Lyric: "Let's make a night you won't remember / I'll be the one you won't forget"
Why It Works: "Timber" is a party song (duh.) No one parties quite like Pitbull and the now-dollar-sign-less Kesha (also duh.) The line is flirty and suggestive, but in a way that could be presented sweetly. If you're hoping prom will become the night of your life, this is the lyric for you.
Lyric: "I want you close, I want you / I won't treat you like you're typical"
Why It Works: If the apple of your eye is more of a durian and you want an endearing way to show them how special they are, serenade your better half with Tegan and Sara!
Lyric: "I've got two tickets to Iron Maiden, baby / Come with me Friday, don't say 'maybe' / I'm just a teenage dirtbag, baby, like you"
Why It Works: Other than playing during the seminal prom scene in American Pie—possibly the most seminal prom scene in any high school movie, ever—one-hit wonders Wheatus truly embrace the youthful, insecure spirit of asking someone out. Swap "Iron Maiden" for the dance of your choice and I'm sure your teenage dirtbag will say yes.
Lyric: "Baby you light up my world like nobody else / The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed"
Why It Works: Nothing gets those young hearts racing like the biggest British boy band in the world. One Direction love to love, take their word for it. The line, "If only you saw what I can see / You'll understand why I want you so desperately" could also work, especially if you've got those Harry Styles good looks.
Lyrics: "Well, open up your mind and see like me / Open up your plans and damn you're free"
Why It Works: You might remember viral sensation/Maryland teen Bobby Chin who parodied "I'm Yours" in order to ask his date to prom. It worked, so we know the song has something of a success rate. This line asks the other person to become free (available for prom!) and it has diabetic coma-inducing levels of sweet. If you want something more direct, the chorus is, "This is our fate / I'm yours." No beating around the bush there.
Lyric: "I can take you places you ain't never been before / Baby, take a chance or you'll never ever know"
Why It Works: This line is perfect for a couple reasons. A) If you've never been to prom before, and you're asking someone who has never been to prom before, you are quite literally offering to take someone to places they "ain't never been before." B) The thought of "go or you'll never know" is pretty damn romantic.
Lyric: "I'm a punk rock prom queen / Brown paper magazine / Hotter than you've ever seen / Everywhere and between"
Why It Works: You're not your average high school kid. You're edgier, you're a rebel, just a little off your rocker... which is why you use ROCK. So this song isn't technically a straightforward love song, but it does have the phrase "punk rock prom queen." That's a title you only obtain when you attend prom, ergo it can be used as an invitation. Trust us.
Lyric: "Oh, this is the beat of my heart, this is the beat of my heart / Don't try to sleep through the end of the world / Bury me alive / 'Cause I won't give up without a fight / If you love me let me go"
Why It Works: Well, for one thing, we know it works (thank YOU, Pinterest.) Outside of all that noise, this Panic! at the Disco song is surprisingly romantic in its desperation and eagerness. "If you love me let me go...to prom with you!"