The 40 Most Important Songs Played At School Dances From 2000-2005

This list is basically for everyone who went to high school between 2001 and 2005.

40. “Magic Stick” by 50 Cent and Lil Kim


Amount of grinding it caused: A lot. This song is filthy.
Part everyone sang: “I rock the boat. I work the middle / I speed it up. Straight eat it up.”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: Unbelievably.

39. “Case Of The Ex” by Mya

Amount of grinding it caused: Very little. Grinding to Mya is weird.
Part everyone sang: The “When y’all broke up in ‘96” party was pretty dope.
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: It shouldn’t have because no teens should have been grinding during this song.

36. “Hey Baby” by No Doubt


Amount of grinding it caused: None, unless it was like some experimental grinding shit.
Part everyone sang: “Hey baby” x 100 because that’s the only part people could understand.
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: The young teachers probably loved it. No Doubt, baby!

35. “The Cha Cha Slide”


Amount of grinding that occurred: Absolutely none.
Part everyone sang: I’m not really sure anyone knew all the words to this song.
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: Not at all. This was their jam.

32. “Family Affair” by Mary J. Blige

Amount of grinding it caused: Not much. Everyone just kind of swayed back and forth to this.
Part everyone sang: “It doesn’t matter if you’re white or black lets get drunk ‘cause Mary’s back!”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: Eh, not so much. This is just a good song.

30. “Hate It Or Love It” by The Game and 50 Cent

28. “Get It Poppin’” by Fat Joe and Nelly


Amount of grinding that occurred: A fair amount.
Part everyone sang: Nelly’s part.
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: With a fair amount of grinding, I’d say chaperones were fairly uncomfortable.

27. “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre

Amount of grinding it caused: This was a good 3/4 through the dance song. Statistically speaking, 3/4 through the dance, most people who would be grinding were grinding by then.
Part everyone sang: “Smoke weed every day.”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: They prob cringed a few times.

25. “Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly

24. “Crash” by DMB

Amount of grinding it caused: Hopefully none.
Part everyone sang: You don’t really sing during slow songs at school dances.
How uncomfortable chaperones felt: Not at all. DMB is the most vanilla music ever.

21. “Still Fly” by Big Tymers

Amount of grinding it caused: I’d say a good quarter of known-grinders danced to this one.
Part everyone sang: “Gatooor boooots.”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: About a 5/10.

19. “Toxic” by Britney Spears


Amount of grinding it caused: Slim to none. This was usually played as an ice breaker.
Part everyone sang: “I’m addicted to you / Don’t ya know that you’re toxic!” Duh.
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: It shouldn’t have. This song is an iconic jam for all ages.

17. “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias


Amount of grinding it caused: Zero. Grinding during “Hero” is like sac-relig.
Part everyone sang: *Whispers* “Let me be your hero.”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: They probably liked this one. It’s very ~adult contemporary~.

14. “Tipsy” by J-Kwon


Amount of grinding that occurred: I’d say 60% of dance attendees were grinding to this one.
Part everyone sang: “2, here come the 3 to the 4 to the 5.”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: 7/10. It must be weird to see teens singing about getting tipsy in the club while they’re in a school gym.

13. “Mesmerize” by Ja Rule and Ashanti

Amount of grinding it caused: A lot, that “sway” type of grinding. Not really any heavy thrust-humping.
Part everyone sang: “Your stare.. those eyes… I / (Love it when you look at me baby).”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: The song is a bop. If they didn’t listen to the lyrics, and it was the clean version, they were probably fine with it.

12. “Peaches & Cream” or “Dance With Me” by 112

Amount of grinding it caused: The beat in “Dance With Me” promotes dry humping, so a decent amount.
Part everyone sang: The end when they just shout “peaches and creaaaam.”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones: 3/10. They were probably just trying to figure out what “peaches and cream” meant.

11. “On Fire” by Lloyd Banks


Amount of grinding it caused: I’d say this song was a trigger song for grinding. It really got teens going.
Part everyone sang: “Tear the roof off this motherfucker.”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: They were probably kind of OK with this one, especially if they didn’t listen to the lyrics. That was the theme of the early 2000s. If you didn’t listen to the lyrics, then you were fine.

10. “Where The Party At” by Jagged Edge

Amount of grinding that occurred: This song was probably played earlier on in the school dance to encourage mingling. The beginning of dances is always awkward.
Part everyone sang: “Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh.” and this whole part: “DO THE EAST SIDE RUN THIS MOTHER FOR YA… HELLLL YEAHHH.”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: 4/10. A bunch of teens singing about Bacardi and bottle service could have made them feel weird, I guess.

8. “Get Busy” by Sean Paul


Amount of grinding that occurred: More than average. A highlight of the dance. The clapping in the song encourages “pussy popping.”
Part everyone sang: “Let’s get it on to the early morn / Girl, it’s all good just turn me on.” Otherwise, it’s nearly impossible to understand what he’s actually saying.
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: 7/10.

7. “Hot In Herre” by Nelly


Amount of grinding that occurred: This song was built for horny puffy teens, so there was a lot of grinding.
Part everyone sang: “Checkin’ your reflection and tellin’ your best friend, like / GIRL I THINK MY BUTT GETTIN’ BIG.”
How uncomfortable it made teachers feel: Fairly. 5/10. School dances were incredibly hot/smelly, so this song didn’t help.

6. “All My Life” or “Crazy” by K-Ci & Jojo

Amount of grinding it caused: USUALLY none.
Part everyone sang: “I REALLLY LOOOOOVE YOU.”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: If a student asked them to dance, then it probably made them very uncomfortable. Otherwise, they should have been fine.

5. “What’s Luv” by Fat Joe and Ashanti

Amount of grinding it caused: A lot. The song is a duet. Duets were made for grinding.
Part everyone sang Ashanti’s verse when she says, “Come on and put it all on me. On meeeee.”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: Probably pretty uncomfortable. Teens got into this one.

4. Anything by Ludacris.

Amount of grinding it caused: Ludacris is a grind favorite. Everyone likes to grind to Ludacris.
Part everyone sang: People knew most of the words to Ludacris songs. “Feels like a midget is hanging from my necklace” is a classic.
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: Pretty uncomfortable.

3. “In Da Club” or “P.I.M.P.” or any 50 Cent song.

Amount of grinding it caused: No one made teens grind more than 50 Cent made teens grind. No one.
Part everyone sang: “I’m into having sex I ain’t into making love.”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: Incredibly.

2. “Yeah” by Usher


Amount of grinding that occurred: A shit load. This was a peak-dance song. By this time, everyone was sloppy and sweaty and probably smelly.
Part everyone sang: Luda’s entire part, but especially: “Bend over to the front and touch ya toes.”
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: Very. Smelly, grinding teens are gross.

1. “Get Low” by Lil Jon & The Eastside Boys

Amount of grinding it caused: Loads and loads and loads of it. THIS WAS IT. If you were going to grind, it was going to be to this song.
Part everyone sang: “TO THE WINDOOOOWS TO THE WALLLLLS / TO THE SWEAT DROP DOWN MY BALLS.” etc.
How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: The most uncomfortable. It doesn’t get more dirty, grimy, and unhygienic then this.

Here’s a Spotify playlist of all the songs.

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