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The 40 Most Iconic High School Dance Songs Of All-Time

The 40 Filthiest And Best Songs Played At High School Dances From 2000-2005

This list is basically for everyone who went to high school in the early 2000s.

40.

“Magic Stick” by 50 Cent and Lil’ Kim


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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

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Amount of grinding it caused: Very little because grinding to Mya is weird.

Part everyone sang: The “When y’all broke up in ’96” party was a highlight.

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: It shouldn’t have because no teens should have been grinding during this song.

38.

“1, 2 Step” by Ciara


LaFace records

Amount of grinding it caused: Not much.

Part everyone sang: Obviously it’s “This beat is automatic, supersonic, hypnotic, funky fresh.”

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: The *cool* chaperones aka the teachers under 30 probably liked this one. It’s a bop.

37.

“I Need A Girl Part 2” by P. Diddy, Ginuwine, Loon, and Mario Winans


Bad Boy

Amount of grinding it caused: A bit.

Part everyone sang: “Someone that truly understands, how to treat man, it’s what I need.”

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: This wasn’t exactly a “grinding banger.” The chaperones were fine.

36.

“Hey Baby” by No Doubt


Interscope

Amount of grinding it caused: None, unless it was like some experimental grinding shit.

Part everyone sang: “Hey baby” x100 because that’s the only part people could understand.

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: The *cool* teachers probably loved it. No Doubt, baby!

35.

“The Cha Cha Slide”


UMG Recordings

Amount of grinding that occurred: Absolutely none.

Part everyone sang: No one really knows the words to this song.

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: Not at all. They did the dance because it made them feel cool and *in the know.*

34.

“Right Thurr” by Chingy


EMI

Amount of grinding that occurred: Moderate grinding.

Part everyone sang: The “let down your hurr” line.

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: They were probably just confused by the way Chingy pronounced words.

33.

“Milkshake” by Kelis


Virgin Records

Amount of grinding that occurred: Some.

Part everyone sang: “La la la la la” is an underrated line.

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: They probably thought the song was about ice cream or something.

32.

“Family Affair” by Mary J. Blige

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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 / let’s get drunk ’cause Mary’s back!”

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: Eh, not so much. This is just a good song.

31.

“Oochie Wally” by Nas


Ill Will Records

Amount of grinding it caused: A whole lot.

Part everyone sang: “Oochie wally wally oochie bang bang.”

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: Fairly uncomfortable. They probably turned away when this song came on.

30.

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

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Amount of grinding it caused: A lot. They usually played this song when things were really *heating* up and the temperature of the gym was becoming unbearable.

Part everyone sang: “Go ‘head envy me, I’m rap’s M.V.P.”

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: A solid 7/10.

29.

“Let Me Blow Ya Mind” by Eve and Gwen Stefani


Interscope Records

Amount of grinding that occurred: A little.

Part everyone sang: When Eve says “cut shit, camera off, real shit blasting.”

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: They were probably fine. I feel like middle-aged people in the early 2000s loved Gwen Stefani.

28.

“Get It Poppin'” by Fat Joe and Nelly


Terror Squad

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

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Amount of grinding it caused: This was a good 3/4 through the dance song. Statistically speaking, 3/4s 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.

26.

“Jumpin Jumpin” by Destiny’s Child


SME

Amount of grinding it caused: A little bit.

Part everyone sang: “Bounce baby, bounce, bo-bounce bounce, bo-bounce.”

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: They were probably fine with it because Destiny’s Child isn’t exactly grinding music besides, like, “Soldier.”

25.

“My Humps” by the Black Eyed Peas


Interscope Records

Amount of grinding it caused: A medium amount.

Part everyone sang: The “mix your milk with my coco puff milky milky coco” part.

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: They prob were more so embarrassed by the lyrics.

24.

“Crash” by DMB

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Amount of grinding it caused: Hopefully none.

Part everyone sang: You don’t really sing during slow songs at school dances. You were too busy awkwardly breathing on each other.

How uncomfortable chaperones felt: Not at all. DMB is the most vanilla music ever.

23.

“Shake Ya Tailfeather” by P. Diddy, Nelly, and Murphy Lee


Sony

Amount of grinding it caused: A solid amount.

Part everyone sang: “I’m starvin’ like Marvin, girrrrrl.”

How uncomfortable chaperones felt: They could tolerate it.

22.

“Hey Ya” by Outkast


SME

Amount of grinding it caused: Minimal.

Part everyone sang: The Polaroid picture part obviously.

How uncomfortable chaperones felt: They loved “shaking it like a Polaroid picture.”

21.

“Still Fly” by Big Tymers

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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.

20.

“Lean Back” by Fat Joe, Terror Squad, and Remy Ma


Universal

Amount of grinding it caused: A lot a lot.

Part everyone sang: Remy Ma’s part is the best part of the song particularly when she raps about walking around metal detectors.

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: A nice 6/10. Mr. J wasn’t exactly a fan.

19.

“Toxic” by Britney Spears


Jive

Amount of grinding it caused: Slim to none. This was usually played as an ice breaker in the beginning.

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.

18.

“Dirt Off Your Shoulder” by Jay-Z


Roc-A-Fella Records

Amount of grinding it caused: In the lower range.

Part everyone sang: “Ladies is pimps too” is a personal fave.

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: They probably did some weird dusting their shoulder off dance when this came on.

17.

“Hero” by Enrique Iglesias


Interscope Records

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~.

16.

“Wait (The Whisper Song)” by the Ying Yang Twins


TVT Recoreds

Amount of grinding it caused: A fuck ton.

Part everyone sang: “Bam bam bam bam bam.”

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: Next level. Your social studies teacher couldn’t handle it.

15.

“All Or Nothing” by O-Town


J Records

Amount of grinding it caused: Just more awkward slow dancing here.

Part everyone sang: “CAUSE I WANT IT ALL! OR NOTHING AT ALL!”

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: As uncomfortable as anyone would be watching 14-year-olds slow dance for the first time.

14.

“Tipsy” by J-Kwon


SME

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

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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


Bad Boy

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


G Unit

Amount of grinding it caused: This song really got people 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

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Amount of grinding that occurred: This song was probably played earlier on in the school dance to encourage mingling. The beginning of dances was always awkward.

Part everyone sang: “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.

9.

“Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé and Jay-Z


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Amount of grinding that occurred: More than you’d expect. This song hit pretty hard.

Part everyone sang: “Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh no no.”

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: 8/10. They loved the song though!


Atlantic Records

Amount of grinding that occurred: A school dance highlight and grinding peak!

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


Universal Motown Records

Amount of grinding that occurred: This song was made for 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

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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


WMG

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.

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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.

How uncomfortable it made chaperones feel: Pretty uncomfortable.

3.

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

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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.


LaFace Records

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

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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 than this.

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