Inevitably, September brings to mind visions of Trapper Keepers full of blank paper, freshly sharpened pencils, pep rallys, and of course, the homecoming dance. For generations, American high schoolers have walked in to their campus gymnasia to find them transformed from the sweaty spaces used for playing dodgeball into glittery ballrooms holding the promise of potential romance and boogying on the squeaky polished floor. And depending on the year on your class ring, the soundtrack to your night could have included anything from disco to EDM. Even if you aren’t headed back to school this Fall, these tunes will make you reminiscent for homecomings past.
“Disco Inferno” – The Trammps
High school seniors in 1976 would have been hard-pressed to walk into a dance and not hear this disco anthem, and rightly so, as it is synonymous with dancing, thanks to a feature in the ultimate dance movie, Saturday Night Fever.
“I Could Fall In Love” – Selena
You just know that high school sweethearts in the ’90s held each other tight and swayed to this song, vowing to be together forever.
“Gimme More” – Britney Spears
No contemporary high school dance would be complete without a little Britney. The pop star has been a mainstay on DJs’ high school dance playlists since she burst onto the scene dressed as—wait for it—a high school student.
“Afternoon Delight” – Starland Vocal Band
This song was popularized in the ’70s for its controversial and suggestive lyrics. It’s no wonder why hormone-heavy high schoolers around the globe gravitated towards this #1 hit record.
Teenagers in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s no doubt slow-danced to this silky soulful track, as the lyrics made it easy for the jocks and nerds alike to profess their love to the sweethearts that caught their eye.