I realize all the proms I went to were about a hundred years ago. And that all the prom themes I loved are at least that old.
Mine had names built on the power pop anthems of the '80s. So between the dances at my Catholic school and the public school my boyfriend went to, I slow-danced my way through my teens -- in Gunne Sax dresses -- to themes like Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight," Richard Marx's "Hold On to the Nights," April Wine's "Just Between You and Me" and Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."
Those are great songs that are magical in their own special way. But there wasn't one even slightly country one in the mix.
Why is that? Aren't country songs good enough to be prom themes?
If I was on some prom theme committee right now, I'd come to the first meeting armed with a list of perfect songs a country mile wide. Starting with these 15:
"Boot Scootin' Boogie," Brooks & Dunn
"Compass," Lady Antebellum
"All We Ever Find," Tim McGraw
"The Sound of a Million Dreams," David Nail
"Better Half," Keith Urban
"A Little More You," Little Big Town
"Beat of the Music," Brett Eldredge
"Walk Me Down the Middle," The Band Perry
"Love Like Crazy," Lee Brice
"Good Time," Alan Jackson
"The Dance," Garth Brooks
"Wanted," Hunter Hayes
"How Forever Feels," Kenny Chesney
"What a Beautiful Day," Chris Cagle
"Crazy," Patsy Cline