40+ Ultimate Prom Songs that Never Go Out of Style

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Choosing music for prom is way easier than choosing the perfect prom dress.  When considering what you’ll put on your play list, you might be surprised to find out that no matter how cutting edge their own collections are, most professional DJs recommend sticking to the classics.

Songs that have pleased crowds for decades are still the most likely to fill the dance floor. Names that were familiar to your parents and grandparents like Journey, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson and Aerosmith top every ultimate prom music list around. Some top prom songs are a little more contemporary. Rihanna was practically born to keep prom goers dancing all night long, and she’s joined by Kesha, Beyonce and Bruno Mars, to name a few.

The more familiar the music they are, the more comfortable the majority of people are with dancing to it, which is why DJs keep the classics spinning. These are some of the all-time prom favorites that are still widely in rotation today (clean cuts when available, of course).

  • I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Aerosmith
  • Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
  • Livin’ on a Prayer, Bon Jovi
  • Cha Cha Slide, Mr. C The Slide Man, Hardino
  • Take on Me, a-ha
  • Cupid Shuffle, Mr. Cupid
  • We Can’t Stop, Miley Cyrus
  • Don’t Stop the Music, Rihanna
  • Single Ladies, Beyonce
  • Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey
  • Forever Young, Alphaville
  • Don’t You (Forget About Me), Foreigner
  • Happy, Pharell Williams
  • Blow, Kesha
  • Blue (Da Ba Dee), Gabry Ponte
  • Push It, Salt-N-Pepe
  • Teach Me How to Dougie, Cali Swag District
  • I Gotta Feeling, The Black Eyed Peas
  • (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
  • Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
  • Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Yeah!, Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris
  • Shake It, Metro Station
  • Good Riddance, Green Day
  • Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, Michael Jackson
  • Party in the USA, Miley Cyrus
  • We Found Love, Calvin Harris, Rihanna
  • Sorry, Justin Biever
  • Wake Me Up, Avicii
  • Animal, Neon Trees
  • Just Dance, Lady Gaga
  • Toxic, Brittany Spears
  • Umbrella, Rihanna
  • Hey Ya!, Outkast (Radio Mix/Club Mix)
  • Sexy Back, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland
  • Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, Michael Jackson
  • Stayin’ Alive, Bee Gees
  • Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
  • My House, Flo Rida
  • Me Too, Meghan Trainor
  • Jump Around, House of Pain

These 40+ tunes are more than enough to last you an entire evening of dancing and fun. You should consult with your DJ well in advance to make sure he or she has the music you want, and is clear about any songs you do not want to hear at prom. Create a “no play” list if it is important to your school administration. Include anything that promotes violence or that can’t be secured in a “clean version” or format.

When it comes to choosing music for prom, start with the songs that have been pleasing crowds for decades. Include a few can’t-miss or iconic songs of today (especially those that everyone knows), and be sure to touch on many different genres so you offer something for everyone. Most of all, have fun and dance! That’s what prom is all about!

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