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What’s your class song? Help us build our Homecoming Dance playlist

Brokelyn High is pretty much as fun as this
Brokelyn High is pretty much as fun as this

If you hadn’t heard yet, it’s party time. The Brokelyn High Homecoming Dance is only days away, and beyond being full of awesome raffle prizes, cheap beer, fashionable Brooklynites and our own marching band, we’re gonna dance our asses off courtesy of DJ Brian Blackout. We want to know though, what are the songs you associate with high school? What brings you back to the days of slouching in late to homeroom, of making excuses why you didn’t do your homework, of cutting class to go surfing (we went to high school on the beach).

We want songs that evoke the good memories of high school, whether you listened to them yourself back then or they showed up in a particularly good movie about high school. Unlike the summer jam, which is meant to drive forward the summer you want to have, the high school song is for the most part a nostalgic throwback to the high school experience you actually had, at least one that represents the good times you had. This is a party we’re having after all.

For the former, we’ve got plenty of throwback jams to the days of youth from Team Brokelyn. Well, throwback if you’re not a parent at this point. We’re talking things like dueling girl sexy girl performances from Christina Aguilera with “Genie in a Bottle” and Britney Spears with “Toxic.” Snotty pop punk from the likes of Harvey Danger’s “Flagpole Sitta” and “Fat Lip” from Sum 41. Sublime, just in general Sublime was a popular choice, so let’s just pretend everyone agreed on “54-46 That’s My Number.” There was R & B of course, because everyone loves Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” and “Waterfalls” by TLC and also “Say My Name” from Destiny’s Child. We have Destiny’s Child instead of Beyonce because I think most of us were a little young for the Beyonce Ascendancy to be a high school thing. And of course it wouldn’t be a 90s high school playlist without “Feel Good Inc.” by the Gorillaz. Tim again suggested “Save Tonight” by Eagle-Eye Cherry, and again, you can probably do better than that.

So please do that in the comments and let us know the music you want to hear at the party on Thursday. Unlike your actual homecoming dance, this one can actually be fun (and we can play songs with curses in them). Brokelyn High is a real Rock ‘N’ Roll High School.


  1. David Colon

    The worst part of this entire experience was getting responses from Brokelyn writers who told me that MGMT and The Postal Service and The Strokes and Hey Ya! were high school jams for them. Lousy young people.

  2. Madelyn Owens

    You gotta play some Third Eye Blind, or the party is a failure.

    My prom song was something dumb by O.A.R. My fellow rude boys and I championed a write-in campaign for Reel Big Fish’s “Beer,” but there were only like 5 of us, so that failed.

  3. Margaret Bortner

    What high school dance would be complete without slow dances to awkwardly sway to while turning in a circle? Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls… Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden… This I Promise You by N’Sync… better have some excellent slow jams on Thursday!

  4. Chelsea Leibow

    Okay I’m going to get berated for being a toddler – blah blah blah – but SOME OF US are under 25. This is my official bid for all the youngins so that we don’t end up listening to “Nights in White Satin” on repeat.
    “Low” by Flo Rida
    “A Milli” by Lil Wayne
    “Flashing Lights” by Kanye West
    “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
    “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers
    “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey
    “Sexyback” by Justin Timberlake
    “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg
    ANYTHING by Green Day. & If the night doesn’t end with “Time of Your Life” I’m going to be “that drunk girl” causing a scene about it.

  5. Confession: I didn’t actually go to my senior prom because I thought I was TOO COOL FOR THAT MAAAAAAN. I wasn’t. I should’ve gone, instead of listening to Blink 182, System of a Down, and Incubus on my computer’s CD-ROM drive. A dozen years hence, I’m looking forward to listening and dancing to Blink 182, System of a Down (Chop Suey! more specifically), and Sum 41 (I totally suggested Fat Lip) at the Bell House with a couple hundred other maniacs.

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