“Hot in Herre”
Back in the day when Nelly was one of the supreme rappers in the game, he single-handedly provided millennials with their first mainstream, raunchy song. And we loved every minute of it. Although it wasn’t likely that anyone was taking off their clothes at prom, the continuous gyrating induced by the song certainly made people want to do as the lyrics said and “Let it hang all out.”
“Don’t Stop Believing”
For all those teenagers reminiscing about feeling like a small-town girl living in a lonely world or a city boy born and raised in south Detroit, the only song anyone knows by Journey has been a prom staple since 1981. Whether they knew it from their parents’ record collection or a popular TV show, teenagers have been dancing it out to Steve Perry’s voice on prom night as they prepare to venture onto one of life’s greatest achievements — college.
“Rock Your Body”
Dear Justin Timberlake, your debut solo album Justified was exactly what we needed in 2002. Though your departure from *N’SYNC broke our hearts and left us fearful over the thought of a future without you, you reassured us with song after song, particularly when it came to “Rock Your Body.” With Pharrell Williams acting as the creative mastermind behind the track, there was no way you could do any wrong. Thankfully, we have fond memories of ourselves trying to bust a move to this uplifting tune, and for that we are forever grateful.
K-Ci and JoJo
“All My Life”
Let’s be honest, we had no business slow-dancing to this song at the age of 17, but K-Ci and JoJo’s “All My Life” off of 1997’s Love Always was that infectious R&B jam that you couldn’t escape. Once that piano intro kicked in, not only did you feel a sense of pride over the fact that you secretly taught yourself how to play it, but as you embraced your date, you slowly twirled around and wondered when you’d experience a love for which songs like this were written about.
“Here’s to the Night”
Wonderful yet underappreciated, Southern California rockers Eve 6 gave us what was essentially the newer version of Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” If hearing that classic tune didn’t make you weepy, the DJ would later hit you where it hurt by putting on “Here’s to the Night” off of 2000’s Horrorscope. Typically played to wind down the evening’s festivities and encourage you to say your goodbyes, if there was ever a song capable of making you miss the people you’re literally standing next to and still have to see at school next week, it’s this one.
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