A few weeks back wrote a post about the 15 greatest prom scenes in cinema history. Obviously, this got us thinking about our own prom…which never had a hope in hell of measuring up to these great movie moments. In fact, we spent most of the evening profusely apologizing to our date for our lack of dancing skills. The only time we could (sort of) redeem ourselves was when the DJ decided to take the energy down a bit and play us a slow song. Doing “The Worm” and “The Robot” was totally beyond us, but we could handle swaying a-rhythmically to Edwin McCain or Lifehouse. We may have looked dumb, but at least it gave us a socially acceptable excuse to get close to our dates.
We were eternally grateful for those rare moments where it looked like we knew what we were doing, before the DJ went back to playing “Gasolina,” and we went back to the punch bowl. So now we’d like to relive those awkward memories by counting down our favorite ’90s (and early 2000s) prom slow-jams!
“I Could Not Ask For More” by Edwin McCain
“These are the moments we’ll remember all our lives.” Is there a more perfect sentiment for prom? Well ok, maybe “Hey, this kinda sucks.”
“I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith
This one from the Armageddon soundtrack fills us with a warm glow because it was the go-to slow dance at our school. It was made only slightly creepy when you consider that the video (sort of) implies that Steven Tyler is singing it to his real-life daughter, Liv.
“You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain
The Canadian country-cross over star scored a middle school slow dance classic with this 1998 Grammy winner.
“Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey
No prom is complete without the appearance of a diva! We had a zillion Mimi cuts to choose from. This funky fresh one just happens to be a favorite.
“Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden
Never before had the phrase “I want to bathe with you in a sea” been used in a romantic context before this song. And it never has since, either.
“I Try” by Macy Gray
Macy’s distinctive raspy vocals have ensured that we never forget this soulful jam that still tugs on our heart strings. She gets bonus nostalgia points for providing the theme to NickToon As Told By Ginger.
“Kiss From A Rose” by Seal
Historically (at our school, at least) most teen/tween dudes weren’t really all that into dancing, let along slow songs. But the fact that this tune was featured in the Batman Forever movie somehow made it ok for us to like.
“I Swear” by All-4-One
Not to be confused with “Boyz II Men”, All-4-One’s musical vow was originally a country ballad by John Michael Montgomery. We swear!
“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion
Sure, the theme from Titanic might have gotten more play, but this one from the soundtrack to the Robert Redford/Michelle Pfeiffer romance Up Close And Personal was way better.
“Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls
Truth time: We plagiarized most of the song lyrics in a love note we wrote in 9th grade. So we’d like to take this chance to say sorry both to the girl, and to Johnny Rzeznik.
“Here’s To The Night” by Eve 6
Yeah it’s impossibly lame, but this needed to be included because it actually was our prom theme.
“All My Life” by K-Ci and Jo-Jo
We were torn between this one and “Crazy”. Substitute your personal fave.
“I’ll Be Loving You Forever” by New Kids On The Block
We’ll never get passed the fact that Mark Walhberg’s big bro Donnie had a hand in this. That must make Thanksgiving interesting at their house.
“God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You” by *Nsync
They say that their love is like a river, peaceful and deep. But have you seen some rivers, man? They aren’t all that peaceful. Metaphor fail.
“Back At One” by Brian McKnight
“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams
Battle of the Brians! We admit, McKnight has way more soul, but Adams has the heart.
“I’ll Make Love To You” by Boyz II Men
The classic, the original, the best. How many dudes (semi-jokingly) sang this to their dates on prom night? And how many ladies rolled their eyes in response?
“Twisted” by Keith Sweat
Wait, this guy’s name is “sweat”? Really?
“Save The Best For Last” by Vanessa Williams
Or at least the second to last. Who doesn’t love this musical foray from the (former) Miss America?
“I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain
Isn’t this where we came in?