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Buzz In: Did You Have A Prom Song?


The horror remake Prom Night, opening this weekend, doesn't look like the kind of movie I'd love, but it did get me thinking about my own prom (which was, thankfully, free of blood and guts). There was a vague Dirty Dancing theme to mine, and the prom song was "I've Had the Time of My Life," which seemed a little presumptuous to me. As Rayanne from My So-Called Life would say, I had a time, but I certainly wouldn't call it the time of my life. Anyway, this led me to wonder: Did other people have a prom song? And did it in any way influence the prom experience?

Conducting an informal little office poll, I got a pretty garden variety of high school dance standards, like "Wonderful Tonight," "Lady in Red," "We Are Family," and "Oh, What a Night." Then there was the girl who, lacking a prom song, decided with her friends that their song for the night would be "Ghetto Superstar."

What about you? Did your prom have a song? Did you like it? Hate it? Skip prom altogether?

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chicsugar chicsugar 7 years
My prom song (2001) was 'Turn Back the Hands of Time' by R.Kelly. This was before his sex scandal. Yuck! And on a side note our graduation song was 'Hope You Dance' by LeAnn Womack. Which I still love and sing to every time I hear it :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Jeez did everyone have "Wonderful Tonight?" And I'm sure my Prom Committee thought they were so original! :)
yeokr yeokr 7 years
i don't believe we had an official song but it was shortly after "stacey's mom" came out and several of my friends put together a band, randomly, and reset the song with words about our school and how we aren't allowed to opposite sex hug in the hallways, etc. yaaaaay mississippi public school.
ElleJay ElleJay 7 years
My senior prom was "Sail Away" by Styx because that is what the theme was
millarci millarci 7 years
at my junior prom they played 'Don't Wanna Miss a Thing' by Aerosmith. loved it! :)
jlmcca jlmcca 7 years
Ah, junior prom. Our theme song was "Kiss the Girl" from the Little Mermaid soundtrack! Now, I love that movie but geez. Actually, there was some heated rivalry between the junior class and the senior class and we wanted them to have a "great" memory of their last prom. Hahaha! Hope they like the construction paper fish cutouts all over the floor!
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
my junior prom was "we've got tonight" too! i love that song. freshman year it was "my heart will go on" (AWESOME!) sophomore, "i don't wanna miss a thing" (apparently we really liked movie songs) senior, "wonderful tonight" (what a classic) i'm good at remembering pointless stuff. comes in handy once in a while. haha.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 7 years
I went to a prom called "Wonderful Tonight," one called "Dancing in the Moonlight," and one called "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," among others . . .
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Forever Young by Alphaville, our theme was black and white.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 7 years
"We've Got Tonight" by Bob Seeger
swwonder swwonder 7 years
A Couple of our teaches did an acoustic set, which sounds a bit cheesy but it was actually quite cool. One of the songs they did was I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel by Nina Simone.
tsteffensen tsteffensen 7 years
Mine was a good song, but sad! It was Boyz to Men "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye". The reason it was sad? It had been played at the funeral for a classmate who was killed in a car accident the previous November. Just a tad inappropriate to make it the prom song I would say.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I should clarify...I don't think we had a specific "prom song." thats all i could remember.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
Ummm not sure...even though my prom was just a year ago. I remember hearing lots of hip hop, "September" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Kiss" by Prince, and we did the Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
radarkitty radarkitty 7 years
We voted as well...and we ended up with Kool and the Gangs, "Celebration" which I thought was terribly boring. I voted for "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Plan. You know..The Breakfast Club song.
Penny4545 Penny4545 7 years
haha my senior class had to actually vote in the cafeteria (assembly was announced and they had ballots) for our prom song. There was a big deal because everyone wanted Lifehouse - Hanging by a Moment. We ended up with the boring classic Wonderful Tonight.
beingtazim beingtazim 7 years
err...were they telling, i mean.
beingtazim beingtazim 7 years
i went to mine with my best friend who i now live with (and have for 8 years) our grad song was lame: "go the distance" from the disney movie Hercules...where they telling people to have sex on grad night with that song or what?
ktonic158 ktonic158 7 years
Our song was "Tonight, Tonight" by the Smashing Pumpkins. We were all a little cool for ourselves, but I still adore the song, and it doesn't remind me of prom. Sigh, ugly ducking syndrome was a bitch, but in true Romy & Michelle style (thanks rickimc) that all worked out in the end :)
rickimc rickimc 7 years
Our prom was the year after Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion came out, so even though it was 1998, our song was the Cindy Lauper version of "Time After Time."
So-Fab So-Fab 7 years
My prom song was Always & Forever. I'm marrying my prom date in October and we are going to dance to that song again!
psychobabble psychobabble 7 years
Here's To the Night was mine, which my friends thought was awful because the lyrics sound like it's about a one night stand.
pargie pargie 7 years
Our theme was "A Night to Remember", I'm not sure if that is a song or not. I showed up late.
lyrical_angel lyrical_angel 7 years
Ours was "Wonderful Tonight". The dj seemed to think because it was the theme it needed to be played like eight times.
mstinalin mstinalin 7 years
I remember the last song they played at senior prom (2004) was "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men - I love that song! For junior prom - no idea!
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