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A Night of Music – Event Decorating Ideas for Instrumental, Dance and Vocal Enthusiasts

Greatful Dead drummer Mikey Hart once said, “There’s nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.” And while music is certainly a beautiful thing for the ears to hear, it can also be an outstanding visual for A Night of Music. 12PKC1906Impress the instrumental, dance and vocal enthusiasts at your next event with these decorating ideas.

General Music
If your event guests are lovers of all things music, go with a general music theme sticking to the black and whites of the piano and sheet music. The Music of the Night Kit is a quick, easy, and elegant way to decorate for this theme. It includes eight different standees and columns perfect for a music theme. For your tables, consider marking where guests will sit with music place card holders. They look classy and double as a decoration on each table. If your event isn’t too fancy, you can’t go wrong with musical note balloons. Tie them to chairs or use as a table centerpiece.

Music of the 50’s and 60’s
12PDNGNMNA Night of Music doesn’t have to be black and white. If you focus on a specific decade of music, you can really go crazy with the color, especially if the event isn’t formal. Dangle some colorful music notes from the ceiling to help provide a bright, fun atmosphere. Hit up the local thrift store to see if you can find some old albums to toss on the tables as centerpieces, or purchase some plastic records to use. You might also want to hang some of them from the ceiling. Since it’s all about the music, decorate with lots and lots of music note silhouettes. And don’t forget the staple of this era- a jukebox!

Jazz it Up
Jazz lovers will be blown away by the decorations in the All That Jazz Kit. 2p428aCapturing the essence of the Roaring 20’s, this kit includes a city skyline, dancing couple standee, jazz guy standee, bandstand and a flapper girl silhouette. Make sure your decorations are flashy and fun, just like the jazz era was. Decorate with saxophones and other jazz-related instruments. Invite guests to wear 20’s attire like flapper dresses and gangster suits and they’ll be a great decoration in themselves!

Piano Paradise
The black and white keys of a piano make for a super classy decoration idea. Start by lining a wall with this 19-feet long piano keyboard standee. Cover tables in a bold color like red or yellow and then cover each one with a keyboard table runner. If possible, use a real piano as part of your decorations, and take things to the next level by having someone play it throughout the night. It will truly be a Piano Paradise with all the elegant piano keyboards around the room!

Music is beautiful to the ears and the eyes. Make your next music event one to remember with one of these ideas for “A Night of Music.”

Stumps Releases List of Best Prom Songs of All-Time

The decorations are perfect. The favors are so spot-on that prom guests will remember the night for the rest of their lives. And the prom king and queen are crowned in the moment that everyone was waiting for.

8p407kWhat else could make the prom any more spectacular? Obviously, the music. No one cares what the decorations looked like or the food tasted like if the music was lame. Some songs have stood the test of time, being played over the decades as a prom staple. The prom-pros at Stumps took a look back and made a list of the best prom songs of all-time.

Unchained Melody
This 1965 hit is still a popular song at both proms and weddings across the country. One of the oldest songs on the list, Unchained Melody was made popular by the Righteous Brothers. The song was even rereleased in 1990 and peaked in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s romantic lyrics and sound have flooded dance floors for decades.

There are a lot of Journey songs that could make the list, but Faithfully is at the top. The 80’s love song is one of America’s favorites and captures the essence of a romantic prom.

I’ve Had the Time of My Life
The great thing about this song is that the 80’s version from the hit movie Dirty Dancing isn’t the only popular version of this dance anthem at proms. The Black Eyed Peas redid the song in 2010 as “The Time (Dirty Bit)” and it became a huge dance hit. Both are excellent songs for prom.

I Will Always Love You
Whitney Houston’s hit from the movie Bodyguard is one of the most romantic songs ever sung. It’s been a key prom song since the 1990’s.

Party Rock Anthem
LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” hit No. 1 all over the world for months and months. Although released only a few years ago, it has major staying power. Decades from now, teens will still be dancing to the popular dance song at proms around the world.

While the frat guys got down to it in the movie Animal House, it’s also become a timeless hit at proms. Although an oldie, the song has stood the test of time as a major dance hit at prom.

Wonderful Tonight
Couples everywhere slowdanced to Eric Clapton’s hit in the 70’s. Who knew it would still be a popular prom song more than 30 years later? It’s the perfect prom song, as each and every guy on the dancefloor should be thinking that his date looks “Wonderful Tonight.”

Whatever the prom theme is, the above songs are the best of all-time. New songs will make their way onto the list in the future, but these are here to stay, making proms unforgettable events across the globe. Don’t forget to put them on your playlist!

Top Prom Songs through the Decades

Top Prom Songs

Here's Stumps list of the top prom songs through the decades

Music is an important party of the high school prom. When a couple looks back at their prom night, the slow prom songs they danced to usually provide some of the most vibrant memories.

Stumps Prom has been America’s source for prom supplies since 1926. Over the decades, Stumps has compiled a list of the top prom songs of all-time. Click to listen to these top prom songs. See the prom songs list below to find out if your high school prom song made the list of the most popular ballads of that decade:

Top Prom Songs of the 1920’s
Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin
My Man – Fanny Brice
Makin’ Whoopee – Eddie Cantor
I Wanna Be Loved By You – Helen Kane
My Blue Heaven – Gene Austin
Moonlight and Roses – Whiting and Donaldson
Stardust – Hoagy Carmichael
Ain’t She Sweet – Annette Hanshaw
Among My Souvenirs – Nicholls and Leslie
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Blackbirds

Top Prom Songs of the 1930’s
Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland
Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller
Pennies From Heaven – Bing Crosby
Thanks for the Memory – Bob Hope
In The Mood – Glenn Miller
Mood Indigo – Duke Ellington
Sing, Sing, Sing – Benny Goodman
Cross Road Blues – Robert Johnson
Honeysuckle Rose – Fats Waller
God Bless America – Kate Smith

Top Prom Songs of the 1940’s
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams
Take the A Train – Duke Ellington
Lovesick Blues – Hank Williams
Sentimental Journey – Les Brown
You Made Me Love You – Harry James & His Orchestra
Adios – Xavier Cugat
Crusing Down the River – Frankie Carle & His Orchestra
Again – Doris Day
Some Enchanted Evening – Ezio Pinza
I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – Les Brown & His Orchestra

Top Prom Songs of the 1950’s
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
Earth Angel – Penguins
Teen Angel – Mark Dinning
Little Darlin’ – The Diamonds
Only You – The Platters
Whatever Will Be Will Be – Doris Day
Diana – Paul Anka
Put Your Head On My Shoulder – Paul Anka
Venus – Frankie Avalon
April Love – Pat Boone

Top Prom Songs of the 1960’s
I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
And I Love Her – Beatles
Theme From a Summer Place – Percy Faith
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
To Sir With Love – Lulu
Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles
My Way – Frank Sinatra
Young Girl – Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
He’s So Fine – The Chiffons
Happy Together – The Turtles

Top Prom Songs of the 1970’s
Baby I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton
I Go Crazy – Paul Davis
Always & Forever – Heatwave
I Wanna Make it With You – Bread
Colour My World – Chicago
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Dream On – Aerosmith
Do That To me One More Time – Captain & Tennille
Fooled Around & Fell In Love – Elvin Bishop

Top Prom Songs of the 1980’s
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Crazy For You – Madonna
Take My Breath Away – Berlin
I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
Faithfully – Journey
The Rose – Bette Midler
Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh
Babe – Styx
Almost Paradise – Ann Wilson & Mike Reno
I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Top Prom Songs of the 1990’s
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
I’ll Make Love to You – Boyz II Men
I Swear – All-4-One
Can’t Help Falling In Love – UB40
Everything I Do I Do it For You – Bryan Adams
Save the Best For Last – Vanessa Williams
One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
More Than Words – Extreme

Top Prom Songs of the 2000’s
Shape of My Heart – Backstreet Boys
You Sang to Me – Marc Anthony
Take My Breath Away – Jessica Simpson
You and Me – Lifehouse
With You – Chris Brown
Here in Your Arms – Hello Goodbye
We Belong Together – Mariah Carey
A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
Hero – Enrique Inglesias
Beautiful – Christine Aguileira

Listen to these top prom songs.
What song reminds you of your high school prom night?

Stumps Party Gives Music Tips with Top Prom Songs Since 1920


Stumps All That Jazz Decorations Kit

Music is a prom must-have. You can’t dance without it! Music can make or break your prom, so choosing the right prom song is an important decision. Stumps Party has compiled a list of the top prom songs since 1920 to help you choose the right theme song and music for your event. Stumps Party has been in the business of helping you create the perfect prom since 1926, supplying decorations and personalized favors for 8 out of 10 American high schools each year. Proms are our passion and we want to help you create the perfect prom, right down to the music!

Looking through the list of prom songs and listening to samples can be a fun activity for your prom committee meetings. Look at all of the songs or choose a decade in order to find your prom’s theme song. Many of these songs are timeless pieces that students will still enjoy dancing to. You can even use this list to create a playlist for the DJ so that he or she has time to acquire them. A well-selected playlist of relevant songs adds an exciting and authentic feel to your prom.

You can also use the list to create a contest for students to win prom tickets. Generate a quiz asking students to match the prom song to the year it was most popular. Callenge students to match a lyric from the song to the song title. Choose the student with the most correct answers or enter all completed quizzes into a random drawing and award the winner with a pair of prom tickets, a restaurant gift certificate or other prom-related prizes! These activities will help students learn about prom traditions and get excited for their prom!

Whether you’re planning a 1920’s, 1950’s or other retro prom, this prom song list is a fantastic resource. Continue to build up your chosen prom theme through eye-catching publicity and unforgettable decorations. Create excitement with Stump Party customizable banners such as the 1920’s banner or the 50’s banner. Stumps Party has tons of decorations for these themes such as the All That Jazz decorations kit or our Rock Around the Clock decoration kit.

Music is just one important element of designing the perfect prom. Check out all of our Prom Planning Tips for more ideas and you can always contact us with your questions!