Prom Theme Songs

Marcelina Hardy, MSEd, BCC
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A prom theme song sets the mood for this special night. You want it to reflect the high school experience and the excitement that the future is about to bring. Choosing the song for your prom can be difficult because of the wide selection available.

Choosing Prom Theme Songs

If you are on the planning committee, you might be looking for the most popular songs for this occasion. There are hundreds to pick from; choosing one that everyone in your class will enjoy will be difficult. Here are some ways to involve your class in the decision making process.

  • Gather favorite genres

You can take a vote from everyone in the class on the genre of music they like the best. This will narrow down how many choices you have to pick.

  • Top three favorites

Ask everyone in your class to list their top three favorite songs. Then you can take down the votes and use the most popular one.

  • Give options

This is probably the easiest, with your committee choose five, and ask everyone to choose their first and second choice.

Finding Lyrics

The biggest deciding factor in a prom theme song is the lyrics or what story the song tells. Be sure to read the lyrics of your top choices so you know if it fits the theme of your prom, class and high school as a whole.

Sites for Lyrics

Most Popular Prom Songs

Look over this list to see if any of them would be a possibility for your prom. Another idea is to look in yearbooks from previous years to see what they chose. Many of these are popular choices for high schools across the country. You can easily find the lyrics at one of the lyrics site above.

  • Utopia Parkway by Fountains of Wayne
  • My Wish by Rascal Flatts
  • Amazed by Lonestar
  • Irreplaceable by Beyonce
  • I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
  • Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Good Riddance by Green Day
  • Heaven by DJ Sammy (slow version)
  • Watching You by Rodney Atkins
  • Snow Patrol by Chasing Cars
  • Say it Right by Nelly Furtado
  • Lost Without U by Robin Thicke
  • Far Away by Nickelback
  • Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
  • My Love by Justin Timberlake featuring T.I.
  • Forever Young by Rod Stewart
  • Walk it Out by Unk
  • Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry
  • With Arms Wide Open by Creed
  • Temptations by My Girl
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Katherine McPhee
  • Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
  • This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race by Fall Out Boy
  • How to Save a Life by The Fray
  • I Turn to You by Christina Aguilera
  • Call Me by Janet and Nelly
  • We Fly High by Jim Jones
  • Here's To The Night by Eve 6
  • Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne
  • Jump by Madonna
  • Just the Way You Are by Bill Joel
  • Hurt by Christina Aguilera
  • Moment Like This by Kelly Clarkson
  • Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden
  • It Ends Tonight by the All American Rejects
  • Grease soundtrack by various artists
  • Push it to the Limit by Corbin Bleu
  • Prom Song by Depswa
  • At Last by Etta James
  • True Colors by Phil Collins
  • I'll Be by Edwin McCain
  • A Whole New World from Aladdin
  • You and Me by Lifehouse
  • Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers
  • Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
  • It's a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
  • Oh, How the Years Go By by Amy Grant
  • Love of a Lifetime by Lifehouse

How to Get the Music

Once you have chosen the music for your special event, you will need to get it to give to the DJ. Here are some ideas on finding the music.

  • Ask classmates to see if anyone has the CD.
  • Go to a MP3 download site such as Napster or iTunes to purchase the music and burn it on a CD.
  • Go to the music store and purchase the entire CD. You can give it away as a prize at the end of the night.
Prom Theme Songs