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 A List of Songs to Request at Prom

Yikes! Prom is Saturday night! If you can't already tell, I'm super excited. But I'm also nervous. And picky. What's there to be picky about? Why, the music, of course! No dance is fun without all the right music! Nothing gets you a girlfriend, makes you smell really bad, and makes girls wearing strapless dresses nervous faster than a great song and great moves. (Do kids still use the term "moves" these days?)

But it's entirely true. Great music is pretty much the only surefire way to have a fantastic night, aside from spiked punch (only joking [coughs nervously]). It's a night to celebrate your high school career, right? So you need appropriate music for that. Stuff that makes you happy, reminiscent, and reckless, all at the same time. Here, I'm going to jot down a list of all the best songs that you really need to request at your own prom to make it the best night possible.

1. "We Are Young" - Fun

This is a super choice for any dance party, but particularly prom. The lyrics say things like, "Tonight, we are young. So let's set the world on fire.” It's a song that inspires youth because all we really want to do is get outside of ourselves, have a great time, and create mass panic. Hearing words like, "We can burn brighter, than the sun" really gets our mojo going in that direction. It may not be the most danceable song in the world, but it has great meaning for a group of high school soon-to-be-graduates, and if your friends are anything like mine, we love a song with a good meaning, and can dance to just about anything, because we're all half-insane and don't mind what weird eyes/looks other dancegoers may be giving us. If all else fails, request a techno/house/dub step (preferably dub step) remix of this one.

2. Any of L.M.F.A.O.'s three big singles – “Sorry for Party Rocking,” “Party Rock Anthem,” or “I'm Sexy and I Know It”

Classic. Okay, maybe not, but these three are the biggest trifecta of popular dance tunes around. Any of the three include partying and dancing references, which is a definite bonus. They're also extremely loud and rowdy. Rowdy is good for prom. You should be as rowdy and obnoxious and awesome as possible. Those beliefs constitute the moralistic food pyramid of L.M.F.A.O's lifestyle.

3. "Starships" - Niki Minaj

A great, danceable tune, with loads of references to bettering yourself in life. To kids about to enter the real world but holding on to childhood one last night, it's a real winner. Plus, Minaj is a force of nature. She's amazing.

4. "Tongue Tied" - Grouplove

If you have ever talked to me for more than half a second, you know I'm an indie kid through and through, so this is a shout-out to all the hipsters in the world! But in all seriousness, this song is really amazing. It's got the most dance-ability of any indie pop song I know, plus a chorus that's easy to learn on the fly and chant at the top of your lungs. This song cues glowsticks and glow-in-the-dark paint, both of which will accompany me to prom.

5. "Yeah Yeah Yeah" or "Get Low"

No prom can be complete without obscene sexual references and lots of inappropriate grinding. Hey, it happens to the best of us. These two songs show up at every dance in America, in clubs, and just about anywhere dance music is played. It's a universal concept: get out there and dance your behind off. You only live once, right? Who cares if you look silly! Make the best of it.

These are some of the best songs I can think of the have played at your prom. Notice I left out slow songs. That's because they are inevitable. There will by many slow songs played at prom, and for some people, it'll be a really sweet moment. But to me, the song doesn't matter so much if it's slow, because you pretty much feel the same way and do the same thing with every slow dance you do. They’re a moot point, so I left those out. Enjoy the rest, though!

You only get one senior prom. So even if your date is lame, even if you feel sick, even if your feet hurt, whatever, get yourself out on the floor and dance like there's no tomorrow! Because in all reality, you're never guaranteed tomorrow. And while it's a little morbid, that's what prom is about: making the best of the time you have. 

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