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24 Songs You Awkwardly Slow-Danced To In The 2000s

#TBT to all that swaying.

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1. "All Or Nothing" by O-Town

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This the mother of all slow-dance songs. Boy band? Check. Created on an MTV reality show? Check. Slow and sappy as all hell? You betcha. The opening chords drew you to each other like a moth to a flame, and you didn't let go until Ashley Parker Angel quit crooning.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "Is it all? Or are we just friends? / Is this how it ends / With a simple telephone call? / You leave me here with nothing at all."

2. "Hey There, Delilah" by Plain White T's

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This was the "I don't usually like slow dance songs, but this one is kinda good I guess" slow dance song.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "Times Square can't shine as bright as you / I swear, it's true."

3. "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden

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God bless you, Savage Garden. We would know so much less about what it means to dance a foot away from someone if it wasn't for you.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "And when the stars are shining brightly in the velvet sky / I'll make a wish send it to heaven then make you want to cry."

4. "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol

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This was one that real couples ~connected~ with. Especially after that Grey's Anatomy episode.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "All that I am / All that I ever was / Is here in your perfect eyes, they're all I can see."

5. "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts

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Country tunes were super popular in the 2000s, and this one definitely got people to pair off for a little stiff-armed swaying.

Moment when the hands slid down to the waist: "But you just smile and take my hand / You've been there you understand / It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true."

6. "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You" by 'N Sync

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Can it be true, tell me, can it be real that this song came out almost 20 YEARS AGO? It seems like just yesterday we were all making furtive glances across the dance floor at our crushes as this started to play.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "How can it be that right here with me / There's an angel? / It's a miracle."

7. "Back At One" by Brian McKnight

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Fact: The phrase "dulcet tones" was invented after we all heard McKnight's tribute to everlasting love. This song was so good you maybe even brushed cheeks with each other during it.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "If ever I believe my work is done / Then I'll start back at one."

8. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith

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You either slow-danced to this one, or you grabbed a gaggle of friends and swayed back and forth in a circle to it. Either way, you belted your lungs out during that key change.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "'Cause even when I dream of you / The sweetest dream would never do / I'd still miss you, baby / And I don't wanna miss a thing."

9. "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain

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You awkwardly embraced during this throwback, even though the lyrics made literally no sense and were probably way deeper than you were able to grasp at the time.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "Tell me that we belong together / Dress it up with the trappings of love / I'll be captivated, I'll hang from your lips."

10. "All My Life" by K-Ci & JoJo

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OK no, this was (and is, tbh) the king of all slow-dance songs. Kids these days don't know what adolescent love is all about if they haven't heard it.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "For sending me your love, I cherish every hug, I really love you."

11. "Never Had A Dream Come True" by S Club 7

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This was so slow-dancey that I can still smell the Axe and Clinique Happy when I hear it now.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "Still I can't find ways to let you go."

12. "Breathe" by Faith Hill

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It's fitting that this song's called "Breathe," considering you literally only heard your dance partner's breath during it — a true slow dance was one without words.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "Closer than I've ever felt before / And I know, and you know / There's no need for words right now."

13. "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt

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This song was a great one to run away from that kid that had a crush on you during, especially because the lyrics are basically about stalking someone in a train station.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "You're beautiful / You're beautiful / You're beautiful, it's true."

14. "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls

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THIS SONG IS SO ANGSTY. I dunno what was harder back in the day — finding the right lyric for an AIM away message, or figuring out how to pronounce Johnny Rzeznik's last name.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "When everything feels like the movies / Yeah, you bleed just to know you're alive."

15. "You And Me" by Lifehouse

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Sorry for dredging this one back up, but I dare you to remember a dance when this *wasn't* played.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "And it's you and me and all of the people / And I don't know why I can't keep my eyes off of you."

16. "My Heart Will Go On" by Céline Dion

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You haven't lived if you haven't rested your face on your dance partner's chest during the penny whistle solo.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "Love was when I loved you / One true time I hold to / In my life we'll always go on."

17. "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack

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What's amazing is that there's a chance you've now slow danced to this at a grade-school dance, a college formal, and your own wedding. Now that's staying power.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "Livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin' / Lovin' might be a mistake but it's worth makin'."

18. "Collide" by Howie Day

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Oh god oh god, this one may trigger memories of seeing your crush dance with someone else. Apologies.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "Even the best fall down sometimes / Even the wrong words seem to rhyme."

19. "Amazed" by Lonestar

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This song was inescapable circa 1999. The lyrics are almost as saccharine as a bowl of virgin fruit punch.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "Your hair all around me / Baby you surround me / You touch every place in my heart."

20. "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias

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Promising to be someone's hero when you've barely figured out how to get rid of bacne seems ambitious, but this was a mega-popular one nonetheless.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "I can be your hero, baby. / I can kiss away the pain. / I will stand by you forever. / You can take my breath away."

21. "I'm With You" by Avril Lavigne

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You managed to forgive Avril for rhyming "dead" with "dead" in "My Happy Ending" in time to dance to this moody number.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "Isn't anyone trying to find me? / Won't somebody come take me home?"

22. "Heaven (Candlelight Mix)" by Dj Sammy

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Slow down the original techno version, and you get a ~very~ slow-dance friendly tune. This was a good one to play days after the dance when you wanted to recapture the memories of a short-lived love.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "There's a lot that I can say / But just hold me now/ Cuz our love will light the way."

23. "This I Promise You" by 'N Sync

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This song literally sounds like wedding vows. All the better for dancing in front of your math teacher to!

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "I'll be your strength / I'll give you hope / Keeping your faith when it's gone / The one you should call / Was standing there all along."

24. "A Moment Like This" by Kelly Clarkson

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Bless you, Kelly. Bless you for giving us this perfect slow-dance song, and then, three years later, the perfect break-up song.

Moment when hands slid down to the waist: "Can we make this dream last forever / And I'll cherish all the love we share."

Music Week is a week of content that celebrates the awesome classic jams, artists, and music videos you grew up with — as well as future classics. Take a step back in time and check out more great music content here.

Alice Mongkongllite

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