44 Best Prom Songs That Need to Be Added To Your Playlist ASAP

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From Seventeen

Every single prom needs the perfect theme, outfit and playlist. The ultimate prom playlist not only includes some brand new bops that you and your friends keep putting on repeat but also features some really fun throwbacks that will get everyone excited to jump on the dance floor. Whether you're looking for some awesome nostalgic songs to add to your current list or you're making the ultimate getting ready playlist for your pre-prom party, these songs will definitely get everyone excited and roaring to go.

So great ready to rediscover some really incredible throwbacks and even put some on your own personal throwback playlist so you can listen to it long after prom. These are the best nostalgic songs to add to create the ultimate prom playlist.

1. "Say So" by Doja Cat

You really thought we wouldn't include the biggest TikTok song of all time? Doja Cat catapulted into superstardom thanks to a viral TikTok with fun choreography to "Say So." So, what are you waiting for? Grab your besties and dance from day to night to morning.

2. "One, Two Step" by Ciara feat. Missy Elliott

This beat is still "automatic, supersonic, hypnotic, funky fresh," which means it's perfect to make sure everyone gets on the dance floor.

3. "Good Girls Go Bad" by Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester

You already know that this song is an ultimate throwback bop thanks to Gossip Girl Leighton Meester's special feature on the track that will make you feel like you're on the Upper East Side with Blair and her friends.

4. "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers

If your group is more the jumping up and down and screaming on the top of your lungs type, then this jam is more for you.

5. "Hey Ya!" by OutKast

From the moment that Andre 3000 counts down when the song starts, everyone will be running to the dance floor for some fun.

6. "...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears

Britney's first-ever music video took place at a school, so there's no better way to honor her than by playing this track for everyone to dance along to.

7. "Wannabe" by Spice Girls

Want a time to dance with all your best friends? Then what better way to do so than with this BFF anthem.

8. "Rain On Me" by Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

2020 was a rough year... but Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's *iconic* collab helped us dance through the hard times. This dance anthem is perfect to get anyone on the floor!

9. "Greek Tragedy (Oliver Nelson TikTok Remix)" by The Wombats

Although The Wombats are known for dancing to Joy Division, this infectious remix of their 2015 hit has taken TikTok by storm. Before you know it, you'll feel like you're smashing mics in karaoke bars.

10. "Don't Start Now" by Dua Lipa

There's no mistaking Dua Lipa owned 2020, so who's to say she won't continue to dominate pop music in 2021? This song is perfect for members of the single squad to shimmy to on the dance floor. Plus, who doesn't love a good banger you can scream-sing along to?

11. "Dance, Dance" by Fall Out Boy

A song called "Dance, Dance" about dancing at a dance — how could it not get any more perfect?

12. "Feels" by Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean

You can't deny it. This song is an absolute bop. There's something for everyone on this song, from Katy Perry's infectious hook to Big Sean's rap verse.

13. "We Are Young" by Fun.

This is the ultimate song about living that special night like it's your last together. Get your friends, jump around, and try not to shed too many tears while singing-along.

14. "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

The prom won't be able to hold you when this song comes on.

15. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy Perry

Here's hoping your night doesn't end up EXACTLY as the song says, but that doesn't mean you can't have a good time.

16. "The Night Is Still Young" by Nicki Minaj

Even when they try to kick you out of prom, the night is still too young to say goodbye.

17. "Best Friend" by Saweetie feat. Doja Cat

This is the bestie anthem of 2021. So, grab your day-ones and rap along with Saweetie and Doja.

18. "Started From the Bottom" by Drake

We all started from the bottom (freshman year) so now it's time to celebrate.

19. "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" by Panic! At The Disco

You finally made it to senior year and graduation and it's finally time to share it with the world.

20. "Till the World Ends (Remix)" by Britney Spears, Kesha & Nicki Minaj

Always a crowd-pleaser, always a booty-shaker — I don't care what era you're from. This is one of many instances where a Nicki Minaj feature can do no wrong. Plus, Kesha hopped on this remix since she wrote the song. Name a more iconic trio — I'll wait.

21. "Graduation" by Benny Blanco & Juice WRLD

For all of your senior friends going off to college, this song brings all the feels. So get ready to be hugging all your besties and holding back tears by the end!

22. "Prom Dress" by mxmtoon feat. Lil Jon

A song about crying in your prom dress doesn't have to be this lit... especially after TikToks with a Lil Jon feature started circulating last year.

23. "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" by Fergie, GoonRock & Q-Tip

This is the ultimate mood on prom night — especially if there's a Gatsby theme.

24. "A Night to Remember" by the cast of High School Musical

Don't you DARE roll your eyes. You know you love it.

25. "Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd

Practice your high kicks, because this song will be sure to get everyone on the dance floor — especially after The Weeknd slayed his Super Bowl halftime performance.

26. "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift

Was there any way T-Swift couldn't be a part of this dramatically important nostalgic playlist? Prepare for her re-release of Fearless and take a walk down memory lane with this perfectly prom-centered song — especially if you're building up the courage to tell your crush how you really feel.

27. "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas

This song is really the only option to start off the night. Its lyrics are guaranteed to pump everyone up and help them forget what a pain it was getting ready so that they can have an amazing time dancing the night away!

28. "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani

If this isn't your girl power song as you storm into prom, I don't know what is.

29. "Touch the Sky" by Kanye West feat. Lupe Fiasco

This is an oldie but a goodie. This feel-good banger makes you feel like you're on top of the world. At the end of senior year, everyone deserves to feel like that!

30. "Only Human" by Jonas Brothers

I don't know what it is, but my heart can't take it whenever this song comes on. There's just something about the JoBros that makes the heart grow fonder. Plus, this song is impossible not to dance to!

31. "Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish

One word: duh.

32. "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX

First things first, I'm the realest.

33. "Diamonds" by Sam Smith

Diamonds are a girl's best friend. And by "Diamonds," we mean this absolute bop by Sam Smith.

34. "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child

"Say 'baby I love you,' if you ain't running games..." 🎶🎶🎶

35. "Get Low" by Lil Jon & Da Eastside Boyz

"To the windOOOOooooOOOOoooow! To the waaaaall!" Is there anything left to say about this dance floor staple?!

36. "The Cha Cha Slide" by DJ Casper

Everyone will laugh and shake their heads at the fact the DJ dared to play such a corny line dance, but once a few brave souls jump on the dance floor and start jumping and sliding and cha-cha-ing in (almost) perfect unison, all the naysayers always slowly join in on the fun (as a joke, obvs). But let's be real, everybody was super nervous about getting on the dance floor and this track is the perfect way to get the party started!

37. "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen

Come on, admit it. As soon as you hear that epic intro with all the violins, you know you're about to go HARD jumping and dancing to this jam (as you shout every word at the top of your lungs).

38. "Don't Want To Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith

If you had to choose one slow dance to rule all other slow dances, this classic Aerosmith song would definitely come out on top. Whether you dance to it with your date, crush, or BFF, this song brings back all those quintessential high school memories and will have you tearing up by the end.

39. "Groovy Kind of Love" by Phil Collins

On the topic of slow dances, why wouldn't you want to grab your SO and dance to this classic? Whether you grew up on Phil Collins (yes, the Tarzan soundtrack slaps and we stand by that) or you're a New Girl fan, this song is perfect to slow things down a bit.

40. "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction

Say what you want about One Direction, but their debut track is INFECTIOUS! And when that chorus drops and those boys start singing about you lighting up the world with your overwhelmingly gorgeous hair flips, you'll never have felt more beautiful jamming out in your prom dress.

41. "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus

Ummm, this song is a must-have, obviously, if only to show your ~American pride~ (and Miley love!).

42. "Jump On It" by Sugar Hill Gang

The second you hear that Bum... Bum, Bum, Bum... Bum, Bum... ting tingaling a tingaling tingaling, ting tingaling a tingaling tingaling (yes, that's what the intro sounds like phonetically and we stand by it), you know it's about to GO DOWN.

43. "Thriller" by Michael Jackson

No prom is complete without a Michael Jackson iconic track. The legend has so many amazing dance tracks that they really all could be played at prom and no one would complain, but "Thriller" is just the jam. Every single person will be throwing their claws in the air for sure jamming to this '80s classic that never, ever gets old.

44. "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey

For seniors on their way out of high school getting ready to take on the real world for the first time, prom is one of the last events before graduation, which can be seriously scary. This track always brings everyone together at the end of the night and leaves them feeling hopeful about their future — like they can do anything!

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