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Our Favorite Prom Songs for Slow Dancing

High schoolers, begin your awkward swaying

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    It's prom season, and with that comes a nice excuse to grab your crush and force them onto the dance floor for some potentially awkward slow dancing. Look, even if you're not a dancer, slow dancing is way easier than moving to an uptempo song: All you have to do is place your hands on their shoulders (girls) or hips (guys) and commence a gentle swaying while making small talk like, "How 'bout this song, eh?" or "Wow, we're really graduating." We've compiled our favorite slow-dance songs to help you practice with that broom or, ugh, parent. You're welcome.

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    Green Day, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"

    The Bay Area punk band takes a step back from three-chord, aggro rock for this nostalgic ballad.

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    Whitney Houston, "I Will Always Love You"

    Yes, there are now creepy undercurrents given Houston's death, but does anyone care about context at a prom? Still a sweet song.

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    Skid Row, "I Remember You"

    Every 1980s hair metal band had to throw in at least one power ballad to show how "diverse" they were. Skid Row's was one of the better ones.

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    K-Ci and JoJo, "All My Life"

    The brothers behind Jodeci scored big in 1997 with this syrupy R&B track.

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    Jessica Simpson, "Take My Breath Away”

    Simpson's cover of Berlin's 1986 hit from the Top Gun soundtrack remains one of the few covers of the song we can stomach.

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    Spandau Ballet, "True"

    Most people just consider UK New Wave band Spandau Ballet a one-hit wonder in the U.S. These people are right. But the song's staying power is a testament to the band's ability to write a catchy melody. Fun fact: the band was named after a nickname for the movement of German prisoners after they are hung.

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    Al Green, "Let’s Stay Together"

    Does this even need explanation?

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    Bon Jovi, "Always"

    Bon Jovi's 1994 Cross Road greatest hits contained two new songs: "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night" and this perennial power ballad above.

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    Boyz II Men, "I'll Make Love to You"

    Yes, select Boyz II Men songs have become shorthand for ironic detachment and a certain brand of overreaching '90s nostalgia, but again, screw context. This song will outlive us all.

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    Jason Mraz, “I Won’t Give Up”

    We will forgive Mraz naming an album Mr. A-Z since this hit from last year's Love Is a Four-Letter Word will now be a new slow jam staple.


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