Prom Night Song Ideas


Prom songs are part of what makes prom an important part of the teenage prom experience. Some people think of a prom song as the 'theme' of the prom event, while others just think of it as one of the many songs played at prom. If you're interested in finding out some popular prom songs of the past and some places that you can locate popular prom songs of the present, keep reading.

Prom Songs

There are two types of songs played at most proms: the fast songs and the slow songs. While the fast songs are most of what is played at prom, nobody really worries about them. The big concern is always the slow songs.

Slow Songs

Some popular slow prom songs of past years that are sure to be popular for years to come:

  • "Here's to The Night" by Eve 6
  • "You and Me" by Lifehouse
  • "Here Without You" by 3 Doors Down
  • "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
  • "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan
  • "Amazed" by Lonestar
  • "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain
  • "Save Tonight" by Eagle Eye Cherry
  • "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green
  • "At Last" by Etta James
  • "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day
  • "Nothing Is Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship
  • "Hard To Say Goodbye" by Boys to Men
  • "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton
  • "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith
  • "Barely Breathing" by Duncan Sheik
  • "Crash Into Me" by Dave Matthews Band
  • "Closing Time" by Semisonic
  • "Pictures of You" by the Cure
  • "Wish You Were Here" by Incubus

Fast Songs

An idea that many prom committees capitalize on is the idea that the 'big' song of the night shouldn't be a slow song, but instead a fast one. By doing so, the night seems more like a celebration. The song is normally a song that most of the class knows and when the song is played it becomes a giant class sing-along. Of course, this is not for every prom or class. Some fast songs that have been used for this are:

  • "When I Come Around" and "Basketcase" by Green Day
  • "Yeah!" by Usher
  • "What's My Age Again" by Blink-182
  • "One Week" by the Barenaked Ladies
  • "Inside Out" by Eve 6
  • "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus
  • "Never Let You Go" by Third Eye Blind
  • "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones
  • "Every Morning" by Sugar Ray
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
  • "No Rain" by Blind Melon
  • "My Own Worst Enemy" by L.I.T.

Where To Find Songs For Prom

Maybe none of the listed prom songs will work for your particular prom. Maybe no one in your class has a great suggestion either. Where do you look from there? More places to find prom songs:

  • Ask the the teachers: Many teachers have had to chaperone prom before and can sometimes remember songs that have been played in past years. They might even have a few ideas of their own that you may not have thought of. Teachers of interest to ask would be whomever is in charge of the yearbook and teachers who have been working at the school for a long time.
  • DJ's: More likely than not, your prom will have a DJ. But that shouldn't stop you from asking other DJ's for their ideas. Especially if they've worked a prom before, local DJ's have a good idea of the flavor in an area and always have a song in mind.

Important Note

Whatever song or songs are played at prom, it's likely that someone will remember it. Putting a good amount of thought into the song prior to the prom increases the chances that someone will remember the song in a positive manner.

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Prom Night Song Ideas