records
Every couple needs their own song, and Taylor Swift has an interesting take on the concept. It also never hurts to inject a little bit of country into your prom.

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9. Pretenders - "I'll Stand By You"

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders
Photo by ShowBiz Ireland / Getty Images
Another classic song of pure devotion. It is familiar to a new generation of pop fans partly due to performances on American Idol, and it remains a great slow dance.

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10. Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson - "The Way I Are"

Courtesy Interscope
This is simply the hottest groove of the past year, bar none.

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Top 10 Prom Songs for 2007

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1. Rascal Flatts - My Wish

Rascal Flatts - "My Wish"
Courtesy Lyric Street
Rascal Flatts music is perfect for a prom. Unlike last year's "What Hurts the Most," this year "My Wish" adds a tremendously upbeat tone. It also works well for an overall prom theme.

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2. Hellogoodbye - Here (In Your Arms)

Hellogoodbye - "Here (In Your Arms)"
Courtesy Drive-Thru
Hellogoodbye should be peaking near the top of the pop charts as many proms are taking place this year. The song is ultra-romantic good time electro dance-pop.

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3. Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. - My Love

Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. - My Love
© Jive Records
Justin Timberlake's hot dance tune is also just sentimental enough to fit the most romantic evening of the spring.

4. Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

Snow Patrol - "Chasing Cars"
Courtesy Interscope
Snow Patrol's breakthrough pop hit was one of the very best love songs of 2006, and it is perfect for a prom slow dance.

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5. Temptations - My Girl

Temptations - "My Girl"
Courtesy Gordy Records
Turn back the clock to bring in some "sunshine on a cloudy day" with one of the top pop-soul vocal groups of all time.

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6. Nickelback - Far Away

Nickelback - "Far Away"
Courtesy Roadrunner
Don't be surprised if this Nickelback slow dance generates a few tears as dancers think about the prospect of separating for summer or for longer if their high school years are coming to an end.

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7. Unk - Walk It Out

Unk - "Walk It Out"
Courtesy Koch Records
Every prom needs a group dance-a-long. Unk's hit "Walk It Out" is a worthy successor to Dem Franchize Boys' "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It."

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8. Fall Out Boy - This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race

Fall Out Boy - This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race
© Island Records
A prom sing-a-long...or more like a group chant. Fall Out Boy's delivery of a rock-soul chant with a punkish slam section should bring the crowd to life.

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9. RBD - Tu Amor

RBD - "Tu Amor"
Courtesy Virgin
RBD, the Mexican pop superstars, will add a touch of Latin to the romantic mood at the prom.

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10. Rob Thomas - Ever the Same

Rob Thomas - "Ever the Same"
Courtesy Atlantic
Another opportunity to slow things down and leave dancers gazing in each others' eyes as they sing along with Rob Thomas

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Top 10 Prom Songs 2006

By , Guide

1. Sean Paul - Temperature

Sean Paul - "Temperature"
Courtesy Atlantic
This is the hot dance-pop track of the moment. No Jamaican dance hall artist is more popular than Sean Paul. "Temperature" is guaranteed to get the crowd moving.

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2. Rascal Flatts - What Hurts the Most

Rascal Flatts - "What Hurts the Most"
Courtesy Lyric Street
Every prom playlist can use a weepy slow dance, and Rascal Flatts' new hit is the best bet for 2006. This song is a great one for pop and country fans alike.

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3. Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie

Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
Courtesy Epic
Everyone will be shaking their hips to Shakira's hot hit. If you're looking for a friendly dance competition as part of prom, this is your song.

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4. Edwin McCain - I'll Be

Edwin McCain - "I'll Be"

Courtesy Lava

Edwin McCain's big pop breakthrough from the late 90's was made for slow dancing. That gentle sway and ultra-romantic lyrics are perfect for a prom.

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5. Howie Day - Collide

Howie Day - "Collide"
Courtesy Sony
"Out of the doubt that fills your mind / You finally find / You and I collide." Those couples who thought they would never get together find their story told in Howie Day's recent top 10 pop hit. It's a midtempo tune guaranteed to get everyone singing along.

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6. Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

Green Day - "Good Riddance (The Time Of My Life)"
Courtesy Reprise
If you thought that Green Day would not work at a prom, then you need to listen again to this classic from the band. The lyrics are perfect for a life moment like prom.

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7. Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight

Eric Clapton - Slowhand

Courtesy RSO

Every prom can use some classic oldies, and there are no better slow dance classics than Eric Clapton's praise-filled story of an evening out.

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8. Rihanna - Pon de Replay

Rihanna - Pon De Replay
Courtesy Def Jam
Rihanna's breakthrough pop smash hit the charts just a little too late for last year's prom, but it is sure to fill the floor this year.

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9. Usher - Yeah!

Usher - "Yeah!"
Courtesy Arista
It has been around for a while now, but few are too tired of Usher's instant classic yet. This is the best song for individual dancers to strut their stuff in front of the crowd.

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10. Mr. C - The Cha Cha Slide

The Cha Cha Slide
Courtesy DJ Casper
It isn't necessary big around the entire country, but if you are at a prom in the Midwest, Mr. C is a must.

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Top Prom Songs through the Decades

Top Prom Songs

Here's Stumps list of the top prom songs through the decades

Music is an important party of the high school prom. When a couple looks back at their prom night, the slow prom songs they danced to usually provide some of the most vibrant memories.

Stumps Prom has been America’s source for prom supplies since 1926. Over the decades, Stumps has compiled a list of the top prom songs of all-time. See the prom songs list below to find out if your high school prom song made the list of the most popular ballads of that decade:

Top Prom Songs of the 1920′s
Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin
My Man – Fanny Brice
Makin’ Whoopee – Eddie Cantor
I Wanna Be Loved By You – Helen Kane
My Blue Heaven – Gene Austin
Moonlight and Roses – Whiting and Donaldson
Stardust – Hoagy Carmichael
Ain’t She Sweet – Annette Hanshaw
Among My Souvenirs – Nicholls and Leslie
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Blackbirds

Top Prom Songs of the 1930′s
Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland
Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller
Pennies From Heaven – Bing Crosby
Thanks for the Memory – Bob Hope
In The Mood – Glenn Miller
Mood Indigo – Duke Ellington
Sing, Sing, Sing – Benny Goodman
Cross Road Blues – Robert Johnson
Honeysuckle Rose – Fats Waller
God Bless America – Kate Smith

Top Prom Songs of the 1940′s
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams
Take the A Train – Duke Ellington
Lovesick Blues – Hank Williams
Sentimental Journey – Les Brown
You Made Me Love You – Harry James & His Orchestra
Adios – Xavier Cugat
Crusing Down the River – Frankie Carle & His Orchestra
Again – Doris Day
Some Enchanted Evening – Ezio Pinza
I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – Les Brown & His Orchestra

Top Prom Songs of the 1950′s
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
Earth Angel – Penguins
Teen Angel – Mark Dinning
Little Darlin’ – The Diamonds
Only You – The Platters
Whatever Will Be Will Be – Doris Day
Diana – Paul Anka
Put Your Head On My Shoulder – Paul Anka
Venus – Frankie Avalon
April Love – Pat Boone

Top Prom Songs of the 1960′s
I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
And I Love Her – Beatles
Theme From a Summer Place – Percy Faith
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
To Sir With Love – Lulu
Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles
My Way – Frank Sinatra
Young Girl – Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
He’s So Fine – The Chiffons
Happy Together – The Turtles

Top Prom Songs of the 1970′s
Baby I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton
I Go Crazy – Paul Davis
Always & Forever – Heatwave
I Wanna Make it With You – Bread
Colour My World – Chicago
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Dream On – Aerosmith
Do That To me One More Time – Captain & Tennille
Fooled Around & Fell In Love – Elvin Bishop

Top Prom Songs of the 1980′s
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Crazy For You – Madonna
Take My Breath Away – Berlin
I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
Faithfully – Journey
The Rose – Bette Midler
Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh
Babe – Styx
Almost Paradise – Ann Wilson & Mike Reno
I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Top Prom Songs of the 1990′s
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
I’ll Make Love to You – Boyz II Men
I Swear – All-4-One
Can’t Help Falling In Love – UB40
Everything I Do I Do it For You – Bryan Adams
Save the Best For Last – Vanessa Williams
One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
More Than Words – Extreme

Top Prom Songs of the 2000′s
Shape of My Heart – Backstreet Boys
You Sang to Me – Marc Anthony
Take My Breath Away – Jessica Simpson
You and Me – Lifehouse
With You – Chris Brown
Here in Your Arms – Hello Goodbye
We Belong Together – Mariah Carey
A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
Hero – Enrique Inglesias
Beautiful – Christine Aguileira

The most popular prom songs: then and now

Slow-dancing at the Hollywood High School prom in 1979. What do you think was playing? (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Slow-dancing at the Hollywood High School prom in 1979. What do you think was playing? (Photo by George Rose/Getty …

"Stairway to Heaven". "Wonderful Tonight". "Lady in Red". Before they were soft-rock radio staples, they were prom themes. Not anymore. The prom theme song has evolved with the billboard charts. Now it's "F*** you (forget you)", "We R Who We R" and "On the Floor".

"It's all top 40 songs now, dance songs and hip-hop," says Nick, a deejay at Awesome Club Prom who's working 8 proms in New York and New Jersey this weekend. Over the past few years he's seen the dissolution of prom themes and royal courts, and the rise of the club prom. Lots of glow sticks, fist-pumping and virtually no slow-dancing. "People just want to dance and have a good time now," he says. Awesome Club Prom charges up to $5000 to show up with a playlist, a series of props and a few flat-screen projectors. It's hardly "Enchantment Under the Sea."

Instead the music is fast-paced and no older than a year. On Facebook, high school prom committees have set up suggestion boards for playlists. Most read like billboard charts: Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Lil Wayne. An list of this year's top prom themes backs up the top 40 claim, naming "Don't You Wanna Stay" by Jason Aldean and "Rhythm of Love" by Plain White Tees in it's top 10. Long Island Proms, an multi-service prom website, put this year's top prom song to a vote, with "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars (not Billy Joel) coming out on top.

There used to be a time when classic rock didn't seem like it would ever be out fashion at prom, but retro has new meaning these days. One Facebook prom page, suggested retro hits that went only as far back as "Time of Your Life" by Green Day. Another called out a list of '90s hip-hop like the Humpty Dance and Bel Biv Devoe's (very awesome song) "Poison". But nowhere is the perennial make-out song "Stairway to Heaven."

It may be because slow-dancing has fallen out of favor in the face of fast, pulsing club music. But one '80s prom favorite still stands the test of time. Beyond all the top 40 hits, Awesome Club Prom deejays still get the same oldies request year after year: "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey. Out of all the prom songs from years past, it's the only one that still goes on and on and on.


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