The Top High School Prom Songs Spanning 5 Decades
Which song did you slow-dance to at your high school prom?
A prom theme song sets the mood for that special night and in many cases is selected by members of the prom planning committee. When I graduated Minerva DeLand High School in Fairport, NY in 1969 our Senior Prom's theme song was, 'You Made Me So Very Happy' by Blood, Sweat, and Tears.
The following list includes some of the most popular prom songs chosen from the '60's, '70's, '80's, '90's, and '00.
- Happy Together - The Turtles
- I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
- Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
- Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
** In 1994, Cher re-recorded 'I Got You Babe' with Beavis and Butthead. It went to #35 on the UK charts. She was mighty pissed off at Sonny not realizing he was going to die a year later.
- Colour My World - Chicago
- Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
- Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
- Do That To Me One More Time - The Captain and Tennille
** Led Zeppelin starting planning 'Stairway' in early 1970 when they decided to create, a new epic song to replace, 'Dazed and Confused' as the centerpiece for their concerts.
- Every Breath You Take-Police
- I've Had The Time Of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
- I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
- Take My Breath Away - Berlin
** Despite popular belief, 'Every Breath' is NOT a love song, it's about an obsessive stalker and was written by Sting just after he separated from his first wife, Frances Tomelty.
- Faithfully - Journey
- I Don' Wanna Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
- I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
- Save The Best For Last - Vanessa Williams
**Journey's first video was for 'Faithfully. The band hated making videos but understood the promotional impact. Keyboardist Jonathan Cain wrote this prom favorite.
- Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
- Hero - Enrique Iglesias
- We Belong Together - Mariah Carey
- You and Me - Lifehouse
** 'You and Me' by Lifehouse spent 62 weeks on the Hot 100 breaking the record for the longest stay for a track by a rock band.