69 Songs You Tried To Grind To At School Dances

It's getting hot in herre

Grinding was every teacher and parent chaperone's worst nightmare at school dances. They tried to prevent it, but when hundreds of teens are packed into one poorly air conditioned, dimly lit gym, anything can happen. (My school tried to combat grinding by keeping all the lights on. It didn't work very well.)

Things got heated on those dance floors. Couples ignored the "six inches between bodies" rule. The air was sticky with sweat, body odor, and Bath & Body Works fragrances.

We don't want to force you to relive every awkward memory, so let's just get straight to it, then. Here's a generous sampling of songs that made every dance chaperone cry inside:

  1. Nelly, "Hot In Herre"
  2. Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris, "Yeah!"
  3. Ciara feat. Petey Pablo, "Goodies"
  4. 50 Cent, "Disco Inferno"
  5. The Black Eyed Peas, "My Humps"
  6. R. Kelly, "Ignition (Remix)"
  7. The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes, "Don't Cha"
  8. Ludacris feat. Shawnna, "What's Your Fantasy"
  9. Destiny's Child feat. T.I. and Lil Wayne, "Soldier"
  10. Akon feat. Snoop Dogg, "I Wanna Love You"
  11. Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland, "Promiscuous"
  12. 50 Cent feat. Olivia, "Candy Shop"
  13. Kelis, "Milkshake"
  14. Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell Williams, "Drop It Like It's Hot"
  15. Danity Kane, "Show Stopper"
  16. Bubba Sparxxx feat. Ying Yang Twins and Mr. ColliPark, "Ms. New Booty"
  17. Rihanna, "Shut Up And Drive"
  18. Terror Squad feat. Fat Joe and Remy, "Lean Back"
  19. Ray J feat. Yung Berg, "Sexy Can I"
  20. Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean, "Hips Don't Lie"
  21. The Game feat. 50 Cent, "How We Do"
  22. Cassie, "Me & U"
  23. Young Money feat. Lloyd, "BedRock"
  24. Fat Joe feat. Nelly, "Get It Poppin'"
  25. Destiny's Child, "Lose My Breath"
  26. Ying Yang Twins, "Wait (The Whisper Song)"
  27. Britney Spears, "Toxic"
  28. Lil Wayne feat. Static Major, "Lollipop"
  29. Kevin Lyttle, "Turn Me On"
  30. Missy Elliott, "Work It"
  31. Pretty Ricky, "Grind With Me"
  32. Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx, "Gold Digger"
  33. Akon feat. Eminem, "Smack That"
  34. The Pussycat Dolls, "Buttons"
  35. Usher feat. will.i.am, "OMG"
  36. Petey Pablo, "Freek-a-Leek"
  37. Next, "Too Close"
  38. Nelly feat. Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp, "Grillz"
  39. Sean Kingston, "Fire Burning"
  40. The Game feat. 50 Cent, "Hate It Or Love It"
  41. Ciara feat. Missy Elliott, "One, Two Step"
  42. Chingy, "Right Thurr"
  43. Twista feat. Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, "Slow Jamz"
  44. Flo Rida feat. T-Pain, "Low"
  45. Sean Paul, "Get Busy"
  46. Huey, "Pop, Lock & Drop It"
  47. Nelly feat. City Spud, "Ride Wit Me"
  48. 50 Cent, "In Da Club"
  49. Yin Yang Twins feat. Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz, "Salt Shaker"
  50. D4L, "Laffy Taffy"
  51. Three 6 Mafia feat. Project Pat, Young-D, and Superpower, "Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)"
  52. T-Pain feat. Yung Joc, "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')"
  53. Rihanna feat. Sean Paul, "Break It Off"
  54. MiMS, "This Is Why I'm Hot"
  55. Sean Paul, "Temperature"
  56. J-Kwon, "Tipsy"
  57. Jim Jones, "We Fly High"
  58. Nelly feat. Jung Tru, and King Jacob, "Errtime"
  59. Usher feat. Jeezy, "Love in This Club"
  60. E-40 feat. T-Pain and Kandi Girl, "U And Dat"
  61. J Xavier feat. Yung Joc, "It's Going Down"
  62. Juvenile feat. Soulja Slim, "Slow Motion"
  63. Sean Paul, "Give It Up To Me"
  64. Petey Pablo, "Show Me The Money"
  65. Sisqó, "Thong Song"
  66. Sir Mix-A-Lot, "Jump On It"
  67. Will Smith, "Switch"
  68. Nelly feat. Murphy Lee and Diddy, "Shake Ya Tailfeather"
  69. Sir Mix-A-Lot, "Baby Got Back"

And because we care about you, we compiled all these throwback tunes into one handy playlist, below. Listen to it on repeat and do the "Drop It Like It's Hot" dance in your head. Don't worry, there's no judgement here.