It's prom season again, and while most schools will likely play songs like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ' "Thrift Shop" edited, of course and Calvin Harris ' "Sweet Nothing" at this year's dance, we can't help but reminisce about the classics. Below you'll find some of the most iconic prom songs from '80s, '90s and '00s, many of which are still played at the end-of-school dance today. Not only has it endured the test of time, but it also had renewed life two decades later, when Jessica Simpson released it as the third single off of her album, In This Skin. But Berlin's version remains our favorite, and it's the one we hope still plays at proms today. Maybe it's the dancing nature of the movie or maybe it's the romantic storyline, but somehow this song transformed into the ultimate slow jam of the late s. Who didn't want to imagine they were being held in Patrick Swayze 's arms—and that their moves were as good as Jennifer Grey 's? In fact, we still do. The Police's Grammy-winning single "Every Breath You Take" wasn't just a mandatory prom song of the s—it remains one today. Interestingly enough, Sting has said time and again that people incorrectly view the song as being romantic when he actually considers it to be negative.
1990: Madonna - "Vogue"
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The history of prom dates back to the 40s, but the annual school tradition has greatly evolved since the era of streamers in the high-school gym. Given its high stakes, prom has been used as a dramatic device in films and TV shows for decades. To mark this time-honoured tradition, here are some of the best prom songs to dance the night away.
High school proms have come a long way from their debutante ball origins, but some things about them never change. Prom kings, queens, and wallflowers alike can all recall their prom song. But if your memory of that magic evening has gotten a bit fuzzy over time, maybe this list will help jog your memory. Besides, scrolling through these classic tunes is a much easier way to reminisce than trying to squeeze into a decades-old dress or tux. Originally commissioned for the prison film Unchained , the song quickly topped the charts, becoming an instant slow dance favorite, and later earning an Oscar nom.
When you talk about memories, prom nights have got to be part of the wonderful days gone by. That feeling of love and young lovers is blissful. Everybody turns out in their best formal outfit on prom night. What makes a prom night so special? All that needs to be said and has never been said comes pouring out at prom night. Its one event nobody holds back. Everybody is brutally honest. Prom parties may have a live band performing or a DJ churning out songs from his console.